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Software Group Leader

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23 Jul 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Software Group Leader (R09436 - Bristol)

Salary: £60-75,000 (depending on experience)

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working; typically 3 days per week onsite.

The Opportunity

We are a world leader in missile and missile systems development looking for a highly capable and adaptable Software Group Leader to join our team in Bristol. You will be leading the delivery of weapon system software into both the UK and the wider, international MBDA product portfolio.

Lead and manage your group to deliver significant packages of work, ensuring the achievement of commitments and objectives, whilst continually maintaining quality of the products and the dedication and capability of your teams.

This is a great role for someone with a passion for software and its successful deployment in modern systems. Working with people and technologies at the forefront of European weapon systems design, supporting the development of safe, secure and reliable products for our customers.

Many of the methods and tools we use in this domain are the result of strong international collaboration, and consequently there may be the opportunity to work with colleagues, both within the UK and at our development sites in France and Italy.
  • Ensuring efficient project and business delivery of work packages within the scope of responsibility
  • Technical leadership and career development.
  • Your teams are currently developing software in Rhapsody, DDS, and targeting; C++, C and Ada languages in virtualised and weapon system environments.
  • Act as a role model to both the team and the wider organisation by pro-actively leading innovative approaches & technology development
  • Championing the drive towards a more agile mind-set and continuous integration
  • You will own the workload forecast, resourcing, recruitment and assignment.

What we're looking for from you:
  • The experience and ability to lead a Software Group.
  • Experience of leading, motivating and developing project teams to ensure effective staff development. In collaboration with related domains, you will develop our software engineering strategy and capability.
  • The successful candidate will be capable of understanding and improving the complex systems under development and providing clear technical direction and clear and strong people skills.

What to expect:

We offer opportunities for career progression, paid overtime (subject to level), bonus scheme, comprehensive pension package, annual salary review, collaborative working environment and excellent on-site facilities.

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve appropriate clearances.


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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