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Systems Design Engineer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

FC/ASW Systems Design Engineer - Functional Strands

Bristol or Stevenage

Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) is MBDA's flagship future product. We are looking for someone to join the Functional Strand Development team on this complex and interesting project. FC/ASW has just entered the Assessment Phase, a 3-year period during which the concept is to be refined to a point at which it can be progressed to design and manufacture.

A critical part of work throughout the Assessment Phase is production of the Missile Dynamic Reference Model (DRM), an end to end representation of the Missile System used to assess performance against the Customer vignettes, conduct Systems Design trade studies and produce the associated Algorithms and Software for on-board the Missile.

A Model Based Engineering approach is being taken on FC/ASW in order to meet demanding Customer timescales and reduce the amount of hardware trials required throughout the project lifecycle. A high fidelity and validated model representation of the Missile System is essential for achieving this, demonstrating the design of the Missile System and its suitability to the Customer needs.

The key role of the Functional Strands Team is to co-ordinate the various stakeholders of the DRM to ensure efficient development and delivery of the model for its various uses.

A Systems Design Engineer in the Functional Strands Team will:

Work with Subject Matter Experts in Aerodynamics, Mechanical, Propulsion, Lethality, Guidance, Control & Navigation, Image Processing, Software, Seekers (and others) to understand how each of these contribute to the DRM

Support development of the DRM and subsystem model requirements

Ensure delivery of the DRM with subsystem models to key stakeholders (System Performance, GCN, etc.) in line with the model development plan

Support definition of the Common Algorithm Software Architecture (CASA)

Define the WCU Software and Missile Security Solution requirements

Support the development of Software plan

Work closely with the Functional Domain leads to understand the development needs for the model used for Systems Design trade studies

Support development of the Mission Manager algorithms

Assess model development and V&V activities and present to key project stakeholders

What we are looking for

Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with customers, technical specialists, and senior management.

Experience of model development or using mathematical models to assess system behaviour

Experience with Missile Software development

Experience of capturing and presenting technical requirements

What's in it for you?

Tangibly shape the design of the next generation deep strike and anti-ship capability developed by MBDA

Opportunity to develop a network, internal and external to MBDA. FC/ASW is an international project and offers the potential to work internationally with French colleagues and customers

Practical experience of Agile principles and supporting frameworks on a Project that is driving the new ways of working in the business

To work in a motivated and collaborative environment

Opportunity to develop technical skills across all parts of the missile system as well as experience in mathematical modelling.


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!

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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