Wherever safety and security are critical, Thales in the UK delivers

Who we are

Thales in the UK is a world-leading innovator across the Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space industries. We research, develop, manufacture and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day. 

Thales in the UK provides innovative and game-changing technology; setting new standards in engineering and technical excellence. We’re continuously developing, refining and honing our products and services to provide our customers with a more efficient, safe and secure experience; whatever the complexity.

The expertise at Thales lies in our people, and with over 6,500 employees at 12 key sites, we make it a priority to continuously support research, development and innovation in the UK.

What we do

Thales in the UK provides world-leading technology for both the civil and defence markets and our products impact the lives of people every day.  

  • Thales is the number one global provider of Air Traffic Management systems
  • 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
  • Almost every train in the UK is fitted with the Train Protection and Warning System provided by Thales, helping to keep our railways safer
  • The UK’s first electronic propulsion manufacturing facility in Belfast will make state-of-the art propulsion systems for satellites

Our work is at the forefront of safeguarding people and organisations in the UK, and across the globe. Wherever safety and security are critical, Thales delivers. Together, we innovate with our customers to build smarter solutions, everywhere.

Key figures

6,500
Employees
12
Sites
£50m +
R&D investment

Markets

  • 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.
  • UK Services
    At Thales UK we pride ourselves in our ability to supply customers with world class, innovative solutions to create a safer world.

Research, Technology and Innovation

At Thales UK we pride ourselves in our ability to supply customers with world class, innovative solutions to create a safer world.

Meeting and exceeding the expectations of all our customers requires a mindful approach to complex problems as well as the ability to deliver compelling, modular propositions with added value across our full range of activities…

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  • Avionics Technical Support Engineer
    Regular Employment - 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.


    The primary purpose of the Avionics Technical Support Engineer is to provide technical support to the User/Customer, undertaking technical tasks and providing answers to technical queries.

    The employee will be required to travel to a number of locations in support of Thales’ interests. These include, but are not limited to, Thales Crawley and Royal Air Force (RAF) Odiham.


    Key Responsibilities

    • Primary point of contact for customer technical queries, technical advice on modification standards, component part numbers, and support equipment.
    • Primary point of contact into Thales for the Project Field Support Engineers (FSEs).
    • Ensure that fault investigation actions are undertaken
    • Address technical concession requests.
    • Provide support to internal and external progress reporting.
    • Provide technical data and analysis on request to support the DRACAS/FRACAS process.
    • Co-ordinate or undertake (as required) technical support activities at Customer/User sites.
    • Identify Technical Publications update requirements, and manage and co-ordinate the closure of unsatisfactory feature reports.
    • Co-ordinate requests for validation and issue of Technical Instructions, and compilation of Technical Instructions.
    • Support/Represent Project Management (as required) at Customer progress reviews and Management Reviews.
    • Attend, support and facilitate Team Meetings.
    • Participate in training development and planning activities as identified.

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    • Technical certificates at National level or above, or recognised military tradesman’s certificates.
    • Strong technical background in military avionics
    • Good knowledge of support equipment
    • CONDO certification may be required
    • Able to work in a team environment
    • Strict focus and attention to detail
    • It should be recognised that the position may require out-of-hours working and/or shift-work as determined by the Projects

    Apply


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  • Senior Project Accountant
    Regular Employment - United Kingdom

    Senior Project Accountant (4LM)
    London
    Permanent
    Full Time
    Managing a team of 5
    Must have experience in large Projects (construction, engineering, infrastucture, manufacturing etc.)

