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Technical Specialist Systems Design Airborne Systems

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13 Jun 2021

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An opportunity has arisen in the growing System Design Airborne Systems (SDAS) Function for a number of Technical Specialist roles. The purpose of these roles is to deploy and transfer specialist technical skills across the function and wider in support of the delivery of airborne systems capability. The successful candidate will be placed at the forefront integration activity where they will be required to work closely with a number of enthusiastic and multi-disciplined internal and international teams across industry and government groups.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to strengthen the technical depth within SDAS by deploying technical specialists to support and develop engineers within the SDAS Function.
You will experienced within your specialism and will be qualified to degree level or equivalent.
This is a deeply technical role, you will currently be recognised as specialist in your area of expertise and will have expertise in one or more of the following:
  • Application of Model Based Systems Engineering MBSE
  • Interface Definition, Design and Control (interpreting and supporting development of Mil-Std-1760 and Mil-Std-1553
  • Live Virtual Constructive Techniques
  • Weapon System Architecting [Influencing both Missile and Platform Architecture]; Knowledge of Platform architectures
You will have a proven track record of working autonomously and will technically represent MBDA externally.
Knowledge and experience of the wider airborne systems domain is desirable but there is an opportunity to gain this experience for the right candidate.

What’s in it for you?
  • You will be a key instigator and contributor to the technical development of tools methods and processes with SDAS – defining Functional Improvements activities within their domain and then delivering them.
  • Develop and maintain their necessary technical expertise and support the development of the expertise of the team in their domain.
  • The opportunity to technically influence partners in MBDA UK, across MBDA NatCos, and with the MoD customers in DE&S, Dstl as required by the assigned programmes.
  • The opportunity to develop relationship with technical specialists in suppliers and Platform Design Organisations such as BAE Systems, Boeing, General Atomics, HAL, SAAB etc.
What would you get?
  • Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level), superb learning and development opportunities and more….
The Role
  • This is a deeply technical role that will contribute to the technical development of tools methods and processes with SDAS
  • It provides the opportunity for a specialist to work within the growing System Design Airborne Systems
  • It provides the opportunity to work with other MBDA NatCos, DE&S, Dstl and with Platform Design Organisations e.g. BAE Systems, Boeing, General Atomics, HAL, SAAB etc.
Join a Great Team!

The SDAS team play a key part in enabling access to defence platforms – enabling the use of MBDA products by our armed forces and ensuring the future success of the company. Furthermore, with the ever increasing complexity of the modern weapon system, the ability of MBDA to unlock the true capability of our products for the user against ever an challenging political and economic back drop means that the role of the SDAS team has never been more important.

The successful candidate will be joining a motivated and focused SDAS team, where communication and the ethos to share information is key. Additionally, the success.

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 reasonable adjustments.

We encourage 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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