For over 40 years, Thales UK has played a major part in Thales Group’s global vision: to make people, property and information safer and more secure.

We research, develop, manufacture and supply technology and services within the Aerospace, Defence, Security Transportation and Space sectors. Our effective and innovative strategies play a leading part in shaping the steady convergence of military and civil technologies for both domestic and export markets.

At Thales UK, we invest heavily in research and development to identify and address market needs before they arise. Our work is critical in protecting civil and military platforms as well as critical infrastructure from the ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks. We support countless transactions, journeys, missions and communications around the clock.
We have a strong emerging talent footprint and employ thousands of highly skilled engineers and technicians across the UK. With a total workforce of over seven thousand we operate out of twelve key locations as well as multiple customer sites.

We are working with our customers to create a safer world by providing tools needed to perform critical tasks through enhanced information gathering, decision making and communication.

Our work is at the forefront of safeguarding people and organisations in the UK, and across the globe

  • More than 130,000 passengers use Thales in-flight entertainment systems every day, equivalent to almost 50 million viewers per year
  • Thales secures the information systems of 19 of the world’s 20 largest banks
  • Thales provides the Royal Navy with the key situational awareness sensors and systems to allow the fleet to operate effectively at sea
  • Thales in the UK has a long history of exporting particularly in sonar, optronics and aerospace solutions
  • Almost every train in the UK is fitted with the Train Protection & Warning System provided by Thales, helping to keep our railways safer 

Together. Safer. Everywhere.

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  • Aerospace
    Thales provides advanced hardware and technology, plus extensive support and training, for all types of aircraft. We are a ‘first-tier’ partner for the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers.
  • Defence
    Thales UK works with air forces, navies and armies both in the UK and export market as a significant defence contractor and systems integrator, helping to equip almost every major platform in service or in development with the UK armed forces.
  • Security
    Thales UK is a recognised world leader in the design and supply of critical systems and resilient solutions that help governments, local authorities and civil operators protect citizens, sensitive data and infrastructure against complex threats.
  • Transportation
    Our technology and systems allow transport operators all over the world to implement complex upgrade and modernisation programmes, working collaboratively with us as a trusted partner.

Innovation in the UK

In many cases, we develop not just new technology but a whole new way of doing things.

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Corporate responsibility

For a company that's serious about acting responsibly, good intentions are simply not enough. Thales has recognised this for some time, progressively embedding corporate responsibility in all its business processes.

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  • Lead Personal Assistant
    Regular Employment -

    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.

    The primary purpose of the Lead Personal Assistant role is to lead the Avionics (AVS) administration team in Crawley.  Your role will ensure a flexible, robust, accountable and committed to excellence resilient group of PA’s and Administrators for our Leadership Teams. Alongside this, this role will support the AVS Operations Director and manage the Reward & Recognition scheme for the AVS central business unit (CBU).

    Key Responsibilities

    Lead PA Administration Functional Manager:

    • Conduct Annual activities such as Professional Development Discussion, Annual Activity Discussion & Objective Setting (with feedback from Directors/ Managers where applicable)
    • Manage Performance or any employment relations Issues
    • Lead Pay Review / People Review for the AVS PA & Administration function
    • Align Roles, Job Descriptions & reward to ensure consistency
    • Manage resources to meet the needs of the business, working closely with other CBU’s and Corporate where necessary
    • Recruit and manage interviews where required
    • Chair regular team meetings to encourage the sharing of knowledge, processes and tools to ensure best practise. Encourage a positive, “can do” working environment where the team can trust each other through being open and honest
    • Ensure competency and skills standards for the function are developed and maintained
    • Create a supportive environment for individuals
    • Mentor or Coach individuals as requested
    • Support the Zone Coordinator network
    • Manage a budget
    • Training and development where necessary

    Reward & Recognition Coordinator, AVS CBU:

