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Principal Shipping Officer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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30 Oct 2021

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

Reference Number: R01689

An opportunity has arisen within a fast moving Logistics Team for a Principal Shipping Officer to manage the shipping team whilst liaising and working closely with our export control team, local customs officers and freight forwarders to effectively Import / Export product in the UK.
What we're looking for
  • Detailed knowledge of UK Movements and International Trade, import / export legislation and processes
  • Ability to adapt style of communication to ensure effective delivery of service
  • Strength of character not to deviate from process when other demands conflict.
Here's what’s in it for you
  • Managing an established shipping team to meet business demands with Import / Exports for all Manufacturing
  • The chance to employ skills and knowledge to MBDA bringing best practice working across the shipping teams in Bolton and Stevenage
What would you get?

*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 Role
  • Manage the Shipping Team at Bolton to deliver a benchmark export and shipping service to the business
  • Ensure timely delivery of product in line with project demands.
  • Creation, completion and management of documentation required to effect export deliveries, to include, transport documents, hazardous goods note, customs formalities etc.
  • Ensure topicality of Import, Export and Transport Registers, Hazardous Goods Registers, MOD Form 640 MOD Form 650 Registers
  • Liaise with transport and freight forwarding companies both UK and International to ensure worldwide delivery of hardware maintaining compliance with both MBDA Processes and external legislation
  • Promotion of functional excellence
  • Assist Export Control Department in compliance with regards to Export Licences, working closely with them to achieve and maintain DIT Accreditation
  • Maintain topicality with all transport legislation up to and including prohibited weapons level
  • Establish and maintain best practice utilising continuous improvement activities
  • Identify process improvements to create an efficient and cost effective service
  • Produce and implement KPI’s
  • Ensure all Staff Training records are topical
  • Bring Best Practice to the team working closely with the shipping team in Stevenage to align processes.
  • Promote and maintain effective working relationships with Trade Unions
  • Maintain Health & Safety for area of responsibility, ensuring good housekeeping and a safe working environment that is consistent with all Health & Safety at Work and COSHH requirements.
  • Maintain AAC Accreditation for MOD Stock
Join a great team!

You will be managing a dynamic, focussed team responsible for Imports / Export in the UK from the Bolton Manufacturing Site.

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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