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Core Product Architect (Future Combat Air System Weapon Effects Management System)

up to £65,000
Closing date
3 Apr 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

Are you looking for a role on a new program that will give you an opportunity to shape it as it grows?

Salary: Circa £65,000 (depending on experience)

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%
  • Annual salary review
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, and free car parking
  • Our enhanced parental leave offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Hybrid working pattern: This role is predominately on site

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a System Architect to provide knowledge and expertise to an exciting new product as part of the FCAS (Future Combat Air System)/Tempest programme. The successful candidate will be an analytical systems thinker, able to specify new concepts and algorithms, and organise them through the subsystem architecture.

This high profile role will have you working jointly across our business including Programmes, Engineering and Sales & Business Development as well as give you the opportunity to facilitate experiments with the customer community to communicate, explore and test them.

You will be joining a growing team of highly skilled people working across the breadth of MBDA's current and future products. The department is focussed on growing and developing a team of excellent System Architects. It is a small experienced team focussed on technical solutions and setting the right design principles with new projects.

What we're looking for from you:
  • A solid understanding of weapon systems, platforms and battlespace architectures.
  • Robust Weapon System Engineering knowledge, alongside the ability and desire to test new techniques and utilise new ideas to develop new concepts
  • Strong experience of concept development and trade studies
  • An ability to clearly communicate new concepts and architectures to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • The ability and cultural awareness to work with multi-disciplinary teams supporting technology and concepting.
  • Confidence to embrace the uncertain nature of early concept development and technologies to progress towards defining system concepts and solutions

Apply now!

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. 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 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 (@MBDA_UK), 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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