Our working environment provides employees with state-of-the-art facilities, flexible working hours and continued development opportunities. It’s a collaborative space where we actively encourage the sharing of ideas and opinions in order to deliver simple solutions to complex problems. 

Challenging, stretching and developing your skills is something that we strongly believe in – it benefits you and our business alike. We appreciate that it is the passion and dedication of our people at the root of our success.

Grading Structure

This shows our current grading structure as described in our job specifications. Click on each level to see a brief description.

Security requirements

UK defence companies are required to vet all their personnel to an appropriate level. The objective of vetting is to obtain an acceptable level of assurance as to a person's integrity and trustworthiness – and therefore their suitability for employment within the defence industry.

Read more about government security clearance in the UK




Levels of clearance required

The required level of clearance for almost all MBDA UK employees and 'embedded' contractors is the SC Clearance. Start of work on site is not normally permitted before an SC clearance has been completed. In certain circumstances an individual may be allowed to commence employment before full SC clearance has been completed.

A small minority of individuals who work with exceptionally sensitive information also require a higher level of clearance, known as DV Clearance. 


Our Culture

Our can do approach to every problem stands us out from our competition. We encourage every employee to express their opinions and provide personal insight in everything we do. It’s something we take real pride in. It’s our ability to take balanced risks that enables us to deliver simple solutions to our clients.

Our Culture

And by consistently performing as a team, we’re constantly overcoming challenges and maximising opportunities. This is achieved in our cross-functional project teams on an everyday basis, but we also utilise it in our personal development. We support various sports teams and charities and encourage all of our employees to get involved where they can. A work/life balance is something we take very seriously. We believe that by treating our employees as individuals, they’ll not only produce great work, but also develop personally in a far more rewarding way. Our flexible working hours enable our employees to really utilise their free time while feeling like a valued member of the team.

Our Culture

We always deliver our promises, whether it is to the client or to our employees. And we’re proud of people and everything they’ve enabled us to achieve.

Core Benefits

  • Salaries and Bonus Payments

    We offer competitive salaries and bonus schemes in relation to employee and overall business performance. Employees up to and including Level 4 are also eligible for the payment of overtime and travel time.

  • Flexible Working and Flexi-time

    Our employees can choose when they work around the core hours with our flexi-time scheme, creating a great work-life balance. They are also able to accrue up to 15 days of flexi-leave per annum in addition to the 25 days + Bank Holidays of annual leave provided.

  • Annual Leave

    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.

  • Enhanced Maternity Pay

    Eligible employees are entitled to Company Maternity Pay for the first 18 weeks, paid at 100% of their average earnings, and a further 21 weeks at the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (39 weeks total).

Additional Benefits

Pension Scheme

We offer a defined contribution scheme which includes a death benefit lump sum cover of six times your basic salary and ill health and retirement benefits.

Share Incentive Plan

The MBDA UK Share Incentive Plan (SIP) reinforces our commitment to long-term share ownership amongst our employees.

Access to Financial Advice

Employees can take advantage of a range of free seminars held throughout the year to help them make financial decisions.

Programme Assisted Self Study (PASS Scheme)

Employees can receive up to £150 towards the cost of approved courses each year. Things like language and first aid courses, online or evening classes.

Season Ticket Loans

We offer season ticket loans to allow employees to spread the cost of a season ticket for trains or buses across a 12 month period.

Childcare Support

Our employees can take advantage of Government/HMRC regulations that enable them to sacrifice a portion of their salary for childcare vouchers.

Sporting Facilities and Associations

We offer on-site sports facilities along with option to save money on the cost of annual membership at a wide variety of private gyms nationwide.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The scheme offers employees the opportunity to spread the cost of a bike over a 12 month hire period and make significant savings.

Gourmet Society Membership

Employees can save money at restaurants, cinemas and garden centre across the UK with membership of the Gourmet Society.

Payroll Giving

Employees have the opportunity to donate to up to 5 nominated charities of their choice on a monthly basis.

Discount Scheme

Employees have access to discounts and rewards on a wide range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.

Business Areas

Systems Design


Mission Planning

Environmental Engineering

Industrial General Procurement

Missile Architecture

Seeker Division

Integration & System Validation

Systems Design Capability