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Senior Future Systems Architect

Job ID: R0044234 Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Full time, Regular Employment
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Air Traffic Management, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Duties And Responsibilities

Responsible for generating innovative concepts and high level system architectures using existing and emerging technologies to meet user requirements and contribute to future product plans. To be involved in the generation, implementation and leadership of R & T projects that support the front-end systems architecture and product plans. Responsible for developing and improving suitable processes to create efficiency and consistency in the future systems architecture process. To be involved in the development of other Research & Technology team members to improve the overall systems engineering competence in the department. To work with external R & T engineers in other Thales divisions or partner companies, to ensure that the widest possible knowledge base is applied to new concepts. Responsible for communicating and influencing concepts within ADW and also with customers and external partners. To be involved in developing technology strategy and product policy as appropriate to emerging systems. To advise the Head – Research & Technology on issues related to future systems architecture trends, technologies and tools.

Candidate Requirements


The job holder will normally be expected to be qualified to at least Honours Degree standard and desirably Masters or higher Degree in an appropriate discipline.  Lower qualifications must be compensated for by experience that has led to a similar level of competence.

It is desirable that candidates have achieved Chartered Engineer status and are an active participant in an appropriate Professional Institution.


It is essential that the candidate can demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • A good working knowledge of systems engineering processes, techniques and tools.
  • Working knowledge of system simulation, visualisation and assessment hardware and software tools and techniques relevant to OA and system effectiveness assessment.
  • A working knowledge of project management techniques and software tools
  • Leadership
  • Self motivation
  • Proficiency in relevant technical disciplines and understanding of ADW commercial business processes, management disciplines and technical capabilities
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • A dynamic and flexible approach to embracing new processes

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 65,000 employees in 56 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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