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7 months ago
Location: Stevenage
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Systems Engineering
Category: Systems Engineering Jobs
Role Title and Location: Systems Engineer (Surveillanceand Life Management) - Stevenage

Job Ref No: P7324

MBDA Level: Level 4

Reports to: Head of Surveillance and Life Management

The Opportunity

A great opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders within, and outside of, MBDA on a wide range of weapon system technologies in order to manage Surveillance and Life Extension programmes across MBDA UK’s weapon portfolio.

The Role

To act as technical point of contact for the stakeholders in a Surveillance or Life Extension programme, including MBDA Technical Experts; MBDA project teams; suppliers (most significantly the warhead and rocket motor suppliers) and test facilities; Customer project teams; and Customer experts.

The applicant will be responsible for:


the planning of overall programmes ensuring agreement of activities;


responding to technical and programme issues identified in testing;


maintaining a plan of the programme and reporting progress;


reviewing reports of testing conducted and ensuring the reports meet the needs of MBDA and the Customer to make technical judgements of continued safe and suitability for use;


identify impact of test failures/ anomalies on the weapon system using available information and expertise;


compile and present summary report of the results.

What’s in it for you?

This is an opportunity to broaden the understanding of a wide range of weapon system technologies whilst working with many stakeholders, internal and external to MBDA whilst gaining experience with work package management. Although the engineering knowledge required in any one area is not deep, it needs to be very broad and requires the ability to work with and understand engineers and scientists from a wide range of disciplines and identify and understand the interdependencies affecting the overall weapon system. The role also provides an excellent opportunity to work with the Customer community and understand their needs in ensuring their weapons are safe and suitable for use throughout their Service life.

What’s great about the team?

Although the Surveillance and Life Management team is small, it is part of a wider Customer Support and Services engineering team working on the support of a number of UK weapon systems. There is a good team dynamic with close co-operation internally, and externally with the Customer (within commercial boundaries), being encouraged. A range of expertise is available within the team to learn from, including some ex-servicemen who can give the User’s perspective.

What are we looking for?


Ideally degree qualified in a science or engineering subject.


An inquisitive nature and an interest in a broad range of technologies and sciences (there will be elements of chemistry, physics, mechanics, electronics, thermodynamics and statistics involved). Needs to have a Systems Engineering approach to technical and programmatic problems, able to put those problems into the context of, and understand the true impact on the wider system or programme.


Experience of systems engineering of weapon and missile systems or of key energetic equipment such as warheads or rocket motors is very desirable.


Needs to be a good team worker and able to work constructively with a wide range of personalities. Needs to be able to take into account the views of all stakeholders and take those views into consideration in a balanced way. Needs to be willing to challenge the views of stakeholders when those views are considered to be incorrect or not understood.


Needs to be able to plan a range of activities being carried out by a number of organisations, understanding the interdependencies between activities and the drivers for timescales.

What would you get?


Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.

Please Note: MBDA UK require all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).

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