RF/Microwave Electronics Designer/Specialist - Stevenage


MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

Role Title and Location: RF/Microwave Electronics Designer/Specialist -Stevenage

Job Ref No: P8079S

Reports to: Relevant Group Head/Project Lead/Team Leader

Salary: £45,000-£60,000 DOE plus Bonus and Excellent Benefits

Full and Part Time Working Considered

The Opportunity

MBDA has entered the next phase of its exciting evolution as a world class and dominant European missile company. The growing workload within MBDA has created exciting opportunities within the Datalinks Electronics Design Team for an RF/Microwave Design specialist

The Datalinks Electronics Design Team is multi-skilled and supplies datalinks for our complete range of missile systems covering land, air and naval systems.

What are we looking for?

High performing teams need high performing and competent individuals. To be suitable for this role, individuals should have a detailed understanding and experience of the following:

  • Architectures for medium to high power microwave transceivers, including catering for issues around full-concurrency operation.
  • Microwave radio frequency planning analysis.
  • Detailed modelling of link budgets and the derivation of top-level radio specs from these budgets.
  • Able to root cause issues in the measurement results of prototype radio platforms and recommend/implement solutions.
  • Practical application of radio sub-system building blocks, e.g. LNAs, Mixers, Filters, Synthesisers, HPA’s etc., and how to apply them to a realisable radio, including temperature compensating biasing, power supply management, PCB layout and evaluation/testing of solutions.
  • Use of RF test equipment and understanding of the limitations. Must be able to merge real world measurements and theoretical predictions together to refine outcomes.
  • Designing to meet Military Environmental requirements and standards e.g. DEF Stan’s and Mil Specs etc.

Any knowledge of any of the following would be an additional advantage:

  • Detailed understanding of the Modem and DSP signal flow.
  • Detailed understanding of discrete analogue circuit design.
  • Understanding of the use of mathematical modelling tools such as Matlab.

What’s in it for you?

This role provides a unique opportunity to apply your skills within a growing company and multi-skilled team. Exposure to complex and technologically advanced projects and products provides a stimulating experience. Working with highly talented and motivated engineers, in a friendly and supportive environment, provides one of the best environments to further career aspirations and achieve a real feeling of success.

What would you get?

*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.

The Role

If you have previous experience in a radio systems architectural role ideally in the defence sector or the cellular radio infrastructure sector then this is an ideal opportunity for you.

This role is suited to someone looking to step up into a more senior technical position. Working within a high tech, fast moving and rapidly expanding department you will be responsible for designing, leading and guiding the development of state-of-the art high quality, high performing innovative radio solutions that meet challenging requirements.

Included will be technically directing less experienced engineers to develop the circuit elements contained within these solutions.

Good communication skills are key, as the role will also entail liaising with other functional areas like systems teams, firmware teams, software developers etc.

Being at the forefront of technology is key to MBDA’s success. Therefore, as part of this role, you will track and keep abreast of the latest advances in the area of RF be that components, techniques or solutions. Any that seem promising can then be pursued by making use of the company’s generous research budget.

Businesses must continuously improve and MBDA is no exception. Identification and implementation of improvement activities will be part of the role.

The activities of the role may span the international boundary and encompass our French and Italian colleagues, which will involve the need for international travel.

What’s great about the team?

The Datalinks Design Team is a multi-disciplined, dynamic team, focussed on achieving complex designs to demanding timescales and providing a product that can be used to meet the needs of all our projects. The team is located together enabling easy communication and exchange of ideas and knowledge for the good of all in the team.

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


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  • Discipline

    Electronic Engineering, Engineering and Design, Software Engineering

  • Title

    RF/Microwave Electronics Designer/Specialist - Stevenage

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