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Future Products Principal Systems Engineer

Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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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 £55,000 depending on experience

What we can offer you:
  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • Paid overtime
  • Up to 15 days flexi leave
  • 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

As a Principal System Engineer within the newly formed Future Products department; part of Missile Design UK: Emerging Portfolio & Capability function, you will be assigned to take on a variety of roles in support of MBDA's Vision 2040. Each role will work into either Future Systems or Tactical Strike Missile - New Business areas.

Early phase design cycle skills combining core System Engineering, Business development, Customer & User engagements, technology applicability and new functionality areas.

Road-mapping / Requirement elicitation, bidding for new work, understanding capability, corralling multi-disciplinary teams.

Develop & nurture new skills for Early Phase activities. This could include using System Design tools, such as DOORS for requirements, Rhapsody for Model

Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Design Maturity Assessments.

Within the Department, you'll tackle a variety of activities to develop Weapon & Missile Concepts, support bids, understand technology roadmaps and deploy new working practices, such as Agile.

Support multiple products across future systems and new business areas. Current projects supported:
  • Future Combat Air System / Tempest;
  • Future Air Defence/Dominance e.g. next generation Air-to-air and Surface-to-air systems;
  • Tactical Strike New Business
  • Future Strike & Concepting;
  • Land Precision Strike & Future Battlefield Capabilities;
  • Complex Weapons - Innovation & Technology Partnership with France.

What are we looking for?
  • The confidence to embrace the uncertain nature of early concept development and technologies to progress towards defining solutions and system concepts;
  • Good Systems Engineering knowledge, alongside the ability and desire to test new techniques and use new methods to develop concepts and complete system trade studies;
  • Experience of weapons systems and missile design, including systems trade studies is beneficial;
  • A solid understanding of weapon systems, platforms and missile sub-systems;
  • To be able to negotiate and influence a broad range of internal and external partners to secure the right outcome;
  • Experience of planning and task management important;
  • Knowledge of DOORS, Rhapsody and systems design analysis tools e.g. Pugh Matrix / QFD / etc, beneficial.

What's in it for you?
  • This is a highly dynamic role with lots of joint working across our business including the other key functions (Aerodynamics, Guidance, Control & Navigation, Mechanical Design)as well as key business elements, such as Sales & Business Development and Strategy.
  • Work with new technology to develop brand new capabilities and designs;
  • This is a new department, so there is significant opportunity to both shape it and grow with it;
  • The role will develop, including functionally within Systems Engineering, with a broad skill base, across technology and systems engineering processes;
  • The outcomes you deliver will directly influence MBDA's future solutions to our Customers;
  • Opportunity to lead small and multidiscipline teams in order to achieve the goals of the projects;
  • Support the development of the systems engineering concepting skills within Future Products.
Typical activities include:
  • Core Systems Engineering activities including:
  • Exploring Customer needs to develop and elicit requirements;
  • Support and influence the design of new concepts, to the refine them with a mutli-discipline team;
  • Concept capability analysis and competitor product technical performance analysis;
  • Trade Studies and assessment.
  • Develop and deploy systems engineering methods and technical authorisation;
  • Technical bid generation and support to contract award;
  • Supporting customer focused Experiments, using a wide range of techniques and tools including war-games and synthetic environments;
  • Supporting future weapon system planning and product roadmaps;
  • Exploiting and influencing Research and Technology activities.

Join a great team!
  • This is a growing team shaping the way MBDA develops concepts for our Customers;
  • There is a breadth of experience to draw upon through the Future Products cohort;
  • The opportunity to influence a new approach to Future Products systems engineering department;
  • There will be significant exposure to a wide set of Future Systems activities and higher partners, which also shape the business.
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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6 Hills way
United Kingdom

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