What’s the opportunity?
Within the Programmes Directorate, the Customer Support & Services (CS&S) Directorate has accountability for the provision of support to MBDA products throughout the world. This support can range from the simple provision of a spare part through to delivery of a complete long term support package, with MBDA contracted to ensure that Armed Forces have the weapon systems that provide the capability they need, where and when they need it. CS&S is engaged through all phases of the product life cycle, from ensuring that supportability requirements are adequately defined at the concept design stage through to disposal at the end of the product’s life.
The two year Early Careers Programme (ECP) allows a graduate to experience working in several roles across the CS&S directorate. The programme offers excellent learning and development opportunities that will utilise both engineering and business oriented skill sets to help deliver support for a range of complex weapon systems.
What will you be doing?
The programme is structured around four placements each with duration of 6 months. The four placements are typically structured around roles within:
- Integrated Logistics Support (ILS )
- In Service Support (ISS)
- Support Services
- A function external to CS&S or even external to MBDA
Within the ILS role, a graduate would typically be part of an ILS team that is embedded within a larger product development team. The ILS team is responsible for ensuring that products are designed to be readily supported, that the necessary support infrastructure is in place and for optimising through-life finance. MBDA products include weapon systems, test equipment, training equipment and any other support equipment. The ILS elements that a graduate could help to develop or implement include but are not limited to:
- System Design Influence
- Maintenance Planning
- Support and Test Equipment
- Facilities and Infrastructure
- Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation
- Training and Training Equipment
- Technical Documentation
- Commercial and Contract Management
- Life Cycle Cost
Post-delivery of a product, the In Service Support team is responsible for delivering a range of support services. Examples of the services that a graduate could be responsible for helping to deliver within the ISS role include:
- Surveillance and Life Extension
- Technical Support
- Asset Management
- Storgage and Inventory Management
These activities will involve working with colleagues in other MBDA engineering and business functions. Again, this role is likely to involve travelling to supplier, customer and end-user locations. Within certain projects, international travel may be required.
The Support Services team are responsible for helping the end-user to acquire the knowledge needed to best operate and maintain their weapon systems throughout the in-service life. The Support Services team will work with the ILS team to develop the field support and training solutions and the technical publications for a product. They will then deliver the required training and field support and manage updates to the technical publications. The team are also responsible for the procurement of spares, management of repairs and developing bespoke information management applications for the CS&S directorate. Within this role, a graduate will help to create new concepts and develop the processes that allow support services to be delivered effectively.
The external placement can be in a function external to CS&S, for example in an engineering or commercial role, or can even be external to MBDA. For example, a secondment to the Ministry of Defence, a sub-contractor or even a defence think tank.
What are the benefits for you?
- Within CS&S, 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, suppliers and end-users.
- You will be able to utilise both business and engineering skill sets and undertake a wide variety of work.
- There will 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 Formal Development Programme.
- The opportunity to work towards becoming a chartered engineer.
- A supportive graduate community with more than 100 recent graduates.
- You will be assigned a mentor who can help to guide your career development.
What’s great about joining this team?
- More than 500 people in the CS&S directorate work every day, around the clock, to serve MBDA’s customers in over 50 countries around the world.
- 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
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Effective communicators who are able to demonstrate skills in presenting and technical report writing
- Have an interest in the defence industry
- We are looking for someone who has initiative and drive, has strong attention to detail and problem solving skills, proactive in finding and collecting information and thinking about further steps, capable of quickly understanding complex problems
- Ability to demonstrate experience of working in teams and taking on responsibility
- Able to derive logical solutions to inform design decisions
Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible forSC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.
Hold, or be working towards a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in aeronautical, aerospace, electrical or systems engineering, maths, physics, or similar, applicants with relevant postgraduate qualifications are also encouraged
Accepted degree subjects
How to apply
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Closing date: Continuous recruitment
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