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Hardware Architect

Job ID: R0113848 Location: Gorgonzola, Lombardy, Italy
Regular Employment, Full time
Location: Gorgonzola, Italy

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 Airspace Mobility Solutions, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

Gorgonzola hosts Navigations Air Systems (NAS) domain. The activity of NAS domain: avionics, navigation and radar systems for civil air traffic and technologies supporting the activities of civilian and military pilots, ATC controllers and technicians of several airlines, air traffic control agencies and Air Force around the world. Italy is the Group’s Competence center for the design, production and delivery of Navigation Aids products and Competence Centre for the delivery of non-Radar Surveillance Products.

Technically responsible for the hardware architecture and its consistency with the solution, the Hardware Architect coordinates with the solution Engineering Manager and PDA in order to make sure that the top down refinement of the solution is consistent with the hardware strategy and constraints including COTS selection and components reuse.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks
•    Defines Hardware architectures in relation with the PDA and ensures that hardware architecture stability is maintained across lifecycle phases from Bid to Delivery;
• Challenges and approves the technical, technological, and methodological choices taken in respect of the selected hardware architecture
• Conducts hardware architectures and trade-off analysis, and use modelling, simulation and prototyping opportunities as required
• Provides knowledge on state-of-the-art hardware architecting, taking account of future developments;
• Participates to defining the long term strategy elements for the Hardware Engineering (Core/Non-Core, MTB, etc.)
• Participates to defining the WBS for the Hardware activities
• Prepares the Design & Justification Files (D&JF) and design guidelines
• Guarantees adherence to in-scope standards, reuse policy and product development plans
• Participates to defining the strategy with regards to the evaluation and the deployment of processes, methods, and tools
• Has the ability to make meaningful, balanced, weighted and explainable trade-offs between aspects of cost, customer requirements and technological possibilities
• Influences key technical communities (Technical Directorate, System Engineering, Safety)

Experience needed
•    Substantial experience in development of complex Radio Frequency hardware. Knowledge of and experience in:
o    RF technologies, High power amplifiers, LNAs, Filter design and implementation, …
o     Software Design Radio, knowledge of Digital Signal Processing algorithms and waveform
o    Analog RF hardware circuits design. Additional digital knowledge incorporating Processors, digital signal processors is welcome.
•    Experience in analogue/Antenna simulations tools like Spice, ADS, CST, MATLAB
•    Design robustness analysis (Worst case, Part stress, Failure Mode analysis).
•    Knowledge of RF optimization techniques and best practices.
•    Strong problem solving, debug and failure analysis skills with a solid understanding of core engineering principles.

Communication
•    Strong communication skills required, including the ability to clearly express technical concepts in verbal and written forms across different management levels.
•    Ability to work in team. Taste for international contacts. Manifest the flexibility needed to be integrated in the different stages of a project.
•    Technical leadership – with a proven ability to build and sustain good working relationships with staff, peers and managers, customers and other stakeholders.
•    Experience of working within a safety environment in a aeronautic/transportation or similar industry

Skills and Qualifications
•    Master’s degree in field with 9+ years’ experience
•    Proven track record engaging and influencing strong stakeholders
•    Interpersonal skills – the ability to communicate effectively with peers and act proactively within a team environment -
•    English and Italian fluent is a must
•    Ability to speak additional languages as German or French is a benefit
•    The role will require travel for less than 10% of the time

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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Gorgonzola, Italy