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Software Safety Engineer

Circa £55,000 to £70,000 (doe)
Closing date
19 Feb 2023

Job Details

Software Safety Engineer

Salary: Circa £55,000 to £70,000 (doe)

What to expect:
  • Bonus of up to 21%
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals
  • Excellent career progression/development opportunities

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working - Typical dynamic working would be 2 or 3 days in office, depending on project phase.

The opportunity!

As a Software Safety Engineer you will be part of a team delivering software safety arguments for the next generation of advanced missile systems, and have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills within the defence systems domain, with a specific focus on the safety assurance of our software products.
  • Help to lead and develop software safety across multiple specialist areas including Embedded, Command and Control (C2) and Mission Planning systems.
  • You will co-ordinate safety-related activities across multiple projects and product variants in order to ensure the efficient delivery of software safety solutions into these areas.
  • A hands-on role that requires a combination of both technical and organisational/inter-personal skills.
  • You will be involved in developing MBDA's software safety processes for the adoption of new technology within a safety context.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Significant experience in delivering safety-related/critical reports and arguments.
  • Experience of being responsible for the authoring and delivery of (software) safety cases and arguments and will be comfortable working with engineers from other subject areas (including international colleagues). The following are desirable for this role:
    • Knowledge and proven application of Modular Safety Cases and use of the Goal Structuring Notation (GSN).
    • Familiarisation and working knowledge of standards such as: Def Stan 00-055, 00-056; IEC 61508, and RTCA DO-178C.
    • Ability to work with, and produce, FFA / HAZOP / SHARD.
  • To succeed in this role you will need to have an eye for detail, understand the need for complete openness and traceability in the safety arguments that you produce, and demonstrate unshakeable integrity in your dedication to the role.
  • You will favour a collaborative, open approach to development and have the ability to encourage others and maintain momentum during development.
  • The work that you undertake will be across multiple products and sites, so strong communication skills and the ability to motivate others is needed.

What's in it for you?

This is a fantastic role for someone with a passion for software safety and its application to modern weapon systems. Working with technology that is at the forefront of European missile system design, helping to develop safe, secure and reliable products that our customers can depend upon.
  • Many of our products and components are the result of strong international collaboration; consequently, there may be the chance to travel both within the UK and to our sites in France, Italy, and Germany.
  • We offer an encouraging working environment where you can develop your skills across a wide range of products and technologies.
  • Your skills will be developed through a mixture of project exposure, formal training (including professional qualifications), and attendance at conferences.

The Team!
  • The Software Product Lines and Capability team supports the development of software that drives some of the most advanced missile systems in the world.
  • We apply small, focused teams of engineers to sophisticated problems; you will work with a dedicated group of expert software and systems engineers on exciting and novel products.
  • Supporting multiple projects covering actuation systems, launchers and weapon controllers

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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6 Hills way
United Kingdom

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