Head of Future Systems Air Dominance UK, Operational Analysis and Battle Modelling

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
12 Dec 2021

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior and influential role leading the newly created UK Air Dominance, OA and Battle Modelling team within Future Systems. This role is responsible within Future Systems for delivery of the UK Air Dominance strategy, and for the functional management of the Operational Analysis and Battle Modelling teams in MBDA UK.

Specific responsibilities include: Supporting the Development of the MBDA Group product strategy for the future Air to Air Portfolio in the era of 6th generation combat aircraft; Creating the business case for these future Air to Air weapons in the UK and securing and delivering the necessary contracts and internal funding to deliver this. In addition, this role will lead and develop the OA and BM function within Future Systems. Including its interaction with the rest of engineering and the wider group.

What we’re looking for
  • Experience of dealing with customers and supplier teams on a technical and programme level
  • Able to negotiate with customer and Enterprise stakeholders in a technical and business context
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact both technically and programmatically with customers and senior management
  • Able to motivate and coordinate the supporting teams and disciplines within MBDA
  • Working across MBDA Group to understand requirements, priorities and timescales for implementation
  • A strong technical knowledge of MBDA Air Defence products and the key technologies they employ beneficial
Here’s what’s in it for you
  • You will be at the heart of the work to create the next generation of MBDA Air Defence products
  • Lead a dynamic, focussed and growing team creating the future products for all three arms of the UK Armed Forces
  • Responsible for driving research and exploitation of the advanced technologies required for the future Air Defence products, including in: Sensors, Seekers, Communications, Structures, Lethality, Guidance, Control, Navigation, Aerodynamics, Propulsions, Command and Control, Weapon Systems, Architectures and Platform integration.
  • Offers the opportunity to work with autonomy across the business
  • Provides an excellent vantage point to accelerate strategic understanding of the business
Benefits Package

*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!

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 diversecommunity 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 2-3 days per week 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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