Software Project Lead

Competitive Salary & Benefits
25 Sep 2017
25 Oct 2017
Martina Hayden
Project Engineering
Job Type
The Opportunity
MBDA has entered the next phase of its exciting evolution as a world class and dominant European missile company. The growing workload within MBDA has created exciting opportunities within the Software Function for Principal Software Engineers to lead, or become integral members of, this multi-disciplined team. 
The Test Systems team is tasked with supplying a full range of test solutions, from overall Missile test to Board test plus Simulators and Field Support equipment.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity to develop technical and leadership skills across our broad range of products.
We are looking for a highly capable Project Lead responsible for a team of Software Design and Development Engineers with specialist product test skills for an exciting opportunity within our Test Systems team. The team is multi-disciplined and includes mechanical and electronic design engineers, in addition to the software development engineers, as well as others from business related areas.
This is a principle role enabling you to improve and apply your technical leadership skills across our range of test solutions responding to the functionality and performance requirements associated with our complex products.
The role is particularly applicable to a person with the skills to lead a team of test software developers and a proven ability to delivery complex software solutions to demanding customers. 
The Role
The Test Systems team is tasked with supplying a full range of test solutions, developing software for test equipment used in product development and production pass-out. The role lies within the Embedded Software department and incorporates engineers across a range of multi-faceted test systems.
In this role you will be:
  • Responsible for the design development and delivery of software for a number of Test Equipment systems.
  • Leading a team of professional engineers that are specialists in test equipment software.
  • Working closely with the Group Lead and software architects to ensure consistency and technical excellence in the software produced.
  • Ensuring that our principles of design for modularity and re-use are applied effectively and efficiently.
  • Ensuring application of software development plans and configuration control are used in accordance with our strategic approach across the group.
  • Working closely with the Test Equipment Design Authority, the Design Authority for the Unit Under Test and the End User organisations to ensure clear and concise requirements are in place supporting optimal design solutions to be delivered.
    What’s in it for you?
  • This is a great role for an enthusiastic individual looking to improve their engineering skills.
  • You will be working with teams in both the UK and wider international Software Engineering organisation, ultimately supporting the development of safe, secure and reliable products that our customers can rely on. 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 at an exciting time for Software Engineering in the wider business.
What’s great about the team?
  • The UK Test Systems team is a multi-disciplined dynamic, focussed and agile team of about 100 engineers specialising in all aspects of Test Solution design, including hardware, software and embedded real-time systems.  These skills are co-located providing an atmosphere of supportive cooperation and interdependence whose strengths are well placed to face the challenges of the future.
  • The Embedded Software department develops the software that drives some of the most advanced missile systems in the world. The department applies small, focused teams of engineers to complex problems, contributing to a talented group of experienced software, systems and electronics engineers developing very interesting, technically advanced products.
What are we looking for?
Ideally, we are looking for an experienced Software team leader able to make decisions for software development. Applicants with significant, related, software development experience will also be considered for development into the role
  • You will have a strong ability to manage a team of typically 7 software developers.
  • You will need to be able to communicate effectively to people at all levels in the company across a range of mediums.
  • You will have experience in working in a high technology environment where the quality and accuracy of work is essential.
  • You will understand requirements and available design solutions so that you can produce accurate and cost effective estimates of work to be undertaken.
  • You will be required to provide regular reports to demonstrate progress achieved and to confidently deliver software solutions to time, cost and quality.
  • You will have a good understanding of software and the software development process to be able to provide effective management oversight.
  • You will have a good understanding of technology used in the test equipment and the unit under test to enable correct choices to be made when needed.
  • You will have project management skills to ensure good planning, delivery and cost control of software developed in the team.
Other desirable qualities are:
  • Knowledge of Software configuration management tools and techniques.
  • Understanding of standard communications and test equipment interfaces.
  • Have an ability to influence product test strategy.
You will demonstrate the following behaviours:
  • Be capable of developing a collaborative relationship with other team members.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • An approach focused on a timely high quality solution.
What would you get?
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
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