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Project Design Authority for the Landing systems

Job ID: R0119183 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.

The Project Design Authority (PDA) at Thales is responsible for Solution Compliance for a Bid or Project or for a Product Development phase (as a project). His/Her primary objective is to define the Solution to achieve full compliance within the budget and schedule constraints of the project proposing the best trade-off to the product line policy.
The PDA may be engaged in either or both Bidding and Development phases of the Project.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks
•    Be the primary technical leader of the bid or project team
•    Act as lead technical interface with the Customer (or PLM for a Product) in regards to Solution architecture, design and performance
•    Anticipate and/or analyze the customer needs/requirements and defines the initial needs baseline
•    Ensure the solution follows Product Policy, MTB/production/services strategies, contractual requirements (including offsets) and applicable legislation & regulations (i.e. export restrictions, Environmental/HSE, safety, security)
•    Define the best trade-off between the solution and customer requirements that may vary during the project execution, to stay consistent with the budget; risk and opportunities; schedule and critical performance
•    Check that the Engineering Environment (process, practices and tools) for the Solution is consistent with Country/Company requirements, and overall Solution cost, technical risks & schedule
•    Review together with the SEM all technical risks and opportunities and the related mitigation plans throughout the bid or project
•    Prepare and sign the Design Validation (DVa) document at each relevant validation step of the Bid and/or the Project, and ensures that the DVa is approved and signed by the Design Authority
•    Approve the main bid/project engineering reviews and deliverables (SOR, SRR, SFR, PDR, CDR, TRR, TQR, FQR)
•    Approve the technical specification and source selection of subsystems/products to be outsourced considering Make Team Buy policy, export restrictions and offset requirements
•    Approve the Design & Justification File (D&JF) prepared by the Solution Engineering Manager (product or project)
•    Review and approve the completion of the integration, verification, validation and qualification results
•    Oversee the acceptance of the Solution by the customer
•    Organize when appropriate technical meetings and peer reviews together with the SEM and other stakeholders (industry, services, Safety & HSE, specialties), in order to perform the solution technical assessment and validation
•    Check the production, the deployment and the maintenance/service aspects of the Solution with the Production Process & Technology Manager, the Installation & Commissioning Manager and the Service Engineering Manager respectively - resulting conclusions are considered by the PDA for the Solution design validation and reflected in the DVa
•    Consider the remarks from the Design Authority in regards to the validity of the Solution and the risk assessment and mitigation
•    Report regularly to the Design Authority  on the technical status and on technical risks

Experience, Skills and Qualifications
•    Experience shall include knowledge of Landing systems (ILS, MLS, GBAS) and/or Air Traffic Management
•    Experience in simulations tools to validate Signal in Space performances
•    Proficiency in the use of Requirement Management tools (e.g. DOORS), configuration management tools, technical documentation tools, and problem reporting tools (JIRA)
•    Proven ability to work in a multinational and multicultural team with varied degrees of experience.
•    Ability to develop innovative and low risk practical technical strategies to manage a complex project across the full project lifecycle.
•    Technical leadership, with a proven ability to build and sustain good working relationships with staff, peers and managers, customers and other stakeholders
•    Strong problem solving, debug and failure analysis skills with a solid understanding of core engineering principles.

•    Master’s degree in field with 8+ 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
•  Fluency in English and Italian 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
•    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.
•    Experience of working within a safety environment in a aeronautic/transportation or similar industry.

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Gorgonzola, Italy