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Principal Test Architect Engineer

Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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 exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced Test Equipment Engineers that want to use their knowledge in a system/sub system management role. Our department is responsible for specifying the production and in-service tests required to ensure correct manufacture and continued operation of the unit hardware.

The role includes managing the requirements for Test Equipment and managing the development through delivery and into service. This is an excellent opportunity to experience a broader view of the development and manufacturing process through interaction with systems designers, Chief Engineers and suppliers. You will also have future opportunities to become a Team Leader within the Chief Design Engineer Project teams.
  • The role will see you ensuring the implementation of Test Equipment requirements from all Customers (Internal, Domestic and Export) across the Product Life Cycle
  • Responsible for writing and developing the test specifications detailing the hardware testing required during production
  • Leading Test Equipment design trades between Cost, Scope and Time:
  • Proposing and recommending, with the Chief Design Engineer, the cost vs test coverage trade-offs
  • Working with the manufacturing team define the Special-To-Type Test Equipment (STTE) required to support production
  • Management of Test System obsolescence to optimise upgrade programs
  • Technically manage internal & external suppliers for delivery of Test Equipment packages to time, cost, quality and performance requirements, and and be the main point of contact between the project team and TE supplier.

There are about 15 staff within the Test Architecture UK Functional Team, who are all co-located with their Project Teams in Stevenage. You will be working for the Project CDE and partner a broad range of other Functions within MBDA. You have a high degree of autonomy and be able to represent the Project / Function in many high-profile meetings.

What we're looking for from you:

Ideally educated to degree level (or equivalent experience) with experience of Test, Electrical and Electronic engineering, ideally Test Equipment Design, Test Equipment Requirement, Test Specifications and supplier management.

You will have experience and understanding of project management and planning; cost and budget control; diverse and conflicting customer Management; systems design; safety systems; ability to technically manage internal and sub-contract activities, ability to influence managers and partners across the company; determination and desire to travel when required.

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.   

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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