Systems Design & Validation Graduate
graduate scheme

Systems Design & Validation Graduate

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

Job description

An excellent position in the System Design and Validation Department (SD&V) where you will support a Systems Engineering team working on one of the numerous projects we have at MBDA.

The department is responsible for ensuring new weapon systems are designed to meet the customers’ needs by; providing a structured approach to solving complex technical challenges. It focuses on defining customer needs, creating new weapon system concepts, and refining design definitions to provide understanding on ever more complex design challenges.

What will you be doing?

As a Graduate Engineer within Systems Design you will quickly gain a broad understanding of the most advanced missile systems, across all three operating environments; land, sea and air. You will have opportunities to work on different projects at various points within the Engineering lifecycle from concept to conclusion.

You will gain the following experiences:

  • Understanding the whole system. This will involve working across a wide group of different engineering teams internally, as well as with external stakeholders such as subcontractors, customers and/or joint partners.
  • Taking early responsibility and ownership of significant work packages (such as requirement specifications or change control procedures) and the chance to get involved in key design decisions.
  • Influencing and conducting development of future technologies and technology demonstrator programmes.
  • Creating design definitions for missile systems and the technologies that they contain
  • Testing equipment and hardware design, development and operation
  • Conducting trials analysis including collation, interpretation and presentation of data into meaningful results

Using software to perform Using software to contribute to Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) performed by systems team

What’s great about joining this team?

  • Teams are varied in size anywhere from a handful of people to larger teams of 20-30
  • Projects will be at various stages of the engineering lifecycle with varying objectives.
  • You will interact with highly experienced individuals with varied skills and backgrounds within the Systems Design and Validation Department and other functions (human factors, logistics, Infosec, Sensors etc)
  • You will be treated as an equal employee and be encouraged and supported to produce the best work you can.
  • Varied day-to-day workload
  • Involvement in the design of a system and ability to impact decisions
  • You will gain experience in a wide array of provable systems engineering methods
  • You may have the opportunity to interact with the customer and end user.

External placements

While on the graduate scheme you will undertake four six month long placements. One of these placements will be external, outside of SD&V.

This is an opportunity to experience another part of the company which does not have to be in an engineering discipline, for example graduates have completed external placements in business and procurement and executive support. The most popular external placements have been to the Seeker Division and to Lethality and Warheads.

There is also the possibility to complete an external placement as a secondment to the Customer or to other Defence companies (subject to availability and appropriateness).

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.

International travel

Systems teams across different projects work internationally with France, Italy and others. This means that travel opportunities may be available in order to take part in meetings and workshops.

What would you get?

Competitive joining bonus and salaries, flexible working, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.

Company information

Why you should come and work at MBDA

  • With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA is Europe’s largest guided weapons company and with this in mind we continually look to broaden our existing talent base whilst maintaining a strategic edge, by exploiting new markets and new applications for our world-class technology base.
  • 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, 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 12th in the Sunday Times Top 30 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.

Person requirements

  • Have an interest in the defence industry
  • Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communicators; able to demonstrate skills in presenting and technical report writing.
  • Proactive in finding & 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 for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.

Qualifications and experience requirements

  • Hold or be working towards a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent qualification) or Masters level degree in aeronautical, aerospace, electrical or systems engineering, maths, physics, or similar. Applicants with relevant postgraduate qualifications are also encouraged.

Accepted degree subjects



Competitive salary



How to apply

Closing date: 31/01/2018

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 31/01/2018

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