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Systems Engineering National Technical Lead

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

At the pioneering edge of Systems Engineering capability, the National Technical Lead will join counterparts in Italy, France and Germany. Together with the Head of Systems Engineering, they will support and harness systems engineering culture and practices to establish cohesive national and international capability that benefits all of MBDA.

This key role will help pioneer end-to-end systems engineering in the digital domain: Model Based Engineering (encompassing Model Based Systems Engineering). It will sit within the international Capability & Governance Directorate, focusing on improvements within our engineering capability.
Activities include:
  • Working with national capability teams & domain experts to bring appropriate cohesion to the national culture and practices
  • Partnering with National Technical Leads for Systems Engineering to establish international capability
  • Leadership of capability improvement projects
  • Contributing to national Systems Engineering Communities of Practice or Focus Groups
  • Mentoring other Systems Engineering practitioners
  • Assessment of national model based practice against the engineering maturity model

What are we looking for?
  • Systems engineering expertise & experience, including applying model based techniques
  • Experience and confidence working with multiple, diverse partners
  • Well-developed interpersonal, influencing and communication skills
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, self-starting and self-motivated
  • Able to plan and deliver work in a changing environment
  • Experience of managing or working on improvement programmes

What's in it for you?
  • Access to world class, international expertise in systems engineering
  • Opportunity to shape the future
  • Travel within Europe
  • Training and personal development
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.

What's great about the team?
  • Caring, dynamic, focussed team who are passionate about improving the way we undertake our system engineering activities
  • Consistently striving to deliver improvement activities - which involves reacting to new technologies, proposing changes to work more efficiently and helping to influence others
  • Working with all projects and functions means that the work is very diverse and exciting

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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