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Network Enabled Weapons Systems Engineer/Architect

up to £52,000
Closing date
20 Feb 2023

Job Details

Salary: up to £52,000 DOE + bonus + benefits
Hybrid working pattern: here possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

Are you looking for an opportunity to be at the heart of a once in a generation transformational initiative?

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!

The FCAS Acquisition Programme is currently in concept stage and MBDA are identifying and assessing a broad range of Weapons Effects Domain concepts including Network Enabled Weapons; considering how different networking approaches and technologies could provide operational advantage to the users.

We're seeking systems engineers and systems architects with knowledge and experience in networking, particularly Radio Frequency (RF) networks to join us to define, evaluate and refine concepts for future capability working closely with stakeholders within FCAS, inside MBDA and the wider FCAS community, in the UK and potentially partner nations.

This role is accountable for working on a range of system engineering activities relating to Network Enabled Weapons and wider Effects Optimisation. Areas of work during 2023/24 include:
  • Functional and Mission analysis.
  • Developing, evaluating and refining NEW concepts for FCAS.
  • Developing candidate architectures and deriving requirements.
  • Driving out options and defining systems boundaries.
  • Identifying and analysing technologies for application to the NEW problem space.
  • Generating representations of NEW concepts and underlying network designs in selected tools, within MBDA and as part of wider FCAS activities (e.g. Matlab, Simulink, Riverbed).
  • Defining and managing technology maturation studies.

Travel within the UK to other MBDA and Enterprise partner sites will likely be required. With the introduction of international partners into the FCAS programme, there is the possibility that international travel may be required.
What we're looking for
  • Relevant experience in systems engineering and architecting, including system modelling.
  • A passion for technology and engineering - preferably in RF networks, tactical data links and/or communication systems.
  • Able to work in a team and to prioritise and manage multiple tasks effectively.
  • Experience of, or willingness to learn to operate within the scrum framework and adopt AGILE values and behaviours.
  • Ability to work in a complex multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Experience of MBSE tools and techniques, creation and management of System Requirements and Information Exchange Requirements.
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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6 Hills way
United Kingdom

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