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Weapon Systems Engineer

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25 Jun 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: Up to £48,000 Depending on Experience

Sea Ceptor is a very successful, growing, innovative, high profile maritime air defence system that has secured multiple UK and export contracts.

The Sea Ceptor Weapon Systems team is expanding and seeks System Engineers to work in this dynamic and challenging environment.

Pivotal to these roles is enabling the delivery of Sea Ceptor to multiple customers concurrently, whilst managing adaptations for an increasing number of export customers.

System Engineering positions are available supporting the sustainment and development of the Sea Ceptor Weapon System. This includes resolving technical issues and managing system architecture definition. The team is also involved in supporting trials, combat system integration, verification, safety, security and performance activities.

Depending on the candidate, one of the roles available could include the management of System Engineering activity for some Sea Ceptor contracts.

Individuals may be involved in:

System level requirements, interfaces and architecture definition, including adaptation for new Sea Ceptor variants;

Understanding the impact of proposed changes on the design and performing trade studies to ensure the continued effectiveness of Sea Ceptor.

Technical resolution of in-service issues as they arise.

System level compliance and certification, including generation of System verification documentation.

Systems support to Sea Ceptor domestic and export programmes, including New Business opportunities, as required.

Supporting the Trials team both on site at MBDA and at off site locations.

What we're looking for
  • An appreciation of the Systems Engineering lifecycle including; Requirement elicitation, Identifying and managing key design drivers, Verification processes.
  • Experience of systems integration (mechanical/electrical/software) and system interface definition.
  • Awareness of RTC & DOORS would be beneficial.
  • Ability to work proactively and flexibly across a number of concurrent programmes.
  • Ability to respond quickly when programme priorities change.
  • An effective team player with good interpersonal and influencing skills, essential to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in building cohesion in the relationships between the Systems team and various interfacing teams.
  • Awareness of RTC & DOORS would be beneficial.

What's in it for you?

This role within Sea Ceptor provides an excellent opportunity to experience innovative system design development and to gain an awareness of the integration issues relating to other partners, including the T23, T26, T31 and T45 platform design authorities in addition to Export Combat System Integrators.

The role will offer different development opportunities and provides a good exposure to all elements of the System engineering lifecycle.

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!

You will be joining a highly motivated team with the opportunity to contribute across multiple programmes, with a focus on effective system design delivery across a number of concurrent project aspects, in addition to provision of support to the New Business domain.

There will be opportunities for further development and growth for those with the aptitude and demonstrated ability.

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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