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Seeker Production Support Graduate Engineer 2023

Closing date
29 Oct 2022

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

Seekers Production Support Engineer Graduate

The seeker is "the eyes" of every Missile; not just a collection of sensors, but a sophisticated integrated system which detects, identifies, and tracks targets. The seeker contains some of the most advanced technology in the Missile, and typically comprises around half of the development activity of a missile project.

We produce a variety of seekers of different types, including radar, electro-optical, and multi-mode seekers (combining both). Setting up a production line for building and testing seekers can be difficult due to their advanced designs and challenging requirements. Often seekers will contain brand new cutting-edge technology, which even our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bolton will not have encountered before. We therefore need people with the enthusiasm and ability to become experts in seeker technology, and to apply that expertise to ensure we can build our seekers on quality, on time and on cost.

What will you be doing?

The Seeker Production Support team provides the critical knowledge and skills to ensure that seeker production runs smoothly. As the role is reactive by nature, it is true to say there is no such thing as routine! We could be asked to support with any issue affecting the production of seekers, be it RF, electronic, mechanical, software, thermal or otherwise in nature. Teamwork is critical, as we will often work alongside engineers from the Manufacturing and Test teams to understand the problem, determine the cause, find the solution, and implement the fix. Some of the activities involved in this role include:
  • Transitioning seekers between the Design phase and Manufacture phase, working with teams in both Stevenage and Bolton.
  • Transferring technical knowledge from our Design teams, and then functioning as a technical point of contact for the Manufacturing teams.
  • Investigating issues with the seeker design or production flow to determine the root cause.
  • Advising changes and improvements to the seeker design, the way it is built, and the way it is tested.
  • Performing measurements on RF systems, with commercial equipment like Vector Network Analysers and Spectrum Analysers, or with specialist-to-type test equipment.
  • Analysis of test data and telemetry using MATLAB.

This will use and advance your knowledge from university, applying it to technical challenges at the cutting edge of technology, in a department where we never stop learning. We also work closely with many other teams, giving you exposure to even more areas across the industry. Seekers is an Anglo-Italian department, and work on numerous multinational projects with opportunities for travel.

You will also have the opportunity to work towards Professional Chartership with the IOP, IMA, IET, IMechE or RAeS, and we will also pay 100% of the fees whilst you are on the Graduate scheme.

Entry Criteria
  • Degree qualified (minimum 2.2) in physics, engineering, electronics, mathematics, or related.
  • Willing to learn and comfortable taking the initiative to solve complex technical issues.
  • "Good Scientists" with an open and transparent, evidence-based approach.
  • An adaptable engineer, who can pro-actively find and learn from both existing experts and written resources, then apply this knowledge to new and varied problems.
  • £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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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.



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.   

For the latest vacancies, employer updates and stories from our people, make sure to visit and bookmark our MBDA UK Careers site.

Our Values 

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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