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Head of Synthetics

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

MBDA are at the forefront of the one of the most exciting and challenging programmes within Defence - to design and deliver a Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS) for the RAF and international partners in record time. This is your opportunity to be at the heart of this once in a generation, transformational initiative.

The role is crucial to MBDA's continued success and involves working across MBDA, and directly with partner nations, to build strong relationships and realise collaboration opportunities.

This also involves working with the functional teams (eg. Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Mechanical, Environmental, Systems Design) to identify key enabling technologies and develop concept solutions.

Today, Complex Weapons integration onto aircraft is a costly and lengthy process and part of MBDA's role in the FCAS programme is to reduce these measures significantly in order to provide capability upgrades to the User on a continuous basis, keeping their air platforms relevant as threats evolve.

The role holder will lead two domains (each with their own team). One of these domains is a focused program delivery responsibility, with the second domain looking at the strategic (2035) horizon for both technology and process chains to achieve significant test and evaluation cost reduction.

Reporting into the Head of Platform Integration and Program Enablers, the role holder will be responsible for:
  • Leading the solution to future synthetic weapons integration to realise significant reduction in time and cost compared to current integration approaches.
  • Leading the team to deliver demonstrations of synthetic technology and approaches to internal (SBD & Engineer) and external (DE&S, Industry Partners, Regulatory Authorities) partners, showing the cost/benefit to the FCAS program
  • Leading the team to deliver MBDA's contribution to a Model based Certification pilot project, including owning the budget and technical authority for all deliverables.
  • Be the point of contact for MBDA in the industry and MOD Enterprise, influencing the future strategy for Synthetics within the UK Air Sector.
  • Engage with the supply chain to create partnerships within the Synthetic domain.
  • Interface with the internal Technology Maturation teams, IRAD and Universities to support the increase in TRL of key technologies.

Travel within the UK likely, with possible international travel.
What we're looking for
  • Proven experience of leading multiple technical teams through uncertainty to delivery. Experience across the lifecycle is desirable (Concept through to Delivery), however depth in Test and Evaluation phases is also a key experience we're looking for.
  • Resilience and adaptability as the FCAS programme is highly dynamic and scope is changeable. This provides an exciting environment but requires someone who is willing to work with uncertainty and adapt to changing priorities;
  • Willingness to explore and adopt new ways of working (experience of working in AGILE teams and applying AGILE methodology beneficial.

What's in it for you?
  • A unique opportunity to be involved in one of the most exciting programmes in Defence, providing a great platform to grow your experience and expertise, and raise your profile in an area of the business that is critically important for the future of MBDA!
  • Unrivalled variety through co-ordination across multiple internal and external partners, both in the UK and internationally;
  • An opportunity to gain a strong knowledge of the customer environment, culture, structure and processes in the most transformational programme with the Defence sector;
  • Opportunity to develop technical experience within the concepting domain, air sector and emerging and complex enterprise level programs.
  • Excellent exposure to senior management and leadership both inside and outside of MBDA.
*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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