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Mechanical Architect

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

Salary £40K to £60K DOE + bonus + benefits

We have an opportunity for an experienced Mechanical Architect to join our team here at MBDA. This exciting role is to gather and manage the missile mechanical architecture requirements to achieve missile performance, on time and on cost and overall layout vs compliance. This involves providing justification of the design and co-ordinate the verification evidence of missile performance to support certification.

We also ensure functional and mechanical requirements are flown down to the sub-assemblies within the missile which includes:
  • At missile level, in conjunction with the Mechanical Design Team, figure out overall product structure, mechanical interfaces and architecture
  • Facilitate Architectural Trades i.e: brokering mechanical trades between sub-systems and internal equipment to meet overall missile system needs, including key performance requirements, mass properties, alignment, aerodynamics, thermal, safety and structural integrity.
  • Ensure missile architectures support generic policies i.e modularity, re-use, design for assembly
  • Undertake phased missile level technology maturity & complexity of design assessments to de-risk the development cycle
  • Define missile level hardware requirements to support proving and de-risk activities
  • Manage missile prototype and development hardware on behalf of the CDE
  • Support product Design and program Phase Gate reviews and manage technical changes and Non-Conformance & Non-Compliance issues
  • Identify Architecture risks and opportunities during the development phases

What we're looking for:
  • Ideally educated to degree level (or equivalent) with significant experience of mechanical engineering across the full Product Life Cycle
  • Ability to collaborate across multiple subject areas
  • Experience of partnering with senior managers and customers
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge and experience of electro-mechanical & mechanical design, including Static & Dynamic Analysis, Design for Environment, Cost, Manufacture, Thermal Management
  • Experience developing proving logic and leading the generation of compliance evidence towards Certificates of Design

We are also interested in a good understanding of broader engineering fields, such as:

Aerodynamics / Materials /Vibration, Shock, Fatigue /Six Sigma & Lean Design /Critical Parameter Management /Systems Engineering V-model /Failure Mode & Effects Analysis/ Test Design i.e: Design of Experiments

What's in it for you?

As Mechanical Architects, we are involved in all aspects of missile development, from the early feasibility studies to series production and in-service support within MBDA. It's an excellent opportunity for someone wanting to build on their engineering experience and progress to a more senior technical role.

We believe this role will suit someone who wants to experience a broad view of the development process through interaction with Systems Designers, Chief Engineers, Design Authorities and Suppliers. Longer-term, there are opportunities to develop towards a Chief Design Engineer (CDE) role.

There is also the opportunity to travel within UK and Europe when required.

Join a great team!

We have about 50 staff within the Mechanical Architecture UK Functional Team, who are all located with their Project Teams in Stevenage. You will typically be working for the Project CDE and collaborate with a broad range of other Functions within MBDA, but have a high degree of autonomy and represent the Project / Function in meetings.

Why us?

*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.

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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