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Mission Planning & Control Principal Technical Specialist

£45,000 - £60,000 DOE
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

Job Details

This is a great opportunity to work within an enthusiastic and dynamic team to co-ordinate and participate in technical development activities across a range of Mission Planning Products and to help shape the future of the strategy of the Mission Planning & Control team.

Job Title: Mission Planning & Control Principle Technical Specialist

Salary: Circa £45,000-£60,000 depending on experience

Location: Bristol

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 3-4 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:

Within the Mission Planning & Control Department, you will tackle a variety of activities from the technical development of MPC products. Working within the Mission Planning Technical Specialist Services area, this role will provide technical expertise to support the delivery of current and future architectures and emerging technologies (including EMS, Mission Control, EW etc.)

You will work across MP&C and the broader WSD to develop and deliver best practice within their domain by both generating new, cutting edge knowledge and transferring knowledge and skills to team members (with ongoing support and peer reviews etc.). The candidate may also be seconded into specific projects as a technical lead for technology developments or research programmes. The role will vary over time, and according to the state of projects.

The role will include:
  • Provide technical expertise input to Project(s)
  • Provide Support to informal and formal Peer Reviews (Technical Excellence) as well as Design Reviews.
  • Develop and maintain a full understanding of a domain including the associated standards, methods and tools.
  • Support technical studies and input into proposals for technical development and risk reduction activities.
  • Provide expertise to projects to enable design decisions and investigations to succeed, advising on best course of action from a technical perspective.
  • Become a key contributor to the technical development of tools, methods and processes- supporting the development of Functional Improvements activities within their domain and then delivering them.
  • Understand and identify the technical non-compliances across their domain and coordinate with the programme team regarding their impact or resolution.
  • Develop necessary technical expertise and support the development of the expertise of the MP&C department in their domain.
  • Develop and maintain a network of expertise and activity across MBDA, and MOD technical advisors.
  • Communicate with, and influence stakeholders in MBDA UK, across MBDA National Companies (France, Italy & Germany), and with the MoD customers as required by the assigned programmes.
  • Develop relationships with technical specialists & SME's in other MBDA functions and
  • Provide technical support to the programme leads in the form of technical appraisal of complex problems identifying risks and developing mitigation plans as necessary.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Highly motivated and pro-active individual who will need to be capable of working on their own initiative with a minimum of supervision, as well as within a larger team or stakeholder group
  • Comfortable operating in an environment within a degree of uncertainty
  • Able to work simultaneously with and influence multiple stakeholder groups, both from within MBDA, the MOD and the external stakeholder community
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in a collaborative environment spanning a number of teams and locations is essential.
  • Experience of problem solving and a strong ability to think analytically.
  • Experienced practitioner within their Technical Domain.
  • High level of expertise and in depth technical knowledge of key specialist technologies and exploitation paths.
  • Proven ability to provide technical support on complex issues.

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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.

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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