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Defence and Political Adviser (Land)

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
1 Aug 2021
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

The position attracts a competitive salary, car allowance and participation in the Executive Bonus Scheme.
Working as part of a small team of peer domain and subject matter experts, the role divides equally between keeping the Company aware of British Army thinking and future plans, and making sure the Army understands MBDA.

The role demands an individual who is comfortable interacting across the whole of the Army, building confidence and networking, and being the non-commercial conduit between the Army and the Company. It equally demands someone with the ability to translate Army plans into relevant business opportunities, providing informed advice and deep understanding, while being able to explain to non-military engineers what is required.

Finally, the role requires someone with a passion for the wider Defence Enterprise (including military charities and other ‘customer’ activities such as sponsored events).

What we’re looking for
  • The deep understanding required can only come from someone who has been a part of the Army organisation. This is as much about credibility as it is about competence.
  • Rank is not in itself an indicator of competence. The candidate will need to demonstrate experience in capability and acquisition roles, military technology, industrial understanding and prosperity (exports).
  • The role of ‘adviser’ requires well-tuned diplomatic skills and the ability to influence without having any positional authority.
What’s in it for you?
  • The team works directly to the UK Managing Director through the Senior Defence & Political Adviser. The role thus has much autonomy and freedom of action.
  • As the Land/Army adviser the candidate will be expected to interact with many different elements of the Company, especially our Sales and Business Development function, allowing for subject matter expertise to be used, if required.
  • There are further opportunities to support export campaigns, international travel and wider promotion of the Company (such as attending All Party Parliamentary Group events at the Palace of Westminster).
  • As an international Company, there is a requirement to work alongside other national Companies’ (NatCos) (France, Italy, Germany, Spain and USA) Army Advisers.
Our benefits
  • Flexible/dynamic working.
  • Annual leave scheme (25 days + Bank Holidays).
  • Attractive salary and good work/life balance and quality of life calculation.
  • Comprehensive pension scheme and Share Purchase schemes.
  • Being part of a respected, inclusive and expanding company within a tightly linked team of Military and Political Advisers.
  • Social, charitable and sporting activities.
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.

Follow MBDA on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers) and Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK).

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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