Delivering a safer tomorrow

Operations designs, manufactures and procures the RF, electronic and mechanical components that provide the state of the art, high quality and cost effective solutions to our programmes. Consistently delivering on our promise to produce quality products that precisely meet the needs of each and every customer, their expertise are without comparison.

Working with purpose, and knowing that every advancement provides smarter and more effective equipment for our armed forces, our Operations team play an integral part in MBDA being the trusted supplier of missile and missile systems to the defence sector.


Our Operations opportunities fall under the following disciplines:

  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial Policy & Supply Chain
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Procurement



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Our manufacturing expertise is without comparison. We consistently deliver on our promise to produce a quality product that precisely meets the needs of each and every customer. 

  • The principal mission of Manufacturing UK is to ensure that MBDA deliverable commitments are met in terms of time, cost and quality. The aims are: 
  • To underpin the MBDA role of Prime Contractor through appropriate retention of manufacturing knowledge and capability 
  • To extend manufacturing philosophies and industrial expertise 
  • To ensure optimum flexibility, agility and responsiveness of all manufacturing resources (people, machines, facilities and equipment)
  • To ensure that all submitted bids are achievable from a manufacturing viewpoint i.e. proposed manufacturing architectures (incl. supply chain), processes & capabilities, delivery schedules, resource allocation and costs
  • To make sure designs are feasible and to develop appropriate manufacturing architectures and processes in order to meet development and production programme requirements
  • To develop manufacturing methods and architectures compatible with emerging product and process technologies and concepts e.g. increased sub-system modularity and re-use and evolution through technology insertion within and across product families
  • To maintain responsiveness to changing customer demands throughout the product life-cycle through the deployment of flexible and agile manufacturing resources, facilities and architectures with particular emphasis on in-service support to all UK HMG Services (e.g. UORs and/or surge demand)
  • To ensure recognition of manufacturing excellence within the customer community base

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In Procurement, you will work within a team responsible for procuring and managing the supply chain for direct and indirect products and services for both projects and business.

The Procurement function works towards the vision of ‘Creating and enabling the conditions to shape the best performing and sustainable supply base capable of supporting MBDA’s global leadership’.

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Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Team develop, design and support mechanical aspects of our products throughout their life-cycle in order to meet the required timescales and cost, while maintaining optimised performance for all current and future MBDA projects. These aspects include:

  • Physical missile & systems product design 
  • Missile mechanical airframes
  • Mechanical, electromechanical, and (small) pyrotechnic sub-systems
  • The management of in-house associated engineering centres of excellence
  • Future preparation through implementing a strategic approach to innovation, technology, modularity, skills and investment across MBDA customer. 

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Electronic Engineering

The Electronic Engineering function manages the design and delivery of high technology electronic products for our projects. Their expertise includes:

  • On board missile equipment such a weapon controllers, fin actuators, safety systems and data links
  • Firing control units for land, naval and airborne platforms
  • Automatic test equipment
  • Electrical equipment
  • Training simulators
  • Countermeasures equipment

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Industrial Policy & Supply Chain

This team is responsible for leading the definition and implementation of Supply Chain Architecture. Through an industrial, indirect, and export structure in procurement our team supplies the supply chain expertise and is responsible for developing industrial policies in the following areas:

  • Make or Buy
  • Supplier base
  • Relations with innovation SMEs

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