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Principal Operational Analyst

Closing date
26 Oct 2023

Job Details


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: Circa £40,000 - £48,000 depending on experience

What we can offer you:
  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) 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 and more
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

The opportunity:

Help to shape the future of the UK Complex Weapons portfolio (from missiles to lasers!) by addressing UK military capability concerns and advancing new opportunities.

You will lead or support technical studies and experiments that will explore exciting new Complex Weapon capabilities and technical innovations at an early stage in their conception - informing the UK MOD of the new ‘art of the possible'. You will help to tailor and deliver technical studies to address customer requirements and ensure the studies provide the necessary output evidence the customer needs to make an informed decision.

You will be responsible for the successful scoping, planning and conduct of £100k+ technical studies and support larger studies as part of a cross company team. Study and experimentation aspects may include understanding Complex Weapon capability shortfalls versus customer requirements, weapon performance assessments, Performance-Cost-Time trade off analysis, weapon concept generation, weapon concept assessment, option ranking. There will be opportunities for you to use your creative side to generate innovative concepts or patent ideas that will influence the future Complex Weapon landscape.

The role requires good verbal and written communication skills, the ability to engage with subject matter experts from around across a large company and draw clear conclusions from large amounts of information. You will be contributing to continuous improvement and recommending ways to implement best practise in the team or wider company processes.

There will be opportunities for involvement in multi-national studies and occasional European business travel may be required.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Degree or other academic qualifications in a relevant technical or analytical discipline.
  • Technical understanding of weapon systems, or demonstrable experience in another industry with technically complex products.
  • Experience working in the early life-cycle of programmes, where requirements and candidate solutions will be immature.
  • Scoping and conducting technical studies, capability analysis and experiments. (Operational Analysis background desirable)
  • Writing technical reports, analysing technical findings, presenting results.
  • Working as part of a team and effectively drawing on specialist technical expertise from within the wider MBDA organisation.

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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