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Future Products Principal Systems Engineer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

As a Principal System Engineer within the newly formed Future Products department; part of Missile Design UK: Emerging Portfolio & Capability function, you will be assigned to take on a variety of roles in support of MBDA's Vision 2040. Each role will work into either Future Systems or Tactical Strike Missile - New Business areas.

Early phase design cycle skills combining core System Engineering, Business development, Customer & User engagements, technology applicability and new functionality areas.

Road-mapping / Requirement elicitation, bidding for new work, understanding capability, corralling multi-disciplinary teams.

Develop & nurture new skills for Early Phase activities. This could include using System Design tools, such as DOORS for requirements, Rhapsody for Model

Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Design Maturity Assessments.

Within the Department, you'll tackle a variety of activities to develop Weapon & Missile Concepts, support bids, understand technology roadmaps and deploy new working practices, such as Agile.

Support multiple products across future systems and new business areas. Current projects supported:
  • Future Combat Air System / Tempest;
  • Future Air Defence/Dominance e.g. next generation Air-to-air and Surface-to-air systems;
  • Tactical Strike New Business
  • Future Strike & Concepting;
  • Land Precision Strike & Future Battlefield Capabilities;
  • Complex Weapons - Innovation & Technology Partnership with France.

What are we looking for?
  • The confidence to embrace the uncertain nature of early concept development and technologies to progress towards defining solutions and system concepts;
  • Good Systems Engineering knowledge, alongside the ability and desire to test new techniques and use new methods to develop concepts and complete system trade studies;
  • Experience of weapons systems and missile design, including systems trade studies is beneficial;
  • A solid understanding of weapon systems, platforms and missile sub-systems;
  • To be able to negotiate and influence a broad range of internal and external partners to secure the right outcome;
  • Experience of planning and task management important;
  • Knowledge of DOORS, Rhapsody and systems design analysis tools e.g. Pugh Matrix / QFD / etc, beneficial.

What's in it for you?
  • This is a highly dynamic role with lots of joint working across our business including the other key functions (Aerodynamics, Guidance, Control & Navigation, Mechanical Design)as well as key business elements, such as Sales & Business Development and Strategy.
  • Work with new technology to develop brand new capabilities and designs;
  • This is a new department, so there is significant opportunity to both shape it and grow with it;
  • The role will develop, including functionally within Systems Engineering, with a broad skill base, across technology and systems engineering processes;
  • The outcomes you deliver will directly influence MBDA's future solutions to our Customers;
  • Opportunity to lead small and multidiscipline teams in order to achieve the goals of the projects;
  • Support the development of the systems engineering concepting skills within Future Products.
Typical activities include:
  • Core Systems Engineering activities including:
  • Exploring Customer needs to develop and elicit requirements;
  • Support and influence the design of new concepts, to the refine them with a mutli-discipline team;
  • Concept capability analysis and competitor product technical performance analysis;
  • Trade Studies and assessment.
  • Develop and deploy systems engineering methods and technical authorisation;
  • Technical bid generation and support to contract award;
  • Supporting customer focused Experiments, using a wide range of techniques and tools including war-games and synthetic environments;
  • Supporting future weapon system planning and product roadmaps;
  • Exploiting and influencing Research and Technology activities.

Join a great team!
  • This is a growing team shaping the way MBDA develops concepts for our Customers;
  • There is a breadth of experience to draw upon through the Future Products cohort;
  • The opportunity to influence a new approach to Future Products systems engineering department;
  • There will be significant exposure to a wide set of Future Systems activities and higher partners, which also shape the business.
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.

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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