Missile Mechanical Architect

  • Location

    Stevenage, Hertfordshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    £37000 - £55000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Vanessa Theobald

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

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  • Client:


My client is looking for Missile Mechanical Architect to join their highly reputable defence company.
Mechanical Architects are involved in all aspects of missile development, from the early concept studies to series production support and also may be responsible for managing the technical aspects of development with our major equipment suppliers. It's an excellent opportunity for someone wanting to build on their design experience and progress to a more senior technical role, such as Chief Design Engineer.
The Role
The role is responsible for the delivery of the missile mechanical architecture requirements and typical responsibilities include:
Establishing the Missile Airframe Task Requirements Specification (TRS) to ensure a structured & coherent mechanical response to the overall Missile TRS
Management of the mechanical interface with the launcher
Management of Mechanical & Thermal Interfaces across the Missile
Defining the optimum mechanical architecture for all variants of the missile, ensuring the mechanical architecture and interfaces meet requirements
Implementation of GMA Policies to ensure Modularity & Reuse objectives are achieved
Development of the overall proving logic for the validation of the Airframe
Ensuring mechanical compliance to the Airframe TRS for missile certificate of design
Interface with and manage customer expectations throughout the development process
Producing Statements of Work and plans for activities within their sphere of responsibility
Direct technical supervision of engineers within their team and indirect management of engineers in the extended project team
Controlling assigned budgets, managing personal workload and identifying any further resource needs
Whats in it for you?
Coming from a design background it's an obvious career progression from a design role to Mechanical Architect, as it gives the opportunity to experience a broader view of the development process through interaction with Systems Designers, Chief Engineers and Suppliers. Longer term there are opportunities to become a Team Leader within the Chief Design Engineer (CDE) Project teams as an interim step to becoming a CDE.
What's great about joining this team?
There are about 30 staff within the Mechanical Architecture UK Functional Team, who are all collocated with their Project Teams in Stevenage. You will be working for the Project CDE and interact with a broad range of other Functions but have a high degree of autonomy and represent the Project / Function in many meetings.

What are we looking for?
Ideally educated to degree level (or equivalent) with significant experience of mechanical engineering
Ability to technically manage internal and sub-contract activities
Strong leadership skills, able to establish a clear engineering vision
Good knowledge and experience of mechanical design, including:
Static & Dynamic Analysis
Design for Environment
Thermal Management
Good understanding of broader engineering disciplines, such as:
Experience developing proving logic and managing the generation of compliance evidence towards Certificates of Design
Experience across the full Product Life Cycle
Ability to influence senior managers and other stakeholders
Strong interpersonal and well developed communication skills (written & verbal)
Willingness to travel within UK and Europe when appropriate
What would you get?
Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level), and superb learning and development opportunities.
Please note that in order to apply you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.