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Reliability and Maintainability Support Engineer


Belfast, United Kingdom

Thales teams deliver cutting-edge solutions to armed forces the world over. We are Europe’s number one supplier of defence electronics and a leading provider of integrated air defence systems. But our people don’t just work with incredibly advanced technology. The armoured vehicles we build can resist the full force of improvised explosive devices, while our avionics solutions control some of the world’s most iconic military aircraft. Together, our people make the world safer.

The Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Department plans and directs the identification and development of logistics support and system requirements for military systems, with the goal of creating systems that last longer and require less support, thereby reducing costs and increasing return on investments. ILS addresses these aspects of supportability not only during acquisition, but also throughout the operational life cycle of the system. The impact of ILS is often measured in terms of metrics such as reliability, availability, maintainability and testability (RAMT).

Our ILS department is involved in the concept and deployment of innovative support solution, to provide the best operational performance to Thales’s UK and international Customers.

Join our Integrated Logistics Support team, applying technical leadership and planning, co-ordinating and controlling an Integrated Logistics Support / Reliability and Maintainability work package within agreed costs and time-scales.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain exposure across the full product lifecycle in an innovative, technical yet people focussed environment with unique opportunities for career development. It is a full time, permanent position based in Belfast.

Key Responsibilities
• Analyse ILS and R&M User Requirements documents and generate System Requirements
• Undertake supportability engineering, availability, reliability and maintainability analysis including; failure modes, effects and criticality analysis and supportability and logistic support analysis.
• Provide support to senior ILS engineer to generate all ILS and R&M bid proposals in support of equipment sales.
• Support a team of engineers in designing and developing support systems to meet customer requirements.
• Design and develop support systems including preparation of all associated documentation within agreed timescales.
• To maintain a broad knowledge of new developments in Logistics and R&M engineering technology, methodologies and tools, potentially applicable to TADL products.
• To represent the company at meetings and presentations to customers, suppliers and sub-contractors and to provide expertise and advice contributing to the solution of technical and commercial problems.
• Prepare whole life costs and estimations of programme costs for TADL products and bids when required.
• Participate in and contribute to company continuous improvement projects when required.
• To keep abreast with developments in electronic technologies, standards and regulations.

Skills, qualifications and experience
• Experienced in supportability engineering, availability, reliability and maintainability analysis, and technical publications tasks, ideally within the Defence industry, although other sectors will be considered.
• Able to identify problems and propose possible solutions on programme cost, schedule, performance and long-term support implications.
• Understanding of bid process and able to generate Invitation to Tender (ITT) ILS requirements.
• Competent in undertaking a range of tasks within the Integrated Logistic support discipline
• Knowledge and experience of UK MoD procurement and support policy.
• Computer literate with practical use of Integrated Logistic Support software packages.
• Degree in relevant Engineering subject, or equivalent Higher Qualification or combination of relevant practical and academic experience commensurate with the role requirements.
• The jobholder frequently uses their own initiative when decisions are required or influence is necessary. Good human relational and negotiating skills are required to achieve customer co-operation.
• Self-motivated
• Proactive in finding solutions to problems

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