Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation Graduate Engineer 2023

Closing date
23 Oct 2022

Job Details

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

Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation Graduate

The Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation (WSSE) department designs and develops leading-edge software applications used to support battlefield simulations for National and International Customers in the Land, Air and Sea domains.

The simulations we develop evolve in-line with the lifecycle of the programmes: from concept demonstrations with customers and stakeholders, to Integration Trials & Training with in-service operators. This means you will get to work with a variety of different teams!

Our simulations are at the forefront of problem solving across a broad spectrum of MBDA's programmes, focusing on improving MBDA's Agility and Time to Market.

WSSE is a dynamic department across our Stevenage and Bristol sites with a diverse team of engineers working together to deliver across a wide range of projects at every point in the programme lifecycle. You will have the opportunity to broaden and strengthen your skills from experts in synthetic environments.

The opportunity:

Be a part of our development teams developing, integrating and deploying our simulation components across the business. Experience presenting to, and working with, our customers and stakeholders to iteratively improve our products to final delivery.

You will be involved in:
  • Assisting key projects, alongside highly experienced engineers, across parts of the MBDA development lifecycle
  • Working with other areas of the business such as Integration & Systems Validation, Human Factors, Future Systems, Customer Support Services and Sales & Business Development
  • Working directly with customer representatives and military personnel in order to both extend and demonstrate our current and future capabilities

Your role will give you:
  • Experience of software development methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall
  • Training for new programming languages and software tools
  • Experience integrating software applications together and deployment onto hardware environments
  • Experience exchanging software components with other software and modelling teams
  • Opportunity to develop and test code within professional software development teams
  • Opportunity to gain an understanding of the company process for delivering our products to our Customers, including the test and certification process

Entry Criteria, Salary and Benefits
  • Currently studying in a science or engineering subject area such as Computer Science, Software Engineering or Mathematics, or a related subject.
  • Programming experience from degree or personal projects.
  • £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

Experience of some of the following would be advantageous;
  • Software Engineering.
  • System Engineering.
  • Object-orientated Programming in C-like Languages (C++, C#, Java).
  • Development Environments (Visual Studio, Eclipse).
  • Networking & Networking Protocols.
  • Algorithms (Flight dynamics, rotational geometry).

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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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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