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Lead Mechanical Architect - SPEAR

Closing date
23 Jun 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£70,000depending on experience
What we can offer you:
  • Bonus of up to 27% of base salary
  • Car allowance of £3,600
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and more!
  • 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 such as 3 days per week on site and the remainder remotely.
The opportunity:
An opportunity exists for an experienced, ambitious and delivery-focused engineer to join MBDA working as Senior Lead Architect on the SPEAR Product Team. The successful candidate will join the business at a crucial point and be responsible for the Mechanical Architecture for a number of new product variants.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Delivery on time, on cost and on quality of objectives
  • Leading and developing a successful team of approximately 10 Mechanical Architects.
  • Management of a large and sophisticated work break down structure and associated budget
  • Leading the definition of the optimum mechanical architecture for all SPEAR Missile and Launcher variants
  • Hold wide influence across the project and support this with a high level of technical skill and experience
  • Share a point of view to advice on both project strategic direction and emergent, tactical issues.
  • Contribute to Functional management

This is a highly visible role which will require a broad range of technical, programme and people leadership skills. As such, it would offer an ideal development path for someone wanting to work towards a Chief Design Engineer position.

The individual will be co-located within the project team at Stevenage and will report daily to the SPEAR Chief Design Engineer. Functional support will be provided by Head of Mechanical Architecture.
What we're looking for from you:
  • Degree qualified or equivalent in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering with significant relevant working experience, ideally across some or all of the following areas: Mechanical Design, Stress/Thermal analysis, Mechanical and Climatic Environments, Product Qualification and Certification, Project Management, Team leadership.
  • Proven leadership skills and a willingness to be held responsible for objective delivery.
  • Well-developed customer leadership skills; capable of forging and managing relationships and influencing at all levels.
  • Delivery-focused with a passion to achieve success.
  • Experience of defining, developing and delivering complex system mechanical architectures.
  • Application of appropriate personal behaviours including self-motivation, initiative, leadership, adaptability, planning and organisation.

Note that training will be provided to support you in delivery of the role and ensure your ongoing technical and personal development
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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