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Integration & Systems Validation Engineer - Graduate Programme

Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Integration & Systems Validation (ISV) 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 Monday 22nd January.

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:

New starters should expect to be on site 5 days a week to begin with, with the potential for remote working once settled and depending on the specific role.

The Opportunity

ISV are responsible for conducting real-world testing and integration of software, hardware and missile systems in the latest Complex Weapons capabilities. This includes planning trials, conducting test activities in on-site laboratories and with off-site companies, and reporting and analysing data. Through this role you will gauge an understanding of engineering principles across mechanical, electrical and functional domains, through the use of test equipment and lab facilities.

ISV is true engineering, where you will use your practical yet creative mind-set to assist with complex problem solving and application of logical solutions. Your ability to network will develop as you begin communicating across technical and non-technical teams/departments. Through planning tests and trials you will be able to demonstrate your adaptability, organisation, attention to detail, and effective handling of ambiguity.

You will undertake four six-month placements over the 2 years, working in a variety of projects. There is an opportunity to undertake one six-month placement in another part of the company, potentially in one of MBDA's international offices. Alternatively, the placement could be external to MBDA with another defence supplier or with MoD.

Our ISV function will support you to become a fully integrated member of the team with the opportunity to assume an increasing level of responsibility. We offer varied roles with scope to choose placements based on interests and skills.

Examples of ISV activities you could be involved with include:
  • Ground Trials: demonstrating our products across various extreme environments.
  • Firing Trials: end-to-end evaluation firings and customer demonstrations.
  • Flight Trials: integrating and trialing our systems on fast jets and helicopters.
  • Integration: demonstrating functional and electrical compatibility of hardware and software.
  • In-Service Support: testing and monitoring in-service products with the customer.
  • Trials Equipment: designing support tools and helping evolve prototype designs.

You will likely have opportunities to travel throughout the UK and internationally to support these activities.

We offer training and experience to learn trials and systems proving methods and tools, such as telemetry & data handling, digital twins and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), in addition to training given as part of the Early Careers Programme.

What we're looking for from you
  • Degree qualified in an Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Computing or a General Science discipline (minimum 2:2).

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. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. Due to the nature of our work, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa. 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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