Software Technical Project Lead


Job summary

£ 40-76K
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 £40-75K depending on experience 

What we can offer you:

  • Competitive Company bonus (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 gym on site at Stevenage
  • 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 if appropriate to the project work undertaken, where they work. Typically, for this type of role, you should plan to work 5 days per week on-site, however dependant on the work, there are likely to be agreed opportunities to work remotely.

The Opportunity

Are you a forward thinking and talented Software Lead who is passionate about guiding a team to create high quality software and looking to take your career to the next level?

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a team at MBDA UK that is starting an exciting phase of transforming the way we develop and deliver software, putting our engineers at the heart of this transformation whilst developing software that facilitates testing across the whole of the MBDA UK product portfolio.

We are keen to expand our team with the right people that complement and enrich our culture while empowering our exciting transformation initiative. We are keen to learn from new people and passionate about building high performing teams. We therefore invite self-motivated, passionate, adaptable and proficient software engineers to apply for this role.

The Role

In this role you will be:

  • Undertaking Test Equipment (TE) Software Resource and Capability UK work delivering software test capability in partnership with colleagues in Electronic Design, the Test Centre of Excellence and other areas of Software Engineering.
  • Leading robust and timely test solutions for our missile systems ensuring MBDA continues to provide a decisive military capability for our home nations and their allies.
  • Working on a diverse portfolio of work packages, TE Software Resource and Capability UK directly influences the company's product certification, manufacturing output and support activities.

Specifically, the department is responsible for developing and supporting software packages that utilise Test Equipment hardware to configure, verify and validate the conformance and quality of our MBDA UK product range from development, through production and into field test scenarios. 

We are a multi-disciplined, dynamic, focused and agile team specialising in all aspects of test solution design, including software, hardware, simulation and real-time systems.  It is great a place to learn about the company's entire product portfolio, whilst embracing the change to DevOps and other innovative technologies! 

What are we looking for?

A Technical Project leader who can build impactful teams and create strong working relations with the multi-disciplined software project environments within which we work.

This will involve:

  • An individual who can act as Software Design Authority by ensuring quality standards are met, whilst giving technical guidance and mentorship to the team.
  • Using your proven technical software experience / background lead, coach, empower and draw the best from the team.
  • Ability to work with members of the wider group to identify potential improvement opportunities and support their implementation.
  • Someone who can maintain and communicate the current project schedule etc, coordinating with the team to meet delivery milestones and identified priorities.
  • Take responsibility for the generation of workload forecasts and associated progress status, estimates and project budgets.
  • The ability to liaise directly with both internal and external stakeholders and customers.
  • Ability to support the creation of project and release documentation.

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 (@MBDAcareers), 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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