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Availability Modeller
R16440

Contract type

Full time

Discipline

Customer Support and Services | Engineering and Design | Systems Engineering

Location

Stevenage

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00 Job Description

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.

Job Title: Availability Modeller

Salary: Up to £50,000 depending on experience

Location: Stevenage

Dynamic (hybrid) working: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working. Typically this role will require 1-2 days on site per week, with temporary deviations from this to be agreed with your Line Manager.

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:

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 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!

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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: Up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension: maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Overtime: opportunity for paid overtime
  • Flexi Leave: Up to 15 additional days
  • 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
  • Possible Relocation Available

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), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.  



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00 Benefits & Rewards

Annual Bonus

Annual Bonus

Every year in February, we reward our dedicated employees with an annual bonus. Exact amounts and percentages will vary by job grade and on business performance. This can be discussed/explained further with a member of the Resourcing team during your application process. 

We are proud to say that we were able to award our annual bonus to employees even through tough economic times in recent years, when other employers were less fortunate. 

 

25 Days Annual Leave (plus holiday purchase)

25 Days Annual Leave (plus holiday purchase)

Employees receive 25 days of paid annual leave per calendar year, in addition to all statutory and public holidays.

This increases to 26 days after 10 years of service and 27 days after 30 years. You can enjoy more time off by purchasing up to an additional five days holiday through payroll.

Dynamic Working

Dynamic Working

We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policies allow individuals great levels of flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Depending on your role and function, this may include options for paid overtime, dynamic leave (time in lieu) and more. 

When applying, please check the job advert for details, then make sure to discuss what to expect with your recruiter. 

Enhanced Parental Leave

Enhanced Parental Leave

We recognise that having or adopting a child is a significant life event for our employees and as a family friendly employer we offer a range of enhanced family leave provisions to support employees before, during and after a period of leave.

Our 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.

We also offer 2 weeks enhanced pay for paternity leave, and neonatal care leave for up to 12 weeks where a period of extended hospital care is required after birth. Employees also have access to support whilst undergoing fertility testing and treatments. 

Discounts and Vouchers

Discounts and Vouchers

We offer a choice of two dining and lifestyle cards so you can save money at restaurants, cinema, days out and more as a member. You will have access to hundreds of discounts and rewards on a wide range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.

Our rewards portal also offers access to a range of cashback benefits and discounted purchases with partner retailers. 

Gym Memberships

Gym Memberships

Keep fit for less with our on-site gym located at Stevenage, without breaking the bank.

We also offer discounted fees at over 3,500 gyms nationwide, with memberships paid via payroll. 

Pension Scheme

Pension Scheme

Our MBDA Retirement Savings Plan is a 'Defined Contribution' plan in the Mercer Master Trust, administered by Scottish Widows.

The standard contributions are 4% of an employee's base salary and 6% employer contributions. You can increase both employee and employer contributions by up to 2%.

 

Share Incentive Plan

Share Incentive Plan

The Share Incentive Plan (SIP) is available for you to join and reinforces our commitment to long-term share ownership amongst our employees.

Free Financial Advice

Free Financial Advice

We know money matters in life, so we want to make sure our employees are both paid what they deserve, and also have access to resources that can help them plan for the future.

Through selected partnerships, we offer a range of free seminars, held throughout the year, to help you make good financial decisions for now and the future.

Extracurricular Learning Budget

Extracurricular Learning Budget

You can receive up to £150 towards the cost of approved courses each year including group language lessons.

Health and Dental Insurance

Health and Dental Insurance

Cover you and your family with the option to select our six levels of dental cover. You can choose to visit NHS or private dentists and the cost is deducted through payroll. 

We've teamed up with AXA PPP to offer a selection of private healthcare plans, deductible from your net pay, for you and your family. 

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme

Our employees' wellbeing is our priority. That's why everyone at MBDA UK can access free, confidential advice on a range of financial, personal and workplace issues, available 24/7.

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Training and Development

Development of our people is of vital importance to us at MBDA, which is why we ensure everyone has access to the teams, tools and resources needed to achieve their goals. This includes our dedicated in-house Learning & Development team, our Apprenticeship programmes, a variety of online learning platforms, and much more.

We encourage new learning and will provide up to £150 in financial support per year if you wish to participate in further study in your own time.

If you lead a team, or hope to do so in the future, we offer a range of management training opportunities, with paths designed for people of all experience levels. 

Dynamic Working

We want our people to work when and where they feel they can be most effective. For most of our employees, we have a flexi-time scheme that allows you to choose, within certain parameters, when you start and finish each day and how you can use time you have accrued.

For roles that do not have to be based on one of our sites full-time, you will have opportunities to work from home as part of your agreed Dynamic Working arrangement.

If you have worked the time, you are also able to accrue and take up to 15 days of Flexi-leave per annum, in addition to the 25 days of annual leave provided and bank holidays.

Security Clearance

All employees at MBDA are required to hold UK Security or BPSS Clearance. 

For further information, please view our Security & Vetting page.

Awards

    

We're proud to be a nationally recognised employer at MBDA. We have received a range of employer awards including Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2022; Gold awards from Investors in People, the 5% Club, and Armed Forces Covenant. We are also currently ranked #1 in the UK's Best Big Companies to Work For 2022 league table, as well as #1 for Manufacturing.

Check out our blog ("Our Stories") for the latest MBDA news and awards.

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