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Thales

For more than a century, Thales has exploited technology for the nation’s benefit, developing world-leading capabilities that help our customers think smarter and act faster.

We’re a global business with over 7,000 people in the UK, working across every country of the Union. For many years, Thales has contributed to the security and stability of this nation by providing extraordinary technology to our customers in Government and industry. Operating across aerospace, defence, digital security, transport and space, we help keep the nation safe and secure while contributing £1.6bn in economic value each year.

But with such scale comes responsibility. To achieve sustainable growth we must take a holistic approach to our business and create value beyond our bottom line; we need to consider the wider impact of our activities for our customers, employees and communities.

Why choose us?

At Thales, we work in diverse sectors generating exciting and creative solutions for our customers. We believe the best way we can serve our people as well as our customers is to ensure that we continuously work to build an environment in which you and all your colleagues feel respected for who you are and the value that your individuality brings to the organisation. Collectively, Thales people make the company and its culture what it is and we all deserve to feel that we belong and can be at our best.

We are striving to create a workplace in which you can authentically Be You, With Us. This requires on-going, deliberate attention from all of us and is something you'll have the opportunity to help shape as we share much more about this in the months and years ahead.

As a business we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process. We will provide reasonable adjustments and support to ensure neuro-diverse applicants or those with a disability or long-term condition can be their best during the recruitment process

We’re committed to giving you opportunities to be your best. We believe in embracing the passion and potential of our people, and to achieve this we offer market leading training, development and experiences, along with the opportunity to be mentored and coached by some of the smartest minds in the industry. We hire from within as our first priority, so you’ll have a myriad of opportunities within our diverse, global organisation.

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Our values 

Customer trust

To succeed, we must work as partners with our customers, listening to them, anticipating their needs and finding solutions together. By delivering on our promises and providing state-of-the-art solutions and top-quality service, we ensure the long-term satisfaction of our customers.

One Team, One Thales

We share responsibilities in a culture of loyalty, partnership and transparency. We encourage solidarity and cooperation at every level of the organisation. We are all on the same team and united in our actions.

Developing our people

 Supporting the professional development of each employee is fundamental. We respect diversity and promote knowledge-sharing. We encourage dialogue. And we promote collective achievements as well as individual talents.

Accountable and committed to excellence

We strive to achieve excellence by acting with integrity, loyalty, accountability and professionalism in everything we do.

Agile and innovative

 We aim to continually improve quality and work more efficiently. This means being ready to take risks, always demonstrating leadership, deciding quickly and acting on our decisions immediately. We strive to build on new ideas to achieve a competitive advantage.

Delivering social value to the UK

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Living net zero

We’ve set ourselves ambitious targets to minimise our environmental impact. We are committed to achieving net zero in our UK operations by 2030, incorporating eco-design principles into all new products by 2023 and identifying new ways to apply our technologies for broader environmental and societal benefit.

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Making a contribution across the UK

We will harness our geographic reach to support the needs of our local communities and add economic value across all four nations of the United Kingdom. Our supply chain partners play an important role here too and as a leading sponsor of the SC21 programme, we are working with our suppliers to help them on their journey of continuous improvement. For small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), we have implemented policies which are designed to increase external expenditure across tier 1 and 2 suppliers to 25%.

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Supporting cohesion and inclusivity in our local communities

This pillar outlines our employee-led activity and is underpinned by our volunteering policy. Through this, we have access to over 160,000 hours of employee-delivered volunteering each year. We will work with partners, including the Prince’s Trust, to establish programmes that support people from disadvantaged backgrounds and we target 13% of all hires each year to be from under represented groups. We also provide our employees with access to 33,000 days of upskilling, including personal and professional development, digital learning, formal training and knowledge transfer programmes.

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Promoting digital citizenship

Digital citizenship is essential in today’s society. Put simply, it’s the ability to access digital technology safely and responsibly. We are working hard to increase awareness and to support vulnerable groups in society, with a particular focus on STEM activity to encourage people into careers in Cyber Security and Space. Each year we target 10% of all hires to be apprentices and graduates. The number of STEM classes delivered, and the support provided to further education institutions is increasing, thanks to our volunteering policy. We are also equipping our customers with technology that will help increase digital resilience for society in an increasingly interconnected world.