    • Manage the nominations for quarterly awards and steer them through the approval process
    • Inform winners and unsuccessful nominations, personalising the letters where required. Update the portal and send instant rewards to unsuccessful nominations
    • Arrange congratulatory events/ lunches with the Leadership Teams across multiple sites. Organise Team Experiential Learning days out
    • Use various media to encourage nominations and advertise winning nominations
    • Support colleagues with instant rewards and portal queries
    • Suggest and implement improvements to the scheme

    PA, AVS Operations Director:

    • Co-ordinate complex calendars and schedules to ensure effective time management and prioritisation of engagements where necessary
    • Own the setup of meetings across multiple time zones, booking rooms, organising passes and coordinating catering so that events run without disruption
    • Facilitate travel plans with minimum disruption, including planning and booking detailed travel itineraries
    • Deal with incoming e-mail, post and day to day enquiries
    • Complete expense claims, Purchase Orders, PowerPoint presentations, briefing papers & reports where necessary
    • Host visitors at all levels of seniority
    • Support meetings as required
    • Work as part of a PA team, offering help and cover as required
    • Champion site policies and procedures
    • Actively participate in People Engagement Champions and Zone Coordinators activities, representing AVS CBU

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    • Ability to interface at all levels within the organisation
    • Strong decision making, problem solving and analytical skills
    • People Management (Essential)
    • Demonstrates business awareness, good communication skills (verbal and written), and ability to interact effectively, courteously and professionally both within internal and external customer communities
    • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work flow, demonstrating flexibility when handling multiple tasks
    • Able to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
    • Advanced user of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
    • Able to handle confidential information discreetly
    • Demonstrate a passion for quality and attention to detail


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  • Procurement Subcontract Manager
    Regular Employment -

    At Thales we are inventing the future, right here, right now. Everywhere it matters, we deliver, because it’s not just our job, it’s our passion, our world.

    To help achieve our ambition we are currently looking to recruit a Procurement Subcontract Manager to be based from Crawley and join our journey forming part of our Global Procurement team based in the UK.  This is an excellent opportunity to join a valued Procurement function that is at the heart of transforming our business and is recognised for helping to drive innovation across a number of markets including; Space, Transportation, E-Security, Defence and Aviation.

    Thales can offer you an autonomy, excitement and variation working on leading edge projects that change our world. You will be supported by investment in continuous improvement methods, training and development and a structured career path.

    Primary Purpose of the Role:

    As a Procurement Subcontract Manager you will be fully responsible for the management of suppliers, within a specified Thales project. The role will require frequent and close engagement of suppliers to ensure that requirements are executed in accordance with technical, program, cost and performance (quality and delivery) requirements.

    Management of Thales and Customer Change(s) with Supplier(s) making sure all subcontracts, are updated accordingly; including drafting, extending, renewing and terminating agreements. Management and development of appropriate mechanism (s) to monitor compliance to agreed terms and conditions with the supplier(s).

    Contribute to Bids by liaising with the Bid team and/or Acquisition Project Manager to understand new requirements.  Early engagement with Supplier(s) to support and contribute to producing competitive bids and products, and delivering profitable projects.

    Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

    Ongoing Supplier Management responsibilities

    • Manage, and be accountable for, the overall performance and compliance of their Supplier(s).
    • Ensure Supplier requirements are executed achieving favourable conditions and consistency with technical, program, cost and performance (quality and delivery) requirements.
    • Engage and communicate efficiently with internal Customers and Stakeholders as necessary in executing Supplier requirements.
    • Be the sole point of contact for all communications between Thales and the Supplier(s) including; Requests for Proposals and Quotations, supporting Technical discussions, Contract and Work Package kick-off meetings and evaluation of Supplier tenders.
    • Generate/review RFQs, ensuring bid and program requirements are captured
    • Create accurate Procurement estimates, covering labour, material and Total Cost of Ownership to the bid team
    • Negotiation of sub-contracts, including appropriate Customer flow down, to support Project budget constraints and achieve timely performance whilst minimising programme risk and exploiting programme opportunities.
    • Manage the schedule and performance of allocated work packages, ensuring rigorous adherence to project management, quality and technical governance. Coordinate and lead subcontract review meetings including Identification and mobilisation of internal support to sub-contracts from other Thales departments.
    • Review and monitor supplier financial stability, identify risk areas prior to engagement and recognise trigger points where further analysis would be required.

