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 our governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.
Salary: Circa £50000 depending on experience
Bonus of up to £2200
Pension contribution of up to 14%
Annual salary review
Up to 15 days flexi leave
25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking
Excellent career progression/development opportunities
Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working, this role will require 4 days a week onsite.
Effective Stockpile management is underpinned by data analysis and availability modelling since these are pivotal to ensuring that evidence based decisions can continue to be made for the betterment and longevity of the weapon stockpile. This is a process with high visibility within the Customer team, informing critical decision-making for a key Royal Navy capability.
A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic Availability Modeller to become an integral part of the team, leading the modelling activity through the complexities of the Mid Life Refurbishment (MLR) phase. It is an opportunity to learn more about both the importance and principles of Availability, and to engage directly with MOD and Royal Navy (RN) staff supporting the Type 45 platform.
As the Availability Modeller, you will be responsible for:
Developing and maintaining close working relationships with various stakeholders around the team, both internal and external – this includes MOD delivery staff, RN front line support, Weapons Evaluation and Capability Assurance (WECA) and multiple internal CSS areas
Ensuring the timely supply of data from across the teams to enable the Stockpile model to be populated for both regular updates and ad-hoc assessments of potential solutions.
Carrying out programme level tracking and analysis of performance against defined targets, as well as supporting the definition of future targets based on historical performance and the need to maintain stockpile availability.
Producing Availability Modelling baselines by using collected data to create scenarios to run through an existing MatLab model.
Producing and analysing ‘what-if' scenarios to support the Customer decision-making process, ensuring the scarce resource is deployed, managed and maintained for maximum operational benefit.
Presenting the outputs of all model scenarios, ‘what-if' scenarios and programme performance metrics to the team at all levels.
Identifying model enhancements to support both increased functionality and scope).
Developing new visualisation methods to support the explanation of Stockpile status and impacts
Ensuring other MBDA stockpile models benefit from experience from the environment, and that new functionality introduced elsewhere can be leveraged into the model.
What's great about the role?
This is a Customer facing role, with unique access to a range of MOD and RN posts, with the job-holder being viewed as an integral member of the MOD team.
The role focusses on the operational outcome for an MBDA product, and provides an insight into the factors that influence Stockpile availability, including both the full range of internal functions and MOD areas that Industry staff are not generally engaged in.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the factors and levers that contribute to the continued availability of a weapon stockpile, along with the interdependencies present between all programmes during a weapon system lifecycle.
You will have the opportunity to build relationships at multiple levels both within MBDA and the Customer and Operator environments, providing an excellent development opportunity.
You will have the opportunity to influence and contribute to strategic decision making, affecting the way in which MBDA and Partners perform.
What's great about joining this team?
You will be joining a small, highly focussed team with a successful track record of delivering the changes necessary to maintain and improve stockpile availability for the Customer and End User.
You will have the opportunity to support and influence the direction and content of modelling capability for this key product, and the broader modelling principles being developed and deployed within MBDA.
What we're looking for from you:
Basic code/model running mind-set.
Excellent Excel skills for front end visualisation and data interrogation (including VBA).
A logical and analytic way of working that can spot inconsistencies/unexpected outcomes and support the development of explanations.
The ability to develop an understanding of weapon system programmes within the lifecycle (incl. Surveillance and Life Extension (SaLE), MLR etc).
Interpretation of real world changes and translation into modelling assumptions and variables!
Ideally you will have knowledge and experience of the following:
Being able to communicate complex data and information at multiple appropriate levels.
Collating detailed analysis and graphical outputs into concise forms, pulling out the key points, and posing questions for consideration.
Understanding of why availability modelling and data tracking is important
Be self-sufficient and pro-active, able to direct your own time and prioritise workload to ensure that key customer deadlines are met.
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 equal opportunity to reach their potential.
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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