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Research & Development Lead, Electronic Engineering

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

The Opportunity

Do you want to be at the forefront of leading MBDA's future Electronic Engineering (EE) UK Research and Development (R&D)? Do you have the passion to be at the heart of the innovations, breaking new grounds in Electronic technology advancement and actively preparing now for missiles and systems programmes of tomorrow?

It is vital to the EE's Future Business team, to understand how we evolve electronic technology in the future, how it will feed into new products and what opportunities technological advances might offer - both to the UK's Portfolio and the company's strategy. The development of modules and technology roadmaps and their mapping to EE and MBDA product lines, requires someone that understands electronic technology at every level; someone who can share ideas, build relationships and influence stakeholders across the business.

What we're looking for

This exciting new role has been created to manage the Research and Development activities within the EE's Future Business team, providing technology leadership and ‘value creation' for EE. This is achieved by delivery management and future planning of both internal and external research activities.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience and understanding of electronics design. This role requires someone that can think beyond the ‘here and now' and understand how our technology, capability and products can evolve in the future to meet the company and customer's needs. A proven ability to build and lead a team (local and virtual) to deliver a strategy is necessary, coupled with pro-activeness, motivation and a tenacity to resolve issues when under pressure.

The role will require you to manage research programmes and funding business cases, build relationships both internally and externally. Due to the nature of the role, being DV cleared, or being prepared to undertake DV clearance is essential.

What's in it for you?

This role will give you the opportunity to work on some of the most advanced electronic research in MBDA. You will use and develop your knowledge across multiple technology domains, becoming the technical authority for EE's Future Business team.

You will lead the delivery of EE's core internal research strategy, work with peers throughout the company (UK and internationally) and participate in senior engineering forums. Your involvement in the long term vision and strategy of the electronic domain means that you will influence designs and steer the company's future portfolio of products.

You will become a leading expert in your field and build a network of contacts and peers across MBDA, with the opportunity to travel as necessary.

Join a great team!

You will be joining as a key member of EE's Future Business team and, as such, be part of shaping the role and be an integral part of the team's future. The team is focused on improving every aspect of EE's response to the research needs of the business and you'll have support to learn and contribute at every level.

The team is motivated and friendly, with a core value of Team Spirit to ensure people feel safe in sharing their ideas, feedback is constructive and success is collective.

You will work closely with the Future Business Head, as well as EE designers, technical experts and peers across MBDA.

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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