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RF/Microwave Electronics Designer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary up to £50k DOE + Bonus + Excellent Benefits

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced RF/Microwave Designer to design and develop the RF/Microwave technical solutions for MBDAs high quality, precision product range (Datalink, Telemetry, etc.) As part of the Electronic Engineering function of MBDA, you will be defining future strategies and roadmaps for RF/Microwave design solutions based on research and development activities in which you will also be actively involved.

Your role will be to create, analyse and prototype designs that meet challenging customer requirement within the constraints of limited physical space and harsh operating environments.

You will be managing all technical elements of the RF sub-systems, collaborating with other design disciplines and working alongside the Engineering Project Manager to ensure the On Time, On Cost, On Quality delivery of the technical solution.

Whilst the nature of the role is primarily technical, the successful candidate will still need to evidence excellent communication skills and have the confidence and gravitas to work across the business with a variety of senior partners to ensure successful delivery of challenging projects. In addition, knowledge sharing is key so there will be the many opportunities to assist in the coaching and development of less experienced engineers.

What were looking forIdeally educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification) with a Radio Frequencies design bias having obtained substantial experience in the following areas:
  • Architectures for medium to high power microwave transceivers, including catering for issues around full-concurrency operation.
  • Microwave radio frequency planning analysis.
  • Detailed modelling of link budgets and the derivation of top-level radio specs from these budgets.
  • Able to root cause issues in the measurement results of prototype radio platforms and recommend/implement solutions.
  • Practical application of radio sub-system building blocks, e.g. LNAs, Mixers, Filters, Synthesisers, HPAs etc., and how to apply them to a realisable radio, including temperature compensating biasing, power supply management, PCB layout and evaluation/testing of solutions.
  • Use of RF test equipment and understanding of the limitations. Must be able to merge real world measurements and theoretical predictions together to refine outcomes.
Whilst not essential, it would also beneficial if you could demonstrate some knowledge of detailed understanding of the Modem and DSP signal flow, discrete analogue circuit design and the use of mathematical modelling tools such as Matlab as well as Embedded and Miniaturised Antenna Design.
Experience of designing to meet Military Environmental requirements and standards e.g. DEF Stans and Mil Specs would also be advantageous.

Here's whats in it for youThis role provides you with a unique opportunity to apply your skills within a multi-disciplined team including Electronic Architects, Antenna Engineers, Systems Engineers, Firmware and Software developers and Digital Electronics Design Engineers.

You will be collaborating with other areas of the business, giving you a fantastic opportunity to develop both your knowledge and your professional network.

You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your curiosity and enthusiasm to keep up-to-date with the latest engineering techniques and products as well as your ability to think outside of the box to implement innovative and effective engineering solutions.

You will gain exposure to complex and technologically advanced projects and products, which will provide you with stimulating and interesting experience; since you will be working with other highly talented and motivated engineers you will find yourself working in a friendly and supportive environment that encourages career progression and allows you to experience a real feeling of success.

Our benefitsFlexible working *opportunities for career progression *great bonus scheme*annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

Join a great team!

We are an extremely competent and highly committed team of people. We work on technologies that were both interested in and passionate about, which makes us the best at what we do.

Of course, we all need a steer sometimes; a little guidance and advice. No business does this better than MBDA. You will get the support of a mentor network, a people management community (who offer leadership support through focus groups and internationally renowned experts in leadership), peers and the team around you. We work better as a team and when you join us, you will be made to feel very welcome.

If you are great at what you do, we also want you to share your knowledge, enthusiasm and experience to help us improve where we need to.
When properly supported, we can and do extraordinary things!

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.


Together. For the future of defence.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to the UK and their allies. Regarded as one of the most trusted suppliers of defence solutions in Europe, we have a relationship with the UK military spanning back over 70 years.

Whether it’s designing a future concept for the British Army, managing the procurement of a missile component or harnessing their expertise in software in order to integrate one of our products on to the newest fighter jet, all of our employees are a part of delivering a more secure tomorrow.

In addition to being the only defence company on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2022 list, MBDA are also recognised nationally with three Investors in People Gold Awards (People, Apprenticeships, and Wellbeing), a top 10 finisher on the Best Big Companies to Work For 2022 league tables.   

For the latest vacancies, employer updates and stories from our people, make sure to visit and bookmark our MBDA UK Careers site.

Our Values 

Our values are at the core of everything we do and shape the culture of our organisation. No matter what role, our people from leadership to entry-level encompass these values knowing that they are working towards the same common goal, sharing a bigger purpose in order to protect national security and enable strategic independence.

Through promoting change with Innovation, taking ownership through Commitment, building trust through Integrity, inspiring others through Passion and encouraging collaboration through Team Spirit, we have created a place where people feel connected with each other and valued in our community.



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