Read the full 2022 report here.

Diverse and inclusive workforce

We all deserve to feel that we belong and can be at our best, so it is our mission to create an inclusive workplace that promotes equality and values diversity. Regardless of age, ability, gender identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs we want our people to have the freedom and opportunity to be their authentic selves with us. We will not tolerate conduct that compromises people’s position in the organisation including but not limited to; direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Lynne Watson | Thales Group

“Diversity and inclusion is about creating an environment where we can all be valued for the qualities that we bring to an organisation, regardless of who we are. Being inclusive requires us all to be open minded to the world around us and, in doing so, enables greater innovation. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is going to be high on the agenda for us going forward. In order to really progress we need to take action at every level. As a company we have developed our EDI strategy, we have incorporated EDI into the performance measures of our leaders and we will implement the EDI policy standards rigorously."

Lynne Watson, VP Human Resources, Thales UK

Alex Cresswell, CEO & Chairman Thales UK

“At Thales in the UK, we believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is more collaborative, innovative and better at solving our customers’ complex problems. Our aspiration is to provide a genuinely respectful and inclusive environment for all of our employees that embraces differences and allows everyone to be their best and authentic self.”

Alex Cresswell, CEO & Chairman Thales UK

Patrice Caine | Thales Group

"Diversity & Inclusion will help us foster innovation and creativity through a greater variety of approaches, perspectives and ideas."

Patrice CAINE, Chairman and CEO, Thales

As a leader in aerospace, space, defence, security and transportation, the Group employs some of the most highly skilled people across the globe. Our employees work in a dynamic, collaborative and inclusive work environment to deliver innovations that make tomorrow possible today.

The collective intelligence and creativity of 80,000 people in 68 different countries who are passionate about what they do, their jobs, the technology, and who push themselves every day to reach the level of performance that Thales expects, these are our most precious resources.

We are committed to our employees and therefore provide initiatives that deliver professional development opportunities, meaningful missions and programmes, teamwork and a multicultural environment to bring out the best in everyone.

Diversity is getting the mix right…and inclusion is making the mix work.

Our commitments

1. Talent pipeline, recruitment and development.

Increasing diverse representation at Thales through inclusive attraction, recruitment and development, and we take steps to ensure employment decisions are objective and unbiased.

2. Listening and representation.

Building a deeper and clearer understanding of our people by gathering diversity data and insights from employees through conversation channels and representative groups.

3. Education and awareness.

Providing employees with opportunities to increase their individual understanding and awareness of EDI and the impact each of us has on culture and inclusion.

4. Policy, process and enablement.

Updating and reviewing our people-centred policies and guidance, and implementing robust procedures to address bias and unacceptable behaviour.

5. Culture and climate.

Embedding EDI in all business activities and decision making through effective leadership, communication and business practices.

6. Benchmarking and striving for excellence.

Setting clear goals for continuous improvement and striving for excellence in all areas through collaboration with specialist organisations. Assessing the effectiveness of our interventions and continuously reviewing and updating these goals to be both achievable and aspirational.

Benefits at Thales

List of all the benefits that Thales are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • We have a number of Employee Network Groups such as: Thales UK LGBT+ Network, Neurodiversity Network, REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage) Network, Disability Network
  • We offer Mentoring to all our permanent employees
  • As a business we are focussed on providing a supportive environment that helps individuals to prioritise their mental health and well – being. We do this by providing mechanisms such as the ‘unmind app’ and the employee assistance programme
  • 24 hours for Volunteering hours are provided to all employees to give something back to the community in which we live
  • We offer Health Insurance to all employees. (The level does vary dependant on Salary banding)
  • Within Manufacturing and shift rotations we work a 4 day week with means we can offer a 3 day weekend
  • In the majority of our business areas (with the exception of manufacturing) we work a 37 hour week and have a short day on a Friday working only 5 hours, which means an early finish and time back for you to spend how you choose

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