Aerodynamics Engineer


Job summary

Up to £45,000 depending on experience
Software, Design, Modelling
Aerospace / Avionics, Defence
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

MBDA is a leading defence organisation. We are proud of the role we play in supporting the Armed Forces who protect our nations. We partner with governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.

Salary: Up to £45,000 depending on experience 

What we can offer you:

  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Paid overtime
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Up to 15 additional days flexi leave
  • Our enhanced parental leave offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Dynamic (hybrid) working: This role requires on-site working in Bristol for the majority of the time due to security considerations and teamwork.  However, we will try to accommodate a limited amount of remote working where there are opportunities to do so.

The opportunity:

The Aerodynamics department have an exciting and challenging opportunity for an Aerodynamics Engineer, where you will be involved in the aerodynamic design, characterisation and assessment of missile airframes, from early concept design through to in-service support and integration onto platforms. You will be part of a team of specialist engineers, working at the cutting-edge of missile aerodynamics.

The role is a unique opportunity to work with a broad range of hugely challenging flow regimes and covers free-flight aerodynamics, intake design, propulsion sub-system installation and the integration of our missiles onto air, land and sea platforms.  The role presents the opportunity to use a range of CFD tools and methods, as well as in-house performance analysis tools. You may also be involved in wind tunnel testing and the assessment of flight trials.

The role includes the opportunity to work in a cross-functional team, collaborating with colleagues from System Design, Mechanical Design, Thermal Analysis, Simulation & Modelling and Guidance, Navigation & Control.  There is also potential to work with external organisations such as the MOD, other aerospace companies & academia.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Good technical knowledge of Aerodynamics & Performance, ideally with experience of high speed flows or aircraft integration

  • A desire to get involved in innovative product development, with a proven record of delivering results to time, cost and quality

  • Experience using a range of CFD methods

  • Examples of good collaboration, communication and influencing skills

Our Business:

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential. MBDA is proud of our employee-led networks, examples include: Gender Equality, Pride, Menopause Matters, Parents and Carers, Armed Forces, Ethnic Diversity, Neurodiversity and more…

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

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Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


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