8 months ago
Location: Crawley, United Kingdom
Thales people architect 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. 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.
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Primary Purpose of the Role:
The Network Systems Architect is a new position within the flight avionics (FLX) technical team. He/she will report directly to the Head of Technical Solutions and work closely with the civil avionics bid and development teams.
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 network systems 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 and Tasks:
The Network Systems Architect role encompasses to following responsibilities and tasks:
-Support the definition, clarification and communication of the technical requirements 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 and Experience
The ideal candidate should have proven network systems architecture and modelling expertise.
He/she should have knowledge of, and be able to understand, specify, architect, review and document network systems architectures that include the following technologies:
Internet protocol version 4 and version 6 and other associated protocols.
Name and address resolution protocols and techniques.
LAN and WAN routing protocols, including those used in ad-hoc and wireless environments.
Host and network mobility protocols.
Transport layer and middleware protocols
The effects of link performance on the performance of Internet protocols, particularly TCP.
Performance mitigation strategies for low bandwidth, long delay, lossy links or combinations thereof.
Multi-homed and embedded systems with heterogeneous communication technologies
IPS, the aviation variant of IPV6 specified by ICAO 9896
An understanding of OSI protocols such as CLNP, IDRP and X.25 would be advantageous.
Modern, IP capable, communication standards (WiFi, WiMax and LTE are desirable)
Satellite communications bearers, including Inmarsat and Iridium, and their impact on IP communication performance.
Ethernet and its aviation variants such as ARINC 664-pt2 and ARINC 664-pt7, as well as other aviation networking standards such as A429
Experience of system engineering and architecture design, within the networking domain
Specification, architecting and modelling of data networking products and systems
Involvement in all life cycle phases from requirements to integration, test and qualification
Interaction with networking system customers
Good degree level (or similar) in electrical, electronic or communications engineering
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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