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Head of Systems Engineering

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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31 Jul 2021

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Senior & Chartered Engineer
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

Part time working considered

This is an executive level role delivering our international systems engineering improvement activities across our engineering teams in the UK, France, Germany, and Italy. We’re undertaking a major transformation programme which includes Model Based Systems Engineering to support an end-to-end digital engineering capability.

You’ll own and deliver the multi-year Model Based Engineering plan, leading a small international team coordinating the activities across the four national MBDA companies. Working closely with international domain experts, you’ll bring cohesion to the national culture and practices. You’ll act as a focal point for international collaboration on behalf of Systems Engineering, contributing to international focus groups and mentoring Systems Engineering practitioners.

You’ll join our Engineering Capability & Governance team, which is responsible for identifying and delivering change (including processes, tools, working practices, technology, and skills). Within this team your role is vital in enabling the international cohesion of systems engineering cultures and practices across our European business.

What we’re looking for
  • Proven systems engineering experience including application to project of model based techniques
  • Significant technical expertise in the systems engineering domain
  • Experience in operating in an international environment with a diverse stakeholder group including practitioners and senior managers
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, able to build relationships and mediate cross-functionally
  • Experience of working on change and improvement programmes
  • Ability to manage and inspire others
Here’s what’s in it for you
  • Opportunity to work internationally and cross-functionally on high profile transformation programmes
  • Technical training both formally and on-the-job, supported by a highly experience function
  • International travel and networking opportunities
Join a great team!

We’re a dynamic, focussed team who are passionate about improving the way we undertake our system engineering activities. The team is consistently striving to deliver improvement activities - which involves reacting to new technologies, proposing changes to work more efficiently and helping to influence others. Working with all projects and functions in the business means that the work is very diverse and rewarding.

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.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

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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