Job Details Technical Author / Technical Documentation Writer R03623

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Customer Support and Services | Engineering and Design | Systems Engineering

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Stevenage

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for an extremely motivated and logical individual with the skills and knowledge of Technical Publication generation for a complex portfolio of MBDA's products across the Air, Land and Sea domains. This is a vital role in helping MBDA deliver its technical documentation commitments all over the world. A working knowledge of the authoring process in an engineering environment is highly desirable.

What we're looking for
  • Experience in technical authoring is essential. Use in particular of SGML is required but also the ability to adapt to other formats of authorship is desirable.
  • You will need to be familiar in the use of S1000D based authoring tools, be aware of BREX (Business Rules Exchange) use and Guidance Documents, a CSDB (Common Source Data Base) environment and the associated reports, quality reviews and eventual delivery to the highest quality, on time and on cost.
  • You need to be able to work with a variety of different types of people and will maintain a willing, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, even when things are changed at the last minute.
  • Provide technical expertise in ensuring design teams have a clear understanding of the publication development, production and upkeep process.
  • You may be required to be involved in demonstration or process proving activities at an alternative MBDA site or the Customer's location, in the UK or overseas.
  • Experience and a working knowledge of the military environment for operation and maintenance technical publications is preferable but not essential.
  • You need to be able to work with a variety of different types of people and will maintain a willing, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, even when things are changed at the last minute.
  • Liaise with product suppliers in support of technical publication technologies whilst maintaining personal and technical reports, records etc. of all technical publication activities to a high standard.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for customer and industrial partners' interaction, a strong resilience and a good communicator.
  • Willingness to travel within the UK and overseas.

What's in it for you?

  • MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems and this opportunity is an influential and a relatively autonomous job where the successful applicant can create and lead your project vision and make a mark on how MBDA's technical documentation is utilised.
  • The successful applicant would act as an ambassador for Technical Publications and can help develop both the team and the corporate capability.
  • The role will require liaison with many military and engineering communities thus offering plenty of variety. Technical Publication working group participation and Technology Development Workshops offer exciting opportunities to diversify the publication methods and impact on department improvements.
  • An outstanding opportunity to work with the MoD and a wide variety of internal and external partners with excellent exposure to senior management and leadership within both organisations.
  • We analyse and assess technical publication technologies using proof of concept and demonstrations to keep MBDA Technical Publications at the front of Innovation for technical document development and delivery.
  • An excellent opportunity to gain a strong knowledge of the customer environment, culture, structure and processes. Travel to UK and overseas customer locations, although infrequent will be part of the role as well as trips to the MBDA France and Italy offices.
  • Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. 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.
Our benefits

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

Join a great team!

  • The Technical Publications department is currently populated by a variety of passionate, experienced and technically capable Authors and Illustrators.
  • The current team has a mix of personnel, ranging from apprentice, graduates to team members who have served in the Armed Forces and bring a wealth of passion, knowledge and customer experience across the MBDA product Range.
  • The team has a forward thinking and problem solving mind-set that you will instantly add value to and you will be joining at a time where working together and team spirit is fundamental to our success. New technologies are monitored and diversifying your interests towards these technologies is encouraged as we strive to improve.

Why us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

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00 Benefits & Rewards

Annual Bonus

Annual Bonus

Our success is dependent on every individual’s contribution to MBDA UK. We want to encourage you to fulfil your potential and share in that success. As such, we have in place a bonus scheme based on different criteria and dependant on grade.

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 / Flexible Working

Dynamic / Flexible Working

The way we work is changing and your schedule will reflect that. For non-executive 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. 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.

Enhanced Parental Leave

Enhanced Parental Leave

Employees may be eligible for enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption, neonatal and shared parental leave. This includes up to 26 weeks enhanced pay for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, 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.

Dining and Lifestyle Discounts and Vouchers

Dining and Lifestyle 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.

Subsidised Gym Membership

Subsidised Gym Membership

Keep fit for less with our on-site gym located at Stevenage, without breaking the bank. The monthly cost includes access to Stevenage’s Sports & Social club where you can enjoy money off sporting activities, shopping, theatre trips and more. We also offer discounted rates at over 3,500 gyms nationwide.

Pension Scheme

Pension Scheme

A valuable part of your reward package is the option to become a member of the BAE System Pension Scheme. Whether you plan to retire in five or 45 years you need to think about where your future income will come from when you do. The pension schemes do not just provide for your future, you will also have protection in case you have to stop or cease work early because of ill health; and valuable benefits for your beneficiaries if you should pass away.

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.

Financial Advice

Financial Advice

You can take advantage of 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

Receive 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.

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