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Information Systems Solution Architect (Engineering Programmes)

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
24 Oct 2021

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Engineering Manager
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: £50,000 to £60,000 dependent on experience plus bonus and benefitsShift work/ Shift
patterns: Dynamic Working will apply with occasional need for out of hours to cover upgrades.

An innovator and trail blazer with a desire to be part of high performing teams, agile in approach and mind set but with a respect for standards and common goals. Is this you?

MBDA and its partners are embarking on the next generation of products with a “digital first” aspiration. Digital twins, digital continuity and all of the related concepts are now a necessity for the future success of MBDA’s Model Base Engineering, Manufacturing and through life support.

Information Systems needs a skilled solution architect to work directly with the programmes teams to bring the right systems and solutions to the ecosystem for those products whilst integrating with the group-wide enterprise level application toolset. As the lead representative of the IS team within programmes, you will bring your knowledge and experience to successfully facilitate collaborative working within a diverse engineering team.

What we’re looking for
  • A broad level of technical information technology and information systems knowledge and expertise in the areas of; developing concepts and scoping enterprise systems and services, especially in the integration of disparate and distributed solutions in a defence environment.
  • Awareness of industry infrastructure and operating standards such as SQL, DB2, Active Directory, Virtual Machines, Websphere, Windows & UNIX.
  • Strong experience of Systems Engineering processes/lifecycle and of the lifecycle of information systems including acquisition and development of new technology is essential.
  • Experience of the existing company toolset (or close equivalents)
  • IBM’s ALM, PTC’s PLM and any of connected tools including Rhapsody, Zuken and Creo and others.
  • Experience of the emerging toolset for the new Engineering Programmes including but is not limited to JIRA, CAMEO, MooD.
  • The role is not limited to the existing tools sets or engineering areas, so a knowledge of Aerodynamics tools, high performance computing and other modelling approaches and engineering capabilities is also extremely useful
What’s in it for you?

This is an opportunity to be part of a new direction for the Information Management team which will see skill IT professionals embedded within the Engineering Programme to directly support, influence and direct the digital first approach.
This approach will look at collaborative product development, manufacturing and through life support whilst maintaining the high professional and security standards for information technology systems management.
You will be working with an industry leading company and its partners on programmes and products of national and international strategic importance.
Our benefits
  • Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.
Join a great team!

You will be the bridge between worlds, working with the best of each. Joining a team with diverse skills that exists to deliver, enhance and maintain our applications.
You will be the key part of a new journey to work directly with the company’s Programme Teams with the opportunity to share knowledge, innovate and learn together.

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.

This role will require SC clearance with the willingness to get DV clearance.


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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