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Technical Solutions Architect


London, United Kingdom

Primary Purpose of the Role:

The Technical Solution Manager, MLS (Main Line Signalling) will be responsible for the definition of specific technical solutions for specific projects and bids primarily associated with main line railways.

The Technical Solution Manager, MLS will proactively develop technical solutions that take full account of the customer’s needs and priorities, including its operational and implementation needs, and which take full account of the global products and systems available throughout Thales and their respective development route maps.

The Technical Solution Manager, MLS will lead and shape the technical responses to specific prospects and bids to ensure that they offer innovative and cost effective technical solutions, combined with other, possibly optional, technical services that demonstrate a real understanding of how such a solution will be implemented and used to maximise business benefit to the customer.

The Technical Solution Manager, MLS will possess knowledge of transportation industry business process and information management systems, and will ensure that the technical solutions offered by Thales enable business process and information system enhancement and are seen by the customer as being credible, robust, practical and good value.

The Technical Solution Manager, MLS will be responsible for technical governance on specific projects and programmes to ensure the delivery of a technical solution that adheres to the baseline solution. Where technical issues are encountered that result in a deviation from the baseline solution, the Technical Solution Manager, MLS will take a leading role in the management of technical change, seeking and implementing innovative solutions to such issues and deviations.

Principal Relationships:

Day-to-day accountability to the Head of Technical Solutions
Ground Transportation Systems UK Technical Director
An active contributor to the whole Technical Directorate team
Other Transportation System units worldwide
Other Thales units in the UK and abroad

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

Development of technical solutions throughout the pre-bid and bid phases to secure identified business opportunities;
Delivery of technical responses to bids;
Ensure that solutions developed and offered by Thales are seen by the customer as being credible, robust, practical and good value;
Support the effective handover of technical solutions from bids to programmes, to the nominated Programme Team;
Undertake technical governance on delivery projects and ensure that project adheres to the solution baseline.
Deliver pre-sales technical consultancy in a way that leverages future opportunities for Thales.

Key performance Indicators against Responsibilities and Tasks (professional only):

12 month KPIs
Technical Solution Readiness at each phase of the bidding cycle
Win-rate for bids under technical supervision
Quality metrics from the programmes under technical governance
Delivery of reviews for projects under technical governance
Ideas captured in Innovation Management System

Strong technical communications at all levels;
Technical and personnel leadership skills.
Systems Engineering

Proven technical solution definition and delivery track record in railway systems and a good level of understanding of existing rail solutions and products;
Proven experience in the development and delivery of safe, high availability, resilient and secure solutions, concepts, engineering principals and processes;
Experience of winning and delivering business in the UK main line rail sector
Demonstrable awareness/familiarity/knowledge of the following main line rail systems:

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