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Air-to-Ground Design Authority Product Line


Crawley, United Kingdom

Thales people design 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. In the UK, 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.

The Air-to-Ground (ATG) Terminal System Product Line Design Authority (DAPL) is the principle technical lead for a new air-to-ground terminal system product line, based on 4G LTE UE technologies. The ATG DAPL will report to the Head of Technical Solutions for FLX.

Key Responsibilities
Working closely with the ATG project manager to successfully deliver ATG programmes to aggressive technical and schedule requirements
Developing and agreeing the technical requirements for ATG terminal systems, including technical negotiation with customers, partners and suppliers
Leading the technical architecture and design trade-offs for ATG terminal systems and the consistent flow down of requirements to the relevant system components
Technical coordination of ATG product developments to ensure the requirement and architectural objects are met consistently and efficiently, including formalised system integration, verification and validation testing
Technical guidance of the through life product support, optimisation and evolution
Working with product line management to identify, develop and capture further market opportunities
Support the generation of engineering recurring and non-recurring estimates for business gate reviews and strategic business planning
Support definition of engineering work packages, including active risk management
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
Working experience of system engineering, ideally in the communications domain, including all life cycle phases from requirements to integration, test and qualification.
Knowledge of, and be able to oversee, specify, architect, review and accept, the majority of the following technologies at system architectural level:
RF system components, including antennas, filters, amplifiers, frequency translation
Wide bandwidth and wide dynamic range ADC & DAC devices
Modern digital modem techniques, in particular high order QAM, OFDM,
Modern communication standards and protocols, in particular 4G LTE UE
Modern Internet Protocols routing & standards
Modern GPP and DSP processors, including multi-core devices
Operating systems, BSPs, hypervisors,
Appreciation of civil avionics engineering and standards is an advantage, including: DO160, DO254 & D0178B DALs, Avionics Qualification and Certification and Security assessment
Comfortable communicating with a wide range of stakeholders, including: customers (network operators, aircraft manufacturers and airlines), suppliers and technology partners, internal subject matter experts and senior management, which will involve international travel.

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