Graduate Opportunity

Systems Design & Validation Engineer Graduate 2020, Stevenage

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What’s the opportunity?

Systems Design Engineers work within the design community, defining the specifications for developing weapon systems within the System Design and Validation Function (SD&V). The function is involved in:

  • Conceptualising new products and technologies
  • Writing system and sub-system level specifications
  • Developing and managing requirements
  • Proving, validation and certification
  • Integrating hardware and software
  • Platform integration (airframes, vehicles, ships)
  • Simulating weapon system performance and analysing missile trials data.

What will you be doing?

4 six-month placements in SD&V: Work in a variety of projects at different stages in their lifecycle (as shown in list above) from future capabilities to in-service products.

Optional 1 six-month placement outside SD&V

Replace one of the six-month SD&V placements and experience another part of the company. It doesn’t have to be engineering, past graduates have gone to Project Control, Procurement, Seeker Division and Lethality & Warheads. Alternatively you could arrange a placement with a company related to MBDA; a supplier, MOD, Air Warfare Centre (dependant on availability).

What are the benefits for you?

  • Gain experience of many systems engineering methods such as Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).
  • Develop an understanding of a missile weapon system; from the warhead to the seeker
  • Grow in responsibility for delivering critical items of work, use knowledge and influence to guide design decisions.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders, subcontractors and government customers
  • Work in a team responsible for completing multi-million pound weapons installations
  • Supported by experienced and talented engineers to work towards Chartership (100% of fees paid during Grad scheme).

What’s great about joining this team?

  • The SD&V team have experts in varied skills and backgrounds that you will be supported by and learn from.
  • Scope to choose where you go based on interests and skills
  • Close working with other functions such as Weapons Architecture, Seekers, Lethality & Warheads, Software,
  • Procurement, and Simulation & Modelling giving you a broad view of the company.
  • Training in Missile Systems and Subsystems to develop a deeper understanding of the products.
  • Role specific training; DOORS Training, MBSE Training and Writing Requirements.

“I didn’t fully appreciate until joining how varied the work would be – you could be writing test plans, developing/testing demo equipment for stakeholders, writing specifications, trajectory modelling and calculations etc. Particularly because I have a physics background, I had no real appreciation of what Systems Engineering could involve. The variety is difficult to get across in a role profile but it’s vast and appeals to me and probably a lot of other people too.”  Izzi, Systems Design Engineer Graduate

Who and what we are looking for from you?

  • Degree qualified by September 2020 in Aeronautical, Aerospace, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or similar.
  • The ability to work with complex problems to derive logical solutions to inform design decisions
  • Strong attention to detail - the specifications define the Missile to be built, your input will impact the performance of the final product attention to detail is vital.

What would you get?

  • Starting Salary of £26,500 with two pay reviews per year during the first 2 years,
  • Joining bonus of £2,000 if you have a Bachelors or £2,500 if you have a Masters,
  • Annual company bonus scheme
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • Paid overtime
  • 25 days' paid holiday
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare
  • Sporting activities.

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How to Apply

Job ID Number: GR318
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Opportunity Overview

  • December 30th, 2019
  • £26,500 + joining bonus of £2,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Stevenage (Hertfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Analytics
  • Electrical
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Systems

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