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Systems Design Engineer

up to £57,000
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.

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop and diversify your skills while working on a flagship program?

Salary: up to £57,000 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%
  • 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, and free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Dynamic (hybrid) working: Typically, you will need to attend the site 3 or 4 days a week due to the classification of the information handled.

The opportunity:

We have a number of fantastic opportunities to join the systems engineering team in charge of developing upgraded and new Command and Control (C2) systems for our air defence weapon systems.

As a Systems Design Engineer you'll support product development of C2 systems for a range of domestic and export customers in maritime and land application air defence. Our projects include upgrading the functionality and performance of existing in-service systems that will provide our customer with capabilities for years to come, as well as for new customers, where C2 integration with their platforms and wider battlespace is key to delivering their programmes.

Working in C2 in MBDA provides an excellent opportunity to interact with all areas of the company and to see the full product development life-cycle. Our systems are fundamental to the user experience and deliver real capability to the customers.

Command and Control is at the heart of the weapon system, The C2 system provides the weapon system operator with the means to understand the complex battlespace, manage the weapon system and perform engagements. The C2 software identifies what threats exist, and in response to the Operator's request for engagements, creates an optimal engagement solution, taking into consideration a number complex and ever-changing constraints. The C2 then initiates the missile firings, and supports the engagement through to its conclusion by maintaining communication with the missile in flight. C2 delivers processing units, consoles with user interfaces, safety control equipment and supporting tools for system maintenance, logging, data analysis and training.

Day to day you'll be supporting the functional design of the C2 software, working closely with the system architect and software architect. You will be involved in analysing C2 requirements and interfaces, proposing design changes, understanding the behaviour and performance of complex algorithms, generating requirements for software and hardware as well as investigating customer queries.

What we're looking for
  • Systems design / systems engineering experience in similar products.
  • Passion for creating innovative functional design to meet challenging requirements, solving complex problems, and providing solutions that help the user perform their role to the best of their ability.
  • Degree level qualification (or equivalent experience).

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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