    Reporting to the URS Financial Controller

    ROLE SUMMARY:
    The Senior Project Accountant is a key member of the finance team which in this capacity and in particular for the 4LM project, he/she:
    Leads the project finance team for 4LM in terms of (i) allocation of work and (ii) professional development of the staff
    Manages and controls all financial aspects of the project;
    Seeks continuous improvement of performance and processes, as well as transparency and reliability of data;
    Provides and updates budgetary and forecast revenue of project, as well as project cash outflows;
    Maintains and develops cost control instruments and associated developments of the information system, ensuring their implementation;
    Ensures variances against plan are identified and managed;
    Identifies and analyses issues on the programme, including associated risks, and proposes and follows corrective actions;
    Understands group internal control procedures and advises the departments that apply them and ensures project follows group process;
    Produces and analyses project monthly results and variance explanation;
    Assists in internal and external audit on project;
    Each month, provides an accurate and timely analysis of all order booking, revenues, backlog and cost updating as well as intra-subcontract consolidation to the prime for the projects;
    Revenue management: maintains and operates comprehensive processes and controls to ensure that all attributable revenues are billed and collected when due, captured in the company’s financial system and correctly billed / reported to the specific projects;
    Cost control: maintains and operate comprehensive processes and controls to ensure that all internal and external costs are authorised and captured in the company’s financial system and correctly booked /reported to the specific projects; reviews cost estimates after execution and explain variances; provides a monthly reliable and up to date forecast of expected revenues and cost to complete each project;
    Monitors contingencies and provisions for contractual and financial risks;
    Cash control: estimates monthly cash position and working capital requirements and explains actual variances versus estimates;
    Provides justified reconciliation of the Work in Progress;
    Provides and producing all project related financial data and relevant information;
    Participates in his /her domain in the budgeting and forecasting process;
    Contributes in his/her domain in the implementation of improvement action plans regarding finance, process, internal control and information system;
    Contributes in the production of the monthly project /contract review packs;
    Guarantees the accuracy and completeness of the financial data in the project P&L and that it is up-to-date and clearly analysed;
    Participates in the implementation of a secure level of internal control in conformity with Group requirements and applying the financial procedures;
    Contributes into the reliability of the accounting /cost system, compatibility with the reporting formats and adequacy with the operational business;



    KEY RELATIONSHIPS:
    Other relationships: Project Team, International contact with other Thales Entities for project subcontract cost control, Financial Shared Services (Thales UK).
    Close relationship with all the Finance team and other Department Managers.

    SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:

    Strong project accountant experience;
    Experience of SAP or Oracle or other accounting tools
    Experience of monthly financial reporting against tight deadlines;
    Experience of long-term contract accounting; NEC contracts desirable
    Financial planning, forecasting and budgeting;
    Excellent Excel skills;
    Robust and reliable, capable of implementing controls, changes and new systems;
    Strong hierarchical reporting skills and more generally well developed communication skills;
    Be able to deliver a team environment in a very challenging and changing environment;
    Good IFRS knowledge
    Professionally qualified, ideally CIMA, ACA or ACCA, with minimum 3 years post qualification experience
    Provide analysis and support to Financial Controller for month end, year end, budgets and forecast reporting

    TO BE OUR NEW SENIOR Project Accountant please apply below:
    *LI-GS

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  • Lead Planner
    Regular Employment - United Kingdom

    Lead Planner
    Canary Wharf, London

    The technology and systems expertise offered by Thales’s Transportation team powers safe, reliable and efficient services to rail networks the world over. In the UK, we deliver advanced signalling, supervision and control, integrated communications, security and information systems for urban rail, mainline rail and road networks. And as we continue to grow our business, we need more talent to join us in making our cities better connected.

    We are currently recruiting for an experienced Lead Planner to join our Urban Rail Signalling team, specifically working on World Class Capacity (WCC). The successful candidate will have a good understanding of Primavera, Baseline Management, EVM and Schedule Risk Analysis to work closely with the Project Controls Manager, and grow and lead a team of planners.


    This is a permanent Lead Planner position on the WCC portfolio of projects and is based in our client’s Westferry offices, Canary Wharf.  It is a fantastic opportunity for an established Lead Planner to develop their career further supporting bid and delivery, working very closely with our client, London Underground.

    Duties & Responsibilities

    - Leading the team of Project Planners to maintain, develop & communicate the integrated bid / project plan in the designated planning tool set including all contract deliverable milestones, internal milestones, invoicing and sales milestones
    - Monitor the integrated set of bid / project schedules, costs, and resources in accordance with the company timetable, procedures and working practices and cost structure and Work Break-down Structure.
    - Undertake and coordinate the formal update of bid / project schedules, interdependencies, resource allocations budgets and financial status.
    - Generate the overall critical path across the integrated set of bids / projects and reconcile issues, making recommendations to assist in the recovery of slippage, where applicable
    - Undertake Earned Value calculations, where applicable, to support bid / project performance forecasting.  
    - Analyse resource profiles resulting from the monthly schedule update process and make recommendations to reconcile resource loading anomalies ahead of the Forward Load extraction.
    - Undertake all baseline and change control activities associated with the schedules including regular local archiving of the associated database.
    - Collect and monitor the use of ‘lessons learned’ as part of a continuous improvement culture.
    - Provide effective support to the adoption/transition and implementation of tools.


