Employer profile


Updated: November, 2016

About MBDA

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MBDA is a global leader in the design and manufacture of missiles and missile systems; competing at the forefront of the defence industry. MBDA is a multi-national company, with 10,000 employees on industrial facilities spanning 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 prime complex weapon contractor to the UK MOD. With this in mind we continually look to broaden our existing talent base whilst maintaining a strategic edge and exploiting new markets and applications for our world-class technology base.

As an MBDA Graduate you will follow a professional development programme consisting of four, six month placements, three of them internal to your specialist business area and one external. The external placement could be another business area within MBDA or it could be with one of our external partners or customers which will broaden your knowledge and experience whilst on the scheme.

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, with excellent opportunities for personal development. Our work is complex, it’s challenging and it’s innovative; therefore we need talented and motivated professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to ensure we meet our strategic goals. 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.

In the UK, the company has received ten Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and holds accreditation from Investors in People.

We have Summer placements, undergraduate and graduate roles available. Graduates should be qualified to degree level (minimum 2:2 honours degree) in business studies/management, aeronautical, aerospace, aero systems engineering, electrical, mechanical, computer science, software engineering, information technology, systems engineering, mathematics, physics, or similar.

Applicants should be:

  • Adaptable approach: – capable of focusing on both domestic and export needs, taking into consideration existing constraints in design proposals.
  • Team player: - capable of working with others from various disciplines to reach a consensus agreement.
  • Pro-active / self-starter.
  • An ability to use their enthusiasm and drive to work autonomously and efficiently to influence team members and other stakeholders in producing technical outputs of good quality in a timely manner

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We have a wide range of business and technical roles available ranging from human factors, design/integration systems and validation, synthetic environments, war heads, manufacturing, mechanical/electrical engineering, seekers, simulation and modelling, finance, supply chain, business management, procurement.

You will be provided with plenty of on the job training; in addition graduates will attend a one week residential course in Wales focusing on the softer skills used in your day to day professional career including; communication, negotiation, problem solving, presenting, influencing, teamwork and leadership skills.

MBDA fully supports Chartership and will pay 100% of the fees during your two year programme and 50% thereafter.

Work sectors

engineering and manufacturing


Bolton, Bristol, Stevenage

Contact details

01438 756977
Six Hills Way

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