    Responsibilities particular to the Bid Phase or for New Products

    • Promote early Procurement and Supplier engagement in Bids, Projects and Product design
    • Contribute to the Acquisition Strategy and Plan
    • Responsible for providing accurate and updated information to the Procurement Summary Sheet (PSS) for their designated suppliers.
    • Assist in Purchase vet planning.
    • Undertake commercial and contractual tasks as required, including definition of Customer flow down terms and conditions.
    • Ensure effectiveness by employing suitable reporting, tracking and performance management tools and techniques.

    Strategic responsibilities in support of the wider Project

    • Work with key stakeholders to ensure the release of procurement specifications, statements of work and requisitions to support project delivery.
    • Work with the Acquisition Project Manager to contribute towards monthly procurement reporting to the Project.
    • Contribute to the Procurement Risk Register, ensuring appropriate risk is captured and Supplier mitigation actions are undertaken and completed.
    • Work with Technical teams to resolve design issues impacting on Supplier performance
    • Commit to procurement performance including bought in costs, delivery/lead times, quality, resource management, cash-flow, risks and opportunities.
    • Analyse existing subcontracts (including terms and condition, statement of works, technical requirement specifications, etc) and analyse areas of risk such as conflicts, deviations and ambiguities. Make appropriate recommendations to the wider Project on the mitigation of such risks while monitoring and supporting any subsequent remedial actions.

    Qualifications , Experience and Skills:

    • Relevant experience working in a mid to senior level procurement position managing Sub Contracts.
    • Track record of success in a similar role in relevant businesses or markets
    • Supplier Relationship and Performance Management techniques and measurement
    • Broad range of Procurement skills focused on: Needs Analysis, Design to Cost, Make-Team-Buy, Technical Interface Management, Supplier Management, Risk and Opportunity Management, Subcontract Management.
    • Commercially astute with advanced negotiation skills and experience including differing contracting models
    • Convincing written and oral communication and presentation skills.
    • Interpersonal skills to optimise cross organisation working and to work effectively with Supplier(s).
    • Analytical skills
    • Well-developed organisational skills
    • MCIPS or equivalent qualifications in other disciplines – Desirable

    To Apply:
    To apply for the Procurement Subcontract Manager role please click on the ‘Apply’ button.


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  • Assembly & Repair Technician
    Regular Employment -

    Thales technology makes it possible for two thirds of planes to take off and land safely. Thales also protects 80% of the world’s banking transactions and is Europe’s number one supplier of defence electronics. Beyond that our people have made London’s Jubilee and Northern Lines 20% more efficient and have delivered more than 300 air defence radars in 26 countries. We’re a leading name in our markets and a diverse, constantly evolving organisation. Join us.

    The primary purpose of the Assembly and Repair Technician is to build/install/repair a range of company products utilising laid down procedures. To ensure processes and procedures conform to specification and other documentation that may be required as part of the assembly and that results are accurately recorded in the correct format.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Concurrent engineering practice requires that technicians become involved with design rework and modification on a regular basis.
    • Build electro-mechanical assemblies from Final Drawing or other Company tools.
    • Monitor own workload and plan resources accordingly to achieve completion targets on time and to budget.
    • Understanding of Company quality requirements/work standards, including workshop safety.
    • Have the ability, if necessary, to operate independently and work on own initiative.
    • Ensure that all Company Health and Safety Procedures are adhered to.
    • Ensure all admin duties are carried out satisfactorily including timely completion of correct documentation.

