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Aerodynamics Group Lead - Future Systems

Competitive salary + bonus + benefits
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

Job Details

MBDA is a leading defence organisation. We are proud of the role we play in supporting the Armed Forces who protect our nations. We partner with governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.

Salary: Circa £70,000 depending on experience

What we can offer you:
  • Bonus of up to 27% of basic salary
  • Car allowance of £3,600
  • Pension contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working. This role requires on-site working in Bristol for the majority, due to security considerations and teamwork.

The opportunity:

A truly rare opportunity to join MBDA Aerodynamics leadership team has become available. As the Aerodynamics Group Lead for Future Systems Projects, you'll be key in influencing and shaping the Future Combat Air System team, in this exciting "once in a career" opportunity.

This opportunity requires a team leader, who is able to deliver agreed work packages across a number of ambitious projects. Does this sound like you? If so then read on!

You will be accountable for delivery to time, cost and quality through collaboration with other aerodynamics team leads, Technical Experts and senior project management teams. The role specifically covers those projects in the early concept design stages, with current activities ranging from aerodynamic design, characterisation and assessment of missile airframes, through to early assessments of integration onto platforms. Importantly, you will manage and encourage a team of around 15 skilled aerodynamicists to succeed, including performance evaluations, career development discussions, and ensuring the development of skills and proficiencies to improve performance and meet the future needs of the business.

As a senior role within the department, you will also support the Head of Aerodynamics with reporting, long-term management of team development, skill capability, recruitment, project workload, and resource allocation. Your influencing skills will enable you to build strong networks and relationships across a wide range of partners, including MBDA UK and internationally, Universities, SMEs, MoD customers in DE&S and DSTL, as well as aircraft platform authorities.

What we're looking for from you:
  • In-depth technical knowledge of Aerodynamics & Performance, ideally with experience of high speed or aircraft integration.
  • Well-developed and proven leadership skills; evidence of strategic thinking and providing a clear vision
  • Previous experience of people management and shaping teams
  • Desire to invest time into developing others and providing mentorship and coaching
  • Excellent collaboration, engagement, partner management, communication and influencing skills
  • Proven task package management, ensuring that outputs are on time, within budget and the correct level of quality

Our Business:

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

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 Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.


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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