Systems Engineering Applications Engineer


Job summary

From £35,000 to £55,000 depending on experience
Design, Systems Engineering
Aerospace / Avionics, Defence
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

MBDA is a leading defence organisation that is proud to support our Armed Forces in protecting our nations. We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.

Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 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 days flexi leave
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Hybrid working pattern:  At least 2-3 days site based

The opportunity:

MBDA invites you to join our Systems Engineering and Design Capability (SE&DC) department. This dynamic team supports projects through established model-based systems engineering processes, while also contributing to the evolution of our best practices to enhance efficiency and consistency across our UK engineering operations.

The department supports a broad set of systems engineering tools based on IBM's Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) environment, known as Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) in MBDA. Whilst much of the toolset has migrated to web based (including DOORS Next, Engineering Workflow Manager, Engineering Test Manager, Global Configuration, etc), SE&DC also support a set of thick client tools (including DOORS Classic, Rhapsody, EWM Eclipse Client, Method Composer, etc).

Maintaining a reliable, resilient, secure and performant systems engineering toolset whilst concurrently looking to exploit new versions with ever increasingly capability is fundamental to the success of MBDA projects, today and in the future. The role will involve liaising with multiple stakeholders including software application suppliers (IBM in particular), MBDA's IM (Information Management) organisation, MBDA security, the wider SE&DC team and the engineering user community to continue to provide continuity of service across the systems engineering applications.

Joining our high-impact team, you will have the opportunity to work with diverse projects and stakeholders, collaborate with multiple MBDA teams, apply Systems Engineering application management to holistic capability challenges, and contribute to MBDA UK's Systems Engineering future.  

What we're looking for from you:

With a background in IT on thick client software application management, maintenance, testing, security vulnerabilities and OS updates, the successful applicant with work closely with the IM organisation to manage the software applications what fall within SE&DC's remit to manage. Typical activities would include:

  • Client software version management – IBM's Rhapsody, EWM Eclipse Client, ELO-MEC, DOORS Classic, ELO-PUB:
    • Manage project dependencies on specific versions
    • Move projects to latest version
  • Client software packaging instructions, coordination with packaging team
  • Windows 11 test campaign management
  • Security vulnerability – working with IM and 3rd party IT Contractors to monitor and rectify
  • Application function bud assessment and manufacture resolution (patch) monitoring
  • Support IM in upgrade of Servers
  • DOORS Server and Client side management and maintenance
  • ALM upgrade UAT campaign management
  • Supporting IM with ALM token management and user monitoring
  • MBDA's Grid Computing Facility (a High Power Computer) user support, compute node admin, working with IM and 3rd parties (Fujitsu, Wintel, Vodafone, etc) on head node support
  • Management and retirement of legacy applications
  • ALM Widgets and Add-on management and upgrades
  • ALM-PLM digital continuity adapter management & upgrades

Experience in the practical use of IBM toolset (Rhapsody, DOORS Classic, IBM ELM (ALM)) is highly desirable.

You should be eager to enhance your skills in Systems Engineering application management as the underpinning infrastructure and architectures evolve towards web based technologies. You should also have a passion to explore and exploit emerging technologies and their utilisation within the systems engineering application environment.

Degree in a relevant field and relevant experience post-graduation is desirable but not essential if the candidate has suitable experience.

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.

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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