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Availability Modeller

Employer
MBDA
Location
Stevenage
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
Reference
R16440

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 our governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.

Salary: Circa £50000 depending on experience

Some of what to expect:

  • Bonus of up to £2200
  • Pension 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/development opportunities


Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working, this role will require 4 days a week onsite.

The opportunity:

Effective Stockpile management is underpinned by data analysis and availability modelling since these are pivotal to ensuring that evidence based decisions can continue to be made for the betterment and longevity of the weapon stockpile. This is a process with high visibility within the Customer team, informing critical decision-making for a key Royal Navy capability.

A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic Availability Modeller to become an integral part of the team, leading the modelling activity through the complexities of the Mid Life Refurbishment (MLR) phase. It is an opportunity to learn more about both the importance and principles of Availability, and to engage directly with MOD and Royal Navy (RN) staff supporting the Type 45 platform.

As the Availability Modeller, you will be responsible for:
  • Developing and maintaining close working relationships with various stakeholders around the team, both internal and external - this includes MOD delivery staff, RN front line support, Weapons Evaluation and Capability Assurance (WECA) and multiple internal CSS areas
  • Ensuring the timely supply of data from across the teams to enable the Stockpile model to be populated for both regular updates and ad-hoc assessments of potential solutions.
  • Carrying out programme level tracking and analysis of performance against defined targets, as well as supporting the definition of future targets based on historical performance and the need to maintain stockpile availability.
  • Producing Availability Modelling baselines by using collected data to create scenarios to run through an existing MatLab model.
  • Producing and analysing ‘what-if' scenarios to support the Customer decision-making process, ensuring the scarce resource is deployed, managed and maintained for maximum operational benefit.
  • Presenting the outputs of all model scenarios, ‘what-if' scenarios and programme performance metrics to the team at all levels.
  • Identifying model enhancements to support both increased functionality and scope).
  • Developing new visualisation methods to support the explanation of Stockpile status and impacts
  • Ensuring other MBDA stockpile models benefit from experience from the environment, and that new functionality introduced elsewhere can be leveraged into the model.


What's great about the role?

This is a Customer facing role, with unique access to a range of MOD and RN posts, with the job-holder being viewed as an integral member of the MOD team.

The role focusses on the operational outcome for an MBDA product, and provides an insight into the factors that influence Stockpile availability, including both the full range of internal functions and MOD areas that Industry staff are not generally engaged in.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the factors and levers that contribute to the continued availability of a weapon stockpile, along with the interdependencies present between all programmes during a weapon system lifecycle.

You will have the opportunity to build relationships at multiple levels both within MBDA and the Customer and Operator environments, providing an excellent development opportunity.

You will have the opportunity to influence and contribute to strategic decision making, affecting the way in which MBDA and Partners perform.

What's great about joining this team?

You will be joining a small, highly focussed team with a successful track record of delivering the changes necessary to maintain and improve stockpile availability for the Customer and End User.

You will have the opportunity to support and influence the direction and content of modelling capability for this key product, and the broader modelling principles being developed and deployed within MBDA.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Basic code/model running mind-set.
  • Excellent Excel skills for front end visualisation and data interrogation (including VBA).
  • A logical and analytic way of working that can spot inconsistencies/unexpected outcomes and support the development of explanations.
  • The ability to develop an understanding of weapon system programmes within the lifecycle (incl. Surveillance and Life Extension (SaLE), MLR etc).
  • Interpretation of real world changes and translation into modelling assumptions and variables!


Ideally you will have knowledge and experience of the following:

  • Being able to communicate complex data and information at multiple appropriate levels.
  • Collating detailed analysis and graphical outputs into concise forms, pulling out the key points, and posing questions for consideration.
  • Understanding of why availability modelling and data tracking is important
  • Be self-sufficient and pro-active, able to direct your own time and prioritise workload to ensure that key customer deadlines are met.

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 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 requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearances.

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Company

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.

 

 

Company info
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Telephone
01438754500
Location
6 Hills way
Stevenage
Hertfordshire
SG1 2DA
GB

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