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Ground Trials Engineer

Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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.
Salary: Up to £50,000 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)
  • Parental benefits including up to 26 weeks full pay for maternity, paternity, adoption, neonatal and shared parental leave
  • Possible relocation available
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and more
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

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

The opportunity:

FC/ASW (TP15) is approaching the end of a three year Assessment Phase in Dec-24 (where AP focuses on defining a robust set of requirements and architectures at system/sub-system/equipment level and de-risking key elements).

The primary Ground Trials team AP output is a clear and coherent set of Proving Strategies (e.g. Environmental, EMC and S3) that define the follow-on D&M phase activities as well as ensuring that any preparation defined to support these activities.

What we're looking for from you:

Reporting to the FC/ASW Ground Trials Manager (GTM), this engineering role is responsible for:
  • Supporting the Ground Trials Manager with planning, reporting and problem solving.
  • Work with the GTM to refine and gain customer acceptance of the S3 strategy.
  • Helping increase preparedness to carry out Proving Strategy activities in D&M phase (e.g. trials equipment, long lead licenses, documentation, gather/apply lessons learned).
  • Support the Equipment DAs and RMOs in enacting the EMC and Environmental Strategies at their level (e.g. application of robustness techniques).
  • Conduct of trials activities within D&M phase (beyond Dec-24) e.g. mechanical/climatic or EMC (including liaison with design/manufacturing/facilities teams).

  • Experience of working on Environmental/EMC proving trials.
  • Experience of working with and applying defence standards.
  • Ability to understand technical documentation.
  • Ability to operate at various levels within MBDA and external agencies (UK & FR).
  • Practical experience of handling equipment (Hardware/software knowledge).
  • Use of trials test equipment such as equipment running boxes and telemetry ground stations
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good problem solving skills

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 an 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 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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6 Hills way
United Kingdom

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