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Systems Engineering Specialist - Mechanical Architect

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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence

We have an opportunity for a Mechanical Systems Architect to join our Weapon System Equipment team, to work on the latest generation of vehicle mounted launcher products. The primary activity will be as part of the Land Ceptor team in the continued delivery of equipment to the UK Army and support to our ever expanding export programmes. As you progress in the role, opportunities will arise to influence the wider MBDA product range of mechanical launcher systems in conjunction with our future systems team.

The successful candidate will have responsibilities, working closely with the mechanical engineering design team to secure technical resources and expertise, to deliver mechanical systems engineering documentation that underpins direct activities on the equipment integration to mobile military platforms at system, subsystem and component level. To achieve this, you will have a number of direct and in-direct reports to help you achieve your objectives.

MBDA has a great employee development track record. Working for us will give you access to a range of professional technical experts who can support you in both your technical role and professional goals.

This role will suit Engineering Professionals with a background in:
  • Mechanical design / installation in industrial, commercial or military contexts (all services)
  • Systems engineers with a bias towards mechanical products
  • System integration engineers who have dealt with mobile platforms
  • Ex-Armed Forces personnel (all services) who have conducted engineering roles.

What we're looking for:

Someone who can demonstrate good knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Electro-mechanical & mechanical design, mechanical analysis and test, design for environment, product assembly and integration, material sciences, interface definitions and control, system or product certification
  • Work within engineering process that control the flow down of functional and mechanical requirements to the design teams and ensure that system performances are met
  • Manage product build definition as part of a system configuration baseline
  • Explain the principals of mechanical design and integration to a technical audience and capture this as a system architecture definition
  • Ensure that the mechanical architecture and compliance documentation has adequate oversight and is maintained for the Weapon System and Sub Systems
  • Manage a wide range of partners to generate the required mechanical design and analysis data; undertake design reviews where required
  • Perform mechanical trade studies between sub-systems and internal equipment
  • Provide justification of the system mechanical and integration to platform design on behalf of the Chief Design Engineer
  • Support the wider Weapon System Equipment engineering team in their activities based on your mechanical engineering knowledge where your boundaries of responsibility may overlap
  • Create a vision for the modularity and re-use of system components for adoption in alternative weapon systems in the future
  • Is willing to be flexible as new customer requirements emerge to prioritise system delivery in a highly inter-dependent to team

We are also interested in candidates who have a good understanding of broader fields and are looking to expand their experience. This may include Lifting and slinging / Design or testing in high Vibration and Shock environments / Project and Risk Management / Dimensions and Tolerancing / Critical Parts Management / Systems Engineering V-model / Failure Mode & Effects Analysis/ Mass and Thermal Management.


*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 in it for you?
  • Be part of a highly technical, challenging project at the forefront of supporting our armed services and their allies.
  • Have exposure to the full lifecycle development of weapon systems integration with mobile platforms
  • Gain a solid understanding of the system and programme elements that are required to deliver a Weapon System from Concept to In-Service
  • Influence MBDA policy regarding mechanical launcher architectures and design for platform installation
  • Take a leading role in managing the launcher hardware definition and supplier alignment to programme requirements on behalf of the Chief Design Engineer
  • Manage work packages including identifying cost, risk and product impact as part of the programme team
  • Own the management of complex technical investigations using structured processes, as a result of emergent system properties either foreseen as part of development or as a result of customer feedback on the in-service systems
  • Demonstrate your Engineering Leadership qualities that can lead to career advancement.

Join a great team!

Weapon System Equipment are responsible for development and delivery of equipment for Land, Naval and Airborne domains, as well as training simulator products. The team works together to secure delivery of the hardware, software and validation for the equipment to time, cost and requirement given by the project.

We work across the entire design lifecycle from Concept to In-service and engage across a wide partner community to achieve this. This gives our employees, a great chance to network across a highly regulated but innovative engineering company and work with our management team to enable areas of personal development and growth. Initiatives undertaken by Weapon System

Equipment have transformed the way in which the company delivers products. Our presence in the company is expanding and Weapon System Equipment would like to recruit people who would like to be part of an expanding sphere of influence.

Weapon System Equipment has led the development of a coherent Design for Modularity and Reuse strategy within MBDA at National and International level since the establishment of the directorate and its predecessors.

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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