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Avionics Software Architect

Job ID: R0109616 Location: Crawley, England, United Kingdom
Regular Employment, Full time
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.

Thales FlytLink products give aircraft the capability to utilise the Iridium satellite network to provide based voice and data communication services, from pilots liaising with Air Traffic Control, right through to passengers streaming live sport and the latest movies.


  • Experienced Software Engineer

  • Experience of different systems and solutions

  • Ideally domain knowledge of aircraft based communication systems

  • Able to have a high level view of the system, its components and interfaces

  • Able to incorporate non function requirements / quality attributes into the architecture e.g. extensibility, maintainability etc

Technical Requirements



Real-time Linux targets (including kernel/drvers)

Ethernet protocol stacks, e.g. PPPoE

Use of build and test tools, e.g. CUnit, VectorCAST, Hudson


Avionics development experience

Multi-core SoC devices, e.g. TI K2H, ARM, Cyclone V

Use of Configuration/Change Management tools e.g. Jira, GIT, BitBucket, Nexus

ARINC 781 - Aviation Satellite Communication System (or earlier standard such as ARINC 741)

Experience of DOORS

Continuous Integration build management – Jenkins, Bamboo

UML design experience, e.g. with Sparx EA

Exposure to Inmarsat Aeronautical services i.e. Classic Aero and/or SwiftBroadband.

Arinc 429 protocol


Use of test equipment e.g. A429 bus analysers, Spectrum Analysers etc

DO-178C (Level D)

DO-332 (OOT) Supplement

Operating Systems - Smart DSP with CodeWarrior Development Studio, Thread-X (Express Logic)

Devices – Free-scale SOC – 4860, 4420

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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