Real Time Actuator Software Specialist

Closing date
23 Oct 2022

Job Details

MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence
Up to £75k DOE plus excellent bonus and benefits

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working which, for this role, will be typically 3 days per week working remotely.

The opportunity:

Real Time Actuator Software is tasked with supplying software into a wide range of Missile components that require motor/movement control; Fins, Seeker, Fuel Pump, Booster, Wing Opening System. We are a busy and fast moving department initiating a transformation towards being a modern Software Development group.
  • Do you have the personality and passion to win hearts and minds?
  • Are you able to coordinate with multi-disciplined Product development team to define both System and Software Architecture / Design to the high standards needed for safety-critical software?
  • Are you committed to make DevOps/Simulation/Modelling methods of software development a success?
  • Do you have the ability and innovative mind-set needed to define and drive a 3yr/5yr software roadmap?
  • Do you have the technical breadth and depth to define requirements, architect/design, implement and test Software?

What we're looking for from you:

We are looking for a Software Specialist who can create strong working relationships with many different disciplines (systems, electronics, mechanical, servo, safety, security, manufacturing, etc.) to define Actuator Software for safety-critical applications.

To be a key member of the Software team to deliver to programs and to continuously improve best practice safety-critical software development; working closely with Software Project Leads to help drive projects forward.

You should have:
  • The ability to coach and influence stakeholders and software teams on Actuator Software Architecture, Best Practice and DevOps.
  • Strong understanding and track record of Product and Software Architecture.
    • Software Architecture that is safe, modular, reusable, plug & play and supports simulation, automation, provable quality and DevOps.
    • Experience of creating, communicating and driving technology roadmap.
    • Experience of continuous build, integration and delivery pipeline automation using industry leading toolsets.
    • Experience of embedded/bare metal development for hard real time systems
  • Highly technical/software background with experience working in a technology environment where quality and accuracy of work is essential.
  • History of improving teams through strong coaching and mentoring skills.
  • While not essential experience of safety-critical standards (DO-178C) would be beneficial.

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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