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Senior Materials Engineer

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23 Dec 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Up to £45k DOE plus excellent bonus and benefits

Hybrid working pattern: This is a lab based role but where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

The opportunity:

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Materials Engineer with drive and enthusiasm to join Europe's number one missile systems provider, developing design solutions for the next generation of weapons.

Working within a state of the art Materials Laboratory you will be given responsibility to provide complex practical support or solutions around laboratory analysis with the opportunity to participate or lead failure investigations for both national and international projects. You will feel as if you are making a tangible impact to real life problems.

This technical practical role will put you at the forefront of materials technology, and will offer a breadth of development in surrounding fields. There will also be opportunities for national and international travel supporting both customers and suppliers.

What we are looking for
  • Previous practical experience in one or more of the following areas is essential:
  • Thermal Analysis Methods (TGA, DSC, TMA, Rheology)
  • Other techniques (FTIR, SEM, XRF)
  • Chemistry related areas
  • Ceramics, Composites, Polymers and adhesives
  • REACh and other environmental or health and safety legislation
  • Equivalent of HND or Degree in Materials Science or Chemistry ideally, or Mechanical engineering.
  • Good understanding of materials and their processes, how they react to various environments and how to assess performance
  • An adaptable flexible and hands on individual able to use scientific instruments but also able to work with hardware and understand assemblies (e.g. controlled disassembly)
  • Great problem solving skills.
  • Good communication skills, with both technical and non-technical teams

What's in it for you?
  • Supporting every project across the business in all aspects of their relevant lifecycle (i.e. from research and development, to design & manufacture support as well as in service and end of life).
  • Working with a diverse team who are specialised in a variety of engineering fields enabling an unparalleled breadth of development. Alongside the expertise of the team you will have access to world class scientific instruments and material testing capability, increasing by around £0.5 million a year.
  • Making a tangible difference working from first principles to solve various material investigations. Often working as the last resort to recover critical situations occurring in production or providing in service support.

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.

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.


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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