Lethality and Warheads - Year long placement 2017
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Lethality and Warheads - Year long placement 2017

MBDA UK Limited
Competitive salary
Greater Manchester
Time left to apply
14 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

An opportunity has arisen in a fast-moving team for an engineer to develop their technical and problem-solving skills. This job role encompasses concept design and modelling simulation through to testing and manufacture, giving you the chance to experience challenges that arise throughout the lifecycle of our Warheads. The Warheads team at Lostock is part of a multi-national capability, so there is opportunity to work with colleagues from across the UK and from France, Italy and Germany.

What will you be doing?

The Warheads team offers a wide range of work activities, ranging from modelling simulation of complex high speed problems, to full Warhead trials, and a range of design challenges in between:

Support of Warhead design throughout the product lifecycle including: design definition and assessment, test equipment design, and maturity of concepts through into manufacture.

Application of engineering fundamentals including material selection, design optimisation, geometrical tolerances, manufacturing feasibility, mass / CoG inertia properties, unit production cost, structural integrity, dynamic characteristics and thermal properties.

Definition of trials documentation including safety assessments and planning. Management of trials planning logistics, to ensure trials are conducted in a timely and efficient manner

Support to, and analysis of results from explosive and non-explosive trials including testing of Warhead performance, safety and suitability for service when subjected to environmental stress throughout its service-life.

Use of advanced computer modelling techniques to simulate Warhead performance and application of computational tools to provide a user interface, manage data & interpret results.

Analysis of the modelling outputs and production of validation and performance prediction reports, including shock response spectra, parameter studies, comparison of concepts during design phase and evaluation of Warhead performance impacting multiple targets.

Support of the company’s Business Management processes including: preliminary, detailed and critical design reviews, class of difficulty assessments including technical risk, and design maturity assessments including technology, integration and system readiness levels.

Working with suppliers and sub-contractors, internal and external customers, and working alongside other functions such as programme management and procurement.

Involvement in both internal and government funded research work.

Company information

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.

Person requirements

Training in the use of tools such as ProEngineer, CREO, Autodyn, DYNA, RADIOSS, Matlab, Visual Basic, in-house methods and MS Office will be provided as necessary but previous experience would be advantageous.

You must:

Have a passion to achieve success through conscientious and diligent working

Be willing to ask questions and challenge assumption

Seek insights and make informed decisions

Use own initiative and be resourceful

Co-ordinate well within a team environment

Prioritise tasks and manage time effectively

Be adaptable to rapidly developing projects

Apply technical understanding to analyse and solve practical problems

Have good written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

Be willing to travel in the UK and Europe on a regular basis

Qualifications and experience requirements

Ideally working towards a (minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent) in a technical or engineering-related discipline, such as Aeronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical or Systems Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or Maths. Applicants with relevant post-graduate qualifications are also encouraged.

Accepted degree subjects

physics · transport engineering · mathematics · aerospace engineering · chemical engineering · mechanical engineering · chemistry · electronic and electrical engineering · engineering management


Competitive salary

flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level)


Greater Manchester


Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

How to apply

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

Closing date: 31/01/2017

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 31/01/2017