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DragonFire Integration and Trial Engineer

Up to £53,000 DOE
Closing date
22 May 2024

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An opportunity to be part of the team leading the demonstrations of high power laser weapon systems in the UK and get hands on experience of real LDEW equipment

Job Title: DragonFire Integration and Trial Engineer
Salary: Up to £44,000 depending on experience
Location: Bristol or Stevenage

Dynamic (hybrid) working: At least 2 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:

An opportunity has arisen to be part of the team leading the demonstrations of high power laser weapon systems in the UK and join the Integration and Systems Validation team supporting the DragonFire project.

The DragonFire team has successfully delivered 3 demonstration trials of this technology. Now there is an opportunity to join the team to support on-going trials and demonstrations.

The role is to support the DragonFire trails manager, This will require the ability to work with a multi-company team comprising of MBDA, Leonardo and QinetiQ.

You will be responsible for:

Supporting the DF Trials manager in:
  • Delivering Trial plans
  • Delivering the Trial support equipment into the Trial
  • Conduction trial activities on trial sites
  • Working alongside other functions within the business
  • Assisting in the set-up of an MBDA LDEW facility

What we're looking for from you:

An enthusiastic engineer with experience of planning and conducting both physical and functional based test activities. A good self-starter with a positive can do attitude.
  • [Desirable] Experience of working with laser equipment.
  • [Desirable] Mechanical and/or electrical design skills.
  • [Desirable] Computer scripting skills e.g. Python.

This Trial will be at QinetiQ Benbecula Range over a period of approximately 6 weeks. This will include time away from home travelling with overnight stays.

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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...
  • Relocation: Possibly available.
  • 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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