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System Integration and Test Engineer (Operational)


Templecombe, United Kingdom

As the European number one in defence electronics and the world number two in defence radio communications, Thales is a leading name in the global defence and security markets. In addition to equipping over 40 naval forces across the globe, we have a proud 125-year heritage here in the UK. Today that is represented in our key role delivering the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier and our programmes include the world's most advanced, fully integrated, passive and active search and attack sonar suite fitted to the new Astute Class submarine.

The Systems Integration, Test and Support Team (SIT&S) provide an IVVQ, installation, setting-to-work, and development and acceptance trials service to the submarine Mine Hunting and Surface Ships sectors. We currently have an SI&T Engineer position available based out of Templecombe.

The SI&T Operational Engineer role provides an end-user perspective to these activities ensuring products being tested and assessed are fit for operation. You will be required to build and maintain excellent working relationships with the Customer and end user communities, understanding their needs and communicating this effectively to the relevant business sector in a manner which ensures product and staff development is maintained. Operational experience is an essential part of the role, as is the ability to apply it effectively in terms of business and staff development.

Key duties required:
Lead the operational assessment of MMS Sonars throughout all activities in the SIT&S domain from an operational perspective.
Apply operational experience to the product and system design lifecycle.
Contribute to system design reviews and working groups with customer community.
Adopt an innovative approach to solving significant technical issues with an operational perspective. Recommend solutions using your strong understanding of the end users requirement.
Support the definition and conduct of sea acceptance trials activities in order demonstrate compliance with customer requirements.
Identify business development opportunities through close working relationship with the end user.
Support Sales and Marketing events and equipment demonstrations.
Support the design and delivery of training packages to operational staff for 1st of class Platform equipment in the factory and at Sea.
Share specialised knowledge and experience with colleagues playing an active role in their development.

Key skills and experience required:
Able to communicate effectively with the customer and end-user.
Able to apply significant operational experience to product development.
Ability to articulate operational needs into requirements definition.
Systems engineering experience, including knowledge of SE tools.
Significant operational experience of Military Sonar systems.
Degree or equivalent in engineering or a scientific subject

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