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Head (m/w/d) of Point Machine Product & Mechanical Development

Job ID: R0095339 Location: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Full time, Regular Employment
Thales people architect solutions that support 85 million mainline and suburban passenger journeys, worldwide, every day. Our Rail Signalling and Communication systems are used on metro lines across major cities, and 72,000 kms of route, 52,000 trains per day in 16 countries are controlled by our Traffic Management Systems. Together We deployed the first-ever nationwide ticketing system which processes over 50 million ticketing transactions in 100 cities daily.

Together, we are shaping the world around us to build the future – here and now! Our experts’ competences and cultural backgrounds are unique in their diversity. Today, they develop solutions for the data-based, autonomous and immersive world of tomorrow – from autonomous vehicle control systems to collaborative combat systems, from interconnected cockpits to safe clouds and cyber-secure communication, from self-learning radar systems to virtual reality solutions for training and predictive maintenance. Passion for innovations and cutting-edge technologies is our motivation.

As a recognised part of the German high-tech industry, we develop tomorrow's key technologies today. We offer innovative, highly secure, robust and highly available communication, information and control systems as well as services for safe land, air and maritime traffic, for civil and military safety and protection requirements, and in the field of digital identity and cyber security. Furthermore, we develop and manufacture satellite components for national programmes and for the global market.

Our solutions for command and signalling technology make rail services safe and efficient. Sophisticated technologies help to bring billions of people reliably to their destinations by rail every year. Our ticketing systems process more than 50 million transactions per day. We have equipped the 75 km metro system in Dubai – the world’s longest driverless underground system – with an end-to-end solution.

Thales Deutschland with its headquarters in Ditzingen has about 3,900 employees at 11 locations with their own production and development.

Head (m/w/d) of Point Machine Product Development

for our activities in the field of transportation at our headquarters in Ditzingen near Stuttgart

You will enjoy having this responsibility:

In this role you are leading a team of the Point Machine Product Development and Mechanical Development team size of up to 10 people.

It also involves the following tasks:

  • You develop and motivate your team to develop Point Machine Products adaption and enhancements as generic product line in the MLS Product Portfolio. Your team further supports Mechanical solutions and designs for the MLS product portfolio in an international market.
  • As Team Lead you coordinate and allocate the team capacity to the dedicated projects and work packages and ensure effective team utilization. You support your team and you are accountable for your team to deliver in time, quality and cost.  You are responsible for labor forecasting and adherence to capital and expense budgets.
  • You manage the technical leadership of the team and ensure that this alignment corresponds to the long-term strategic and technical plan of the company for the product line and the goal of the competence center.
  • You conduct personal reviews and performance reviews in accordance with company procedures.
  • Training and HR development plans ensure that your team is able to meet current and future skills needs.
  • You ensure the application of processes, practices and tools in accordance with the discipline management of the competence center.  You implement continuous improvement measures to ensure sustainable competiveness of your team.
  • You represent your team within the organization and support an excellent collaboration with internal stakeholders.
  • You will independently manage Point Machine projects and ensure that development documents are delivered on time, in Quality and in Budget.
  • In your role as team lead you motivate your team to deliver Power Supply solution architecture and design as generic product line in the MLS Product Portfolio.
  • Your team supports the application of the Power Supply Solution in complex Interlocking projects in an international market.
  • You represent your team within the organization and support an excellent collaboration with internal stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the Product Line / Product Management role you support
    • during the bid phase - creation of tender documentation, clarification of scope and solution and effort estimations
    • Design Authorities and Product Line Managers across TTS Units to define Products and Product Enhancement with the objective to meet the customer requirements while streamlining our portfolio and bringing innovation into our products
    • MTB analysis for Point Machine Development
    • Closely follow the market related to Point Machine Products and mechanical technologies and materials.

You have:

  • Degree in a Science or Technology related field (e.g. Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Communication Engineering or similar)
  • Experience in complex rail signaling architecture
  • Experience in Point Machine products recommended
  • Preferable experience in safety critical transportation environment incl. the approval process
  • Knowledge of corresponding Standards (AREMA, CENELEC)
  • Lean & Agile Thinking
  • Strong in performance through cooperation and able influence key stakeholder
  • Excellent communicator and negotiator
  • Structured and well organized
  • Able to engage and develop teams
  • Good English skills

As a global player with projects all over the world, Thales is looking for candidates from different backgrounds and with different careers, because it’s the sheer diversity of our innovative and creative teams that drives our success – and that’s why this is also a key aspect of our personnel selection process.

Do you want to know more? The Talent Acquisition Team looks forward to hearing from you:

Tel.: +49 (0)7156 353 35291

You can find more information about Thales as an employer at

What we offer you:

We understand the needs and interests of all people at Thales. The personal and professional development as well as the advancement of teams are very important to us and we invest a lot. We offer a wide portfolio of training opportunities. We honour accomplishments and provide an attractive compensation policy.

An open dialogue and transparency are actively practised and demonstrated. We actively promote diversity, create the necessary framework conditions and commit to a resolute support for all forms of diversity. We are convinced that mixed teams get the best results and that equal opportunities are a matter of course. For our exemplary dedication in terms of a personnel management based on equal opportunities we were given the TOTAL E-QUALITY award. Special programmes promote diversity and inclusion as well as compatibility of family and career. We assist our employees with the balancing act between private life and the exciting challenges at Thales.

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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