MBDA UK Limited
graduate scheme
Expires15 days

Integration and System Validation Graduate

Job description

The Integration and System Validation (ISV) department plays a critical role in the development and proving of MBDA’s new and existing products. ISV engineers work on a variety of tasks such as; aircraft, naval and land integration activities, weapon system integration and trials support and conduct.

You will have the opportunity to experience working in several roles across the department. The early careers programme offers excellent learning and development opportunities that will utilise both engineering and team work skills to help deliver integration and proving solutions to a range of complex weapon systems.

What will you be doing?
Work with all aspects of the project to ensure trial delivery, including mechanical and electrical engineering, test equipment and trials conduct.

Your placements could be in a range of areas:

  • Weapon systems integration testing of sub-system and system level functionality
  • Functional proving of system response and performance
  • Integration of missiles and weapon systems onto delivery platforms
  • Trials planning and support to trials clearance documentation
  • Conduct of sub-system and system trials at various levels of maturity
  • Conduct of Firing trials and system level acceptance support

Current ISV graduates have been involved with systems proving activities on MBDA’s CAAM/FLAADS, ASRAAM, Brimstone and Storm Shadow projects and this has included working with platforms such as the F-35 Lightning II, Eurofighter Typhoon, Type 26 Frigates and the AH-64 Apache.

The role will suit someone who is keen for travel; there will be some essential travel when conducting trials activities. Depending on the projects it may bewithin the UK or internationally.

What are the benefits for you?

  • Gain a ‘big picture’ view of MBDA and the UK defence environment and work with a diverse range of people at all levels across the business
  • Build objectives for both the business need and your personal aspirations
  • Engage with customers
  • Learn to use a coding language (MATLAB, VBA, C, Python)
  • Collaborate with other MBDA employees based in France, Germany and Italy
  • There is a positive attitude towards graduates; you will be a fully integrated member of the team and have the opportunity to assume a high level of responsibility
  • Be supported by experienced and talented engineers to work towards chartership (100% of fees paid during grad scheme)
  • Join asupportive graduate community with more than 100 recent graduates
  • Be assigned a mentor who can help to guide your career development

What’s great about joining this team?

  • Variety of work; every day is different
  • A supportive team with people from different disciplines and backgrounds; offering a new perspective on a given issue
  • There is a culture change and a focus on innovative ways of improving system readiness and reliability

“ISV grads get a broad understanding of weapon systems as we interact with so many of the project teams. We get hands on time with real hardware which you don’t always get in the other teams (i.e. Hands-on experience with weapon systems; gaining an insight into what goes into a weapon and how it works)” Matt, ISV Graduate.

Why you should come and work at MBDA?
MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with over 10,000 employees on industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and a presence in the United States. With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA offers a wide range of advanced weapon systems for maritime superiority, air dominance, ground based air defence and battlefield engagement.

  • We work with over 90 armed forces, successfully integrating our systems onto multiple platforms
  • Has a technology pedigree that allows innovative and responsive products to be created year upon year
  • 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
  • MBDA is ranked 11 in the Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For, demonstrating successful growth and high levels of employee retention
  • 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?

  • 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
  • Flexible working hours
  • Paid overtime
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare
  • Sporting activities
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • Annual company bonus schemes and superb learning and development opportunities

What we are looking for

  • Enjoy problem solving and have a common-sense approach
  • Ability to vary your communication style dependant on your audience
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly through written English
  • A proactive approach to working on your own initiative
  • Enjoy contributing to and being part of a supportive team

Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible forSC (Secret Level) UK security clearance.


  • Background in engineering
  • Experience in laboratory environments
  • Innovative thinking and the ability to see the impact of your actions


You will have gained your degree by September 2019 (minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent) in maths, physics, aeronautical, aerospace, electrical, mechanical or systems engineering or a related engineering discipline.

Accepted degree subjects

  • physics
  • mathematics
  • aerospace engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • electronic and electrical engineering

Additional job details


How to apply

This position is for those who will have graduated by 2019 only. We will review applications late August, with a start date expected in Nov/Dec 2019. If you are graduating in 2020 please search for 2020 roles from September.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 July 2019

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

Expires15 days

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