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Systems Design Engineer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

FC/ASW Systems Design Engineer - Functional Strands

Bristol or Stevenage

Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) is MBDA's flagship future product. We are looking for someone to join the Functional Strand Development team on this complex and interesting project. FC/ASW has just entered the Assessment Phase, a 3-year period during which the concept is to be refined to a point at which it can be progressed to design and manufacture.

A critical part of work throughout the Assessment Phase is production of the Missile Dynamic Reference Model (DRM), an end to end representation of the Missile System used to assess performance against the Customer vignettes, conduct Systems Design trade studies and produce the associated Algorithms and Software for on-board the Missile.

A Model Based Engineering approach is being taken on FC/ASW in order to meet demanding Customer timescales and reduce the amount of hardware trials required throughout the project lifecycle. A high fidelity and validated model representation of the Missile System is essential for achieving this, demonstrating the design of the Missile System and its suitability to the Customer needs.

The key role of the Functional Strands Team is to co-ordinate the various stakeholders of the DRM to ensure efficient development and delivery of the model for its various uses.

A Systems Design Engineer in the Functional Strands Team will:
  • Work with Subject Matter Experts in Aerodynamics, Mechanical, Propulsion, Lethality, Guidance, Control & Navigation, Image Processing, Software, Seekers (and others) to understand how each of these contribute to the DRM
  • Support development of the DRM and subsystem model requirements
  • Ensure delivery of the DRM with subsystem models to key stakeholders (System Performance, GCN, etc.) in line with the model development plan
  • Support definition of the Common Algorithm Software Architecture (CASA)
  • Define the WCU Software and Missile Security Solution requirements
  • Support the development of Software plan
  • Work closely with the Functional Domain leads to understand the development needs for the model used for Systems Design trade studies
  • Support development of the Mission Manager algorithms
  • Assess model development and V&V activities and present to key project stakeholders

What we are looking for
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with customers, technical specialists, and senior management.
  • Experience of model development or using mathematical models to assess system behaviour
  • Experience with Missile Software development
  • Experience of capturing and presenting technical requirements

What's in it for you?
  • Tangibly shape the design of the next generation deep strike and anti-ship capability developed by MBDA
  • Opportunity to develop a network, internal and external to MBDA. FC/ASW is an international project and offers the potential to work internationally with French colleagues and customers
  • Practical experience of Agile principles and supporting frameworks on a Project that is driving the new ways of working in the business
  • To work in a motivated and collaborative environment
  • Opportunity to develop technical skills across all parts of the missile system as well as experience in mathematical modelling.


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!

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.

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 a proud member of Working Families - the UK's 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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