Head of Mechanical & Climatic Projects Department, EE&F

Closing date
26 Aug 2022

Job Details

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

Salary: Dependent on experience + bonus + benefits

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

The opportunity:

Environmental Engineering & Facilities (EE&F) UK seeks a Senior Principal Engineer to lead the Mechanical & Climatic Project Department, consisting of approximately 27 engineers (including 5 direct reports) in Stevenage. EE&F is integral within all MBDA land, sea and air-based weapons system projects and operates at all stages of the product lifecycle. You'll manage delivery of Environmental Engineering task packages, through the provision of technical management and leadership across the environmental project engineering and data analysis teams.

In the role, you'll provide expertise in defining Environmental Requirement Specifications (ERSs) and assessment of all relevant environmental requirements and their interpretation into design and test levels for the complete product and for its sub-systems, while maintaining overall consistency of logic and an efficient approach across projects.

You'll conduct day to day functional management of the project department in support of the Head of EE&F UK, ensuring all environmental engineering activities are included in the appropriate project management plans and establishing effective communication with supporting functions.

You'll act as a technical support to the Projects during bid phase, being strongly involved in discussions with the customers, provide support to Design Verification Plan (DVP) with respect to interpreting environmental requirements, proving guidelines, conformance documentation and test techniques.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience/Chartered Engineer desirable
  • Proven people management skills and demonstrated ability to motivate a team
  • Comprehensive understanding of mechanical & climatic environments and associated environmental test equipment/facilities
  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of shock and vibration analysis and simulation tools would be beneficial
  • Experience of environmental defence standards
  • Understanding of the environmental life cycle and the key activities across the Product Life-Cycle

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.

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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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