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Last updated: 2019-06-19
Valid to: 2019-06-19
Job Role:
Maintenance Repair Operations, Aeronautical Engineer
United Kingdom
Job description
Location: Crawley, United Kingdom

Thales people provide armed forces customers with operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defence mission systems solutions at land, sea, and air. Our platforms extend across the battlespace including Above and Sonar, Electronic Combat, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that's why we offer you the flexibility to do what's important to you; whether that's part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Aeronautical Engineer (Support Services)

Crawley - 50% Travel

UK Eyes Only

Primary Purpose of Role

An exciting engineering opportunity has become available for the role of Aeronautical Engineer (Support Services) within the Thales UK Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) business based predominantly in Crawley. This role is to provide engineering support to the Watchkeeper RPAS platform both in service and assets under Thales control.

Reporting into the Head of Aviation Support Engineering & the Watchkeeper UK Support Programme Manager the successful applicant will hold the role of 'Deputy Head of Aviation Support Engineering (Watchkeeper)' and shall provide leadership, guidance, coaching, supervision and governance to the Watchkeeper support engineering delivery team. The successful candidate shall also deputies for the Head of Aviation Engineering in their absence.

The successful applicant will be responsible for leading a team within a matrix organisation ensuring the on time and on cost deliver of the support engineering deliverables within the contract. This will be for the Watchkeeper RPAS platforms that are allocated to Thales (both operational and storage) and the in-service fleet. Contract deliverables include but are not limited to:

Continuing Airworthiness Management of all Watchkeeper systems assigned to Thales CAMO delivering using the approved systems and processes.
* Generation, reviewing and processing of ALTI's.
* Management and triaging of all TQ's for the whole fleet to ensure timely response.
* DRACAS investigations for the whole fleet to identify root causes and propose corrective/preventive actions
* Engineering Changes to address R&M or DRACAS issues

Ensuring the CAMO remains regulatory compliant and conforms to the CAME and reporting to the customer (DE&S) and regulator (MAA) as required.

The successful applicant will be required to demonstrate strong leadership and build constructive working relationships with the customer community (WKF & MoD TAA/EA), the regulator (MAA), the AMO (U-TACS) and various internal Thales UK teams to ensure a frictionless delivery of all contracted artifacts and the maintenance of continuing airworthiness. They will also be responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the Thales UK MAA approved CAMO organisation in accordance with the CAME.

In addition the successful applicant shall act as the Deputy MIL CAM(Civ) within the Thales CAMO organisation.

Key responsibilities & Accountabilities

The Deputy Head of Aviation Support Engineering is accountable for:
* Effective team leadership to enable the delivery of engineering deliverables for the Watchkeeper Support Contract to cost and schedule
* Day to day planning, management and allocation of the engineering resources required for the engineering support team in cooperation with the functional leads to meet the programme cost and schedule.
* Working with all stake holders (internal and external) in a cooperative manner to ensure on time and cost delivery of all support engineering deliverables.
* Ensuring appropriate inputs into the Programme Manager for the planning and prioritisation of work in the engineering team to support agreed contract deliverables
* Maintaining the integrity, compliance and conformance of the CAMO organisation
* Provision of guidance and advice on CAM-related matters to the Part 145 Organisation, CFAOS, Design Organisations and functional areas and leadership.
* Identifying and developing team skills

The Deputy Head of Aviation Support Engineering shall be responsible to:
* The Watchkeeper UK Support Programme Manager for day to day operational/programme matters related to delivery, costs, project risk/opportunities, progress reporting, etc.
* The Thales UK AM(Caw) as the Deputy MIL CAM (Civ) for Continuing Airworthiness delivery, assurance and maintenance of the CAMO organisation in accordance with the CAME including:
* MRP Part M Sub Part C - Continuing Airworthiness requirements
* MRP Part M Sub Part G - Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization requirements
* MRP Part M Sub Part I - MARC
* The AM(MF) as part of the Thales CFAOS organisation, specifically ensuring that the LOPA barriers assigned to the CAPH and supporting evidence in the ASSC are in place and effective.

Key Performance Indicators
* On time and cost delivery of all support engineering contracted deliverables.
* Availability of platforms for T&E tasking whilst maintaining CA barriers
* Availability of sustainment fleet whilst maintaining CA barriers
* Delivering positive project efficiencies.
* Maintenance of CAMO integrity and accreditation

Experience and Skills
* Proven aeronautical engineering team leader in the area of Initial, Continued and Continuing airworthiness with the ability to understand the detail but also plan strategically.
* Team player with proven man management and leadership experience with good self-awareness
* A determination to beat deadlines, control costs and achieve high quality work product.
* An ability to interface well at all levels within the business, with suppliers, partners and customers
* Significant demonstrable experience in the area of military (or civilian) airborne regulatory compliance, continuing airworthiness and safety in particular related to the MAA/CAA, DAOS/MAOS/CFAOS schemes (or civilian equivalents).
* Knowledge of CAA/MAA regulations related to design, certification, continued airworthiness and operation
* Experience of working with MAA, DE&S, military end users and Industry
* EASA Part 66 License or similar qualification and experience
* Aeronautical engineering experience in military or civilian aviation (Maintenance Supervisor)
* Knowledge of EASA or MAA Part 145 operations
* Knowledge of EASA or MAA Part M operations
* Knowledge of Quality Assurance Management
* Experience as EASA/MAA Part 21 CVE/TVE or Compiler
* Excellent communicator with strong influencing and persuasion skills
* Quick learner - open mind receptive to change
* Ability to facilitate when working with teams
* Self-motivated and willingness to challenge the status quo and improve on the standard
* Ready and willing to respond to a change in direction to keep things moving forward
* Strong disciplined approach to process and attention to detail
* An ability to plan and organise workload to achieve deadlines.
* Excellent decision & problem solving skills
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly in functional and procedural expression
* Good engineering discipline in procedural, documentation and configuration matters.
* A practical, flexible and inclusive attitude, with a genuine desire to improve products and processes through collaboration with others.
* A knowledge of engineering change management and workflow management systems

Education and Qualifications

Minimum BEng/MSc in related engineering/aerospace discipline or equivalent service/aviation related qualification

Relevant recognized qualifications/certification demonstrating the required level of knowledge and competencies in the airworthiness and safety discipline

Aeronautical engineering experience in the relevant field.

Sufficient qualifications, skills and experience to gain Form 4 approval over the next 18 months

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

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