Software Product Security Architect – (Stevenage)

Competitive Salary & Benefits
31 Jul 2017
16 Aug 2017
Martina Hayden
What is the opportunity?
 This senior role is a great opportunity within the European leader of missile and missile systems for a security architect to join our software development team in Stevenage. You will be part of a team delivering solutions for the next generation of advanced missile systems, both in the embedded missile and command and control domains. The role involves building strong relationships with project and technical teams to ensure that the security strategy is aligned with those teams' objectives and their overall business strategy. You will maintain a deep level of expertise in at least one technical domain (e.g. Crypto techniques, threat modelling, anti-tamper approaches, etc.).

What does the role entail?
  • Providing / contributing to thought leadership in the area(s) of expertise.
  • Assessing security requirements and proposing solutions that deliver a cost-effective security solution. This may entail negotiation with systems teams to ensure that security requirements are appropriate to complement the overall system need.
  • Working with other security architects from different domains responsible for technical security risk assessments of new projects, and mitigation of risk associated with existing projects.
  • Functioning as main technical point of contact for software development product teams as it relates to security.
  • Conducting complete lifecycle security architecture and technical assessments.
  • Working with cross-functional projects and teams to establish security development lifecycle practices within application products.
  • Responsible for secure design, development and operation of software products and services. 
  • Providing consultation in security architecture design/review of projects and other activities involving the use of security technologies.
What are the benefits to you?
  • This is an exciting role for someone with a passion for delivering complex and secure software solutions. You will be working with technology at the forefront of European missile system design, helping to develop safe, secure and reliable products that our customers rely on.
  • Many of our products and components used in this domain are the result of strong international collaboration; consequently, there may be the opportunity to travel both within the UK and to our sites in France and Italy.
  • We offer a supportive working environment with the opportunity to develop your skills across a wide range of products and technologies.
  • Your skills will be developed through a mixture of project exposure and formal training.

What’s great about joining this team?
  • You will be joining a team that continues to develop software operating some of the most advanced missile systems in the world. We apply small, focused teams of engineers to complex problems – you will be working with a talented group of enthusiastic experienced software, systems and electronics engineers on some very interesting and novel products.

Who and what we are looking for in you?

Essential Criteria

  • Ideally you will have Developed Vetting (DV) clearance but must be willing to apply for it. 
  • Familiarity with the use of anti-tamper and cryptographic technology techniques to counter threats to information assets.
  • Acquainted with penetration testing with an ability to review and advice on how to counter vulnerabilities
  • Possess a strong knowledge of communication encryption and able to evaluate cryptographic strength.
  • Experience of software, hardware & human threat modelling
  • Understanding of broad technology vulnerabilities including: BIOS, Operating System and software languages. 


  • Ideally you will have a degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Software and Systems Security, combined with experience in the development of cryptographic software solutions. You will have been responsible for the delivery of secure software solutions and will be comfortable working with engineers from other disciplines and within an international context. It would be desirable, but not essential for your experience to have been gained in defence, automotive, aerospace or telecoms.
  • Able to show capability in developing low-level code using appropriate languages, e.g. C, C++, Ada, and / or be able to direct others to do so.
  • Ideally you will have a background in software engineering with good knowledge of modern development practices. Knowledge of standards and guidelines such as CERT, IADN6, SPARK and MISRA would be desirable. 

You will demonstrate the following behaviours:

  • Be capable of developing long term collaborative relationships with team members, and;
  • Be able to use their and your knowledge and enthusiasm to produce high quality solutions in a timely manner.

Why should you come and work at MBDA?
  • MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees on industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • With some of the most sophisticated state of the art technology in defence, MBDA is Europe’s leading guided weapons company. Innovation is a key factor in our success and with this in mind we are continually look to broaden our existing talent base in support of maintaining a strategic edge by exploiting new markets and new applications. Our success is also based on the enthusiasm and talent of our people and we strive to offer every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.
  • The work we undertake is complex, challenging and novel It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards.
What will you get?
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level), and superb learning and development opportunities.

Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance and for this role cannot be the holder of dual nationality.

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