    Skills & Attributes


    - Excellent technical project planning skills with proficiency in common project planning tool sets (such as Primavera, SAP).
    - Proficient in Earned Value Management techniques
    -A thorough understanding of planning techniques – for example; the application of critical path analysis, work breakdown structures etc…
    - A high level of proficiency in the use of project planning tools and standard business administration software.
    - Commercial awareness that demonstrates useable knowledge of how conditions of contract are applied
    - A track record of excellence in progress Reporting and KPI Production.
    -Strong service delivery ethos and orientation
    - Excellent team leading and motivation skills
    - Effective at operating across functional and departmental boundaries (working in a matrix style organisation)
    - A strong understanding of the need for governance in bid / project management and the ability to uphold governance requirements.
    - Ability to establish and meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritise without the requirement for regular direct supervision.
    - Excellent communication skills to convey planning information to a variety of stakeholders.


    Desirable
    - Knowledge of a range of transportation solutions, including train control, communication and safety systems
    -Experience in a technical environment within the rail industry (signalling a distinct advantage with LU experience preferred)

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  • Project Planner
    Regular Employment - United Kingdom

    Project Planner
    Quadrant House, London

    The technology and systems expertise offered by Thales’s Transportation team powers safe, reliable and efficient services to rail networks the world over. In the UK, we deliver advanced signalling, supervision and control, integrated communications, security and information systems for urban rail, mainline rail and road networks. As we continue to grow our business, we need the best talent to join us and deliver world class solutions.
    Traffic Management has been identified as a key initiative in the current Network Rail Strategic Business Plan. Traffic Management will change the way Network Rail operates and manages the GB rail network using new ways of working and technology. Through this modernisation of the railway, Traffic Management will offer a suite of decision support tools which will enable the network to run more effectively and efficiently by predicting and managing conflicts proactively rather than reactively.
    We are recruiting for a Project Planner with Primavera experience to provide a considerable contribution to our Network Rail Traffic Management project, working closely with our Project Managers and client, Network Rail and taking responsibility for Planning activity of the Rail Operating Centre works across Wales.

    This is a full time, permanent position based in Quadrant House, London.

    Duties & Responsibilities
     
    - Maintain, develop & communicate the integrated project plan in the designated planning toolset including all contract deliverable milestones, internal milestones, invoicing and sales milestones
    - Monitor the integrated set of bid / project schedules, costs, and resources in accordance with the company timetable, procedures and working practices and cost structure and Work Break-down Structure.
    - Undertake and coordinate the formal update of bid / project schedules, interdependencies, resource allocations budgets and financial status.
    - Provide effective planning support to the management of Primavera P6 Programme.
    - Generate the overall critical path across the integrated set of bids / projects and reconcile issues, making recommendations to assist in the recovery of slippage, where applicable.
    - Undertake Earned Value calculations, where applicable, to support bid / project performance forecasting.
    - Analyse resource profiles resulting from the monthly schedule update process and make recommendations to reconcile resource loading anomalies ahead of the Forward Load extraction.
    - Undertake all baseline and change control activities associated with the schedules including regular local archiving of the associated database
    Skills and attributes

    - Excellent technical project planning skills with proficiency in common project planning tool sets (such as Primavera, SAP).
    - Strong service delivery ethos and orientation from an engineering organisation
    - Effective at operating across functional and departmental boundaries (working in a matrix style organisation)
    - A strong understanding of the need for governance in bid / project management and the ability to uphold governance requirements.
    - Ability to establish and meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritise without the requirement for regular direct supervision.
    - Excellent communication skills to convey planning information to a variety of stakeholders
    - Can demonstrate commercial, financial and general business acumen.
    - A track record of excellence in progress Reporting and KPI Production.

