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Commercial Executive

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

A fixed-term contract of 12-15 months

Salary £65K+ dependent on experience + bonus + benefits

An opportunity has arisen to join a proactive and motivated commercial team, in a sector committed to delivering Defence Capability to the UK Armed Forces and other World Governments, covering all aspects of the product lifecycle from concept to disposal.

This particular role is a leadership position within the Future Systems Delivery area, with responsibility for the overall commercial delivery of a portfolio of contracts.

Responsible for all commercial aspects of Future Systems Contracts, this includes domestic contracts with several branches of the Ministry of Defence and a range of Industrial Customers.
Be a subject matter expert in complex commercial issues, notably Intellectual Property.

Responsible for the quality and timeliness of the teams commercial output.
Hold delegated authority for approvals, signatory of agreements and contracts on behalf of the organisation.

Effectively communicating with wider teams in order to support opportunities and implement commercial policy and process and ensuring a consistent commercial position across the business.
Dealing with Directors, Sector and Project Heads when contract issues are escalated for resolution.
Responsible for all stages of the commercial life cycle from early engagement, bidding, contract management and closure.

Responsible for delivering sector reporting, metrics, audit obligations and functional requirements for the commercial directorate.

What were looking for

Someone who can maximise identified business opportunities and implement commercial objectives and associated activities to support such opportunities. This includes the development of commercial strategies, contracting arrangements and approaches to commercial through life management.
Someone with contract drafting skills including different agreement types, with an awareness of UK Ministry of Defence Conditions being preferable.

Someone who can manage a wide range of variation of complexity in role, with a positive outlook to change.

A strong commercial problem solver who understands and can manage commercial risk.
A strong presenter with experience of taking bids through approvals and managing a wide range of commercial stakeholders.

Ability to follow and empower a team to follow commercial processes ensuring compliance.
Forms part of the senior management team, working closely with the Sector Heads and supporting the multifunctional leadership aspects of the area to deliver our promises to multiple customer.
Is an effective communicator, both internally; informing a wide range of stakeholders, and externally; building and maintaining a good working relationship with customer counterparts.
Has the ability to set out strategies relating to the negotiation of complex commercial situations to the benefit of the company, whilst taking in to account the wider commercial implications.
Is able to be the point of contact for any contractual information and agreements including obtaining and implementing legal advice with ability to guide teams through commercial issues.

Whats in it for you?

Prominent role with a lot of senior interaction and engagement internally and externally, including joint working with senior customer representatives to solve complex issues.
Can influence commercial strategy and implement it to ensure continuous improvement
Dynamic working environment (with some short term UK and International travel required) with flexible working hours, both at a well-equipped site and at home.

Join a great team!

This is a very busy team, supporting wider teams at the front end of technology, often working with tight timescales, to establishing mechanisms to contract which will influence potential opportunity throughout the CADMID cycle.

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.

Follow MBDA on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers) and Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK).

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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