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Firing Trials Lead

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

Job Details

A unique opportunity to actively lead the trials planning, preparation, trials conduct, and post-trials activities for the FC/ASW TP15 firing trials!

Job Title: Firing Trials Lead

Salary: up to circa £55,000 depending on experience

Location: Stevenage (we may be able to offer a relocation package for this role)

Dynamic (hybrid) working: typically, 4 days per week on-site, due to workload classification

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:

Starting in the early Development phase, these trials will continue in a series of discrete campaigns, with progressively updated hardware and software, throughout the FC/ASW TP15 development.

As the Firing Trials Lead, you will play a vital role in the execution of ground and air launched firing trials, as well as their associated work up and integration activities.
  • Lead the day to day running of ISV firing trials activities, and allocation of tasks for the Flight Trials. team.
  • Generate trials documents such as Safety documentation (e.g. Trials Hazard Analysis, Safety Submission), Security documentation, Proving Instruction, and Trials Schedule.
  • Contribute to the definition of required trials facilities, targets, instrumentation, and functional test requirements for firing trials.
  • Lead lab-based firing trials integration and testing in conjunction with both Compat, design, manufacture, and integration teams.
  • Provide support to the design and manufacturing team for proving and integration activities.
  • Support environmental clearance testing on the Seeker.
  • Set up and commission any live build facility needed for firing trials.
  • Ensure target scene set up and operation at trials sites.
  • Operate and define the trials test equipment.
  • Maintain and own the L4 plan for firing trials work.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Experience in firing trials and/or system integration.
  • Ideally experience in external trials preparation and conduct and working within a trial environment.
  • Willingness to work in potentially harsh and remote conditions and away from home for extended periods.
  • Good practical/mechanical skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with external range and facility suppliers.
  • A good understanding of the company ISV processes and procedures.
  • Personnel management and team leadership skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across internal functions and customer community.

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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 maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and 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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