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Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation - Graduate Programme

Closing date
22 Oct 2023

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Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation 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 plus a £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

Hybrid working pattern:

Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working, but this will depend on project requirements and the need for access to specific site facilities. Some projects may require full time attendance on site whereas others may need 2-3 days per week.

The Opportunity

The Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation (WSSE) department designs and develops leading-edge software applications used to support battlefield simulations for National and International Customers in the Land, Air and Sea domains.

The simulations we develop evolve in-line with the lifecycle of the programmes: from concept demonstrations with customers and stakeholders, to Integration Trials & Training with in-service operators. This means you will get to work with a variety of different teams!

Our simulations are at the forefront of problem solving across a broad spectrum of MBDA's programmes, focusing on improving MBDA's Agility and Time to Market.

WSSE is a dynamic department across our Stevenage and Bristol sites with a diverse team of engineers working together to deliver across a wide range of projects at every point in the programme lifecycle. You will have the opportunity to broaden and strengthen your skills from experts in synthetic environments.

Be a part of our development teams developing, integrating and deploying our simulation components across the business. Experience presenting to, and working with, our customers and stakeholders to iteratively improve our products to final delivery.

You will be involved in:
  • Assisting key projects, alongside highly experienced engineers, across parts of the MBDA development lifecycle
  • Working with other areas of the business such as Integration & Systems Validation, Human Factors, Future Systems, Customer Support Services and Sales & Business Development
  • Working directly with customer representatives and military personnel in order to both extend and demonstrate our current and future capabilities

Your role will give you:
  • Experience of software development methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall
  • Training for new programming languages and software tools
  • Experience integrating software applications together and deployment onto hardware environments
  • Experience exchanging software components with other software and modelling teams
  • Opportunity to develop and test code within professional software development teams
  • Opportunity to gain an understanding of the company process for delivering our products to our Customers, including the test and certification process

What we're looking for from you
  • Degree qualified in a Physics, Mathematical studies, Engineering or Computing discipline (minimum 2.2)
  • Programming experience from degree or personal projects

Experience of some of the following would be advantageous:
  • Software Engineering
  • System Engineering
  • Object-orientated Programming in C-like Languages (C++, C#, Java)
  • Development Environments (Visual Studio, Eclipse)
  • Networking & Networking Protocols
  • Algorithms (Flight dynamics, rotational geometry)

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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