Systems Design Graduate

Competitive Salary Dependent on Experience
06 Sep 2017
30 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Graduate, Permanent
Full Time

This opportunity is for a role as a Graduate Systems Engineer working within the design community developing complex weapon systems within the System Design and Validation Function (SD&V) at MBDA Missile Systems.

Systems Design Engineers within MBDA are responsible for conceptualising new products and technologies, writing specification, developing and managing requirements, coding interfaces between hardware and software, simulating weapon system performance and analysing missile trials data. SD&V is one of the largest and most diverse technical functions in the company, with a comprehensive range of engineering disciplines working together on the entire MBDA product portfolio.

The Systems Design Graduates will join into the Early Careers Programme (ECP) which is a structured, two year development programme designed to support budding engineers to make the leap from academia into business.


  • The ‘bread and butter’ of an MBDA Systems Engineers work is to ensure that the missile programmes are delivered on time, on cost and on quality.
  • The primary tool at our disposal is the system requirements, which we will generate and manage.
  • The requirements will specify every facet of the system, for example: dimensions, reliability rates, performance envelopes, interfaces to launch platforms (airframes and warships for example), shelf life, usage procedures, disposal methods and environmental impact to name a few.
  • Once accepted, the requirements must then be proven by collecting and generating evidence through component analysis, manufacture, testing, trials and simulations in collaboration with the design authority for each subsystem.
  • The goal is to achieve a Certificate of Design and an operational missile system.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of each element of a missile weapon system from the command and control computer to the actuator.
  • Work alongside subject matter experts in areas such as mechanical design, electrical engineering, aerodynamics, simulation, radars and lethality and warheads.
  • Interface with external stakeholders, subcontractors, government customers and industry consortium partners.
  • You will work within teams responsible for coordinating and completing multi-million pound weapons installations.
  • Working within future systems developing future technologies, conducting Internal Research and Development (IRAD), generating Operational Analysis and Battlespace Modelling, to guide the future growth of the company.
  • Analysis of trials recordings such as firings, air carriage and subsystem testing.
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

About You

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Effective communicators; 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.
  • All applications will be considered.
  • 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


  • System Design graduates are given the responsibility to deliver programme critical items of work.
  • You will work alongside highly experienced individuals with varied skills and backgrounds within the Systems Design and Validation Department and other functions (weapons architecture, seekers, lethality and warheads, software, business and procurement, simulation and modelling etc).
  • Graduates on the ECP are encouraged and supported to produce the best work they can.
  • Varied day-to-day work with workload management.
  • You will have the opportunity to use your knowledge and influence to inform programme level design decisions.
  • As the ECP progresses, you may experience teams which vary in size anywhere from a handful of people to larger teams of 20-30.
  • You get the chance to experience projects at all stages of the CADMID lifecycle.
  • The systems engineering experience you will gain will cover many provable systems engineering methods
  • You may have the opportunity to interact with the customer and end user.
  • 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.

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