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Tactical Strike Mission Planning Engineer

£45k - 60k depending on experience
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

Job Details

Join the team in Tactical Strike Mission Planning delivering a key capability for the SPEAR3 weapon system. The SPEAR3 missile has multiple capabilities delivered from multiple platforms, with the current focus on UK capability. SPEAR3 is a complex weapon that delivers both tactical strike and electronic advantage. The Mission Planning system is one of the key user interfaces for achieving mission success.

The SPEAR3 Mission Planning team is currently growing and gives the opportunity to develop knowledge of the entire Weapon System within an environment that supports individual growth and career development.

Job Title: Tactical Strike Mission Planning Engineer

Salary: Circa £45k - 60k depending on experience

Location: Bristol

Dynamic (hybrid) working: 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:

The role is to work as a part of the Mission Planning team delivering SPEAR3 capabilities within the wider Weapon System domain, with an expectation to take ownership of technical activities across both the SPEAR3 Strike and Electronic Warfare capabilities.

The day-to-day responsibilities will include:
  • Leading technical delivery of Mission Planning systems engineering activities (eg. requirements development, system design, test procedures)
  • Derivation of requirements and architectures to support development of future capability
  • Proving and certification of the core Mission Planning product currently in development
  • Understanding of customer needs and the operational role of SPEAR EW capability and how this drives the Mission Planning design
  • Liaison with other functional domains to deliver output to wider SPEAR Weapon Systems team

The role requires the applicant to be on site multiple days a week. Hybrid working is available but frequent on site presence is required due to the nature of the work.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Strong Systems Engineering capability and experience
  • Experience across whole systems engineering lifecycle
  • Excellent technical problem solving skills
  • The ability to work effectively with multiple functional teams
  • Proficiency in engineering tools and configuration control
  • The ability to effectively communicate with customers and end users
  • An appreciation and understanding of working with a MBSE approach
  • An appreciation of the software development lifecycle.

The following experience would also be of benefit:
  • Experience within Mission Planning domain
  • Experience in Electronic Warfare
  • Experience with the IBM engineering toolset (Rhapsody, DOORS, Engineering Workflow Manager, Engineering Test Manager).

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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
  • Possible Relocation Available

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.

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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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