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Principal Engineer – Electronic CAE Tools Lead

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19 Feb 2022

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: Up to £45k DOE + Bonus + Excellent Benefits

The Engineering Design Capabilities Team is responsible for providing comprehensive business user support in a wide range of Design IT systems and capabilities across the engineering communities including the companys new Collaborative PLM and CAD toolsets.

A phenomenal opportunity has arisen to join the team to represent the business in providing user support on the implementation, take-up and future evolutions of Electronic Computer Aided Engineering Tools. As the dedicated subject matter expert of ECAE Tools you will be responsible for the choice, configuration and management of the toolsets within MBDA UK.

You will oversee ground-breaking ECAE new tool and technology evaluations and their subsequent deployment to support the Electronics Design and Manufacturing Teams continuous improvement initiatives.

The Electronics tools and associated CAD Part Library is centralised and there is a requirement for international synchronisation so working closely with an international team.

What were looking for
  • Experience in ECAE design tools - ideally for Circuit/PCB design. Experience in other FPGA/Firmware design tools would be beneficial.
  • You will need to be familiar with Circuit Design principles and be aware of electronic packaging, high-speed circuit design requirements, Component Data Sheets and characteristics.
  • Attention to detail and ability to discuss and explain the intricacies of ECAE tool configurations/operation and the company processes governing their use.
  • Someone that has a good communication and engagement background with strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Desirable but not essential to have experience of the development and maintenance of a CAD library.
  • Knowledge of fundamental Electronic & Mechanical Design principles would be beneficial.
Whats in it for you?
  • This role provides an opportunity to become a subject expert in the domain of ECAE and related tools.
  • This role provides opportunities to work closely with highly capable design teams to get an understanding of how design toolsets are utilised and supporting a ground breaking implementation of a Product Lifecycle Management system.
  • Supervisory role for a small team of technically competent individuals
  • Working with both national and international engineers, in a friendly and supportive domain, provides one of the best environments to further career aspirations and achieve a real feeling of success.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to learn, take ownership and expand personally to the level of experience and aspiration that one may have.
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 Engineering Design Capabilities Team is dedicated to providing first class CAD and IT support across MBDA. The tools we manage are key digital tools for MBDA and provides a backbone for engineering data. This specialist team is well respected, supportive and operates in a friendly environment both within the team and within the greater Engineering functions.

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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