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Functional Domain Lead - Prepare Engagement

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow!

We are looking for someone to join a fast-paced project in the early stages of design development maturing the functional architecture and requirements.

The Weapon System behaviour has been divided into a set of functional domains. Work within a functional domain aims to gradually decompose the top level behaviour of a domain into individual functions that can be allocated to equipment and provided to the design team as sets of requirements for design.

We are looking for a Lead for the Prepare Engagement Functional Design Domain.
The Prepare Engagement Functional Design Domain covers all of the work completed in the preparation and planning for an engagement up until initialising for launch and will involve close working with the mission planning team.

The Design Domain Lead will be expected to:
  • Technically co-ordinate & drive activities across the Design Domain to ensure coherent & mature embodiment of the required system-level behaviour to time quality & cost. This will involve working across functions and departments to ensure a viable design.
  • Identify, scope, estimate time and cost of functional design & trade studies to be undertaken
  • Propose allocation of functional performance and/or constraints to physical sub-systems, facilitating key trade-offs decisions, particularly where trade-offs traverse different DA or domain responsibilities
  • Manage the domain evolution, ensuring consistency between domain sub-system configurations is understood and aligned.
  • Ensure the functional design and functional architecture relevant to the domain is developed collaboratively between partners. Facilitate common modelling approach and/or mutually-agreed model interfaces to aid parallel development.
  • Generate and maintain design and performance, development, proving and qualification within the domain
  • Ensure risks are identified as part of the System Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (SysFMEA), Design FMEA (DFMEA) and Class of Difficulty Assessments are understood and a consistent approach is taken to reduce these as appropriate.
  • Ensure development of a domain-based proving & qualification strategy and manage the System acceptance for the domain
  • Communicate domain-level considerations to customers, ensuring messaging consistency
  • Chair internal and supporting external working groups/working communities as appropriate, IAW programme governance structure
  • Have responsibility for a subset of munition equipment CPSs, leading on writing functional and performance requirements and ensuring other sections are completed by appropriate parties in reasonable timescale.
What we’re looking for
  • Experience of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and MBSE tools (Rhapsody)
  • Experience of requirements development and requirements management tools (DOORS)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact both technically and programmatically with customers, technical specialists, equipment teams and senior management.
  • Leadership capabilities to be able to direct diverse, multi-disciplinary teams and support development of members within the team.
What’s in it for you?
  • Knowledge of the next generation deep strike capability being developed by MBDA.
  • Opportunity to develop a new network, internal and external to MBDA as well as internationally.
  • Practical experience of Agile principles and supporting frameworks on a Project that is driving the new ways of working in the business.
  • To work in a motivated and collaborative environment
  • Opportunity to further develop leadership and management skills.
BenefitsFlexible 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.

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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