Project Engineer - Product Support Undergraduate Year Placement

Competitive dependant on Experience
13 Mar 2018
30 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Work Placement, 7-12 months
Full Time

Company information

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 12 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

Job description

Join the directorate that provides support to MBDA products throughout the world! This support can range from providing a spare part to delivery of a complete long term support package. We are contracted to ensure that Armed Forces have the weapon systems capability they need, where and when they need it.

You will get an insight into all phases of the product life cycle, from ensuring that supportability requirements are defined at the concept design stage through to disposal at the end of the product’s life.

The Undergraduate Year Placement will allow you to experience working in several roles across the directorate. The programme offers development opportunities that will utilise both engineering and business oriented skill sets to help deliver support for a range of complex weapon systems.

Experience work across 3 teams: Integrated Logistics Support (ILS ), In Service Support (ISS) and Support Services.


  • 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. You could be involved with: Influencing System Design, Maintenance Planning, Support and Test Equipment, Facilities and Infrastructure, Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation, Training and Training Equipment, Technical Documentation, Commercial and Contract Management and Life Cycle Cost.
  • In Service Support team is responsible for delivering a range of support servicesPost-delivery of a product, . You could be responsible for helping to deliver: Surveillance and Life Extension, Technical Support, Asset Management or Storage and Inventory Management.
  • The Support Services team develop the field support and training solutions and the technical publications for a product and deliver it to the the end-user. You will help to create new concepts and develop the processes that allow support services to be delivered effectively.

In many of theses teams your work will involve working with colleagues in other MBDA engineering and business functions, as well as travelling to supplier, customer and end-user locations.

About you

  • The ability to solve challenging problems within tight timescales and budgets
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Individuals who are self-motivated in shaping their own career path
  • An interest in understanding the challenges facing the defence industry today
  • A physics, engineering, mathematics or other technical degree.
  • Eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance


  • 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 UK and internationally and collaborate with other MBDA employees based in France, Germany and Italy.
  • You will be a fully integrated member of the team and have the opportunity to assume a high level of responsibility.
  • Join a supportive graduate community with more than 100 recent graduates.
  • Competitive joining bonus & salaries
  • Flexible working
  • Paid overtime
  • Comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare
  • Sporting activities
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • Bonus schemes
  • Superb learning and development opportunities.

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