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    • A good standard of technical ability in prototype services/model shop/manufacturing assembly is required.
    • General-purpose wiring ability to work from circuit diagrams.  It is also necessary on occasion to have to undertake prototype services work supported by little or no technical documentation.
    • Knowledge of all aspects of the manufacture of specialist items of test equipment.
    • Knowledge of specialist cables and cable loom assemblies.
    • Working knowledge of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) assembly and repair work.
    • Knowledge of Surface Mount Assembly (SMA) procedures by hand would be an advantage.
    • Knowledge of the building of prototype boards including the ability to wire-wrap.
    • Ability to interpret electronic circuit diagrams and mechanical drawings is essential.
    • PC handling skills essential for data input to company computer system.
    • A good understanding of quality requirements/work standards including workshop safety.
    • Knowledge of any Company products would be a distinct advantage, especially allied to prototype services work.

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  • Night Manager
    Regular Employment -

    Night Manager (Testing & Commissioning)
    Full time
    Rail experience is required
    Role will be predominantly working on nights
    Must be able to issue AWC's


    THALES have won the largest global rail signalling programme and we are looking for a testing experienced management professional to be our new Testing and Commissioning Night Manager, this is a permanent role which we are looking to develop upwards throughout the duration of the programme. This role will be a highly influential position in the programme, it will be predominantly night shift with some day shift roles, this will be at the succesful candidates' discretion. This is a fantastic opportunity for a Testing and Commissioning Night Manager to work in a permanent role on the 4LM Programme (approx. £800million).

    PLease see below for further details:

    Key Responsibilities:

    technical assessment of queries from test teams
    Management of Night Test teams (competence etc)
    Ensure that all the technical information has been distributed to the right people within the team and to the subcontractors.
    Provision of progress reporting to project or function for T&C night activities
    Ensure all assigned work is completed to schedule, to budget (agreed hours) and to quality
    ensuring compliance to signalling standards, and appropriate HSE and quality standards
    generate on site inspection reports for T&C management and project management team
    generation of periodic KPI statistics for review meetings
    Log book reviews/ management and control
    Mentorship support
    Technical Surveys of sites
    Identify continuous improvement opportunities and manage the change as appropriate.
    Ensure all reporting requirements are met in a timely and accurate manner
    co-ordinate any subcontractors - test or install related to our work
    providing support to the management team when carrying out fault/incident investigations
    Technical briefings
    Review night management processes to ensure they remain suitable and sufficient
    submission of project dashboard reports as required by the field ops manager or CTIC
    reviewing any subcontractor activities on site
    interface between Test Support and T&C Management
    AWC issuing
    General Management

    Values & Behaviours:

     Attention to detail.
     Strong ability to problem solve.
     Flexible around working nights and days if required.
     Flexible around working from multiple locations in and around London.
     Focus on customers and subcontractors.
     Perform through teaming.
     Develop our people.


    This is a key role for THALES and we are looking for this person to develop their career throughout the programme, if you are keen to apply or to have more details, please follow the link below:

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  • Senior Night Manager
    Regular Employment -

    Senior Night Manager
    Full Time
    Night Shift

    Project Overview:

    Thales have recently secured a contract from London Underground to modernise four lines of the existing network (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) with an automated train control system (ATS) with order value of £770M. Known as 4LM, the project will be executed over the next 5 years and will increase both reliability and capacity of the existing infrastructure giving a safe and comfortable mode of transport for London’s increasing population. The project is the largest signalling contract ever placed worldwide and critical to enabling workforce movement for the London / UK economy. The project complements the existing URS portfolio including JNUP, JL2, NLE, Connect & DLR

    The Field Operations team of Thales will be responsible for deploying the target system into the underground network with minimum impact to existing services. A large element of the work will be executed during ‘engineering hours’ during night shifts.

    As part of the Field Operations team a Senior Night Manager is now required to be the single point of contact between the day management team and the management of the Night Team to enable Field Operations work.

    Primary Purpose of the Role:

    The Senior Night Manager role is a leadership role and provides direction of the night team in cooperation with the day management team.

    Reporting to the Head of Field Operations, you will be responsible for the management of the Field Operations Night Team for the 4LM contract plus support of the other Thales URS contracts (e.g. WCC, DLR, JL2 etc).

