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Software Project Leader

up to 65,000 DOE
Closing date
15 Apr 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Project Manager

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: Up to £65,000 (depending on experience)

What we can offer you:


  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Paid overtime
  • Up to 15 additional days flexi leave
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Our enhanced parental leave offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and much more.....
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Working pattern: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.

The Opportunity! Software Project Leader

The growing workload within MBDA UK has created an exciting opportunity within the Embedded Software team in Bristol, for a Software Project Leader.

The Embedded Software team is tasked with supplying a full range of hard real time software solutions for the next generation of missiles. This unique and exciting opportunity will allow you to develop technical and leadership skills across our broad range of products.

As a Software Project Leader you will:



  • Be responsible for the Project Management of development and delivery of software for embedded missile systems on time on cost and on quality.
  • Lead a team of professional engineers that are specialists in hard real time software development.
  • Work closely with multi-disciplined teams to ensure clear and concise requirements are in place supporting optimal design solutions to be delivered, and ensure technical excellence in the software produced.
  • Ensure application of software development plans and configuration control.
  • Provide regular reports to demonstrate progress achieved.

What we're looking for from you:

An experienced Project Manager who is able to make decisions for software development.



  • A strong ability to lead a team of software developers and be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels across a range of mediums.
  • A good understanding of software and the software development process, including configuration management tools and techniques, to be able to provide effective management oversight.
  • Project management skills to ensure good planning, delivery and cost control of software developed in the team.

While not essential, it'd be beneficial if you had:



  • Understanding of technology used in the real time embedded software development to enable correct choices to be made when needed.
  • Understanding of SysML/UML and targeting C, C++ and or Ada Languages.
  • Experience in working in a high technology environment where the quality and accuracy of work is essential.
  • Knowledge of standards such as DefStan 00-55 & DO178B/C

Applicants with significant, related, software development experience will also be considered for development into the role.

Join a great team!

The Filton site encompasses approx. 140 Software developers with the Embedded Software team consisting of about 35 engineers within that who specialise in all aspects of embedded real-time systems. These skills are co-located providing an atmosphere of supportive cooperation and interdependence whose strengths are well placed to face the challenges of the future.

The Embedded Software team develop the software that drives some of the most advanced missile systems in the world. We apply small, focused teams of engineers to complex problems, contributing to a talented group of experienced software, systems and electronics engineers developing very interesting, technically advanced products.

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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