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Group Lead (Real Time Embedded Software)

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11 Jun 2021

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: up to £70,000 (doe)

Our benefits: *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 Opportunity

Do you want to head up and grow a group that develops software at the heart of some of the world’s most sophisticated missile systems?
We have a great opportunity for a “Group Lead” to help shape, support and develop a team of around 25 people working on several different Embedded Software projects. Your team specifies, designs, develops, integrates, tests and supports the software that transforms a collection of electronic and mechanical parts into a highly capable missile system.
If this sounds exciting then come and join us at MBDA - a 2019 Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies To Work For, and make a difference.

What we’re looking for
  • Being passionate about people – keen to understand what motivates your team and looking to encourage and inspire them to grow.
  • Someone comfortable coaching, mentoring and leading managers; your team of managers are responsible for the delivery of a really high quality product into complex overall programmes, where the software is a crucial element.
  • Well-honed organisational skills and plenty of experience in steering the development of products from inception through to delivery.
  • While not essential, it would be beneficial for you to have a background in developing software for embedded products; some knowledge of electronics and the additional complexities of developing software that is a part of a bigger product which is itself evolving at the same time.
What’s in it for you?
  • This is a role for someone with a passion for embedded software and its successful deployment in modern systems. Working with technologies at the forefront of European missile systems design.
  • The opportunity to forge positive relationships with Electronics Engineers, Chief Engineers, Programme Managers, Department Heads and leads from various parts of the business.
  • Your group is responsible for developing highly dependable embedded, real-time software for missile subsystems – this includes datalink systems, telemetry systems, data recorders and actuators and may grow to include aspects of radars, electro-optical sensors and launchers.
  • Many of our projects are the result of international collaboration and consequently there may be the opportunity to work with colleagues at our development sites in France, Italy and Germany.
  • We offer a supportive and encouraging working environment where you can develop your skills across a diverse range of products and technologies.
Join a great team!
  • A department that produces software that makes a difference!
  • You’ll get to work with a huge variety of people of different backgrounds and expertise, passionate about building solutions to sophisticated and complex challenges – you will represent software engineering in these discussions and help shape the future of MBDA’s products.
  • The team has an excellent mix of skills and experiences drawn from both academia and industry, and is well positioned for future growth.
Why us?

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’re here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended 2-3 days per week approach to on-site and remote working.

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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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