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Mechanical Architect


Job Description:

Mechanical Architect - 6 month contract - Stevenage/Remote - £47ph UMB or £36ph PAYE (Inside IR35)

The Umbrella rate quoted above is the Gross Umbrella rate (i.e. the rate we pay to the Umbrella Company inclusive of ALL employment costs). Please note, the rate paid by the Umbrella will be less, as will a Limited Deemed rate or Agency PAYE rate. Please get in touch to discuss the rates via these different payment vehicles.

Clearance Requirements & Eligibility


This role will require the person to hold full Security Clearance (SC) prior to working onsite. You will need to obtain a Criminal Record Check. You must currently hold or be eligible and willing to obtain SC. In addition, this role involves direct access to ITAR Material. Therefore we can only consider UK Nationals for this position. If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible, please contact me to discuss.

Overview of department:

We have an opportunity for an experienced Mechanical Architect to join our team here at MBDA. This exciting role is to gather and manage the missile mechanical architecture requirements to achieve missile performance, on time and on cost and overall layout vs compliance. This involves providing justification of the design and co-ordinate the verification evidence of missile performance to support certification.


Capture and manage missile mechanical architecture requirements to achieve missile performance, on time and on cost.

At Missile level, in conjunction with the Mechanical Design Team, determine the overall product structure, mechanical interfaces and architecture.

Typical responsibilities for the Mechanical Architect include:

  • Facilitate Architectural Trades e.g. Overall layout vs compliance to technical requirements to achieve system performance
  • Brokering mechanical trades between sub-systems and internal equipment
  • Ensure missile architecture supports modularity, re-use, design for assembly
  • Co-ordinate the verification evidence of missile performance to support certification of the design
  • Manage missile prototype and development hardware on behalf of the CDE
  • Support product Design and program Phase Gate reviews
  • Manage technical changes, Non-Conformance and Non-Compliance issues
  • Control assigned budgets and identify any further resource needs
  • Interface with, and manage, customer expectations throughout the development process

You will typically be working for the Project CDE and interact with a broad range of other Functions within MBDA, but have a high degree of autonomy and represent the Project / Function in meetings.

Skillset/experience required:

Who and what we are looking for from you?

Ideally educated to degree level (or equivalent) with significant experience of mechanical engineering and stakeholder management

  • Chartered, or with a plan to become chartered
  • Ability to collaborate across multiple disciplines
  • Strong leadership skills, able to establish a clear engineering vision
  • Good knowledge and experience of mechanical & electro-mechanical design, including:
    • Design for Environment, Cost, Manufacture
    • Thermal Management
    • Aerodynamics
    • Materials
    • Vibration, Shock, Fatigue
    • Six Sigma & Lean Design
    • Critical Parameter Management
    • Systems Engineering V-model
    • Failure Mode & Effects Analysis
    • Test Design eg Design of Experiments
  • Ability and experience to work, with influence, across all levels of the business
  • Ability and experience to form and lead collaborative teams
  • Experience of working with the CADMID Life Cycle
  • Willingness to travel within UK and Europe when appropriate

  • Job Type

    Contract, Full Time

  • Work Authorisation


  • Industry Sector Other

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