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Programme Manager (Complex Warheads CofEx)

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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31 Dec 2021

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: Up to 55,000 (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.

Programme Manager (Complex Warheads CofEx)

An opportunity has arisen in MBDA UKs Complex Warhead Centre of Excellence (CW CofEx) for a Programme Manager to lead the winning and delivery of warhead research, design development and manufacturing programmes. The role reports to the Head of CW CofEx.

Engaging with the Business and Programme (B&P) function in projects across the business, the role also interacts with the multi-disciplined CofEx, customers, partners and suppliers across UK & Europe, adopting emerging and establishing new ways of working.

The role is based at MBDA UKs new facility at Bolton, and is focused on acquiring and delivering delegated Design Authority work packages, to time, cost and quality.

What were looking for
  • Experience in programme management or other business/technical related areas.
  • The ability to work independently whilst also leading and inspiring small teams including within suppliers and other MBDA functions.
  • Experience of the following project management toolsets (or equivalent):
    • Primavera P6 (schedule), SAP (PS) (cost control), ARM (Risk Management) and 4Cast (Resources).
  • Someone with a proactive nature, able to challenge constructively and appropriately, identifying problems and providing solutions.
  • Organisational skills are critical for the role to help lead and deliver activities confidently andefficiently.
Whats in it for you?
  • You will be working closely with the Business and Performance managers and project controllers, ensuring that projects and work packages conducted within the CW CofEx are delivered on time, cost and quality (OTOCOQ).
  • The opportunity to apply, gain experience and as necessary undertake training and development in all aspects of project management.
  • An opportunity to establish new ways of working; adopting different methodology from other departments, equipment teams and CofExs.
  • Involvement in all stages of the warhead equipment lifecycle from technology and concept studies, through design development and qualification, to manufacture of prototypes and series production.
  • A phenomenal opportunity to work with customers, suppliers, partners, SME's and academia. Plus international working with colleagues in UK and France, customers, suppliers and partners across Europe, including Italy and Germany.
Join a great team!

The CW CofEx is an exciting department organised within our Engineering Directorate. Its purpose is to define requirement for, and to research, design, develop and qualify Complex Warheads for MBDA UK and French programmes. The department has over 30 professional scientists and engineers in UK (Stevenage and Bolton) undertaking design, simulation & modelling, trials and supplier management.
The team applies high levels of expertise to develop and apply new and innovative technologies and engineering tools.

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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