Electronics Graduate Engineer 2023

Closing date
23 Oct 2022

Job Details

MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the Future of Defence.

Electronics Graduate 2023

Join the Electronic Engineering department for a chance to play a fundamental role in bringing together MBDA's missile systems: designing and integrating the electronics that drive our Weapon Control Units, Actuators, Telemetry & Communication Systems and more!

We have a reputation for quality and innovation, and we maintain this by encouraging original ideas, innovative approaches and allowing our Engineers the space to design and produce solutions that meet the challenges.

What will you be doing?

Over the course of your Graduate Scheme in Electronic Engineering you will gain exposure to the full Electronic Engineering product lifecycle, the different electronics that we design, the various teams within the department, and the different projects that we're working on. In addition to this, you will get to know the department, build your network, and get involved with department organisation and management activities.

Your Graduate Scheme will consist of four 6-month placements where you will develop your knowledge and gain hands on experience in a combination of the following areas:
  • Motor control and drive systems for Actuation Systems
  • Communications and RF design for Datalinks and Telemetry Systems
  • Safety Critical Arming Units
  • FPGA firmware
  • Digital and microprocessor design for Seeker Systems and Weapon Controller Units
  • Test solutions and equipment
  • New and emerging technologies for Internal Research and Development

There may also be opportunity for you to undertake a placement at our manufacturing facility in Bolton or at EE's French office in Paris, France.

Placements can be planned to match the technologies that you have specialised in at university, as well as give you the opportunity to try out new ones, and we ensure that all Graduate Engineers experience the entire ‘design, make, prove' process, helping you on your way to becoming a well-rounded Engineer.

Whilst on the EE Graduate Scheme, you will also gain some early experience in management: organising and leading the EE Summer Placement and work experience program, organising a regular visit to the MBDA EE France office, organising a regular visit to the EE Bolton manufacturing facility, managing the EE laboratory and supporting EE improvements and knowledge management activities.

These activities will not only support your IET accreditation application, but they will also provide you with some excellent opportunities to grow your organisational skills, your confidence and your network.

What's great about joining this team?

Whilst on the EE Graduate Scheme you will work with a wide range of our hardworking and experienced electronic engineers in a friendly and encouraging environment. This offers one of the best ways to commence your career and set yourself up for success.

You will experience working independently, working in focused electronics teams, and working in dynamic multi-disciplinary teams, where you may be exposed to mechanical, software and servomechanism design, and you will have to work closely and directly integrate with them.

Each of these environments will provide invaluable knowledge of the company and our engineering processes.

Depending on the projects that you work on, you may have the opportunity to travel to non UK MBDA locations (France Germany and Italy) for integration activities, meetings and equipment testing.

The EE Graduate Scheme is accredited with the IET and you will be given support, including 100% fees paid, to work towards C. Eng registration. I. Eng registration can also be supported where appropriate.

Entry Criteria, Salary and Benefits
  • Degree qualified (minimum 2.2) in Electronic Engineering, Maths, Physics or a related subject.
  • Highly Desirable: Individuals with a leaning / bias towards RF, and evidence of any projects that have involved fibre optic or miniaturised digital design.
  • £30,000 starting salary plus £3,000 joining bonus
  • Pension Scheme
  • Access to range of employee discounts including Dining and Lifestyle discounts subsidised gym membership and more

Why choose 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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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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