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RF Systems Engineer - Graduate Programme

Closing date
13 Oct 2023

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RF Systems Engineer - Graduate Programme

MBDA is a leading defence organisation that is proud to support our Armed Forces in protecting our nations. We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.

Salary: £30,000 starting salary plus £3000 joining bonus.

Closing date for this role is midnight on Thursday 16th November

What we can offer you:
  • 2 year programme starting September 2024
  • Company bonus and twice yearly salary reviews
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase) and up to 15 days flexi leave
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals and free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • Flexible working

Working pattern:

This role typically allows a blend of on-site and at-home working to suit the needs of the role and the individual. You will have support from the whole team both virtually and in person, as well as access to our range of high-tech lab equipment. There are opportunities to collaborate with both MBDA colleagues, and suppliers across the UK and Europe.

The Opportunity

This role involves the system level design of Radio Frequency (RF) based missile communication systems. The Data Link Systems department is responsible for the performance of the RF communications links between our missiles and the platforms they are launched from, whether air, sea or land. Robust data links are really important to MBDA's customers as they are a key part of ensuring precise targeting is achieved across a broad range of scenarios.

As an RF Systems Engineer in our team, you'll have the opportunity to work on a variety of products, each presenting different technical challenges. We cover the whole product life cycle, from R&D in communication technologies, system concepting and design through to product test and verification where our communications systems are proven to work reliably in the most demanding of environments. We also perform waveform and protocol design. You'll have the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of technical work, including:
  • Software Defined Radio
  • RF waveform and protocol design
  • Antenna design and electromagnetic modelling
  • RF propagation studies and propagation modelling
  • Electronic Warfare

You'll be part of a team of committed and collaborative individuals, where team events and socials help to build stronger relationships. Our approachable team are on hand to offer support to help you get the most out of your role - collaboration and innovation are not just buzz words here! Because of the nature of the work we do, you'll also get to work with other departments across the wider technical community, as well as external customers and suppliers.

What are the benefits for you?
  • Excellent opportunities for personal development
  • Access to a vast array of training and opportunities to learn directly from experts in the field
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to influence the direction of technologies and projects
  • Experience products at different phases of the product lifecycle
  • Diverse range of roles available creating varied and stimulating work

What we're looking for from you
  • Degree qualifiedin an Engineering (incl. Mechanical, Manufacturing/Production, Aeronautical/Aerospace, Bio/Biomedical, Electrical/Electronic, Chemical/Energy), Technology, Computing or relative Science discipline (minimum 2:2).
  • We are looking for candidates completing a STEM degree, who have a genuine interest in RF technologies, and would like to build their RF system knowledge with MBDA's Data Link Systems team.

Our Business

We value new perspectives, collaboration, and diversity. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

We encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process.

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.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


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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