Capability Exploration Studies Lead

Closing date
23 Oct 2022

Job Details


MBDA Missile Systems Together. For the future of defence.

Salary:£50K - £60k depending on experience + bonus + benefits

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.
The opportunity:
An influential role helping to craft the future of the UK Complex Weapons portfolio. This role will involve engaging with delivery teams within MBDA and also with the UK MOD customer community. You will help understand customer capability concerns in the domain and help to tailor, shape and implement technical studies and experiments that will explore exciting new Complex Weapon innovations at an early stage in their conception.

You will be responsible for driving the successful conduct of multiple technical studies under multi-million pound contracts. Ensuring that studies focus on and deliver against specific MOD case evidence needs, whilst running partner inputs along the way to ensure a collective recognition of the results. Using elements of project management skills and also building up of a technical appreciation vital to proactively influence the direction studies are taking.

This is an excellent opportunity to operate at the early stage of a new concept and technology exploration - seeing new ideas emerge and grow. You will have influence in the direction of UK Complex Weapon research & development, which will enable you to work with a diverse range of partner's right across the MOD and the UK military.
What we're looking for from you:
  • Technical understanding of weapon systems, or similar high complexity industry products.
  • An understanding of early life-cycle experimentation in a defence context.
  • The ability to lead the prioritisation and delegation of technical work and managing risk.
  • Track record of managing parallel large (£1m+) packages of technical work.
  • A dynamic and proactive individual
  • Good at coping with uncertainty, scoping work plans with limited initial information.
  • Working as part of a team and liaising with others at all levels throughout a large company.
  • Ability to influence others, including at senior MOD/ Military levels.
  • Ability to manage partner involvement and expectation in complex multi-dimensional studies.
  • Familiarity with MOD acquisition process or HMG Treasury guidelines would be advantageous.
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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