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Future Combat Air System (& TEMPEST) Systems Engineer, Bristol or Stevenage

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Location: Bristol or Stevenage

Salary: Up to £48,000 depending on experience

You will be able to shape the future of UK Combat Air by becoming a member of MBDA’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) team. Individuals will contribute to the international Tempest Enterprise, exploring and applying the latest engineering approaches with emerging technology to develop a Combat Air System. Comprising 6th Generation fighter aircraft and Future Effectors, the Combat Air System will be capable of facing potential threats in the 2040 timeframe.

What are we looking for?

Systems engineers and systems architects with experience of one or more of the following:
  • Requirements analysis and management
  • System architecture design, including system of systems
  • Functional decomposition
  • MBSE approaches and tools (e.g. Rhapsody)
  • Concepting and experimentation
  • Interfaces definition and interface exchange requirements
  • System integration
  • Experimentation using synthetic environments and models
  • Knowledge of systems engineering toolset (e.g. DOORS, Rhapsody, Matlab, PLM/ALM)
  • Collaborative mind-set and behaviours, open to new ideas and new ways of working
  • Experience of working in AGILE teams beneficial, or specific role (Product Owner, SCRUM master)
  • Experience gained developing military aircraft, avionics, weapon systems, communications networks or other complex systems/software products is highly desirable.
  • Opportunities exist for team leaders, product owners and other roles which will have additional requirements and responsibilities
What’s in it for you?

The Future Combat Air System offers team members the following opportunities and experience:
  • A once in a generation opportunity to be involved in a UK-wide transformational defence programme. The programme will be at the forefront of MBDA’s own transformation initiatives and presents a chance to implement change through your daily activities.
  • Work with other UK defence industry and international partners, alongside the customer and MoD agencies in a dynamic, fast paced, collaborative environment
  • Create a fully digital enterprise that will transform combat aircraft and weapon systems development, revolutionise weapons integration and optimise how effects are delivered
  • Learn, explore and apply emerging technologies such as effects optimisation using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, cooperative weapons, combat cloud, novel weapons and more
Our Benefits:*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 RoleVarious roles are available at different levels. Your role will support the delivery of the concept and assessment phase through contributing to, or leading, Agile sprint teams which are:
  • Identifying and developing requirements
  • Developing system architecture at system of system level down to sub-system level
  • Developing and assessing concept solutions using advanced models and synthetic environments
  • Road mapping and maturing technologies
  • Planning risk reduction and conducting technology demonstration and system integration activities
Join a great team!

The FCAS Enterprise will build on the team ethos of Team Tempest, which is an open and collaborative team comprising industry and MoD working in a joint manner.

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 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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