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RF Systems Engineer - Graduate Programme R15618

£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 starting salary plus £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:


This role typically allows a blend of on-site and at-home working to suit the needs of the role and the individual. You will have support from the whole team both virtually and in person, as well as access to our range of high-tech lab equipment. There are opportunities to collaborate with both MBDA colleagues, and suppliers across the UK and Europe.


The opportunity


This role involves the system level design of Radio Frequency (RF) based missile communication systems. The Data Link Systems department is responsible for the performance of the RF communications links between our missiles and the platforms they are launched from, whether air, sea or land. Robust data links are really important to MBDA's customers as they are a key part of ensuring precise targeting is achieved across a broad range of scenarios.


As an RF Systems Engineer in our team, you'll have the opportunity to work on a variety of products, each presenting different technical challenges. We cover the whole product life cycle, from R&D in communication technologies, system concepting and design through to product test and verification where our communications systems are proven to work reliably in the most demanding of environments. We also perform waveform and protocol design. You'll have the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of technical work, including:


Software Defined Radio

RF waveform and protocol design

Antenna design and electromagnetic modelling

RF propagation studies and propagation modelling

Electronic Warfare

You'll be part of a team of committed and collaborative individuals, where team events and socials help to build stronger relationships. Our approachable team are on hand to offer support to help you get the most out of your role – collaboration and innovation are not just buzz words here! Because of the nature of the work we do, you'll also get to work with other departments across the wider technical community, as well as external customers and suppliers.


What are the benefits for you?


Excellent opportunities for personal development

Access to a vast array of training and opportunities to learn directly from experts in the field

Ability to apply technical knowledge to influence the direction of technologies and projects

Experience products at different phases of the product lifecycle

Diverse range of roles available creating varied and stimulating work

What we're looking for from you


Degree qualified in an Engineering (incl. Mechanical, Manufacturing/Production, Aeronautical/Aerospace, Bio/Biomedical, Electrical/Electronic, Chemical/Energy), Technology, Computing or relative Science discipline (minimum 2:2).

We are looking for candidates completing a STEM degree, who have a genuine interest in RF technologies, and would like to build their RF system knowledge with MBDA's Data Link Systems team.

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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