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Project Design Authority - UAS/RPAS


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.

Primary Purpose of Role
The PDA is part of a bid or project team within the UAS Business. The primary purpose is responsible for solution creation in preparation for bids and solution compliance across all phases of the systems engineering lifecycle within a project including in Service.

Key responsibilities & Accountabilities

The PDA guarantees that the technical solution is feasible, competitive and meets customer expectations, in terms of cost, innovation, performance, schedule, etc.
Acts as the primary technical leader of the bid or project team. Acts as lead technical interface with the Customer (or PLM for a Product).
Monitor, review, advise and assist with technical issues across the programme.
Ensures the solution compliance with Product Policy, contractual requirements (including offsets) and applicable legislation & regulations (ie export restrictions, Environmental/HSE, safety, security..)
Checks that the Engineering Environment (process, practices and tools) ) for the Solution is consistent with Country/Company requirements, and overall Solution cost, technical risks & schedule.
Reviews together with the SEM (System Engineering Manager) the technical risks and opportunities and the related mitigation plans throughout the bid or project.
Prepares the DVa and submits it to the Design Authority (DA) approval.
Approves the main bid/project engineering reviews and deliverables.

Organizes when appropriate technical meetings and peer reviews together with the Architect (ARC) and the SEM and other stakeholders (industry, services, specialities…), in order to perform the solution technical assessment and validation
Experience and Skills

Experience of systems engineering in defence environment
Experience of airborne systems.
Understanding of wide variety of engineering disciplines (systems, software, hardware, EMC, RF…) is highly desirable.
Experience of certification requirements for airborne systems
Ability to generate innovative solutions including system acceptance and system certification.
Ability to understand and design complex systems
Ability to communicate, guide and lead all disciplines of engineering teams
Ability to act as technical point of contact for the customer.
With suitable guidance and experience be able to become a MAA DAOS signatory for design.

Education and Qualifications

Engineering/avionics degree or equivalent preferred.

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