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Mathematical Modelling Engineer - Lethality

Closing date
30 Oct 2022

Job Details


MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Salary: Dependent on experience + bonus + benefits

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

The opportunity:

An opportunity has arisen in the Complex Warhead Centre of Excellence (CW CofEx) for a Modelling Engineer. The role will involve modelling and lethality performance assessment, and the specification of lethal packages, which are comprised of Fuzing and Warhead sub-systems.

Lethality is critical in determining the capability of our products and ensuring we achieve target destruction with limited collateral damage. Lethality encompasses many aspects of the missile but focuses on the warhead and fuzing subsystems. As lethality is the final performance measure of our weapons, you will have a high role profile, reporting at senior Functional, Project and Customer meetings. You will develop a high level of personal domain expertise of lethality assessment techniques.

You will have opportunities to demonstrate your capability in a role which has high visibility across MBDA, and gain experience of dealing with the MBDA Customer community and MoD expertise. You will have the opportunity to become expert in Lethality, Matlab, Hydrocode Modelling (e.g. ANSYS) and Program Management. There are development opportunities towards a Technical Expert or to Chief Design Engineer.

The Role

  • Development of lethality modelling, performance algorithm optimisation, and data analysis tools with significant visualisation (principally in MATLAB) to analyse the lethality model results.
  • Lead studies to provide contributions to project performance statements, to enhance and optimise weapon performance.
  • Provide innovation into the domain to anticipate and derive emerging needs. Participate in or lead internal and external research programmes.
  • Liaise with subcontractors and in-house teams to ensure quality products are developed, and that contractor models are suitable for integration into our overall Lethality Model.
  • Provide close liaison with MoD technical expertise and Research agencies to ensure customer satisfaction with our products.
  • Prepare and give seminars/presentations to demonstrate Lethality and Warhead department capabilities to internal and external customers.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Mathematical modelling, MATLAB, algorithm design and finite element modelling experience
  • Substantial analytical and problem solving skills
  • Engineering experience in defence & aerospace products, particularly but not essentially missiles, weapon systems and defence equipment
  • Understanding of project and budget management, and proven ability to work to tight timescales, within financial and technical constraints.

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.


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.   

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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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6 Hills way
United Kingdom

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