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Systems Engineering Applications Engineer

From £35,000 to £55,000 depending on experience
Closing date
22 May 2024

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MBDA invites you to join our team that supports projects through established model-based systems engineering processes, while also contributing to the evolution of our best practices to enhance efficiency and consistency across our UK engineering operations.
Job Title: Systems Engineering Applications Engineer
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 depending on experience

Location: Stevenage
Dynamic (hybrid) working: At least 2-3 days site based
Security Clearance: British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship.

Restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may 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!
The opportunity:
MBDA invites you to join our Systems Engineering and Design Capability (SE&DC) department. This dynamic team supports projects through established model-based systems engineering processes, while also contributing to the evolution of our best practices to enhance efficiency and consistency across our UK engineering operations.

The department supports a broad set of systems engineering tools based on IBM's Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) environment, known as Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) in MBDA. Whilst much of the toolset has migrated to web based (including DOORS Next, Engineering Workflow Manager, Engineering Test Manager, Global Configuration, etc), SE&DC also support a set of thick client tools (including DOORS Classic, Rhapsody, EWM Eclipse Client, Method Composer, etc).

Maintaining a reliable, resilient, secure and performant systems engineering toolset whilst concurrently looking to exploit new versions with ever increasingly capability is fundamental to the success of MBDA projects, today and in the future. The role will involve liaising with multiple partners including software application suppliers (IBM in particular), MBDA's IM (Information Management) organisation, MBDA security, the wider SE&DC team and the engineering user community to continue to provide continuity of service across the systems engineering applications.

What we're looking for from you:

With a background in IT on thick client software application management, maintenance, testing, security vulnerabilities and OS updates, you will work closely with the IM organisation to manage the software applications that fall within SE&DC's remit to manage. Typical activities would include:
  • Client software version management - IBM's Rhapsody, EWM Eclipse Client, ELO-MEC, DOORS Classic, ELO-PUB:
  • Manage project dependencies on specific versions
  • Move projects to the latest version
  • Client software packaging instructions, coordination with packaging team
  • Windows 11 test campaign management
  • Security vulnerability - working with IM and 3rd party IT Contractors to monitor and rectify
  • Application function bud assessment and manufacture resolution (patch) monitoring
  • Support IM in upgrade of Servers
  • DOORS Server and Client side management and maintenance
  • ALM upgrade UAT campaign management
  • Supporting IM with ALM token management and user monitoring
  • MBDA's Grid Computing Facility (a High Power Computer) user support, compute node admin, working with IM and 3rd parties (Fujitsu, Wintel, Vodafone, etc) on head node support
  • Management and retirement of legacy applications
  • ALM Widgets and Add-on management and upgrades
  • ALM-PLM digital continuity adapter management & upgrades

Experience in the practical use of IBM toolset (Rhapsody, DOORS Classic, IBM ELM (ALM)) is highly desirable.

You should be eager to enhance your skills in Systems Engineering application management as the underpinning infrastructure and architectures evolve towards web based technologies. You should also have a passion to explore and exploit emerging technologies and their utilisation within the systems engineering application environment.

Degree in a relevant field and relevant experience post-graduation is desirable but not essential.

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Our company:
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.
What we can offer you:
  • Company bonus: Up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension: maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Overtime:opportunity for paid overtime
  • Flexi Leave:Up to 15 additional days
  • Enhanced parental leave:offers up to 26 weeks for adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for neonatal leave, fertility testing and treatments.
  • Facilities: Fantastic site facilities including subsidised meals, free car parking and much more...
  • Training and Development: Excellent career progression, training and career development opportunities
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.


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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