Integration & System Validation Graduate 2019
What’s the opportunity?
Within the Engineering Directorate, the Integration & System Validation (ISV) department play a critical role in the development and proving of MBDA’s new and existing products. ISV engineers work day to day on a variety of tasks such as; aircraft/naval integration activities, weapon system integration and trials support/conduct.
The two year Early Careers Programme (ECP) allows a graduate to experience working in several roles across the ISV department. The programme offers excellent learning and development opportunities that will utilise both engineering and team work skills to help deliver integration and proving solutions to a range of complex weapon systems.
What will you be doing?
A role within the Integration and Systems Validation department will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to work within a number of technical areas, including mechanical & electrical engineering, test equipment and trials conduct.
The two year graduate programme is split into four six-month placements, with a minimum of three placements spent working within ISV, or the wider Systems Design and Validation (SD&V) function. There is the opportunity for the candidate to spend a fourth placement outside of the function, either working in a different area within MBDA or within the wider defence industry.
Across their placements within ISV, the candidate will gain experience in a range of the following key areas:
- Weapon systems integration testing of sub-system and system level functionality,
- Functional proving of system response and performance,
- Integration of missiles and weapon systems onto delivery platforms,
- Trials planning and support to trials clearance documentation,
- Conduct of sub-system and system trials at various levels of maturity,
- Conduct of Firing trials and system level acceptance support.
Current ISV Graduates have been involved with systems proving activities on MBDA’s CAAM/FLAADS, ASRAAM, Brimstone and Storm Shadow projects and this has included working with platforms such as the F-35 Lightning II, Eurofighter Typhoon, Type 26 Frigates and the AH-64 Apache.
Depending on placements there may be the opportunity for the candidate to undertake national and international travel when conducting trials activities.
What are the benefits for you?
- Within ISV, 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.
- You will be able to utilise and develop a range of engineering and personal skills due to the wide variety of work the department offers.
- There may 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 graduates and you will be a fully integrated member of the team and have the opportunity to assume a high level of responsibility.
- During all four placements there will be placement specific training opportunities in addition to the training given as part of the Early Careers Programme.
- The opportunity to work towards becoming a chartered engineer.
- A supportive graduate community with more than 100 recent graduates.
You can choose to be assigned a mentor who can help to guide your career development.
What’s great about joining this team?
- 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.
- Who and what we are looking for from you?You should be working towards a degree (minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent) in Maths, Physics, Aeronautical, Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical or Systems Engineering or a related Engineering discipline.
- To have an interest in the Defence Industry,
- Ability to problem solve and think logically,
- Ability to communicate at various technical and business levels,
- Good Presentation Skills,
- Good written English,
- Proactive and being capable of working on your own initiative,
- Must work well within a team.
- Background in engineering,
- Experience of working in laboratory environments,
- Innovative thinking and the ability to see the impact of your actions,
- Knowledge of Military and Defence standards used throughout the industry.
Why you should come and work at MBDA?
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
What would you get?
Starting Salary of £26,250 with two pay reviews per year during the first 2 years,Joining bonus of £2000 if you have a Bachelors or £2500 if you have a Masters.Flexible working hours, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, Annual Company Bonus schemes and superb learning and development opportunities.