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Actuation Equipment Systems Lead

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6 Jul 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary - Up to £48,000 depending on experience!

A role has opened for an Equipment Systems Lead in the Actuation Systems Centre of Excellence. The Actuation Systems Centre of Excellence provides a great opportunity for a systems engineer to gain experience across a large number of international safety critical projects at every point in the development lifecycle. The ideal person for the role will be a highly motivated lead individual focused on implementation and delivery. They will be an early adopter of new technologies and keen to expand their experience into electro-mechanical systems, product-line engineering and model-based systems engineering.

The role will involve considerable collaboration across all of engineering, including: mechanical, electronics, servo, software and safety to converge on a design solution.

What are we looking for?
  • Knowledge of systems engineering.
  • Experience in lead roles.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels effectively; challenge, negotiate and influence to achieve a desired goal/outcome.
  • Ability to manage ever-changing and conflicting priorities to achieve the end goal.
  • Experience in a variety of engineering tools.

What will you get?

*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.

You will!
  • Gain experience across a large number of international safety critical projects at every point in the development lifecycle.
  • Tackle exciting and challenging problems, as the Centre of Excellence continually pushes the boundaries of what's possible.

The Role

  • Take ownership of the equipment system design, on behalf of the Equipment Design Authority and Integrated Design Team.
  • Elicit and understand partner needs to develop a complete and coherent system design solution.
  • Develop and refine the equipment system design during the course of project.
  • Develop and refine all internally generated system requirements for the equipment.
  • Collaborate with the Integrated Design Team to deliver the system design solution.
  • Develop solutions to technical issues and process improvement opportunities as a member of the Actuation Systems CofEx team.

Join a great team!!
  • You will be joining a dual-rolled Product Line development team: the Missile Actuator Centre of Excellence and the Actuation Systems Equipment Team jointly referred to as the Actuation Systems Centre of Excellence.
  • The multifunction product focused organisation has been set up to ensure a robust and comprehensive focus can be applied to all elements of actuator product life cycle; from R&D, through development and to in-service support.
  • Common architectures and design methodologies are applied to actuator design to make maximum benefit of re-use and knowledge sharing between teams working on similar products. Delivery focused teams are set up to work on project specific development programmes, but will where possible utilise the common approach to the product definition. Engineers will often work on more than one product at a time to ensure the correct skills and experience is embedded in each delivery team.

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.

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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