Senior Materials Engineer


Job summary

Depending on experience
Mechanical, Design
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: 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
  • 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 on-site.  

The opportunity:

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Materials Engineer with drive and enthusiasm to join Europe's number one missile systems provider, helping guarantee to quality and safety of current and next generation weapons.

This technical practical role will put you at the forefront of Materials Technology, and will offer a breadth of development in surrounding fields. There will also be opportunities for National and International travel supporting both customers and suppliers.

The role will involve working at all stages of the product lifecycle to ensure the correct materials are specified and used in the right applications, this will involve research and development of novel materials, support to the design and analysis teams, support to manufacturing and procurement as well as in service support.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Equivalent of Bachelor Degree in Materials Science or Chemistry or significant materials laboratory experience
  • Experience with specifying, manufacturing and testing of metallic materials and components
  • Direct experience of metallic material or component production
  • Practical experience in a lab based environment, including
  • Sample preparation and microscope analysis of metallic materials
  • Specialist analytical techniques, e.g. SEM/EDX, XRF, OES
  • Mechanical Testing of Materials.
  • Surface preparation and treatments
  • REACh and other environmental or Health and Safety legislation.
  • Knowledge and experience working with the supply chain for these materials
  • Knowledge of the specification and use of fasteners for aerospace or defence applications would be beneficial
  • Familiarity with engineering drawings, specifications and their interpretation.
  • Quality management and auditing external suppliers e.g. AS9100 based auditing or NADCAP.

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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