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Weapon Systems Design Engineering

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30 Dec 2021

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

MBDA are Europes foremost provider of missiles and the systems required to integrate those missiles to aircraft, ships and military land vehicles. In the UK it is an important part of nations sovereign defence capability and is prime contractor to the Ministry-of-Defence for a range of weapon systems in service with Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force. It exports systems to the nations allies around the world.

MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future needs of the three armed forces. In service products supported by MBDA within the UK include: Meteor, ASRAAM, Brimstone, Storm-Shadow, Sea-Viper, Sea-Ceptor. These will soon be joined by the Land-Ceptor and Sea-Venom systems.

There are continuous improvement and enhancement programmes associated with all of these products and a range of new, innovative systems in development including: the next generation of deep-strike and anti-ship missile for the RN and RAF; a network enabled tactical strike weapon (SPEAR3) for the RN and RAF, and new battlefield surface to surface system (LPS) for the British Army. MBDA is also a core member of Team TEMPEST which is developing the next generation combat aircraft for the UK and a growing group of international partners

MBDAs Weapon System Design division is responsible for designing and commissioning the hardware and software within the systems that launch, control and plan the operations of the companys missiles and the emerging alternative weapons such as lasers. The Division works with a range of platform providers in the Land, Air and Naval spheres to integrate our weapons and ensure that the front-line users are able to use them to full effect. There is a growing need for automation and intelligence in these systems to help our service personnel in facing ever increasing and ever changing threats.

We have a continuous need for skilled engineering professionals across a range of fields and with a range of experience levels to push forward our technology objectives and deliver the ongoing programmes.
Within Weapon System Design we have a need for Engineers specialising in:
  • Land and Naval based systems and integration.
  • Aircraft Systems and integration.
  • Electrical and Mechanical architecture.
  • Network and Communications.
  • Cyber protection and certification.
  • Synthetic Environment and Simulation.
  • Algorithm design for mission planning and command and control, including AI techniques.
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics.
  • Integration, Validation and Field Trials.
If you have experience in any of these areas, then apply now!
Experience can have been gained within the defence industry, in the armed forces, in government or in wider industry.

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.

Were 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 UKs 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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