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Chief Software Engineer (Senior Software Project Lead)

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28 Sep 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Chief Software Engineer (FC/ASW)

Salary:circa £75000

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

The Opportunity

MBDA are looking for a "Chief Software Engineer" (MBDA job title: Senior Software Project Lead) to lead the Real Time Software development for a new class of cruise missile.

Joining MBDA in the early stages of development, you will have accountability for the overall technical strategy, planning, development and timely on cost delivery of all MBDA developed on-board software for the UK developed FC/ASW missile.

The scope of this role will include the development of software for Sensors, Flight control, Actuation Systems, Telemetry Systems and Datalink Systems, plus responsibility for overarching functionality such as Built In Test,Health and Usage Monitoring, Communication frameworks etc.

In this role, you will be working closely with the Software Project Leads for each component, as well as senior engineers and leadership in the FC/ASW team and other subject areas within MBDA.

Overall responsibility for providing a progressively more complex set of capabilities, delivered through software, in the most sophisticated missile MBDA have ever built!

What we're looking for from you
  • Significant experience in technical leadership of complex system developments - ideally gained in the context of Embedded Systems.
  • A thorough understanding of the software architecture needs for high integrity real time systems.
  • Experience working in a regulated environment; knowledge of safety standards such as DO-178C would be advantageous.
  • Experience leading the development of software that is part of a "system of systems" - i.e. where the overall system delivers its functionality through the interaction of its subsystems.
  • Significant experience leading the development of software that is developed concurrently alongside the hardware and firmware on which it runs.
  • Experience in proving real-time systems - an understanding of the different levels of proving from developer led testing all the way through to trials.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills: An ability to influence and bring disparate groups of people together, working cooperatively towards a common goal.

What to expect

We offer opportunities for career progression, flexible working, 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.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

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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