    Desirable

    - Knowledge of a range of transportation solutions, including train control, communication and safety systems
    - Experience in a technical environment within the rail industry (signalling a distinct advantage with LU experience preferred
    - Proficient in Earned Value Management techniques
    Previous working experience in Engineering offices and knowledge of document lifecycle
     
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  • Industrial Engineer, Hardware
    Regular Employment - United Kingdom

    Industrial Engineer
    London
    Permanent

    ROLE SUMMARY:

    To provide efficient and cost effective value added Hardware Engineering support to the Bid and Project Teams within GTS.  Support Projects and Bids by executing activities in accordance with the needs of the Projects / Bids and following due process and procedure.

    Provide a design to manufacture and design to cost approach to the business.


    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The main roles and responsibilities for the Industrial Engineer, Components are:

    Convergence of Engineering designs into manufacturable designs or services.  Applying Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) principles throughout the design phase including subcontract manufacturing.
    Generation of specifications to be used for in house production or for procurement from a supplier/suncontractor for non COTS items
    Manage publication of engineering Bills of Materials (BOM) – conversion and control of BPMs in the ERP system.  Creation of production BOM from Engineering BOM
    Ensure required documentation is produced and approved at the appropriate levels and is in accordance with Chorus 2.0
    Review of Engineering Change Notes, concession requests, non conformance reports and generation of data to support reliability engineering activities such as FRACAS (Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System), DRACAS (Data Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System) or validation of FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) Trees.
    Development and maintenance of production and test strategies – working closely with Engineering, Installation, and test & Commissioning to ensure we maximise the utilisation of existing equipment and services wherever feasible
    Conduct design to cost activities to ensure that we utilise the most cost efficient technically fit for purpose solution to increase the competitiveness and efficiency of GTS
    Provide support to Purchasing & Supply Chain on bids and projects
    Coordination of support to Quality including goods in inspection criteria
    Monitoring and improving product costs


    SKILLS:

    Communication and presentation
    Persuasive personality with the ability to communicate at all levels within the business and with external interfaces in order to achieve team and business goals
    Self Starter with well-developed organisational skills
    Experience of production systems (IBS, PDM, DIPS, Chorus )
    Knowledge of Improvement Techniques (e.g. DFMA, Value Engineering, Kaizen, 5S, Lean)
    Experience of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc)
    Understanding of Manufacturing process improvements
    Experience of conducting design to cost and design for manufacture activities

    Education & Qualifications

    Minimum of ONC, however Engineering degree, or equivalent would be desirable
    High standards of numeracy and literacy

    Personality / Behaviours / Values

    Ability to work well within a team and to obtain co-operation within a cross functional project environment
    Displays passion, energy, drive, agility and resilience in achieving work-related goals under difficult circumstances. Enjoys or thrives on developing and performing through teamwork, and promoting improvements and change.
    Ability to interface well and influence effectively at all levels including internally and externally with customers, partners and suppliers
    Business aware with organisation and commercial awareness.
    Displays energy, drive and passion to create and seize opportunities, and the imagination and flexibility to question the accepted.
    Has the ability to work innovatively with sometimes-unclear briefs; a persistent and tenacious high achiever, with the ability to quickly learn new skills and concepts
    Self starter, able to work with little guidance

    TO BE OUR NEW INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER PLEASE APPLY BELOW:
    *LI-GS

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  • Subcontract Manager
    Regular Employment - United Kingdom

    Subcontract Manager
    Permanent
    London

    This is an opportunity for a Subcontract Manager to work for Thales on the 4LM Programme, this is a major programme (£800million+) with London Underground and is the largest Rail Signalling Programme globally. It is a fast paced environment with a lot of opportunity for development. 

    ROLE SUMMARY:

    Management of the subcontract agreement between the project and its selected subcontractor, from placement of the subcontract to the close out of the subcontract agreement including the ownership, management of sourcing/tendering, negotiation of the terms and conditions and the schedules of the contract and placement of the subcontracts.  Overseeing the execution of the subcontract through to final close out.
    Principal Relationships

