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Low Observability Project Lead

Closing date
3 Aug 2024

Job Details

Do you want to join a team that has a track-record of developing and proving new capability in Stealth, including conventional and novel techniques? We have a fantastic opportunity to join our team and make a difference.

Job Title: Low Observability Project Lead

Salary: Up to £58,000 dependent on experience

Location: Bristol

Dynamic (hybrid) working: 3-4 days per week on-site due to workload classification

Security Clearance: British Citizen

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:

This is a role in the Low Observability team within the Sparkworks UK area. We're looking for someone who brings a technical or scientific background to lead small to medium scale R&D programmes in the Low Observability domain. You would be joining a multidisciplinary team which engages across many areas of missile design in both research and mainstream project work, looking to find the next step-change idea, or develop existing ideas into a realised capability.

Day to day working would encompass the full spectrum of an R&D programme; defining customer requirements, forming technical proposals for commercial bids, interfacing with partners, co-ordinating multiple areas of the business to ensure programmes are delivered on-time and on cost. This project leadership is then combined with technical work to help progress the programme, which can be anything from concept design to RF laboratory measurements, depending on needs of the programme.

Familiarity with Radar Cross Section (RCS) design and techniques is considered a bonus, although we have often trained people into the role who bring a positive attitude and the right technical strengths.

What we're looking for from you:

An experienced engineer or scientist with the following attributes:
  • A degree in physical sciences, electronics or communications engineering, or similar; advantageous to have higher degree (masters / PhD) in the same area but not required.
  • Ideally you have prior experience in one or more of the following areas: project leadership, bidding and commercial process, budget management, project management (e.g. Gantt charts and planning), people management and experience with platform survivability or RF stealth. We will consider anyone able to show an academic or industrial foundation that serves as a good basis for developing in these areas.
  • Any hands-on practical / laboratory skills would be a bonus; there are opportunities to assist or lead on RF characterisation measurements in our Bristol test facility.
  • A top top-level appreciation of how Missile Survivability, Low Observability and RCS Design are interlinked.
  • Proven delivery of technical work packages and projects with successful technical work delivered both individually and as part of a team.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development would be a welcome attribute, both personally and in mentoring others. Interest in/holding Chartered Engineer / Scientist and professional membership also welcomed.
  • As a bonus, experience in leading or undertaking Systems Engineering studies would be advantageous.

For this role, candidates must be willing to undertake the DV (Developed Vetting) security clearance process.

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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

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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