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Software Architect and Technical Specialist (Radars and Sensors)

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: £60,000 to £70,000 (doe)

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.

We are looking for a software specialist to help us develop the next generation of Radars and Sensors which comprise the eyes and ears of future missile systems.

You will be acting as the focal point between Radar and sensor experts, algorithm designers, electronic engineers, systems engineers, trials engineers and of course software engineers. You will be central to conceptualising and building the software that brings MBDA UK’s Radars and Sensors to life.

If this sounds exciting then come and join us at MBDA - a 2019 Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies To Work For, and make a difference.

What we’re looking for
  • Someone that can steer the design and implementation of complex real-time systems, from a software engineering point of view. This is an influential and hands-on technical role.
You will have:
  • Significant experience working on the boundary between software architecture, systems engineering and system design for complex systems..
  • A thorough understanding of Embedded Systems and how to design for proving and manufacture.
  • You are the person people come to talk to about software issues on your current projects – and you will frequently be sought out for your judgement on technical aspects of the overall product.
  • Knowledge of Simulink, C++, FPGAs (such as Xilinx, Altera), UML, SysML and DOORS
  • The skills to convey complex abstract ideas to people clearly – and will be equally comfortable discussing low level technical detail when needed.
  • You will be influential and well connected - able to guide people towards a decision when things are uncertain.
  • You find the idea of making a system do something new (and that it might not have been originally designed to do) exciting and can inspire the same excitement in others.
  • Ideally you will have experience within a domain where quality and dependability are key discriminators – for example, defence, aerospace, medical, automotive…..
What’s in it for you?
  • You will get to work with experts in Radar and Sensor systems, working with technologies at the forefront of European missile systems design.
  • Many of our projects are the result of international collaboration and consequently there may be the opportunity to work with colleagues at our development sites in France, Italy and Germany.
  • We offer a supportive and encouraging working environment where you can develop your skills across a diverse range of products and technologies.
Join a great team!

Join a team that produces software that makes a difference. There are numerous opportunities to work with a huge variety of people of different backgrounds and expertise, passionate about building sophisticated solutions to complex challenges.

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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