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Systems Engineering Manager - (TAS UK) Thales Alenia Space

Job ID: R0094983 Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Full time, Regular Employment
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Thales people architect and deliver satellite-based systems that help position, connect and observe our planet, and push the boundaries of our understanding of planet's resources. Our systems are in orbit at 400 km, 20000 km, 36000 km and beyond to the edges of the solar system.

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.

As the Systems Engineering Manager you will be the technical manager for the Satellite Systems and Sub Systems department. This position will utilize your experience and ability to develop and nurture a systems team and draw on your engineering knowledge. We are particularly interested in someone with experience of satellite engineering activities. Our Bristol site will be the main centre of operations with regular visits to our Harwell office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Management of the Systems engineering team, including performance management, development actions, resource allocation and technical oversight.
  • Support the Work Package Management processes and authorise department estimates.
  • Review department workload requirements and assign team members to projects or bids 
  • Collaborate with the team to define the department and engineering roadmap
  • Produce and deploy skills development plans for your team
  • Perform ad-hoc additional duties that arise from time to time and are consistent with the nature of this position

In addition there will be a requirement to perform engineering activities.  This would involve defining requirements, architecture, design and verification for Satellite systems in accordance with relevant European Space Agency standards.  Your main duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Analysis of customer requirements and flow them into a compliant subsystem specifications
  • Deliver technical documents and estimates for proposals and reviews
  • Support system / subsystem trade-offs where necessary
  • Critically review inputs from the different teams (systems, software, mechanical/thermal)
  • Manage requirements and verification aspects through the project
  • Definition of test procedures
  • Support integration and testing at unit and Spacecraft level;
  • Liaise with customers and subcontractors on technical issues
  • Support other team members on engineering activities

Key Performance Indicators (not an exhaustive list)

  • Work Package / Project Efficiency measures; including cost, quality and schedule
  • Workforce productivity against business targets
  • Department spend against budget

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • A degree in space or aerospace engineering – or a compatible subject
  • Ideally experience of satellite engineering activities.
  • Experience of managing and developing systems engineering teams (10+ people)
  • Experience of developing company strategy and developing organization

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 80,000 employees in 68 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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