    Key Responsibilities and tasks

    Placing Subcontract; (1) Manage project’s long term requirements to ensure suitable subcontracts are in place or are being progressed; (2) interpret customer contract terms and conditions to draft subcontract terms and conditions accordingly, working with project team to ensure flowdown terms are in line with Thales Gate 2 approvals and Legal Memos
    Manage Subcontract: (1) Manage subcontract between Thales and subcontractor from placement to close out;  (2) Maintain full visibility of purchase requisitions & orders ;  (3) Manage payment application through to invoice closure (monitoring actual costs against planned/estimates); (4) Document and maintain all contractual records and ensure all contract documents are fully executed by all parties;
    Direct contractual relationship with the Subcontractor, acting as a commercial/contractual point of contact, dealing with all supplier contractual queries, payment applications, requests for extensions of time, requests for increased funds etc
    Process and certify payment applications in accordance with the contracted agreement (i.e. comparing application for payment against work progress, querying extra work claimed, verifying prices against contract, verifying evidence supporting claims, approving payment)
    Manage Subcontract Disputes; (1) managing any disputes, back-charges or claims that Thales may raise on the subcontractor. (2) Liaise with Commercial team to ensure all subcontractor matters that may give rise to a Thales claim upon Customer are identified and communicated early on to optimise Thales commercial advantage
    Performance Review Reporting; Lead ongoing performance review meetings with the subcontractors, monitoring subcontractor’s performance against all obligations, prepare, maintain and forecast 4-weekly costs and commitment report (i.e. review payment status, cross-check against accounting system, provide cash flow forecasts)
    Identify, monitor and implement change to scope of work and those cost implications (i.e. obtaining internal approvals to changes, lead the preparation and negotiation of contract amendments with subcontractor – for changes either instigated by Thales or the subcontractor)
    Identify Risks/Opportunities/Issues/Disputes and Escalate as appropriately with Commercial support
    Monitor subcontractor cost, quality and schedule accomplishments against subcontract requirements (activity/schedule/instructions)
    Provide support to projects and functions; liaise with Purchasing function to feed any lessons learned into future bids and projects
    Provide ad hoc support to bids; liaise with Purchasing function to provide ad hoc support to bids

    Skills

    Negotiation skills
    Pre and Post Contract management skills
    Contract law
    Analytical skills
    Financial evaluation skills
    Meeting coordination and management skills
    Stakeholder management skills



    Experience

    Pre and Post Contract Management activities
    Sub Contractor Management of major subcontracts, high in value (in excess of £5m), high in complexity and high in risk.  Including working with subcontractors who are also competitors on other projects
    Communication and presentation
    Interpersonal at all organisational levels, internal and external
    Relevant purchasing, commodity and category management experience
    Experience of working in a major programme/project environment preferably in the rail industry
    Experience of working in a multi-discipline team environment

    Education & Qualifications

    Subcontract/Quantity Surveying/ CIPS degree or equivalent

    Desirable

    Financial management / Programme management
    Business or Engineering related degree

    TO BE OUR NEW SUBCONTRACT MANAGER PLEASE APPLY BELOW:
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  • Quality Engineer
    Regular Employment - United Kingdom

    Thales teams deliver cutting-edge solutions to armed forces all over the world. 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.

     

     

    Join Thales as a Quality Engineer managing and delivering all aspects of quality management required by Thales to meet the requirements of both internal and external customers. The role offers the opportunity to expand within the Quality organisation and gain experience in design, supplier, manufacturing and purchasing aspects of Quality Management. You will provide a critical role to co-ordinate, manage and report on quality by taking ownership of quality management and analysis of reports to continually improve quality within projects. Through maintaining and establishing effective quality management you will improve the quality of output and measures of non-conformance, promoting good practice that will be shared and implemented throughout the programme and wider Thales Business. 

     

     

    Key Responsibilities

    • Analyse customer quality requirements, defining and setting the quality plans in the bid or project phases

    • Ensure quality assurance activities provide solutions that meet the expectations of the customer and the objectives of risk reduction

    • Approve or ensure the formal approval of the conformity of products

    • Supply data from audits, returns and customer complaints, to ensure risk prevention

    • Contributes to thorough bid and project reviews

    • Manage quality assurance in relation to suppliers

    • Adopt new working methods when necessary and look for sustainable improvement of practices and processes.

     

    Skills, qualifications and experience

    • Experience implementing, analysing and leading development of improved processes, methods and tools

    • A high level of communication skills, you will experience dealing with both technical and non technical people at all levels of the organisation

    • Knowledge of Lean/Sigma principles

    • Member of Chartered Quality Institute would be advantageous

    • Engineering/ business degree or equivalent.

     

     

    How to apply

    To be considered for this role, please click on the apply button.

     

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