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System Engineering Manager


Belfast, United Kingdom

Thales Advanced Weapon Systems designs, develops and manufactures low cost, high volume missile systems. With sites in Belfast, Crossgar and Thorney Island the company specialises in lightweight missiles and the integration of weapon systems into tactical platforms such as land vehicles, helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

An opportunity has arisen within our engineering group for a Systems Engineering/Engineering/Project Manager who can apply their experience and skills leading a multidiscipline team, designing and developing innovative technical solutions that meet our customer requirements and business needs. The role covers all aspects of the product lifecycle, from requirements capture and analysis through system specification, concept studies, modelling and simulation, design and development, system integration, validation and qualification.

Principal role and relationships:

The successful candidate will direct and manage the engineering team on a project or bid to achieve company objectives in terms of programme schedule, financial and quality targets.
The successful candidate will ensure that engineering processes are applied correctly and appropriately on the project to company, legislative, regulatory and international standards.
This role includes management responsibility for the project engineering strategy, direction and team. The role is likely to require interaction with UK and international customers, end-users, industrial partners and suppliers.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

Defining and delivering the strategy, plan, costing and implementation of the overall engineering solution ensuring that the engineering activities are managed, within constraints, through the lifecycle of the project from detailed requirement generation, development, integration to verification and validation.
Directing and providing overall technical and engineering leadership to the team to deliver the engineering solution to time, cost and quality, managing design decisions and resolution of conflicts.
Ensuring the timely and accurate production of the Requirements for the System and Subsystems and ensuring that IVVQ and sell-off of the requirements is planned, documented and achieved in a progressive and low risk manner.
Ensuring that the design and technical certification is planned, co-ordinated, complete and coherent and provided for business approval and delivery.
Plan, manage and coordinate the whole engineering activities within the constraints provided by the agreed architecture and design policy in order to satisfy requirements.
Define Work Breakdown Structures, Organisation Breakdown Structures and associated tasks, tailoring the development process and ensuring achievement of the development baselines (functional, allocated and product);
Defines and tailors the engineering environment, optimising the technical work against costs, schedule and risks from design to validation and acceptance of the solution;
Supporting the Programme Manager in proactively managing Risks & Opportunities during the development, integration and qualification phases, guarantees programme commitments, including those flown down to subcontractors and partners.
The role will require proven experience of and participation in one or more of the following activities:
Managing the development and validation of innovative and cost effective solutions and their architectures which meet the design requirements within the constraints of the programme budget and schedule
Managing engineering delivery across multiple disciplines acting as focal point for the resolution of all issues, problems, questions and conflicts across engineering activities.

The role will require proven skills in one or more of the following activities:

Engineering leadership of a multidisciplinary engineering team.
Ability to build and sustain good working relationships and work closely in teams, with colleagues, managers, customers and stakeholders.
Effective personal organisation with an ability to remain composed and focused under pressure.
Knowledge of relevant development lifecycles
Requirements capture, analysis, decomposition/dissemination and management.
Ability to develop innovative and low risk practical engineering approaches and strategies to manage a complex project through its lifecycle.
Cost and schedule planning of engineering activities.

Minimum educational requirements

You will have a Bachelor Degree (BEng, BSc) in a Numerate, Scientific or Engineering subject or Higher Education/equivalent training and experience. Masters Degree (Meng, MSc) or postgraduate level in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics-related subject is also an advantage.
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