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Lead Simulation & modelling

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23 Jul 2021
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

We are looking for a Lead Engineer in a fast paced and exciting projects and become a key member of a dynamic team.

Simulation and Modelling is central to the design and development of MBDA’s products. Mathematical Models are developed for many purposes and are used from concept to in-service. Our team is responsible for the development of models and software to support the following:
  • Investigate feasibility of new weapon systems, proving new concepts and design trade studies;
  • Development of real time models and models that support growth areas within the business.
  • Support algorithm and software development and its testing through Hardware in the Loop and trials programmes that verify and validate modelling;
  • Support performance assessment of contractual requirements that certify the weapon system design.
The lead engineer ensures that delivery models and modelling tools or software to MBDA programmes are capable of adapting or creating solutions to sophisticated technical problems to meet the end goal with the right level of quality.

Coaching and guiding team members providing regular feedback to enhance overall team performance and knowledge transfer is a key part of this role.

Activities will also include budget responsibility, which will require monitoring and agreement of priorities with projects in a constantly evolving environment.

What we’re looking for
  • Someone with a numerate background, such as, a good Degree or Masters in an Engineering, Mathematics or Science related subject.
  • A good understanding of simulation environments (e.g. MATLAB and Simulink, or similar) and programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, C/C++).
  • Understanding of change and configuration control processes is considered an advantage (e.g. Rational Team Concert).
  • Ability to identify and solve sophisticated problems and gather the information needed to drive through to ultimate solutions.
  • Experience of partner engagement, coordination and planning would be an advantage.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present complex information in a simple way.
  • An awareness of risk management, mitigation and reporting.
  • Motivated to run a small to medium sized project and carry out all aspects of task package management
  • Develop and shape robust teams by influencing both inside and outside the department and empowering staff to go above and beyond
  • Review of team's work to ensure quality standards and integrity.
What’s in it for you?

This role has the opportunity to steer team activities with a strong sense of autonomy and offers exposure to Simulation and Modelling deliveries to projects and a perspective on the way this is used by Performance Assessment, deliveries to Software and test facilities.

Gain a wealth of knowledge of both model & software development.

Build awareness of the processes that assures quality of Sim and Mod activities.

Potential onward development paths to managerial or specialist paths.

Join a great team!

We are a vibrant, hard-working department with a successful track record in achieving project achievements. We develop new and innovative ways of working to improve existing products and develop new ones.

Our department has representation at UK sites and internationally. There is opportunity for sharing knowledge with these other sites and potential for international mobility.

This is a growing department with opportunities to work across a range of exciting projects.
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.

Benefits Package

*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.

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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