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Airborne Antenna Systems Engineer

Job ID: R0109523 Location: Crawley, England, United Kingdom
Full time, Regular Employment
Location: Crawley, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions that enable two-thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world’s largest commercial aircrafts. Our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.

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.

Primary Purpose of the role

A Systems Engineer with an Airborne Antenna Systems and communications background is required to join our System Engineering department.  Reporting operationally to the Systems Engineering Manager and functionally to the Head of Systems Engineering, the successful applicant will be working primarily, but not exclusively, in the commercial fixed wing environment, specifying and designing Antenna Systems for airborne communication systems and subsystems and integrating these with a variety of avionics systems on a variety of platforms. The Systems Engineer will be responsible for the execution and delivery of assigned work package tasks to budget and schedule.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • To execute Systems Engineering tasks associated with Antenna System development in accordance with the company DDQS Process, the relevant Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) and associated subordinate Engineering Plans.

  • To lead on the design and development of Antenna Systems for fixed wing, rotary wing, and UAV platforms for SATCOM, Air to Ground (3G, 4G LTE, 5G), and other communication systems covering various frequency bands and Non-Terrestrial Networks used by current and future civil & military communication systems

  • Define System and Subsystem Architecture, considering wider product policy and technology roadmaps

  • Preparation of Systems Requirement Specifications, requirements definition and allocation to Subsystems; working collaboratively with other engineering disciplines to ensure the correct flow down of requirements and flow up of compliance evidence

  • Preparation of Interface Specifications

  • Preparation of Technical Statements of Work for equipment suppliers, and management of equipment subcontractors

  • Preparation and execution of Work Packages that scope and deliver design and development activities

  • Preparation of IVVQ Plans for Antenna Systems, development of Test Means and Test Schedules, and execution of subsequent tests providing evidence for functional and non-functional requirement acceptance across all planned test points

  • Contribute to the execution of the System Qualification & Certification

  • To work closely in support of the relevant Systems Engineering Manager to ensure the delivery of development WPs to cost, schedule and quality

  • To support in the identification, mitigation and closure of dependencies, Risks & Opportunities

  • Contributes Systems Engineering expertise and process knowledge to enhance company objectives and processes, effectively communicating and gathering support for them. Contributes to Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates and supports proposals, customer presentations, and new product design

Essential and Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Knowledge of Civil / Military Aviation Communications Systems, technology, protocols and networks, both current and future visions & trends. In particular knowledge of Inmarsat and Iridium services and Swift Broadband (ARINC 781, 771A, 761 & 741, and DO262C MOPS) are sought

  • An understanding of different antenna architectures (active and passive, phased arrays, fixed and steerable etc.) across different frequency bands

  • Experience and understanding of the challenges associated with designing equipment for airborne environments, including mechanical and structural considerations

  • Experience of requirements capture, decomposition and management (e.g. in DOORS)

  • System architectural design experience. Architectural modelling capability is beneficial

  • Experience of developing models of system performance (e.g. In MatLab/Simulink or alternative tool set) is beneficial

  • Understanding of engineering standards, engineering processes and maturity models

  • Experience in development of systems in accordance with ARP4754A, ARP4761 and supporting RTCA DO-178B software development and DO-254 hardware development

  • Experience working with network systems, protocols, and networking principles, data, voice, or video and network software and hardware, data, voice, or video

  • PC Literate: Windows, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio

  • Applicants must be eligible for UK Security Clearance

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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