    The role of Senior Night Manager is critical to the successful coordination of staff for the deployment and testing of the 4LM signalling upgrade system plus associated Test Tracks, Depot Commissioning Areas, Control Centres and training facilities. The night team will peak at +250 heads and a strong management head is essential to ensuring a safe, efficient and effective execution of the program with clear lines of communication both throughout the night team and to the day team.

    In addition, the installation subcontractor teams (3 off) will peak at +300 heads. Interaction with the Thales installation managers will be required to ensure smooth operations.

    The Senior Night Manager will be the head of the Field Ops night team ensuring all project requirements are met and will form part of the overall night management team including Safety, Quality, QS, Install and T&C Technical Managers.

    The Senior Night Manager will also be responsible for the matrix management of the night team ensuring people management requirements are met.

    The role requires interfacing with many internal stakeholders and cross portfolio functions working days such as Operations Managers, Installation Managers, Work Package Managers, Works Planners, TiC’s and HR.

    Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

    Leadership and development of the night team to ensure it has the required resources, skills and attitudes.
    Excellent Safety culture maintained across the team
    Ensure adherence of the team to the working processes and procedures.
    Provide direction to ensure all assigned work is completed to schedule, to budget (agreed hours) and to quality. Ensure any potential compensation events are fed back to the day team.
    Work with the team to identify continuous improvement opportunities and manage the change as appropriate. Ensure rework cycles are minimised and lessons learnt deployed.

    Perform Field Ops and Safety briefings
    Management of Night Test teams (numbers/tracking)
    Close working with the departmental night heads – safety, QA/QC, Install etc.
    Supervise and ensure the following safety related works are completed correctly:-
    Ensure all Safety standards, policies and procedures are followed.
    Support to the management team when carrying out fault/incident investigations
    Direct the team and ensure the following monitoring / reporting is achieved on time:-
    Submission of project dashboard reports as required by the field ops manager or CTIC
    Generation of periodic KPI statistics for review meetings – test rates / access / install targets etc
    Coordinate the generation of on-site inspection reports for T&C management and project management team
    Continuously review night management processes to ensure they remain suitable and sufficient
    Work with the night team leads to ensure the following is executed:-
    All works is coordinated, understood and executed effectively and efficiently.
    Report on PWT allocation & Access queries.
    Support Installation team leads as required – awareness of any subcontractor activities on site.
    Ensure facilities management is met – open/secure facility & fire-warden/first aider.
    Provide matrix management of the team to ensure the following requirements are delivered:-
    Timesheet / Mytime support and ensure completion
    Sickness management - return to work forms
    Medication queries HML
    Vehicle tracking & Fors Driver Management support
    Disciplinaries, grievances, performance management etc
    Coordinate and support the Stores Manager as follows :-
    Ensure Tool Management & Calibration is delivered
    Material control & tracking
    Consumable control.

    ensuring compliance to railway standards, and appropriate HSE and quality standards
    Provision of progress reporting to project or function for T&C night activities
    Coaching support

    Key performance Indicators against Responsibilities and Tasks:


    Experience in working in a safety critical environment.
    Experience of managing and developing large groups of people in a dynamic environment
    Management of Night Test teams (competence etc)
    Excellent communication skills & conflict management expertise
    Ensure that all relevant information has been distributed to the right people within the team.


    Substantial Railway and/or construction experience
    Man Management experience



    Degree / HND / HNC in engineering related subject or relevant experience.


    Holder of an appropriate IRSE license

    Hours / Working Pattern:

    The role is predominantly on Nights with infrequent requirements to work day (as the project dictates).
    Predominantly the working pattern is Monday through Friday with reasonable notice giving when Sunday through Thursday as required.
    37 hours per week. Basic hours are 7.4 per night with core hours 23:00 though 06:30
    Additional hours/effort will be required to successfully execute the role as expected with a senior position

    To be our new Senior Night Manager please apply below:


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  • Accounts Payable Clerk
    Fixed Term / Temporary -

    Thales technology makes it possible for two thirds of planes to take off and land safely. Thales also protects 80% of the world’s payment card transactions and is Europe’s number one supplier of defence electronics. Beyond that our people have made London’s Jubilee and Northern Lines 20% more efficient and have delivered more than 300 air defence radars in 26 countries. We’re a leading name in our markets and a diverse, constantly evolving organisation. Join us.

