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MBDA Weapon Systems Engineer 10 Month Placement 2022

As a Weapon System Engineer in MBDA you will join one of the three Weapon System Engineering teams; Network Communications, Command & Control, and Weapon Systems Algorithms & Performance.
We are a fast growing, multi-national group that provides a variety of different engineering and specialist skills across a number of projects within MBDA to ensure our products are fit for purpose and delivered on time and to cost. As the complexity of the battlefield increases, so too do our customers’ capability needs! Consequently, we have evolved to provide the necessary expertise across a large range of weapon system aspects, much wider than just the missile itself.
This provides a great opportunity to recruit for 10 month placements in the following departments within our ‘group’:

Network Communications (NC)

As an engineer within the Network Communications department, you will be responsible for the requirement definition, design evolution, qualification and project management of communication systems, sub systems and technologies. As part of this team, you will conduct the following activities:

  • Developing datalink systems to communicate between platforms and missiles
  • Working with communication and networking technologies and techniques
  • Designing Network Enabled Weapons
  • Developing networks that support weapon systems in the battlespace
  • Helping with future developments in technology and systems
Command and Control (C2)

The Command and Control (C2) department provides world class air-defence C2 Sub-systems for MBDA Land and Naval weapon systems. The C2 Sub-system is the heart and brains of the weapon system. It has to understand the threats to the protected assets, then plan and manage engagements against those threats in a complex and changing environment.

The main skills in the C2 department lie in the System Engineering domain, including activities such as:

  • System Architecture
  • Product Line Engineering
  • Software & Hardware Specifications
  • Weapon System Algorithms
  • Sub-system Verification & Validation
Weapon System Algorithms and Performance (WSAP)
The Weapon System Algorithms and Performance (WSAP) department aims to optimise end-to-end mission performance through innovative development & delivery of system-wide architectures & algorithms. WSAP provides technical expertise across a variety of topics, including weapon system architectures and algorithm development (including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques) for the exploitation of cutting-edge technologies.

As a Systems Engineer in WSAP, you will be involved in the development of current and future major systems and sub-systems, including the following activities:

  • Planning, modelling and adapting of missile routes to optimise the effectiveness of the weapon.
  • Automating a weapon’s mission planning by leveraging machine learning techniques and simplifying operator decisions.
  • Developing algorithms to enable autonomous behaviours and decision-making capabilities.
  • The delivery of core products such as Target Modelling, Weapon Planning, and Launcher Interfaces etc. into a variety of MBDA programmes.
  • Utilising and exploiting the latest in technological advancements to provide MBDA weapon systems with the most effective, secure and intelligent product.
  • Developing launcher sub-systems for tactical strike missile systems.
Programme structure

A 10 month placement within your main “home” department (NC, C2 or WSAP), where there will be great opportunities to get involved in a variety of activities.

What’s great about joining this team?
  • A Weapon System is much more than just a missile – Weapon System Engineers provide world class products and solutions to deliver complex systems and all-round capabilities to our Customers.
  • The opportunity to work across a variety of projects and engineering fields.
  • A breadth of experience and support available across all of the Weapon System Engineering departments which include a buddy system to welcome you into MBDA, access to the mentoring scheme and regular informal meetings with other ECP members in the group.
  • You will be working in an assistive and collaborative open plan working environment and systems laboratories, aimed at aiding your learning and development.
Entry criteria

Applicants should be working towards a 2.2 or higher in subjects such as Engineering (Mechanical, Electronic, Systems, Aerospace etc.), Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Why choose 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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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

00 Application Process

1. Submit an application

Our application form contains a few factual questions, some questions relating to the role you have applied for and a section for you to tell us all about you! 

2. Online assessment

Some of our Graduate, Summer placement and 10 month placement roles will require you to take a Diagrammatical, verbal and numerical reasoning test. Apprentice applicants will take a Strengths based assessment.  

3. Internal review

Hiring Managers assess your application and assessment results and shortlist for our assessment centres. 

4. Assessment centre

Our Strength based assessment centre is a virtual experience! You’ll get to work on a range of tasks, meet current programme members and people from the department you have applied for. All candidates receive feedback on their performance.  

5. Offer

We’ll call you shortly after your assessment day to talk through your feedback and the finer details of your offer, as well as next steps.

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Training and Development

You’ll be able to choose between a variety of online learning platforms such as Percipio, YouLearn, Career Builder and Video Gateway. Each one is tailored to a specific type of learning. Speak to your line manager to find out 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. You’ll have access to our Learning Gateway, which hosts the formal course catalogue and is where you can select the right training for your role and future development. The catalogue displays which courses are being delivered virtually or are classroom based. If you want to lead a team, you might be interested in our management training, designed for people of all experience levels. 

Dynamic 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.

Security Clearance

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

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

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