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Weapon System Equipment Engineer - LDEW

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

The Laser team within the MBDA SparkWorks Division is rapidly growing. This role offers the opportunity to work on the design of future Direct Energy Weapons (DEW) and help develop technology that is currently in its infancy.

Our team works in a rapid development environment where the programme can change quickly. This allows us to experience and exercise large portions of the product life cycle in short timescales.
We're a small team whose role is to craft and steer the future direction of projects. Roles within product delivery span a wide number of engineering fields and also shape the products that are eventually used by our end users every day. Working in this environment is exciting and the design work often requires us to explore new technology and break new ground.
Our primary focus is on physical architectures, solutions, delivery of Weapon Systems Equipment and Sub-systems across several DEW projects.

What are we looking for?

A hardworking engineer who has experience in:
  • A technical and practical way of thinking, ideally with a with a physics background with the design experience to know how things fit together
  • Conducting analytical studies to understand the physical design regime.
  • Development requirements to guide design of the solution and communicate these across multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Electrical, thermal, safety and communications architectures.
  • The capture and maintenance of design budgets such as size, mass, power and cooling and the associated trade space is key to your success in this role.
  • Presenting ideas and concepts across a wide range of partners including peers, senior management, Customers and End Users.
  • Experience of the CADMID cycle is desirable.
  • Adequate understand for the need and application of change control and configuration management would be beneficial.
  • A background in systems or equipment design is advantageous but not essential
Here’s what’s in it for you

We work in an exciting and ‘fail fast’ environment
Our work is fast paced within a creative multi-disciplinary team and we often start from a blank sheet of paper.
Here, you'll be part of a team solving problems that most others aren’t aware even exist.
This is a growing team with opportunities to develop your role and future career in unique directions.

Join a great team!

You will be joining a team that has developed MBDA's direct energy weapon capability from the ground up. We have a population of scientists, specialists and engineers dedicated to continuing the development of key technologies and novel design solutions to the sophisticated problems posed by the continued evolution of operational threats and capabilities.
As part of the wider Weapon System Design community we take pride in being at the forefront of evolving new products and new ways of developing them. We are a strong behaviour and experience led team where the roles are wide ranging and varied. We encourage our team to be adaptable and flexible in all areas of doing 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.
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 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 welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.

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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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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