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Software Architect

up to circa £70,000 (doe)
Closing date
21 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.

Software Architect

Salary: Up to circa £70,000 (doe)

Some of what to expect!
  • Bonus of up to 21.25% of basic salary
  • Pension contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and gym on site at Stevenage
  • Excellent career progression/development opportunities

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working; typically 3 days onsite for this role.

The opportunity!

This is a rare chance to work on a ‘blue sky' development with very few constraints. As a new development, Ceres will use modern technologies and frameworks, development environment, tool set, and methodology including a focus on CI/CD and automation.

A great opportunity to design and deliver the next generation of MBDA's software test solutions. The Ceres Project will provide a software test solution for all of MBDA's major upcoming systems including the Future Combat Air System and the Future Cruise / Anti-Ship Weapon. This project needs a Software Architect to drive the software design, working as part of a team of developers to deliver this critical capability.

You will be part of a highly dynamic and engaging team, creating a motivating and enjoyable working environment and culture. Being agile and adaptive, the team will work closely to understand and deliver each new feature and version.

The opportunity for mentorship and guidance from more experienced Software Architects is available if desired.

What we're looking for from you:

A practicing Software Architect or someone with strong software design skills looking to take the next jump in their career to becoming a Software Architect.
  • A strong technical practitioner, comfortable with making important architectural and design decisions.
  • Knowledge of modern and established software architecture techniques and design patterns.
  • Able to provide technical mentorship, clearly articulate software architecture solutions and collaborate with software developers.
  • Able to communicate clearly and accurately at different levels, including influencing partners and internal customers.
  • A proponent of the benefits of key software engineering practices like continuous integration and good design.
  • Able to assess and communicate the trade-offs between various aspects of a Software Architecture with a focus on design rationale.
  • An understanding of software abstraction layers and the software stack.
  • The experience to define and influence the tools, frameworks and technologies used.
  • A strong programming background, preferably with experience in more than one language.

What's in it for you?
  • To take ownership of the design for a key MBDA capability product, starting from a ‘blank sheet' with the opportunity to craft the solution in its entirety.
  • An encouraging and supportive working environment enabling you to develop and grow your career in a company with expanding horizons.
  • Personal development through various learning and development initiatives and a mentor scheme to keep your skills at the forefront of software engineering.
  • The Software Product Lines and Capability department are made up of a number of small teams providing key capabilities and technical excellence across our project delivery software departments - joining a committed and expert team of Architects, Technical Experts and DevOps Engineers.
  • An opportunity to take part in special interest groups and communities of practice to improve the way we develop and deliver software in a variety of subjects.

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.


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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