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Part-time Manufacturing Bid Lead

Closing date
17 May 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: Circa £40,000 - £50,000 depending on experience (will be pro-rated for part-time hours)
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%
  • Paid overtime
  • Up to 15 additional days flexi leave
  • 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.
  • 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 1 day per week on-site

Flexible working: This role is looking to work either part-time or a flexible working pattern - ideally 25-30 hours per week
The opportunity:
Due to an increase in workload an opportunity has arisen for a Bid Lead specifically to join the Manufacturing Business Management Team, focusing on New Business. We are a dynamic and forward thinking part of the MBDA manufacturing organisation.

You will be working collaboratively with our internal partners across sales, engineering, project management and manufacturing to help provide the manufacturing cost element for all bids.
What we're looking for from you:
  • Ideally have some experience in the defence industry, particularly working on bids
  • A good understanding of the manufacturing process, from procurement through to delivery
  • Commercially astute as working with cost models to generate costings for direct/indirects, materials and other costs associated with manufacturing of products
  • Experience working on complex bids advantageous (this is not necessarily the £Value)
  • Strong presentation skills as the bid packs / cost brochures are generated using PowerPoint and presented to the Senior Management Team for approval
  • Excellent communication skills, as the Bid Team work across all programmes, there are a lot of stakeholders and it is important to create own networks
  • Ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team, with a proactive approach
  • Ability to articulate theory that has been applied to a costing approach and ensure evidence is collated for audit purposes
  • Experience of lessons learnt for ongoing continuous improvements in the bidding process
  • Working to tight deadlines
Join a great team!
Being a key member of the new business team you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other team members, challenge the norm and implement change within the organisation.

The role will provide many stimulating challenges, personal development opportunities and the chance to work both with teams throughout the UK but also internationally.

MBDA values its employee's personal and professional development and therefore provides opportunities for both on the job training, e-learning and classroom learning in a variety of technical and managerial subjects.
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 (@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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