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DATE ADDED: Tue 11/02/2020

Sparkworks System Group Lead

Bristol, UK


JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

SALARY: 45000 - 55000 - Benefits:

The Opportunity Sparkworks is the part of future systems that develops disruptive capabilities.
Its current focus is; RF Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW), Laser Directed Energy Weapons (LDEW), Low Observability (LO) and Emerging Technologies.
Its aim is to mature concepts using new and unusual tech, deliver prototypes, demonstrations and trials, ultimately delivering step changes in capability to the UK and friendly nations.
This opportunity is to head up the systems team within Sparkworks.
What are we looking for? Creativity, imagination & problem solving skills Adaptability & willingness to deal with fluidity in fast paced environments Attention to detail Record of successful technical work delivered singly and/or as part of a team Ability to work with minimal supervision and often from a blank sheet of paper Excellent verbal and written communication skills, backed by working knowledge of Office software Candidates must be willing to undertake the DV (Developed Vetting) clearance process once working at MBDA Proven delivery of technical programmes Ability to step back from day to day aspects, view the bigger picture context and navigate a successful course through complex and changing requirements Physics, engineering or mathematical background DV or willingness to hold a DV (Developed Vetting security clearance) A candidate who additionally possesses several of the following attributes would be particularly suited to the role: Ideally holding a higher degree ( Masters or PhD) in a physical sciences or engineering discipline Familiarity with well-known computer simulation codes (such as PSPICE, Matlab, CST MWS, COMSOL) Familiarity with examination of large datasets Experience of systems requirements capture and management Hands-on practical / laboratory skills What’s in it for you? Interesting and exciting work, giving you the opportunity to work on some truly innovative and world-class technology Opportunities to manage projects through their full lifecycle, from bid to customer delivery Frequent opportunities to gain visibility for you and your work at the highest level both inside and outside the company Having a varied ‘day-job’ Excellent training opportunities in a broad range of relevant subjects; achieved through formal training courses and/or on-the-job training Opportunities to move within the team to gain experience of new areas (technical, project management, systems engineering, trials) Opportunities to develop new skills through interaction with specialist areas within MBDA What would you get? Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), 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.
The Role This role is best suited to an engineer with a broad range of systems engineering experience as well as team directing and supporting skills and the ability to set and drive strategic direction.
It is broad reaching and includes a wide variety of activities.
Supporting a growing team of systems engineers, effects & vulnerability modellers & trial planners, including workload forecasting, resourcing and people development Strategic direction setting for both future product line development and supporting activities such as trials, tooling development and modelling approaches Technical oversight of all team activities ensuring on time, on cost and on quality delivery Customer liaison with key stakeholders across the DEW community including DSTL, DE&S, WECA and others, through technical forums, bid generation & contract management sessions Capability development for Future Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) including; concepting, trade studies, battlespace awareness and Operational Analysis (OA), Defence Lines of Development (DLOD), Whole Life Costing (WLC), use study vignettes, Military Utility Studies (MUS), balance of investment (BOI) studies & technology route mapping Development of effects understanding including: DEW experiment planning, systems support and oversight of trials conduct, experiment / trials analysis,tool development, statistical data, provision of technical expertise in effects across Sparkworks and MBDA Provision and expansion of performance modelling capabilities including; DEW system performance assessment, performance prediction, modelling strategy development and tool creation, tool verification, validation and certification, use of specialist Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) modelling tools such as microwave studio CST, matlat, Simulink, wonat etc Certification of tools, trials, software and products including; verification and validation planning, certification delivery and securing approvals Some traditional system design activities such as; Cardinal Point Specification (CPS) development, functional breakdown, system architecting, subsystem definition, requirements management & certification What’s great about the team? Become part of a very diverse team of highly motivated scientists and engineers, who are genuinely interested in their fields Frequent exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects Work on projects varying from a few weeks duration to several years Access to a large laboratory suite supported by state-of-the-art test equipment.
Enjoy a high level of autonomy Have ready access to in-house experts to supplement knowledge Contribute to high-level VIP visits in support of senior management Opportunity to attend international conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field Undertaking this role you would be joining a dynamic, focussed team responsible for the development of our future business.
The chance to exploit innovative and novel techniques in the development of the company’s future portfolio.