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Propulsion Systems Engineer

Job ID: R0115273 Location: Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Regular Employment, Full time
Location: Oxford, 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.

Primary Purpose of the Role:

Reporting to the Propulsion Systems Engineering Manager the Systems Engineer will perform, but it not limited to the following type of activities:

  • Technically lead the propulsion subsystem activities (EP and/or CP) during Phase C/D/E for recurring TAS satellite product line application programmes

  • Be the primary technical point of contact responsible for the propulsion subsystem on a project, interfacing with the PMO and satellite system teams in France, customer technical teams, AIT team and other subsystem experts, (such as Mech/Thermal, AOCS)

  • Support propulsion architects and subsystem technical leads with technical document preparation for projects, studies and bids on electric and/or chemical propulsion subsystem architectures & technologies

  • Interpret mission/customer specific and generic system level requirements and establishing the baseline technical requirements document (TRD) for the propulsion subsystem

  • Provide technical support to system level propulsion trade-offs for optimization of the satellite and mission design.

  • Support the preparation of subsystem design justification documentation for major design reviews throughout the project life cycle

  • Present subsystem design justification in major design reviews throughout the project life cycle in cooperation with the Program Management Office and other subsystems

  • Review and consolidate the technical documentation for the system through the different project life cycle milestones & reviews (EQSR, PDR, CDR, MRR, TRR, QR, etc)

  • Establishing integration and test plans and requirements for the subsystem Development and improvement of new analysis tools in specialised fluidic software (e.g. EcosimPro), and also in Excel, MATLAB, and Python.

  • Performance analyses in support of non-conformance review board.

  • Prepare/update subsystem analysis reports through the different project life cycle milestones & reviews (PDR, CDR, QR etc)

  • Demonstrates systems engineering knowledge – across the “Systems V” – to achieve critical project outcomes to time, cost and quality

  • Provide regular reporting of technical progress to the project team and TAS management.

  • Provide technical input to future propulsion developments and contribute to continuous improvement of products, systems and processes

  • Oversee the propulsion module manufacture and AIT activities

  • Manage any anomalies or non-conformances occurring throughout the project life cycle at equipment or subsystem level with support from product engineers and technical experts and present technical status/progress in NCRs with the customer

  • The position will be based at the TASUK Harwell office.

Principal Relationships:

Internal Relationships

  • Head of Engineering for project status and escalation

  • Project Manager for definition of work packages and detailed project oversight of task delivery

  • Other engineering teams

  • Design Authority

  • Product Assurance Manager

Values & Behaviours:

  • Produce items to quality standards to meet customer / contractual requirements.

  • Provide all tasks and outputs, typically defined within a work package description, in conformance to agreed scope budget and schedules.

  • Build relationships with colleagues and work cooperatively with others to achieve project goals.

  • Contribute to professional exchanges and develop the corporate expertise

Qualifications, Skills & Experience;

The following are considered essential for this role:

  • Degree level qualification in a discipline associated with Space Engineering (such as aerospace/astronautics/mechanical engineering) or related subjects (such as physics).

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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