Embedded (Ada) Software Engineer


Job summary

Up to £60,000
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: Circa £60,000 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

  • 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 and much more…

  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Dynamic (hybrid) working: We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policy allows individuals flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Typically for this role, you will work 4 days per week on-site due to the secure classification of the work requiring secure network access.

The opportunity!

Embedded (Ada) Software Engineer

You will be developing embedded, real-time software for missile computers on current missile systems and future evolutions. Activities cover the full software lifecycle from requirements definition and analysis through to software release.

This role requires the development, integration and verification of software using the Ada language. This software is integrated with other software, Simulink algorithms, an RTOS and firmware. System testing is performed on real, missile subsystem target hardware.

We welcome applications from those with experience in other software languages and domains, as we have found that our methods and tools are easily mastered by capable software engineers with effective training; help and support will be provided by our skilled, experienced and supportive team.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Significant experience in the development of embedded software with Ada or C, C++.

  • Experience in model-based development - either using UML tools such as IBM's Rhapsody or Matlab/Simulink.

  • An awareness of deploying software on real-time Operating Systems and ARM-based processing platforms.

  • Knowledge of standards such as DefStan 00-55 & DO178B and restricted coding standards such as MISRA / SPARK would be advantageous.

  • Experience of working in a collaborative manner with engineers from other disciplines and with international colleagues.

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.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDA_UK), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.  

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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