Integration & System Validation Graduate 2019
graduate scheme

Integration & System Validation Graduate 2019

Job description

What’s the opportunity?
Within the Engineering Directorate, the Integration & System Validation (ISV) department play a critical role in the development and proving of MBDA’s new and existing products. ISV engineers work day to day on a variety of tasks such as; aircraft/naval integration activities, weapon system integration and trials support/conduct.

The two year Early Careers Programme (ECP) allows a graduate to experience working in several roles across the ISV department. The 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?
A role within the Integration and Systems Validation department will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to work within a number of technical areas, including mechanical and electrical engineering, test equipment and trials conduct.

The two year graduate programme is split into four six-month placements, with a minimum of three placements spent working within ISV, or the wider Systems Design and Validation (SD&V) function. There is the opportunity for the candidate to spend a fourth placement outside of the function, either working in a different area within MBDA or within the wider defence industry.

Across their placements within ISV, the candidate will gain experience in a range of the following key 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.

Depending on placements there may be the opportunity for the candidate to undertake national and international travel when conducting trials activities.

What are the benefits for you?

  • Within ISV, you will gain a ‘big picture’ view of MBDA and the UK defence environment and will work with a diverse range of people at all levels across the business.
  • The objectives for each placement will be developed, in coordination with your line manager, to account for the business need and your individual aspirations.
  • There will be opportunities to engage with customers.
  • You will be able to utilise and develop a range of engineering and personal skills due to the wide variety of work the department offers.
  • There may be opportunities to travel both within the U.K and internationally and collaborate with other MBDA employees based in France, Germany and Italy.
  • There is a positive attitude towards graduates and you will be a fully integrated member of the team and have the opportunity to assume a high level of responsibility.
  • During all four placements there will be placement specific training opportunities in addition to the training given as part of the Early Careers Programme.
  • The opportunity to work towards becoming a chartered engineer.
  • A supportive graduate community with more than 100 recent graduates.

You can choose to be assigned a mentor who can help to guide your career development.

What’s great about joining this team?

  • There is a wide variety of work and every day is different.
  • The team creates a supportive network with people from different disciplines and backgrounds who can provide a new perspective on a given issue.

There is a culture of progression and a focus on innovative ways of improving system readiness and reliability.


  • You will have access to the full breadth of training courses and facilities that MBDA offers. For the SD&V function some relevant courses you may take part in include DOORS Training, MBSE Training and Writing Requirements.
  • You will also benefit from training and support provided by experienced engineers within the department and project teams.
  • MBDA support continual professional development such as engineering Chartership through multiple accrediting organisations.

What you would get
Starting salary of £26,250 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. 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

  • To have an interest in the defence Industry
  • Ability to problem solve and think logically
  • Ability to communicate at various technical and business levels
  • Good presentation skills
  • Good written English
  • Proactive and being capable of working on your own initiative
  • Must work well within a team


  • Background in engineering
  • Experience of working in laboratory environments
  • Innovative thinking and the ability to see the impact of your actions
  • Knowledge of military and defence standards used throughout the industry

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


You should be working towards a degree (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


How to apply

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Closing date: Continuous recruitment


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