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Head of Sea Ceptor Design Evolution, Performance & Requirements

Closing date
15 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 £65,000

What we can offer you:
  • Bonus of up to 21% of base salary
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

Dynamic (hybrid) working:We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policy allows individuals flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Typically for this role you will work 2-3 days per week on-site.

The opportunity!
MBDA is looking for an experienced Systems Engineer to lead the technical elements of Domestic New Business activity for the Sea Ceptor Weapon System, be responsible for System Performance activity, and lead the management of Requirements across several key domestic and Export programmes. The role will also offer the opportunity to lead the Systems element of the Sea Ceptor product design evolution, whilst providing technical support to both the Chief Systems Engineer and Chief Engineer.

Sea Ceptor is a very successful, innovative, high profile maritime air defence system that is in-service with the Royal Navy and export customers.

The role has multiple responsibilities!
  • Domestic New Business Technical Lead
  • Responsible for leading the technical elements of all domestic new business activity, responsible for leading the bid work alongside a Programme Manager through to bid submission.
  • This role will required interaction with a wide variety of internal and external partners.
  • Sea Ceptor Product Evolution Technical Lead
  • Responsibilities will include the coordination of the Sea Ceptor Project route map for Product Evolution working closely with the Chief Systems Engineer, Chief Engineer and Head of Export New Business and Delivery.
  • This element of the role will likely evolve as the Project route map evolves.
  • Requirements Manager (System and Sub-system)
  • For any new Sea Ceptor programme, this role is responsible for handling the System requirements and associated documentation and tools, and responsible for ensuring requirements are flowed down to Sub-System Design Authorities in a timely and coherent manner.
  • Responsible for Requirement Coherency both at System and sub-system level, across multiple domestic and export programmes.
  • This role will require engagement with the System Verification lead to ensure the verification strategy is maintained through the use of good requirements.
  • This role may require the mapping of Sea Ceptor requirements to customer requirement sets to show applicability.
  • Supervise System Performance activity. This role is responsible for:
  • Coordination of planned modelling activity, communicating with the pan project Performance Lead to deliver performance evaluations as required.
  • Support to technical queries on Sea Ceptor System Performance and behaviours.
  • This role will also offer the opportunity to support the wider Sea Ceptor Weapon Systems team, whether providing direction and insight or supporting others to meet deliverable needs.
  • Systems support to the Sea Ceptor Chief Systems Engineer (CSE), advising on system design and functionality conflicts, whilst providing the CSE with support in the product's development, technical risk areas and reporting.

Through the above described responsibilities, this role will require task package management, as well as some line management responsibility, whether to permanent staff or offload resource.

What we're looking for from you!
  • System engineering background with an ability to understand hardware / software interactions.
  • Shown experience in Naval Weapon Systems.
  • Validated experience with eternal collaborator management within the defence community.
  • Understanding of Weapon System integration and operation on Naval Platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, essential to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in building cohesion in the relationships between the Systems team and various interfacing teams;
  • Evidence of an ability to manage work streams across several programmes, whilst providing clear direction and guidance to team members.
  • A candidate who has detailed understanding and validated experience of the Systems Engineering lifecycle including requirement elicitation, identifying and managing key design drivers, modification development and formal verification and certification.
  • Experience of managing technical work package delivery.
  • Ability to work proactively and flexibly; responding quickly when programme priorities change.
  • Experience in RTC & DOORS.
Our Business:

We respect fresh opinions 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. MBDA is proud of our employee-led networks, examples include: Gender Equality, Pride, Menopause Matters, Parents and Carers, Armed Forces, Ethnic Diversity, Neurodiversity and more...

We recognise that everyone is outstanding, 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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