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Senior / Principal Operational Analyst

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

Salary - £33,000 to £48,000 depending on experience

The MBDA Operational Analysis (OA) team requires an experienced problem solver to contribute to a range of analytical studies within the Future Combat Air domain. You will have the freedom to network, influence, and thrive in an agile environment, leading and contributing to a variety of qualitative and quantitative studies in support of decision making for the UK's next generation of Combat Air System capability. Examples of topics include:
  • Changes to the conduct of military operations in the future battlespace
  • The role of un-manned air capabilities in the future battlespace
  • The weapons and effects needed for a future Combat Air System to achieve mission success in the face of rapidly evolving threats

Curiosity, creativity, and analytical expertise must be combined with excellent communication skills to support MBDA's contribution to this national enterprise.
What we're looking for
  • Necessary:
  • Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
  • Strong awareness of, or professional background in, aspects of Operational Analysis, Operational Research, statistical analysis, or systems thinking; able to grasp the big picture whilst retaining focus on detail, ability to structure information, draw conclusions and make recommendations.
  • Flexible, adaptable and pro-active mind-set; able to select the appropriate approach depending on duration of study, and ability to cope with changing workload priorities
  • Team player, willing to learn and readily share knowledge with others
  • Potential to manage, scope, and lead tasks, and to develop in role
  • Desirable:
  • Knowledge of military air operations
  • Understanding of threat environment within the context of future combat air
  • Experience utilising War-gaming in a professional context

What's in it for you?
  • Be part of a team at the forefront of developing next generation capabilities for the UK
  • Be able to contribute ideas and shape the direction of a new programme in its early Concepting stage
  • Rewarding and varied topics of work that ensure no two days are the same
  • Opportunity to interact and work with a wide range of partners, including analysis communities in the MOD and other industry partners, as well as military representatives from the UK MOD
  • The opportunity to enhance your understanding of the defence industry, and develop technical, leadership and management skills
  • Management and peer support at the appropriate level to ensure that your learning and application of skills is continuously nurtured as part of day-to-day and continuous professional development
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!

The Future Combat Air Operational Analysis team is a growing, forward looking, team of analysts who are relied upon to support understanding and decision making within an agile business environment. The team facilitates experimentation and dialogue with customer partners, develops understanding to inform the operational requirements and context of our future weapon systems, and prides itself on providing a high quality service to internal and external partners alike.

Members of the team enjoy varied work, the opportunity to liaise with their own partners, develop a wide variety of applicable skills, and work in a team or independently according to the nature of work. All members of the team have the opportunity to develop and carry more responsibility as their career progresses.

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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