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Mechanical Design Engineer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Mechanical Design Engineer with a broad knowledge and understanding of Mechanical Engineering. We are looking for someone with experience of working at Mechanical system level to define overall system physical layouts, down selection of appropriate Mechanical Technologies and an understanding of the design of mechanical interfaces to subsystems to join Europes number one missile system provider, developing Missile Concepts in collaboration with our Future Systems Design Team for the next generation of Complex Weapons.

You will be working on developing the overall Physical Concept of the missile system to meet the future needs of the MoD customer and on a variety of future missile systems and therefore be required to have a broad knowledge across multiple Mechanical Engineering disciplines. Having an appreciation of other engineering disciplines related to missile systems, such as Aerodynamics and Propulsion Systems, is desirable.

You will have experience of early system requirement evolution, concept development and down selection, subsystem packaging and experience of collaborating in multi-discipline teams. You will need to be familiar with ways of working which allow a broad range of concept options to be studied through conducting design studies to a sufficient depth.

What were looking for
  • Ideally Degree/HND/HNC Qualified plus broad knowledge and experience in Mechanical Design working at Mechanical System Level
  • Experience of working on rapid development activities and autonomous working.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to influence and negotiate with stakeholders across the business.
  • A willing, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, able to set priorities and deal with multiple issues.
  • The awareness and understanding of cultural differences with the ability to adapt accordingly
  • Familiarity with concept and technology development and down selection methodologies, such as Functional Means Analysis and Pugh Matrices
  • Knowledge of Final Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) is desirable
  • An understanding of the Structural and Thermal considerations of Mechanical Design
  • Wider awareness of other disciplines such as Aerodynamics, Propulsion Systems, Electronic Packaging and Low Observability, would be beneficial
  • Relevant 3D CAD/CAE experience (training on our preferred CAE tools will be given).
Whats in it for you?
  • Working on challenging engineering problems and receiving structured skills development.
  • The opportunity to work on multiple future projects in collaboration with other specialist areas such as Systems and Aerodynamics to develop concepts which meet the customer's future needs.
  • Proposing ideas for future research and development topics and obtaining funding to develop these ideas within the Function.
  • Provided with training in specific aspects of advanced technology applications for weapon system and weapon system sub-system design.
  • The potential to work on multi-national projects with the associated international travel.
  • The role provides great opportunities for personal development including Chartership and Professional Accreditation.
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 great team!
  • You will be joining a like-minded enthusiastic team, working on a diverse range of challenging engineering problems
  • Many of our projects are ground breaking and so you can expect to develop and use the latest technologies.
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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