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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!


Together. For the future of defence.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to the UK and their allies. Regarded as one of the most trusted suppliers of defence solutions in Europe, we have a relationship with the UK military spanning back over 70 years.

Whether it’s designing a future concept for the British Army, managing the procurement of a missile component or harnessing their expertise in software in order to integrate one of our products on to the newest fighter jet, all of our employees are a part of delivering a more secure tomorrow.

In addition to being the only defence company on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2022 list, MBDA are also recognised nationally with three Investors in People Gold Awards (People, Apprenticeships, and Wellbeing), a top 10 finisher on the Best Big Companies to Work For 2022 league tables.   

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Our values are at the core of everything we do and shape the culture of our organisation. No matter what role, our people from leadership to entry-level encompass these values knowing that they are working towards the same common goal, sharing a bigger purpose in order to protect national security and enable strategic independence.

Through promoting change with Innovation, taking ownership through Commitment, building trust through Integrity, inspiring others through Passion and encouraging collaboration through Team Spirit, we have created a place where people feel connected with each other and valued in our community.



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6 Hills way
United Kingdom

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