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Combat Systems Architect


Cheadle, 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 provision of advanced radio equipment to all of the Royal Navy’s surface combatants.

Join us as a key member of the Systems Integration Team based at the Thales site in Manchester. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with Thales sites in the UK and overseas.


The main purpose of this role is to develop and implement open architectures for combat systems within the Thales group, representing Thales with the main Customer Groups and across the wider industry in forums on combat system architectures, and act as the design authority on the development of future maritime combat system architectures. Initially, this is for surface platforms. Within this role you will be responsible for creating, managing, promoting and delivering a vision for Maritime Combat System Architectures.

Creating, managing, promoting and delivering a vision for Maritime Combat System Architectures.
The development and management of Requirements Specifications for the System and Subsystems level.
Solid understanding of the development lifecycle and lifecycle products.
Interfacing with the client, to define open standards and architectural frameworks.
The defining and authorising of Design Descriptions and Verification Requirements.
Provide technical advice to the Engineering Group Manager on all technical matters and management issues related to the Systems Engineering Group.
To provide technical direction and leadership to the Systems Engineering community.
Understanding and embracing customer needs and advising customers.
Establish and maintain a structured Systems Engineering process and activity
Represents the Systems Engineering Group on the Change Control Committee.
Review change proposals, approve ECN’s on behalf of the Engineering Department
Design authority for combat system architectures within a collaborative environment
Application of open architectures to Thales projects, bids and products.
To be recognised as an Expert in in combat systems architectures across Thales
Key Skills and Experience

A sound understanding of naval open combat system architectures
Experience of collaborative working with cross-industry/customer teams, desirable for this to be multi-national.
Sound knowledge of combat systems deployed in UK maritime fleet, with detailed knowledge of at least one combat system equipment
Have attained professional status (CEng) or equivalent

Prior experience of operating as a system design authority
Has a sound ability to define the use of System Engineering tools, in particular modelling and requirements management.

Qualifications and Certification:
Member of a professional body
Engineering Degree or equivalent

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