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System Design Lead

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

Salary: Up to £50k dependent on experience + bonus

Lead the full lifecycle of core systems design activity from the elicitation of customer needs through system design to equipment certification of the DragonFire Novel Laser Weapon System demonstrator:
  • Managing and directing the definition of a completely new weapon system architecture within the scope of MBDA products,
  • Ownership and control of all system design activities for the Laser Capability Development Program (CDP), including the system functional architecture & all system functional interfaces
  • Definition of system level requirements and decomposition of technical requirements into subsystems
  • Be the authority in the team for systems design queries, and defining the system design approach with the CSE
  • Influence the future development of Laser weapons systems, ensuring architectural commonality for LDEW across future Air, Land and Maritime domains
  • Provide technical input to definition of future concepts, and review concepts for credibility and feasibility
  • Manage and deliver certification documentation to enable equipment use across multiple trial events.
  • Lead the delivery of multiple internal and customer deliverables including issue of system design baselines, and interim and final technical reports

What we're looking for
  • Highly capable systems engineer with experience of the full lifecycle from initial customer requirements through to equipment certification and demonstration.
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure and manage problems professionally, work to challenging time scales, identifying and proposing solutions not problems
  • Experience in the use of Rhapsody, DOORs, and the IBM Rational Toolset, including configuration management structures and approaches is beneficial but can be taught if required.
  • Flexible to delivering a variety of tasks, efficient, delivery focused, have strong problem solving skills, with robust systems thinking
  • Experience of multidisciplinary inter-company team management.
  • Good Degree in an engineering field, with significant experience of Weapons System design and certification in the early phases of the CADMID cycle
  • Whilst not essential it would be desirable if applicants had some understanding of LDEW domain or the challenges associated with development of new and novel capabilities

What's in it for you?
  • Opportunity for working from home if desirable as well as flexible start finish times / flexi time / over time as per MBDA Dynamic Working principles
  • Opportunity to influence, design and build the first of its kind Laser Directed Energy Weapon for the UK
  • Being part of a fantastic, highly motivated, passionate and dedicated team
  • Interesting and exciting work on some truly innovative and world class technology
  • Potential to see projects through their full life cycle from bid to customer delivery
  • Frequent opportunities to gain visibility for you and your work at the highest levels both inside and outside the company
  • Excellent training and on the job learning in a broad range of relevant subjects
  • Potential to move within the team to gain experience of new areas
  • Developing new skills through working with specialist areas in MBDA

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 supported by a number of experts in the field as we drive forward the possibilities of LDEW in the UK together!

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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