IVV Test Engineer (Mission Planning & Control)

MBDA UK Limited
Bristol (City Centre)
09 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Opportunity

Mission Planning and Control (MP&C) is considered a critical contributor to Surface Attack Weapon Systems that provides key smart' off-weapon capabilities to MBDA Missile Systems. The MP&C Product Line (PL) group is responsible for establishing a Product Line of re-usable capabilities that are developed in-line with the Product Roadmaps for future Missile Systems. The group works with projects to develop and embed a MP&C capability into new weapons. This includes the development of a new product line of launchers which embed these smart' capabilities, that will be adopted for current and future weapons and platform integrations.
We have a number of teams that develop both generic launcher products as well as working on projects to deliver a launcher for a specific weapon system. The establishment of re-usable components that can be precisely tailored to specific project needs is key to a successful product line.
We are looking for highly capable, versatile and enthusiastic Integration, Verification and Validation (IVV) Test Engineers to work proactively within the systems team across a number of programmes as the demand for MBDA launchers grows.

The Role
The role requires systemic, flexible and agile thinkers who can work across the breadth of the design assurance lifecycle to plan and develop IVV test activities. Our involvement in projects encompasses customer requirements analysis through the design, development, production and delivery of launcher sub-systems. It is then the responsibility of the generic launcher team to understand these project needs and transform them into product requirements that meet the needs of several projects. Hence due to the nature of these programmes, the role will be varied, and you may be working on multiple IVV activities in parallel and across several projects.
The systems team has the responsibility to work with other technical functions to ensure that the overall design and delivery is coherent and complete, and the product is safe and secure. The IVV strategies therefore have to be complete across these design domains, and coherent with the overall project strategies.

What's great about joining this team?

- Your role will be varied across the system test activities, encompassing those of a launcher sub-system as well as the generic product components.
- Working with the project teams, you will develop IVV strategies and plans to ensure that the system is successfully tested and delivered throughout the iterative trials programme.
- Working with the systems team and technical functions, you will develop test cases that appropriately exercise test aims.
- You will execute test programmes, reporting test results and issues, managing regression testing and exception reporting.
- You will form relationships across the specialised MBDA technical functions to ensure that all design aspects of the launcher, such as software, electrical, electronic, safety and security are appropriately tested.
- You will be part of a team solving a very unique problem - how do I develop test strategies for generic military products in environments that, by their nature, have very differing constraints? Whilst minimising time-to-market and costs, but maintaining the high standards demanded.
- You will be working within a multi-national organisation, which will involve joint working with different national companies, including travel both within the UK and Europe.

Who and what are we looking for?

- Sound understanding of systems IVV test processes and campaigns for military equipment.
- Experience in establishing design assurance strategies and plans for the progressive integration, verification and validation of the system.

- Experience in writing test descriptions to test system and sub-system requirements and support progressive integration of components.
- Experience in understanding system requirements and designs, in particular functional architectures.
- Knowledge of applicable system design domains such as electrical, electronics, software, safety and security.

- A systemic thinker with the ability to solve problems in a structured manner, identifying key abstractions in their solution.
- Excellent reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills.
- An ability to adapt to changing priorities, programme needs and tasks.
- Openness to an understanding and use of industry best practice in the establishment of Product Lines.
- Relevant Engineering or Science based Degree (or equivalent).


- Experience in the interpretation of System Models using SysML (or UML) (preferably using Rhapsody).

- Experience in the use of tools for Requirements Management (preferably DOORS) and Configuration Management (preferably RTC).
- Experience in the use of test tools such as Test Director and Quality Manager.
- Exposure to software requirements, architectures, technologies and methods.
- Experience working in a Product Line team or in a product team adopting a Product Line.

Why should you come and work at MBDA?

- MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees on industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States
- With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA is Europe's leading guided weapons company and with this in mind we continually look to broaden our existing talent base whilst maintaining a strategic edge, by exploiting new markets and new applications for our world-class technology base
- Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career
- 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

What would you get?

- Competitive salaries, 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.
- Unique in the defence and aerospace industry, a chance to work at a Sunday Times Top 30 company as voted by the people who work here!

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