Principal Mechanical Design Engineer - Research and Development

Up to £55000 DOE
Closing date
21 Feb 2023

Job Details

Up to £55k DOE plus excellent benefits plus bonus

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working (likely to be a minimum of 2 days per week on site on average.)

An opportunity for a Mechanical Design Engineer with drive, enthusiasm, creative and logical thinking to join Europe's number one missile system provider, developing Technologies and Capabilities for insertion into the next generation of Complex Weapons.

You will be working on Research and Development projects to develop the Mechanical innovative solutions required to meet the challenges presented by Future Products. This will cover a wide variety of topics and you will be required to have a broad knowledge across multiple Mechanical Engineering fields.

You will have experience of technology development and ideally experience of collaborating with SME's and Academia. An appreciation of operating in a high certification environment and experience of inserting technologies into products is highly desirable.
What we're looking for from you:
  • Ideally Degree/HND/HNC Qualified plus experience in Mechanical Design, particularly in research and development
  • Capable of managing work packages, rapid development activities and autonomous working.
  • You will have a willing, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, able to set priorities and deal with multiple issues.
  • Have the awareness and understanding of cultural differences with the ability to adapt accordingly.
  • An understanding of the Structural and Thermal considerations of Mechanical Design
  • Wider awareness of other disciplines such as Electronic Packaging, Aerodynamics and Low Observability would be beneficial
  • Relevant 3D CAD/CAE experience (training on our preferred CAE tools will be given).
What's in it for you
You will be working on challenging engineering problems and will receive structured skills development. This role will offer you the chance to work on multiple research projects to enhance MBDA's Mechanical Engineering technologies and capabilities, potentially on an international level

You will also have the opportunity to propose ideas for future research topics and obtain funding to develop these ideas within the Function. Training in specific aspects of advanced technology applications for weapon system and weapon system sub-system design will be available

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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