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Missile Actuator Centre of Excellence Operations Lead

Closing date
21 May 2024

Job Details

We're offering an outstanding opportunity to join our Missile Actuation team as an Operations Lead, taking responsibility for the asset delivery, design readiness and transition of development Actuation Equipment into Series Production with corresponding Test Equipment for UK and non-UK programmes.

Job Title: Missile Actuator Centre of Excellence Operations Lead

Salary: Circa Competitive depending on experience

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

Dynamic (hybrid) working: 2-3 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:

Our Missile Actuators Centre of Excellence (CofEx) specialises in the design, development and delivery of Complex Electromechanical Equipment, including:-
  • Aerodynamic control surfaces
  • Gimbal systems
  • Reaction control systems e.g. Thrust Vector Control, Divert Attitude and Control Systems (DACS)
  • Deployment mechanisms

We're offering an outstanding opportunity to join our Missile Actuation team as an Operations Lead, taking responsibility for the asset delivery, design readiness and transition of development Actuation Equipment into Series Production with corresponding Test Equipment for UK and non-UK programmes. This role has responsibility across all periods of the MBDA Product Life Cycle (PLC) for delivery on cost, time and quality.

The role:

Reporting to the Group Lead for Post Development, you will be responsible for:
  • Leading the development of the Series Production Manufacturing System and supporting validation activities.
  • Leading the Test Capability Development, Strategy and Asset Delivery.
  • Managing the route-map to full rate and series production and facilitate priority calls with respect to equipment builds across a range of multiple projects.
  • Defining Hardware strategy for New Product Development.
  • Engaging with Manufacturing Engineering Manager (MEM) and Chief Manufacturing Systems Engineer (CMSE) to drive down Unit Production Cost business objectives.
  • Working with the Equipment Design Authority (EDA) and CMSE to ensure that the design definitions are of the correct level of maturity to pass to the production teams, and that a consistent approach is being implemented across projects.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Significant experience in electromechanical product design
  • Conversant in Design to Manufacture capability analysis
  • Significant proven experience of work package management or equivalent level of responsibility
  • Some past experience working with hardware delivery
  • Ability to demonstrate thinking and operating at a strategic level
  • An overcomer attitude, strong sense of diligence, and conviction to match
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work across a variety of functions
  • Able to explain detail of previous Influencing and Negotiating skills in a professional context
  • Confident understanding of Gantt style planning techniques

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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: Bonus of up to 21% of base salary
  • Pension: maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • 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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