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Software Project Lead

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22 Aug 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: up to £70,000 (doe)

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.

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.

Software Project Lead - Bristol

We are interested in hiring a Software Project Lead who would love to join us in Bristol as part of a dynamic team to develop and deliver innovative solutions by exploiting a wide portfolio of software technologies.

We are committed to developing careers and skills by supporting our engineers' personal development whilst ensuring that a healthy work/life balance is maintained!

What will you need to do
  • Manage customers both internally in Software Engineering (SE) UK and across the wider project, including the Software Requirements Authority and the Head of Weapon System Sub-System.
  • Be responsible for managing allocated project budgets and ensuring they are used efficiently
  • Maintain and communicate the current project schedule, coordinating with the team to meet delivery milestones
  • Work with members of the Group to identify potential improvement opportunities and support their implementation.
  • Act as Software Design Authority by ensuring quality standards are met, leading the formal software release process and continuously looking for ways to increase quality, safety and security.
  • Collaborate with partners to guide future product line roadmaps
  • Control and prioritise project backlogs
  • Support the creation of project and release documentation

What we're looking for

While the experience listed below will be helpful, if you do not have some of them don't let that stop you from applying!
  • A leader who can support and draw the best from their team
  • Effective communication, persuasion and conflict resolutions skills
  • An organised yet adaptable attitude with a love of problem solving
  • Experience of Agile practices such as scrum
  • Knowledge of the full software development lifecycle
  • An open minded yet realistic approach to change and improvement

Knowledge of the following are considered a bonus but are not required .
  • C++ / C#
  • HMI / UI design
  • Mission Planning software
  • Windows / Linux OS lockdown
  • Automated Testing
  • Lean Six Sigma

What's in it for you
  • You will get to join a passionate, innovative and friendly team who are always looking to improve both themselves and the software they create.
  • Both the team and the department as a whole have a strong focus on career development. You will be supported and guided in choosing, and progressing, your chosen career path.
  • Opportunities to get involved in improvement initiates including become a Lean Six Sigma Yellowbelt or Greenbelt

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.

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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