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Senior Systems Engineer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Systems Engineer - Future Combat Air System Network Enabled Weapons

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 FCAS Acquisition Programme is currently in concept stage and MBDA are identifying and assessing a broad range of Weapons Effects Domain concepts including Network Enabled Weapons in order to identify those that provide the user with operational advantage. This role will support this concepting, looking at current and future solutions and working closely with other elements within FCAS, both inside MBDA and the other industry partners. FCAS-AP is an Agile programme, moving at pace, measuring and adapting.

This role is accountable for managing and coordinating a range of system engineering activities relating to Network Enabled Weapons:
  • Technical Analysis and investigations
  • Requirements development and management
  • Technology maturation
  • System architecture design at various levels from system of systems down to major subsystem (air system component)
  • Functional decomposition and physical apportionment
  • Concepting and experimentation
  • Interfaces definition and interface exchange requirements
  • Consideration of system integration and platform integration aspects
  • Liaising with the internal SMEs team to ensure the appropriate models, tools and capabilities are in place to support the team's activities.
  • Managing the assessment of capability, through appropriate trade studies to inform key design decisions during the programme.
  • Liaising with counterparts in the Enterprise (BAE, Leonardo, Rolls Royce plus others and MoD agencies)
  • Working with international partners within the effects domain (Sweden and Italy).
  • Generating appropriate reports and evidence artefacts in support of key design reviews and Customer assurance needs
  • Driving, managing and technically reviewing responses to project technical queries internally, from the customer or partners.
  • Responsible for estimation of project tasks and required resources.
  • Planning and delivering reviews, release of technical documents and reporting on work undertaken.
  • Attending and Briefing at Customer/Enterprise working groups on system design elements
What we're looking for
  • Relevant experience in systems engineering and architecting, including system modelling
  • A passion for technology and engineering - preferably in tactical data links, communication systems or networks
  • Able to work in a team and to prioritise and manage multiple tasks effectively
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively with technical and non-technical partners
  • Experience of, or willingness to learn to operate within the scrum framework and adopt AGILE values and behaviours
  • Ability to work in a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Experience of MBSE tools and techniques, creation and management of System Requirements and Information Exchange Requirements.

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.

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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