Senior System Engineer Flight Avionics

Thales USA, Inc.
Arlington, VA
Nov 19, 2020
Dec 01, 2020
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Location: Arlington, United States of AmericaThales 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 worlds 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.TOGETHER WE MAKE THE BIG AMBITIONS OF TOMORROW HAPPEN TODAYKnowing what Thales does today, means asking where technology is taking us tomorrow. We are creating the waves of digital transformation that will cary our customers into the future. Where these transformations intersect and interfere is where the most interesting and innovative tomorrows are being built. Thales operates at the intersection of these technologies to find every tomorrow.We are currently looking for aSenior Systems Engineerto join Thales Flight Avionics team to be located in Arlington, VA or other Thales site throughout the US. This team is responsible for the growth of the defense and civil business in the USA for both fixed wing and rotorcraft markets, including pre-bid phase, RFXs response, the design of the solution and the integration and certification of the system in the aircraft.Initially assuming technical support of the business development team and leveraging the expertise of Thales center of competence in France, the Senior System Engineer will be responsible for the technical system/components solutions proposed to various customers. The candidate will follow the conception and the evolution of avionics equipment/systems offered by Thales. He/She will also be involved in bids including the response to requests for proposal, and will participate in the design & the validation of the proposed solution. Finally, the candidate will be a key element in the development of new customers /markets and help to grow Thales activities in the USA. This role will involve several interactions with customers and will have a direct impact on customer satisfaction and business growth.Transitioning to the project development phase, the candidate will be responsible for system-engineering activities from the definition of Incremental Modular Avionics system architectures, including the navigation & mission systems. The incumbent will remain actively involved throughout the entire development cycle from the conception, the validation and verification, up to the certification or final delivery of the system or subsystem components. The candidate will also be responsible for providing direction, coordination, and control on assigned systems projects, including management of specific work packages for quality, scope, and schedule in accordance with established systems engineering process (ie traditional Project Engineering activities).This position requires detailed knowledge of avionics design activities along with excellent project and team management skills. Ultimately, the goal is to develop an autonomous avionics engineering team in the USA.Key Responsibilities:Design system architectures and innovative solutions that meet customer requirements, in response to requests for proposals and during the development programs;Specify the system level functionality for equipment and perform the analysis necessary to validate the designs;Ensure standardization and solutions reuse in the framework defined by Thales technical strategy;Plan and prepare estimates for engineering activities;Represent Thales in specific technical working groups and influence final design to position Thales and increase its chances to win;Define the system development cycle, tailor the system engineering process, practices and tools;Optimize technical work against schedule, risks and opportunities;Perform coordination with suppliers and overview suppliers work for the design and changes to electronic equipment;Ensure development activities are meeting the customers technical and performance requirements;Ensure the equipment and systems developed by Thales and its suppliers meet the certification authorities requirements and prepare reports to demonstrate it (DO-254, DO178, ARP4754a and FACE & other MIL-STD);Be an active part in the new business development activities of Thales and help develop new markets;Coordination with Future Vertical Lift business capture teams to ensure timely response with USG, key partners, and other stakeholders;Responsible as the US based focal point for MBSE topics specific to the Future Vertical Lift program mission equipment requirements and proposed Thales solutions;Define MBSE related infrastructure requirements and capital investments for Thales business entities;Perform training to Thales affiliates on MBSE concepts, principles and execution & communicate MBSE requirements with other Thales entities;Coordinate with other Thales Group systems engineering resources to communicate the objectives and requirements of US based programs to ensure all Group resources are capabilities are fully exploited;Disassociate US Government defined system requirements and performance objectives into an ambiguous (non-export controlled) formats and contexts that permit the participation of Non-US technical resources.Skills and Experience:Must currently hold, and be able to maintain, an active US Secret Clearance Bachelor degree in Engineering or related fieldA minimum of 10+ years of system engineering experience is required10+ years of experience working in avionics systems engineering, open systems architectures, model based systems engineering methods, and knowledge of MBSE tools and languages (SysML, AADL, MagicDraw/Cameo, etc.)Familiarity with avionics systems regulatory and certification requirements such as TSO, DO-297,DO-160, DO-254, DO-178B/C, ARP4754, FACE & other MIL-STDStrong expertise in defining system level design and creating the system, subsystemExperience in the design and certification of Avionics / Incremental Modular Avionics / electrical embedded equipment and systemsExperience in planning and the activities of a small engineering teamExcellent oral and written communication skills (able to write reports and to communicate effectively)Ability to interact effectively with customers and suppliersAbility to develop innovative solutions for complex problemsPrevious work package management experience is an assetExperience with Automatic code design and generation experience (Scade Suite) is an assetKnowledge of OpenGL SC2.0, A429, and Ethernet is an assetAbility to pass different state background checks depending on the customer requirementMust be able to travel up to 40% of the time, domestically and internationallyPreferred Skills and Experience:Detailed systems knowledge is highly preferred in the following domains: Cockpit Display, Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA), FMS, GPS, AFCS, Mission Computers, Helmet Mounted Display, Air Data, Cockpit Audio, Tactical Datalink, FANS, Radio Altimeters, Synthetic Vision Systems, TAWS, TCAS/Transponders, VHF Comm, VHF Nav, weapon system; etc.Rotorcraft Systems Engineering

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