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Weapon System Electrical Engineering Architect

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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Join a newly restructured team to support the ongoing success of our flagship Ground Based Air Defence Weapon Systems

An opportunity for an experienced electrical power / control architect to contribute their experience to defining and developing technical solutions for MBDA's range of Ground Based Air defence products. Projects will include realising the full potential of Land Ceptor which has recently entered service with the British Army and evolving this capability for the needs of our emerging export customers.

Your role will be to develop and define the electrical and electronic architecture of the equipment for all areas of the Weapon System solution, supporting analysis and decomposition to the lower level sub-system elements and managing all technical elements of the Electrical Power and Control Equipment's. Customer requirements in the Land Domain will be challenging you to deliver within the constraints of limited physical space and harsh operating environments. Through your regular interaction with stakeholders and customers, using your communication, influencing and leadership skills you will be developing the product development demands with the delivery team, whilst focusing on the overall product picture to ensure the ‘On Time, On Cost, On Quality' delivery of the technical solution.

Maintaining an adaptable outlook in an ever-changing, competitive and challenging working environment will be an advantage.

What we're looking for

Ideally educated to degree level (or an equivalent qualification or experience), in electrical and electronic engineering with having obtained practical application knowledge in the following areas:
  • Computer based control systems
  • Electrical Installation Design
  • Wiring regulations - specifically for mobile or transportable systems
  • Design of electro-mechanical machinery and handling equipment in safety critical environments
  • Platform and Vehicle based power (civil or military)
  • Uninterruptable power systems

It would also be beneficial if you could demonstrate experience and knowledge of
  • Hands on experience with electrical installations, machinery, testing of electrical installations, testing of equipment(s), trials work
  • Working knowledge of good EMC/EMI design techniques at the system level and down to individual equipment level
  • Understanding of Missile Weapon Systems in Land, Sea or Air Domains
  • Electronic equipment knowledge such as:
    • Digital electronics and microprocessor systems
    • Power electronics for distributed power networks
    • Design of equipment for safety critical environments
    • Design of equipment for handling of sensitive customer data
    • Compact packaging and thermal management techniques for electronic equipment
    • Grounding, Screening and Bonding design

What's in it for you?

This role is about contributing to a flagship Weapon System delivery programme that has just entered service and has a number of domestic and export opportunities. You will be able to have exposure to all elements of the engineering development lifecycle in a relatively short space of time as we negotiate in-service support modifications or design improvements with the British Army and translate our design solution to new applications with Global Customers already at the negotiation stage.

The project team is distributed across multiple UK and European sites and so there is inherent flexibility in where and how the team interact and work on a daily basis. You will also have the opportunity to build in national and international travel in support of delivering technical bids and design solutions with our customers.

Working closely with the Sales and Business teams on our Engineering proposals that you have led a multi-discipline team to develop, you will gain practical knowledge of the business and engineering trade-space it takes to be competitive in this market.

As your experience develops, you will have the opportunity to broaden your scope and support other Programmes and Research activities using your specialist knowledge in Electrical Architecture of Weapon Systems with the potential of leading to Technical Expert status.

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.

Join a great team!

The Land Ceptor team is a dynamic, international team with a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw from. Set within a matrix organisation you will have the support of the Weapon System Equipment function to provide career development, training and exposure to the wider MBDA engineering function.

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.

Were 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 UKs 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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