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Senior Lead Mechanical Architect - FC/ASW VLC

Up to £72,000 DOE
Closing date
22 Sep 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: Up to £70,000 depending on experience

What we can offer you:
  • Bonus of up to 27% of base salary
  • 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 onsite per week and 2 days from home.

The opportunity:

One of our key future products has a requirement for a Senior Lead Mechanical Architect with the knowledge, skill and experience necessary to drive forwards the development of a major weapon system component. In this role the Senior Lead Mechanical Architect will be accountable for ensuring a major section of the munition is realised as a fit for purpose solution that maximises the compliance to demanding customer requirements whilst achieving a producible design solution.

This role will be responsible for:
  • Leading the definition of the optimum mechanical architecture for the munition and all its variants
  • Ensuring the mechanical architecture and interfaces meet requirements.
  • Building a high-performing Architecture team
  • Providing leadership and technical supervision for the Architecture team.
  • Delivery on time, on cost and on quality of mechanical architecture objectives
  • Ensuring all mechanical, performance etc. trade studies are conducted accurately
  • Interface with, and manage, customer expectations throughout the development process.
  • Controlling delegated budget

As a senior member of the project team you will face a number of challenges:
  • Participate in and influence the decision making process at all levels within the project including the Chief Engineer and with government and industry partners to ensure that the best cost/performance trade-offs are made.
  • Analyse the cost/benefit analysis for all major decisions taken and ensure the correct technical decision is made.
  • Act as the focus for munition mechanical issues and investigations.
  • Provide the right technical direction to the work package team.
  • Work with suppliers and integration authorities to ensure the munition can be physically integrated while maximising performance.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Educated to degree level in Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • Experience of electro-mechanical & mechanical design
  • Experience developing proving logic and leading the generation of compliance evidence

We are also interested in a good understanding of broader engineering fields, such as: Aerodynamics / Materials /Vibration, Shock, Fatigue /Six Sigma & Lean Design /Critical Parameter Management /Systems Engineering V-model /FMEA

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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