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Principal Systems Capability Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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15 May 2021
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An opportunity has arisen to join the Bristol based Process and Methods team within the Systems Engineering and Design Capability department. The role will involve supporting projects in their use of current and emerging systems engineering processes, methods and tools, whilst concurrently being actively involved in developing and promoting best practice usage to improve efficiency and consistency across UK projects.

What are we looking for?
  • Systems Engineer with understanding of state of the art Systems Engineering methods and their application in the systems engineering domain i.e. experience of lifecycle issues on major projects. Specifically Model-based methods and approaches.
  • Capable of working autonomously and proactively, able to deal with multiple issues, tasks and priorities concurrently.
  • Excellent communication and good problem solving skills are essential.
  • Up to date knowledge of issues in relevant specialist area(s) e.g. mechanical, electrical, software, Integrated Logistic Support (ILS), Human Factors (HF), control and analysis, with experience of representing them within an architecture.
  • Appropriate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area, plus a number of years relevant experience (not including initial graduate training or the equivalent if an external recruit).
You will get!
  • A role in the Systems Engineering and Design Capability department, giving you an excellent breadth in the best practice application of systems engineering process, methods and tools (including DOORS, Rhapsody and the ALM toolset). This provides great experience and depth of systems engineering competencies to prepare you for more senior future roles in the wider MBDA engineering environment.
  • Placed at the forefront of development of new engineering approaches such as product line engineering, model based engineering (building on the established practices of model based systems engineering) and feature based development, as well as expertise in the deployment of the hugely powerful ALM tool environment.
  • The opportunity to shape and direct the direction of systems engineering in MBDA UK, working in both an MBDA Group international environment and beyond the MBDA business boundary by looking to exploit emerging techniques from wider Industry and INCOSE.
What would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.
The Role
  • Providing education, training and consultancy style support to key projects, tailored to project needs to ensure maximum project benefit is obtained from best practice use.
  • Assessing core Systems Engineering techniques and developing/delivering process improvement and behavioral change to teams.
  • Supporting implementation of international alignment on Systems Engineering knowledge and expertise.
  • Ability to understand and implement MBSE (Model Based Systems Engineering) concepts into practicing projects.
  • Ensuring consideration of a full lifecycle approach to the design of systems into project teams.
  • Keeping up to date in relevant technical areas, develop skills and capabilities to be able to provide more effective services.
Join a great team!
  • You'll be joining a team of experienced engineers that are passionate about supporting UK projects.
MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.


MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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