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Principal Technical Publications Author

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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12 Jun 2021

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Engineer, Senior & Chartered Engineer
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An opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual with specialist skills and knowledge of Technical Publication project management and generation for a complex portfolio of MBDA’s products across the Air domain. This is a vital role in helping MBDA deliver its technical publications commitments all over the world.

What are we looking for?
  • An Author experienced in the technical publication process to be an SME and actively participate in the publication process from initial planning through to development, status tracking and delivery of technical publication projects to MBDA’s customers both domestic and export.
  • Using your experience, you will need to actively assist in the technical publication development process, authoring, the associated reports, quality reviews and eventual delivery to the highest quality, on time and on cost. Defining S1000D based project supporting documentation – assist in BREX (Business Rules Exchange), Guidance Document, CSDB (Common Source Data Base) setup and using authoring software like Abortext Editor.
  • Liaise with product suppliers in support of technical publication data and technologies whilst maintaining personal and technical reports, records etc. of all technical publication activities to a high standard.
  • Develop, propose and implement plans to integrate Technical Publications data and deliverables into the overall MBDA digital transformation strategy.
What’s in it for you?
  • You can help create and lead our project vision to make a mark on how MBDA’s documentation is planned, developed and delivered actively supporting as a technical expert where required.
  • The role will require liaison with military and engineering communities thus offering plenty of variety. Technical Publication working group participation and Technology Development Workshops offer exciting opportunities to diversify the publication methods and impact on department improvements.
  • An outstanding opportunity to work with the MoD and a wide variety of internal and external partners with excellent exposure to senior management and leadership within both organisations.
  • An excellent opportunity to gain a strong knowledge of the customer environment.
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
  • You will be embedded within a challenging programme and required to provide Technical Publication authoring assistance across the whole product lifecycle including active support where required on the cost and scope estimates for future work.
  • Carry out initial technical publication studies, project plan set up and produce publication reports for the UK and overseas customers on status and progress when tasked in accordance with contractual and customer requirements and MBDA processes. Coordinate with Design Authority teams as required to signoff and deliver the publications.
  • Liaise with Operator and Maintainer Instructors, Field Support Engineers and Integrated Logistic Support teams in Maintenance Task Analysis, Fault Diagnosis and System Descriptive tasks.
  • Participate in developing, maintaining and modifying MBDA technical publication processes and procedures.
  • Lead Technical Publication support and proving activities for MBDA products both in the field and at MBDA or customer depots/workshops (to include complex activities) as necessary and produce Development Plans, status trackers and supporting material in delivery of the technical publications to UK and overseas customers.
Join a great team!
  • The Technical Publications department is currently populated by a variety of passionate, experienced and technically capable Authors and Illustrators.
  • The current team has a mix of personnel, ranging from Apprentice up to team members who have served in the Armed Forces and bring a wealth of passion, knowledge and customer experience across the MBDA product Range.
  • The team has a forward thinking and problem solving mind-set that you will instantly add value to. New technologies are monitored and diversifying your interests towards these technologies are encouraged as we strive to improve.
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.

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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