Export Contract Manager

Closing date
24 Aug 2022

Job Details

MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Salary £50K to £55K DOE + bonus + benefits

The Opportunity

A fantastic opportunity has arisen within the UK Export Contract Management Team for an ambitious, experienced and highly driven project manager who will lead and deliver a portfolio of UK export contracts. Whilst developing programming, commercial and contract delivery skills, the role is focussed on satisfying international Customers with a wide range of cultural and contractual demands.

What are we looking for?
  • You will need to have proven expertise in project management and leading contract delivery in both the bid and execution phases, desirably with international customers;
  • You will have a good understanding of MBDA products and services as well as underpinning engineering principles;
  • You will need to have a high degree of self-motivation and drive with the ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • You will have effective interpersonal and communications skills with an open, confident and clear leadership style;
  • Proven experience of people management in a leadership role as well as experience managing internal and external stakeholder relationships;
  • Be prepared for international travel with an open mind to embrace different cultures;
  • Experience of preparing and authorising Bid submissions, ideally with exposure in the role of Business Bid Authority;
  • Proven experience of interfacing with Corporate functions such as finance, customer support, export control, project management, quality, shipping & engineering;
  • Ideally qualified to degree or equivalent level with intent to pursue Professional Body registration;

What's in it for you?
  • Opportunity for a structured career progression within the MBDA Export Contract Management Directorate as well as Professional Body recognition;
  • Opportunity to engage with a wide range of international Customers: North and South America, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific as well as Europe;
  • Opportunity for varied travel as well as develop language and cultural skills across our International Customer base
  • Opportunity to provide a significant business contribution to the expanding portfolio of export contracts;
  • Opportunity to interface into functional areas of MBDA UK as well as important interactions with MBDA France, MBDA Spain and MBDA Italy;

What would 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.

The Role

  • Lead and manage the contract and commercial day to day interfaces with international Customers, ensuring good customer relationships and satisfaction for UK export contracts;
  • Manage internal interfaces within MBDA, including directorates, functions and NATCO's as well as external interfaces with industrial partners;
  • Anticipate and solve issues and concerns in order to fulfil the contractual commitments and deliveries as well as obtain Customer's acceptance and payment for the deliverables;
  • Ensure MBDA business interests are safeguarded by timely export contract schedule adherence and robust mitigation of programme and commercial risks;
  • Pre-empt and monitor potential customer claims/disputes and maximise profitability by deploying appropriate strategies for the resolution of disputes;
  • Supporting Sales & Business Development in the acquisition of new business for the UK led export proposals (and multi NATCO's proposal including UK content);

What's great about the team?
  • You will be joining a truly international and integrated Export Contract Management Directorate based in the UK, France, Spain and Italy with a global range of international Customers delivering the full portfolio of MBDA products and services;
  • You will be working in the UK Export Contract Management team of fellow Project Management Professionals who have a wide ranging experience in the export market place based in Stevenage and Bristol;
  • You will have the opportunity to be part of and shape the growth of the UK Export Contract Management team;

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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