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Head of Synthetics

Closing date
6 Dec 2022

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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence

Salary:up to £58K dependent on experience + bonus + benefits

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

MBDA are at the forefront of the one of the most exciting and challenging programmes within Defence - to design and deliver a Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS) for the RAF and international partners in record time. This is your opportunity to be at the heart of this once in a generation, transformational initiative.

The role is crucial to MBDA's continued success and involves working across MBDA, and directly with partner nations, to build strong relationships and realise collaboration opportunities.

This also involves working with the functional teams (eg. Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Mechanical, Environmental, Systems Design) to identify key enabling technologies and develop concept solutions.

Today, Complex Weapons integration onto aircraft is a costly and lengthy process and part of MBDA's role in the FCAS programme is to reduce these measures significantly in order to provide capability upgrades to the User on a continuous basis, keeping their air platforms relevant as threats evolve.

The role holder will lead two domains (each with their own team). One of these domains is a focused program delivery responsibility, with the second domain looking at the strategic (2035) horizon for both technology and process chains to achieve significant test and evaluation cost reduction.

Reporting into the Head of Platform Integration and Program Enablers, the role holder will be responsible for:
  • Leading the solution to future synthetic weapons integration to realise significant reduction in time and cost compared to current integration approaches.
  • Leading the team to deliver demonstrations of synthetic technology and approaches to internal (SBD & Engineer) and external (DE&S, Industry Partners, Regulatory Authorities) partners, showing the cost/benefit to the FCAS program
  • Leading the team to deliver MBDA's contribution to a Model based Certification pilot project, including owning the budget and technical authority for all deliverables.
  • Be the point of contact for MBDA in the industry and MOD Enterprise, influencing the future strategy for Synthetics within the UK Air Sector.
  • Engage with the supply chain to create partnerships within the Synthetic domain.
  • Interface with the internal Technology Maturation teams, IRAD and Universities to support the increase in TRL of key technologies.

Travel within the UK likely, with possible international travel.
What we're looking for
  • Proven experience of leading multiple technical teams through uncertainty to delivery. Experience across the lifecycle is desirable (Concept through to Delivery), however depth in Test and Evaluation phases is also a key experience we're looking for.
  • Resilience and adaptability as the FCAS programme is highly dynamic and scope is changeable. This provides an exciting environment but requires someone who is willing to work with uncertainty and adapt to changing priorities;
  • Willingness to explore and adopt new ways of working (experience of working in AGILE teams and applying AGILE methodology beneficial.

What's in it for you?
  • A unique opportunity to be involved in one of the most exciting programmes in Defence, providing a great platform to grow your experience and expertise, and raise your profile in an area of the business that is critically important for the future of MBDA!
  • Unrivalled variety through co-ordination across multiple internal and external partners, both in the UK and internationally;
  • An opportunity to gain a strong knowledge of the customer environment, culture, structure and processes in the most transformational programme with the Defence sector;
  • Opportunity to develop technical experience within the concepting domain, air sector and emerging and complex enterprise level programs.
  • Excellent exposure to senior management and leadership both inside and outside of MBDA.
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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