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Head of Command and Control Subsystem

Closing date
10 Jul 2024

Job Details

Many of MBDA's complex weapon systems incorporate a Command and Control (C2) system. Often referred to as the brains of the Weapon System, their primary role is to support the human operator with situational awareness and decision aids, and to plan and coordinate engagements. These C2 services are crucial to achieving mission success and maximising performance in challenging and fast-changing threat scenarios. C2 services also include management of overall weapon system state and status, data recording and analysis, operator training and more, providing the core of the weapon system functionality and behaviour. C2s interface with every major component of the weapon system such as sensors, launchers, weapons and datalinks, as well as launch platforms and higher-level C2 networks and systems.

Job Title: Head of Command and Control Subsystem

Salary: Circa £65,000 depending on experience

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

Dynamic (hybrid) working: We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policy allows individuals flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Typically for this role you will work 3 or 4 days per week on-site.

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 has a large portfolio of C2 products in development for UK domestic and export customers in Land and Maritime air-defence missile programmes, and new programmes in directed energy weapons and other domains.

The Head of C2 subsystem is responsible for the development of a C2 product and its integration onto customer platforms. You will lead the team of systems engineers responsible for requirements analysis, co-design of the C2 with software, hardware, human factors and algorithms engineering disciplines, the proving plan and generation of compliance evidence leading to certification of the product.
  • Work on a flagship programme backed by significant investment from our customers, and technology built on huge research investment by MBDA
  • Interact with all areas of the company, to see the full product development lifecycle
  • Excellent opportunity to develop and diversify your skills and access a range of career paths
  • Manage large work packages and teams

Working in the C2 domain in MBDA provides real capability to the customers to protect their home nation for the future.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Proactive with a mind-set for product line development and systems thinking
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement
  • Systems design / systems engineering experience in complex systems development
  • Experience across the product development lifecycle
  • Applied experience of work package management and people management

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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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