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Group Leader, Electro Optic Technologies

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1 Aug 2021

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Stevenage or Bristol

The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen to lead a newly created EO Technology group within the EO Seekers and Sensors Department.  You will lead a small team of EO subject matter experts, and take responsibility for the R&T activities within the department.  This is an exciting role, as it will require you to create ‘technology value’ within EO Department, undertaking the external business winning (and delivery) for ERAD, as well as future planning of both ERAD & IRAD activities in order to align with CW Portfolio

Internal within MBDA you will connect with the future programme and portfolio demands, and develop the EO technology roadmaps to define the department’s research and development programmes.  External, within the MoD customer and technology stakeholders, you will brief this community on what technologies are of importance to MBDA’s future portfolio and also to identify and compete for external funding, enabling MBDA to build partnerships with key suppliers, SMEs and academic institutes.

 What are we looking for?
  • A broad understanding of electro-optics (EO) and ideally EO imaging technology
  • Experience of strong team leadership and practice of team management skills and tasks
  • Experience of system design across the full lifecycle from requirements elicitation and management through to verification and validation
  • Experience of work package management, including risk management, finance control, programme management and reporting
  • An ability to motivate yourself and others to achieve demanding and evolving tasks while maintaining a calm professional manner
  • Awareness of systems & technical software packages such as Rhapsody, DOORS, Creo, Mathworks
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent experience in Engineering, Physics, Electronics, or maths related subjects
  • No barriers to gain UK Security Clearance, and willingness to undertake ‘DV level’ clearance

What’s in it for you?

EO Seeker technology is a rapidly developing topic with a number of new and innovative approaches.  The role offers the opportunity to contribute to this technology evolution, and grow your experience both in terms of team leadership and technical expertise. 
You will have the opportunity to work with colleagues at other MBDA sites both in the UK and across Europe as well as continue to build connections across the wider EO stakeholder community

What we can offer

*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
  • Group Leader for a new EO Technology Group
  • Responsible for the coordination of MBDA EO Technology R&D, across internal and external funding frameworks
  • Working with a highly motivated group of SMEs and technologists on the exploitation of next generation EO technologies, such as LADAR/LIDAR and Computational Imaging
  • Taking ‘blue-sky’ ideas and turning them into technology demonstrations to support future programme concepts
  • Engagement across MBDA, working with EO counterparts in German, France and Italy

Here's what's great about our team

In EO Seekers & Sensors, you’ll be joining a dynamic team, focused on the development of technically complex concepts into a diverse set of customer projects across the MBDA group.

With a number of new employees recently joining from academia and industry, the team has a healthy mix of skills and experiences, and is positioned well for future growth.

The team uses a range of online communication tools to keep connected (particularly during 2020), as well as still maintaining a good (and safe!) presence in the office and EO laboratory facilities

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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