Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer

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

A position is available for an enthusiastic engineer to join a world leading company specialising in missiles and missile systems, as part of the Guidance, Control and Navigation department (GCN). The GCN department plays a pivotal role in the concept and life of all MBDA products. As part of the role, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of high complexity weapon systems. You will gain insight into how the various subsystems interact and have a direct influence on design decisions. The algorithms you design lie at the heart of the missile system.


  • Guidance algorithm design and evaluation for all phases of missile flight;
  • Autopilot and control system design and analysis;
  • Integrated navigation, such as ‘Terrain Reference Navigation’, and ‘GPS integration’;
  • Data fusion to combine data from multiple sensors;
  • Support to concept and feasibility studies,
  • Internal Research and Development (IRAD) to support future weapons and technology demonstrators;

About You

  • Be proactive in nature;
  • Have a desire to take ownership of technical tasks and also a willingness to learn through seeking help and advice from technical experts when required;
  • Have an analytical approach with the ability to visualise complex systems
  • Focus efforts to achieve deadlines and be comfortable adapting to work in a continually changing field;
  • Be a helpful and hardworking team player, whilst working well individually and autonomously;
  • Have the ability to work well within defined guidelines and processes;
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Have knowledge of engineering principles and processes;
  • Have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Be eligible for SC UK Security Clearance;
  • Preferably have a working knowledge of MATLAB/SIMULINK
  • Preferably have a basic knowledge of other programming skills (e.g. C, FORTRAN)
  • You should hold or be working towards a minimum of a 2:2 degree in one of the following disciplines (or similar): aeronautical engineering, aerospace, mathematics, physics, control and systems.


  • As a member of the GCN department you will be given the opportunity to develop a number of core technical skills including coding and modelling (MATLAB/SIMULINK), mathematics, dynamics and control theory.
  • Work in GCN department requires liaising with other departments, understanding the complexities of many distinct parts of the missile including propulsion, aerodynamics, seekers, sensors and actuators. Through discussion and joint working with experts in these fields, you will broaden your technical knowledge of the design and function of a complex weapon system.
  • GCN plays a central role in the design and development of all MBDA products, giving visibility of a wide range of work from concept studies through to current high-profile projects.
  • GCN Bristol works closely with the GCN function in Paris as well as the MBDA site in Rome. This will give you the opportunity to work as part of one of the many international teams in MBDA.
  • 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.