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Mechanical Portfolio Delivery Lead

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20 May 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Mechanical Architects can be involved in all aspects of missile development, from the early concept studies to series production and in-service support.

The Project Delivery Lead is responsible for the management of all portfolio engineering activities associated with the delivery of the UK Complex Weapons Portfolio, including technical risks management, obsolescence management and engineering commonality management.

You will gain exposure to the whole of MBDA and influence engineering strategy for the future. This is an opportunity to use innovation and creative problem solving to drive real positive growth into the business. You will develop your career with an outstanding understanding of the business and its projects.
The opportunity:
  • Work with projects to improve the efficiency of Commonality, Modularity & Reuse and reduce hardships
  • Review predicted and measured benefits to ensure realism from an engineering point of view
  • Work with internal teams to ensure that programme plans for dependencies exist
  • Supporting internal teams road-mapping activities
  • Act as the point of contact between Functions, Equipment Teams, Centres of Excellence and the Portfolio as risks or issues arise
  • Establish relationships and build and maintain structured communication channels
  • Present pertinent information and deliver to the Portfolio Technical Team
  • Develop, maintain and publish portfolio risk register
  • Definition and management of risk tracking strategy, focusing on those affecting project deliveries imminently
  • Generate a technical risk commonality map
  • Provide awareness of the objectives and mission to internal and external persons as required
  • Manage the risks and issues raised within projects as current obsolescences affect portfolio projects
  • Ensure solutions for portfolio obsolescence removal does not affect the dependencies established

Who and what we are looking for from you?
  • A good understanding of design process throughout a product's life cycle
  • The ability to work with, influence, and challenge where required including senior MOD and MBDA management
  • A flexible mind-set, able to tackle problems and develop genuinely innovative solutions for design challenges
  • Ability to understand sophisticated technical problems, often with a high degree of uncertainty, complexity and inconsistency
  • Effectively manage your priorities when presented with issues from multiple projects
  • Chartered, or have the desire to become chartered
  • You are able to concisely summarise multi-faceted problems and influence, lead and empower teams positively
  • Good knowledge and experience of mechanical & electro-mechanical design

The team

The Portfolio team pioneers MBDA's engineering strategy. We operate in a completely outstanding position by sitting across all projects and equipment teams. The Portfolio Delivery Team reports directly to the Chief Design Engineer who will connect you to wide range of stakeholders inside and outside MBDA. Personal development is a keystone of the team and building your skills will be a priority. This is a fantastic opportunity to steer your career progression through networking and demonstration of novel thinking, with the freedom to operate in your own way to achieve your objectives.

Why us?

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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