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Software Architect

circa £80,000 doe
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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This is a fantastic role for a Software Architect or someone with strong software design skills looking to take the next jump in their career to becoming a Software Architect!

Job Title: Software Architect

Salary: up to circa £80,000 depending on experience

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

Dynamic (hybrid) working: typically, 3 to 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:

As a Software Architect, you will be the author of the full software architecture working with the software delivery teams to define and monitor the Structural and Temporal Architecture including the Internal/External interfaces of the product to meet requirements.
  • Identify, document and be responsible for the design drivers for the software solution e.g. real-time performance, safety, security, user experience, simplicity, reusability, flexibility.
  • Produce derived and emergent requirements capturing the assumptions and rationale.
  • Define the architecture to a point where the implementation decisions do not affect the integrity of the architecture.

Collaboration is critical within this role from working closely with other Architects, Technical Experts and wider engineering key contacts, supporting the wider design activities and reviews.

You will also have the opportunity to influence the SE Technology Strategy, Software Product Lines, new technologies, obsolescence, new methods and tools, by considering longer-term architectural strategies by being part of special interest groups and communities of interests.

You would be working with technology that is at the forefront of European missile system design, helping to develop safe, secure and reliable products that our customers can depend upon.

What we're looking for from you:
  • A strong technical practitioner, comfortable with making important architectural and design decisions.
  • Knowledge of modern and established software architecture techniques and design patterns.
  • Able to provide technical guidance, clearly articulate software architecture solutions and collaborate with software developers.
  • Able to communicate clearly and precisely at different levels, including influencing collaborators and internal customers.
  • An advocate for the benefits of key software engineering practices like continuous integration and good design.
  • Able to assess and communicate the trade-offs between various aspects of a Software Architecture with a focus on design rationale.
  • An understanding of software abstraction layers and the software stack.
  • The experience to define and influence the tools, frameworks and technologies used.
  • A strong programming background, preferably with experience in more than one language.

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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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