graduate scheme
Expires9 days

Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer Graduate

Job description

The Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) department plays a pivotal role in the concept and life of all MBDA products. We work on high complexity weapon systems and understand how the various subsystems interact and have a direct influence on design decisions. The algorithms we design lie at the heart of the missile system.

We host five areas of expertise:

  • Navigation is the process of estimating the current missile state (position, velocity and attitude) using measurements from a range of on-board sensors;
  • Guidance is the process of determining a suitable trajectory, meeting customer requirements and system constraints, providing an effective route to target interception and maximising the probability of success;
  • Control is the process of maintaining stable flight while following the guidance demands to drive the missile onto the trajectory calculated by the guidance algorithms;
  • Image processing conditions digital images of the target scene in order to provide an aim point and assist with navigation and guidance;
  • Command and Control (C2) is the component of the weapon system that interacts with the human operator. It presents the context of the mission and calculates the most effective method of engagement against threats.

What will you be doing?

There are many activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrated navigation, such as ‘Terrain Reference Navigation’, and ‘GPS integration’;
  • Guidance algorithm design and evaluation for all phases of missile flight;
  • Autopilot and control system design and analysis;
  • Data fusion to combine data from multiple sensors;
  • Support to concept and feasibility studies,
  • Internal Research and Development (IRAD) to support future weapons and technology demonstrators; Implementing neural networks and deep learning techniques to help solve a range of complex problems.
  • Our work is mostly MATLAB/Simulink focused and you will work on this tool daily.

What are the benefits for you?

  • Develop a number of core technical skills including coding and modelling, mathematics, dynamics and control theory. Our work is mostly MATLAB/Simulink focused and you will work on this tool daily.
  • Close working with other departments will enable you to understand the complexities of many parts of the missile including propulsion, aerodynamics, seekers, sensors and actuators.
  • Broaden your technical knowledge of the design and function of a complex weapon system.
  • Visibility of a wide range of work from concept studies through to current high-profile projects.
  • Work as part of one of the many international teams in MBDA, with the GCN function in Paris and Rome. This doesn’t always equate to travel but you may be offered the option where the opportunity arises.

What’s great about joining this team?

  • A very large team that works closely with other departments so there is the opportunity to work with lots of different people.
  • The team are friendly, hardworking and ambitious with a reputation for achieving project milestones to a high quality on time.
  • Work on all MBDA products giving you an excellent range and depth of experience and opportunity.
  • The work is innovative and rewarding. The variety of work offered within the department also presents an excellent opportunity for personal development.
  • Due to the department’s central role throughout a product’s lifecycle, there is a real sense of ownership of a product and the opportunity to see something through from concept to in-service.

What would you get?

  • Starting Salary of £26,500 with two pay reviews per year during the first two years,
  • Joining bonus of £2,000 if you have a Bachelors or £2,500 if you have a Masters,
  • Annual company bonus scheme
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • Paid overtime
  • 25 days paid holiday
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare
  • Sporting activities

Please note

MBDA UK requires 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.

MBDA is 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.

What we are looking for

  • Proactive attitude.
  • A desire to take ownership of technical tasks and a willingness to learn through seeking help and advice from others;
  • An analytical approach with the ability to visualise complex systems;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Have a basic knowledge of using MATLAB/SIMULINK
  • Have a basic knowledge of programming skills e.g. C, Python


Degree qualified by September 2020 in aeronautical engineering, aerospace, mathematics, physics, control and systems or a related subject to a minimum 2:2.

Accepted degree subjects


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Expires9 days

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