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Job Ref:  R0011017
Employer:  Thales Group
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United Kingdom
City:  Crawley
Post Code:  RH10
11/10/2016 22:02
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 Communications System Architect is a new position within the flight avionics (FLX) technical team and reporting directly to the Head of Technical Solutions.
The FLX technical team coordinates an increasing number of exciting opportunities for civil avionics communication systems and studies for both existing FLX products and entirely new system concepts.

These range from our existing Inmarsat L-band Satcom products to new, pioneering systems covering all potential communications from aircraft with an increased emphasis on security requirements. The communications system architect will work with the research and development teams that provide the technologies and products for our future systems and also support our bid teams producing technical proposals that include these systems.

Key Responsibilities:

The Communications System Architect role encompasses to following responsibilities and tasks:
  • Support the definition, clarification and communication of the technical requirements and research topics of new products and bids, including use cases
  • Lead the definition of system architectures and potential solutions for these products and bids, and liaising with appropriate subject matter experts
  • Lead communicating the system architectures and solutions with our research and development teams, and with other stakeholders, including project managers and senior management
  • Support Product Line Design Authorities and Product Line Managers on architectural aspects for consistency with our product line strategy
  • Support the generation of engineering estimates, both recurring and non-recurring cost, internal to Thales and within the supply chain
  • Support the production of the technical proposals in conjunction with appropriate subject matter experts
  • Support communication with potential customers, internal and external, to understand their requirements and present our technical proposals
Skills, Qualifications and Experience:
  • Working experience of system engineering and architecture design, within the communications domain
  • Previous experience of specification, architecture and modelling of communication products and systems
  • Involvement in all life cycle phases from requirements to integration, test and qualification
  • An appreciation of civil avionics engineering and standards is desirable, including: RTCA DO-160, DO-254 & D0-178B Design Assurance Levels, Avionics Qualification and Certification & Security assessment
  • Previous knowledge of, and be able to understand, specify, architect, review and document communication systems architectures that include the following technologies:
  • RF system components, including antennas, filters, amplifiers, frequency translation
  • Wide bandwidth and wide dynamic range ADC & DAC devices
  • Modern digital modem techniques, including decoders and equalisers
  • Modern communication standards (WiFi, WiMax and LTE are desirable)
  • Satellite communications, including Inmarsat and Iridium
  • Modern Internet Protocols routing & standards
  • Modern GPP and DSP processors, including multi-core devices
  • FPGAs and VHDL
  • Operating systems, BSPs, hypervisors, etc
  • The candidate should be comfortable communicating with a wide range of stakeholders, including: customers, suppliers and technology partners, internal subject matter experts and senior management, which will involve occasional international travel

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