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Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer - Graduate Programme R15791

£30,000 plus a £3000 joining bonus
Closing date
16 Nov 2023

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We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.


Salary: £30,000 plus a £3000 joining bonus.


Closing date for this role is midnight on Thursday 16th November


What we can offer you:


2 year programme starting September 2024

Company bonus and twice yearly salary reviews

Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%

25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase) and up to 15 days flexi leave

Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals and free car parking

Excellent career progression and development opportunities

Flexible working

Working pattern:


Security is a key consideration for the role and as such, the majority of your work will be conducted on site; a positive result of which is that our office remains a social and collaborative working environment. Nevertheless, there can be opportunities for home working depending on the nature of the task.


The opportunity:


The algorithms we design in Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) lie at the heart of all of the highly complex MBDA missile and weapon systems. We're involved in every phase of the product's life cycle, from concept through to service.


We host 4 areas of expertise:


Guidance - figuring out a suitable trajectory, providing an effective route to target interception and improving the probability of defeating the target;

Control - designing and tuning autopilot algorithms, for various control surfaces, to maintain stable flight dynamics and achieve the guidance demands;

Navigation - estimating the current missile state (position, velocity and attitude/orientation) using measurements from a range of on-board sensors;

Command and Control (C2) - designing weapon-system level algorithms to track and evaluate incoming threats, plan engagements, and provide additional mission context to the operator.

You'll join a supportive and experienced team of engineers who will encourage and help you to develop skills including coding and modelling, mathematics, flight dynamics and control theory, utilising tools such as MATLAB/SIMULINK daily.


Work alongside other departments to increase your knowledge on the complexities of a missile, including propulsion, aerodynamics, seekers, sensors and actuators.


Broaden your technical knowledge of the design and function of a complex weapon system. Have visibility of a wide range of work, from researching and developing futuristic technologies through to being on the design team for current high-profile projects.


Experience work within one of the many international teams in MBDA, with the GCN function in Paris and Rome! This doesn't always equate to travel but you may be offered the option where the opportunity arises.


Get involved with

Integrated navigation, such as 'Terrain Reference Navigation', 'GPS integration', and ‘Image Based Navigation';

Autopilot and control system design and analysis, including dual-mode control, thrust vector control, etc.;

Algorithms for mid-course guidance, terminal guidance, target tracking and selectivity;

Data fusion to combine data from multiple sensors. For example, radars, seekers, IMUs, etc.;

Implementing AI techniques including neural networks and deep learning to improve traditional GCN algorithms and solve new challenges;

Designing autonomous decision-making systems for use in complex collective missions.

What we're looking for from you


Degree qualified in a Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering or Computing discipline (minimum 2.2).


Our Business


We value new perspectives, collaboration, and diversity. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.


We encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process.


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.



A leading company in the defence industry, we collaborate across Europe to develop cutting-edge defence capabilities that keep our nation and its allies safe. What we work together to achieve is important. And
it gives everyone the opportunity to become the best at what they do – from software and mechanical engineering to finance and business management. As a graduate or apprentice on one of our structured programmes, you’ll become part of a highly skilled defence community and well supported to sharpen both your expertise and your thinking.

We’re recognised as one of the UK’s Best Places to Work (Glassdoor, 2022) and were awarded Gold
status by the 5% Club regarding workplace learning. That’s due in part to our world-class training and development. With us, you’ll have the chance to work with innovative technology and inspiring colleagues. You’ll also benefit from exposure across our hugely diverse organisation.

This is a rare chance to work with and learn from industry leaders, technical experts and bold thinkers at the very start of your career – so that you can shape its direction along pathways you’re passionate about. Explore more and join us.


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