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Major Equipment Procurement Undergraduate 2023



Full Time / Permanent

MBDA Missile Systems – Together. For the Future of Defence.

Major Equipment Procurement 10 month Undergraduate Placement

An exciting opportunity is available within the Major Equipment Procurement (MEP) function of MBDA. We are seeking a passionate student to join our diverse department, to work collaboratively with our suppliers around the world, enabling MBDA to provide world leading defence capabilities for our home Nations and their Allies.

About Major Equipment Procurement (MEP):

MEP manage commercial / business relationships with UK and overseas companies, which provide subsystems, systems, studies and customer support (“Major Equipment”). Our 165 suppliers are located all over the world and are typically the design authority for the articles procured. Our supplier subcontracts cover the entire life cycle (concept & assessment, development, production, in-service support and disposal) of missiles and missile systems under the responsibility of MBDA UK; this provides us with an excellent transversal view and offers the MEP team varied opportunities and role progression.

It’s a fast-paced and dynamic department to work in where no two days are the same.

About the Role:

Upon joining our team, you will undertake a placement with considerable responsibility for:

Pro-actively managing critical supplier subcontracts and obligations

Developing and maintaining long term, open, collaborative and commercially robust business relationships with suppliers

Project management of supplier programmes to ensure the on time, on cost, on quality delivery of bespoke high value / complexity sub-systems and services

The MEP role is unique and exciting, requiring a combination of commercial expertise and partner management skills to lead business relationships with strategic worldwide suppliers, across a wide range of initiatives to drive overall supplier performance. This role will require some level of travel (potentially internationally, depending upon the project you are assigned to).

Key aspects of the role:

Subcontract Management (including drafting, amending, negotiating and managing terms and conditions) in accordance with applicable legislation and company processes – you will have the opportunity to learn this “on the job”

Building and nurturing supplier and key stakeholder relationships

Leading in the internal Multi-Functional Team responsible for the delivery of a sub-contract (consisting of Technical, Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, Project Management)

Holding the Supplier to account for their performance and resolving any issues / conflicts (hardware, services and documentation)

Providing commercial guidance to internal stakeholders

Generating and implementing supplier strategies that deliver value for money

Risk and opportunity management

Safeguarding the interests of MBDA

Entry Criteria, Salary and Benefits:

Currently studying a degree in any subject

Strong communication, interpersonal and team working skills to successfully integrate within the existing team

Have an interest in working in a commercial environment

£20,000 salary (pro rata)

10 month placement starting September 2023

Why choose us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We’re here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. 

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.



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