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Autonomous Systems Team Lead

up to £65,000 Dependant on experience
Closing date
4 Aug 2024

Job Details

Interested in Embracing an opportunity to steer the future of Air Domain Weapon Systems as our Autonomous Systems Team Lead?

We are inviting applications from dynamic leaders who are passionate about developing innovative technological solutions for the next generation of defence systems including FCAS/Tempest!

Job Title:Autonomous Systems Team Lead

Salary: up to £65,000 (dependent on experience)

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

Dynamic (hybrid) working: predominately 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 the Autonomous Systems Team Lead, you will spearhead a team of skilled engineers dedicated to the development and maintenance of innovative algorithms for Autonomous Systems, Intelligent Systems, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Your work will be instrumental in shaping defence technology.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) technical liaison for the algorithm team, fostering relationships with internal stakeholders and partner companies.
  • Cultivate new partnerships with external organisations, expanding our collaborative network.
  • Contribute to ground-breaking innovations, playing a pivotal role in all stages of the lifecycle of our complex weapon systems.

We are a company that values our people and their development. In this role, you will have ample opportunities to expand your career across a variety of paths, such as becoming a technology specialist or a functional/project manager.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Strong leadership skills, with a proven record in team management.
  • Excellent communication abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in algorithm development.
  • A genuine interest in innovative technologies and their practical applications.
  • A degree or equivalent experience in a subject with substantial mathematical content (such as Aerospace Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics).

  • A relevant PhD or Post-Doctoral experience is a plus.
  • Prior experience in algorithm research, product development, and support is advantageous.
  • Experience in collaborating with external partners.
  • Technical knowledge or domain expertise in areas like Command and Control, Dynamic Systems, Sensors, and Autonomous Systems is highly beneficial.

Interested? Apply now!

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), X (@MBDA_UK), Instagram (MBDA_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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