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Electro Optical Design Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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12 Feb 2022

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Competitive salary plus excellent benefits and bonus

The Electro-Optical Seekers Group is responsible for the specification, assessment and delivery of a range of electro-optical sub-systems used within complex weapon systems.  Each member of the team performs a range of tasks and engages regularly with other areas of the business, external suppliers and customers.
The successful applicant will join one of our project teams developing cutting edge Electro-Optical Sensors for complex weapons.  You will be collaborating with our customers and stakeholders to ensure the development and delivery of Electro-Optical subsystems.

You will be responsible for working with our internal experts and project leads to develop and design Electro-Optical sub-systems to meet challenging customer requirements.

What we’re looking for?

  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in designing and developing imaging Electro-Optical systems, using optical design tools such as Zemax or equivalent.
  • Understanding of Electro-Optical radiation, propagation and detection principles, in particular in the infra-red wave-bands.
  • Strong logical and analytical skills to address the technical nature of the work
  • Experience in designing optical and mechanical elements within CAD tools such as PTC Creo.
  • Experience in designing and developing laser systems.
  • Experience with engineering tools such as Mathworks Matlab.
  • Experience of working in Agile teams.
What’s in it for you?

You will have opportunities to support your professional development by working on some of the most complex, cutting-edge Electro-Optical systems being developed, not only developing your technical abilities, but also your management and leadership skill-sets.
With the support of the team around you, you will have access to the facilities, tools, expertise and development opportunities needed to supply state of the art solutions to our customers.
There are also opportunities to get involved in conducting cutting-edge research and development into strategically important technologies.

Our 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.
Join a great team!

The nature of the work is broad, varied and dynamically changing. You will work in a highly skilled and experienced team covering fundamental technology development through to concepts and product development, manufacturing, delivery and in-service support.

Some travel may be required between MBDA sites, supplier and customer locations, and test sites both within the UK but also internationally.

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.


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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