Supportability Engineer Undergraduate Placement
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Supportability Engineer Undergraduate Placement

Job description

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.

An Early Careers Programme (ECP) placement allows an undergraduate 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?
An undergraduateplacement is typically structured around roles within:

  • Integrated Logistics Support (ILS )
  • In Service Support (ISS)
  • Support Services

Within the ILS role, an undergraduatewould 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 an undergraduate 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

As the ILS team is embedded within the product development team, there will be a significant amount of transversal work across different engineering and other business disciplines. This role is likely to involve travel to other MBDA, supplier, customer (MoD project teams) and end-user (Army, Navy or Air Force) locations. Within certain projects, international travel may be required.

Post-delivery of a product, the In Service Support team is responsible for delivering a range of support services. Examples of the services that an undergraduate could be responsible for helping to deliver within the ISS role include:

  • Maintainance
  • Refurbishment
  • Surveillance and Life Extension
  • Technical Support
  • Disposal
  • Asset Management
  • Storage 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, an undergraduate will help to create new concepts and develop the processes that allow support services to be delivered effectively.

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 the 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 undergraduates and you will be a fully integrated member of the team and have the opportunity to assume a high level of responsibility.
  • A supportive graduate/undergraduate community.

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.

What would you get?
£18,000 salary, flexible working hours, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, a share of the annual Company Bonus and superb learning and development opportunities.

What we are looking for

  • The ability to solve challenging problems within tight timescales and budgets
  • Innovative individuals who understand the importance of Customer Support and Services in sustaining the MBDA business
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Individuals who are self-motivated in shaping their own career path
  • An understanding of the challenges facing the defence industry today

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


A physics, engineering, mathematics or other technical degree

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

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Closing date: Continuous recruitment


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