UK Head of Area Protection


Job summary

Circa £76,000+ depending on experience
Project Management
Aerospace / Avionics, Defence
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job


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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 £76,000+ depending on experience¬†

What we can offer you:

  • Bonus of up to 35.5% of base salary
  • Car allowance of £510 per month
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and gym on site at Stevenage
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

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 2-3 days per week on-site.

The opportunity:

MBDA Future Systems is the idea factory for future MBDA capability, working with existing product lines to identify capability enhancements, creating exploitation paths for exciting new technologies and exploring the solution space of next generation solutions, generating concepts and down-selecting those to mature into development


As Head of Area Protection Future Systems in the UK, you will be responsible for defining and delivering all capability enhancements that will retain and grow MBDA in the UK Area Protection market (Maritime and Land), owning the definition and delivery of the UK Area Protection road map.

This is a key senior influential position, requiring creativity and the ability to provide technical thought leadership, working with business development to define the market need and being confident to push disruptive technologies for exploitation. The ability to communicate ideas clearly to MBDA directors and engineering teams, as well as being able to drive these ideas to become a reality is absolutely essential for this role.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Strategic thinker with the ability to create innovative solutions to complex problems and sell the value of these propositions to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders who often have conflicting priorities and needs.
  • Provide thought leadership to support Business Development in exciting Customers and Users in the Maritime and/or Land military domains,
  • Experience of working in an ambiguous environment and creating clarity
  • Track-record of bringing together a diverse range of Engineering Functions and successfully leading technical effort.
  • Strong personable leader, able to clearly communicate and influence across a complex map of stakeholders.
  • Team player with the ability to build and maintain relationships across a variety of teams and partners, both internal and external (and ideally internationally).
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a complex environment..

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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