    The primary purpose of the Accounts Payable Clerk is to be responsible for all elements of accounts payable invoice processing and / or query handling across multi-Thales Operating Units ensuring adherence to company policy. This role is a 12 month fixed term contract

    Key Responsibilities

    • Processing 3rd party and / or Intercompany invoices within strict deadlines across multi-Thales operating companies
    • Checking and validation of invoices, matching to Purchase Orders, co-ordinating invoice approval and coding of charges to appropriate nominal ledgers
    • Capture of invoices within the AP system(s)
    • Processing electronic bank payments via BACs
    • Instigate / resolve invoice queries
    • Maintain prepayments and debit balances at an acceptable level
    • Ad-hoc Payables related tasks - as and when required

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    • Proven Purchase Ledger / Payables experience
    • Experience of invoice processing and review - validation of invoices, matching to Purchase orders and co-ordination of invoice approvals
    • Experience of working with an invoice scanning tool and system based payables processes
    • Ability to instigate and resolve invoice related queries with staff of all levels - by telephone and / or Email
    • Good communication skills both verbal and written
    • Good team player – flexible and adaptable to multi-tasks.
    • Excellent customer service skills.   
    • Ability to work on own initiative   


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  • Thales technology makes it possible for two thirds of planes to take off and land safely. Thales also protects 80% of the world’s payment card transactions and is Europe’s number one supplier of defence electronics. Beyond that our people have made London’s Jubilee and Northern Lines 20% more efficient and have delivered more than 300 air defence radars in 26 countries. We’re a leading name in our markets and a diverse, constantly evolving organisation. Join us.

    The primary purpose of the Security Risk and Compliance Manager is to ensure the development and maintenance of security risk management and compliance.

    Immediate requirement must be to review the maturity of the security risk management process to ensure a common formula is established across Technical, Physical, Personnel and Critical Information Asset risk areas to allow a single view of Thales UK security risk exposure taken from across all domains.  

    Key Responsibilities

    • Ongoing review and maintenance of security risk processes ensuring compliancy and relevance to the business.
    • Ensure all security risk policies are implemented, managed and maintained.
    • Ensure all subsequent risk registers (Technical, Physical, Personnel and Critical Information Asset) are reviewed and maintained.
    • Liaison with CBUs/Functions where required.
    • Liaison with Project teams where required.
    • Identify Project SALs and ensure compliance and provide an advisory service to the Business.
    • Interfacing between the IM&S team to highlight implementation and business issues relating to security risk processes.
    • Provide support to the IM&S Team with regards communication with senior management and to justify security requirements highlighted through Risk Registers.
    • Provide relevant KPIs and statistics from Security Risk registers.
    • Attendance at Site Security Working Groups as required.

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    • Proven experience working in a defence security environment
    • An understanding of relevant security requirements for IT systems on UK commercial and defence programmes together with a broad understanding of the compliance requirements of ISO2700X
    • Knowledge of and ability to interpret HMG security requirements and international security agreements in relation to business needs
    • Experience in managing and developing people, including objective setting, performing appraisals, performance and resource management.
    • Provide security advice and guidance when required at all levels.
    • Arrange appropriate security training and provide assistance to programmes, projects and bid activities.
    • Ability to manage, co-ordinate and communicate both verbally and in writing at all levels within the Company and government.
    • Ability to plan, implement and control continuous improvement in security standards and equipment
    • Ability to gain HMG Developed Vetting (DV) mandatory
    • Educated to degree level and/or holder of a professional qualification


    Play a pivotal role within a fast paced business, apply now.

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