Software Architect

08 Mar 2018
06 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The opportunity
MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and associated systems able to meet the whole range of current and future needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). Growing export sales and the build-up of strategic partnerships outside Europe has propelled MBDA into the next phase of its exciting evolution as a world class Missile Company.
This is a fantastic opportunity within Europe’s leading missile and missile systems company for a software architect to join our software development team at either Stevenage or Bristol. You will be a technical leader working across a number of MBDA software domains bringing your skills and experience to deliver complex integrated weapon system software. The role involves building strong relationships with project and technical teams to ensure that the design solutions are aligned with those teams' objectives and the overall business strategy.
The work we undertake is complex, challenging and novel. 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.

The Role
This is a principle role enabling you to improve and apply your technical skills across our range of software domains responding to the functional and performance requirements associated with our complex products.
In this role you will be:

- Working closely with project and skill based functional team stakeholders to define requirements
- Investigating and solving complex problems
- Developing architectures that ensure compliance with standards such as Safety and Security whilst also cultivating product development in terms of modularity and reuse
- Conducting and supporting project reviews
- Supporting technology, product and product line roadmaps
- Exchanging knowledge and ideas with other architects, technical experts, project leads and development teams to shape the future.
- Acting as a role model to other engineer and providing coaching to less experienced engineers
- Representing the software function at meetings with external stakeholders
- Helping to build effective teams

What In it for you?

- This is an exciting role for someone with a passion for delivering highly complex software solutions. Working with technology at the forefront of European missile system design you will develop and enhance your capabilities using them to assist the development of safe, secure and reliable products that our customers rely on.
- In this domain many of our products and components are the result of strong international collaboration; consequently, there may be the opportunity to travel both within the UK and to our sites in France, Italy and Germany.
- We offer a supportive working environment with the opportunity to develop your skills across a broad range of products and technologies.

- Your skills will be enhanced and developed through a mixture of project exposure and formal training.

What’s great about the team?
You will be joining a team that continues to develop software operating some of the most advanced missile systems in the world. We apply small, focused teams of engineers to complex problems – you will be working with a highly talented group of enthusiastic experienced software, systems and electronics engineers on some very interesting and innovative products.

What we are we looking for?

Essential Criteria

- Ideally you will have Developed Vetting (DV) clearance but must be willing to apply for it.
- Proven experience in delivering complex software solutions
- Able to take a pragmatic approach to solutions
- Ability to advise and influence on technical aspects within a collaborative environment
- Able to articulate ideas to management, technical communities and development teams
- Familiarity with UML modelling language
- Familiarity with Rhapsody (or similar) modelling tool
- Ideally you will have a degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Software and Systems Security and will be comfortable working with engineers from other disciplines and within an international context. It would be desirable, but not essential for your experience to have been gained in defence, automotive, aerospace or telecoms.
- Able to show capability in developing low-level code using appropriate languages, e.g. C, C++, Ada, and / or be able to direct others to do so.
- Ideally you will have a background in software engineering with good knowledge of modern development practices. Knowledge of standards and guidelines such as IEC61508 or RTCA/DO-178B would be desirable

You will demonstrate the following behaviours:

- Be capable of developing long term collaborative relationships with team members
Actively seeking to spread your knowledge and enthusiasm to produce high quality solutions in a timely manner.
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.

Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance and for this role cannot be the holder of dual nationality.
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