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Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Thales people architect and deliver satellite-based systems that help position, connect and observe our planet, and push the boundaries of our understanding of planet's resources. Our systems are in orbit at 400 km, 20000 km, 36000 km and beyond to the edges of the solar system.

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.

You'll lead the development and delivery of thermal systems and subsystems for space projects at Thales Alenia Space UK. This will involve the design and analysis of the thermal architecture for equipment, systems, and ground support equipment, including development planning; de-risking; sizing and design; test hardware design; verification & testing.

We'll also look to you to coach and train less-experienced colleagues in thermal systems engineering, and help develop our overall thermal capability in order to support our ambitions to lead programmes as the prime contractor.

Day to day your role will involve:

  • Delivering spacecraft thermal systems and subsystems design and analysis to meet our customers' needs
  • Leading thermal elements of systems architecture at equipment, subsystem, and spacecraft system level, from concept through to delivery
  • Coordinating mechanical, thermal, and CAD teams
  • Managing and evolving requirements through the development cycle, and architecture justification
  • Forecasting, costing, and scheduling project activities
  • Delivering review datapacks


What we're looking for from you:

  • Experience in thermal systems engineering including design and analysis (ideally using ESATAN-TMS or similar)
  • Experience in space industry
  • Ideally some experience with or knowledge of manufacturing techniques for prototyping and production


What kind of person will succeed in this role?

We're looking for you to be a strong communicator and collaborator as you'll be working alongside various other engineering teams. You'll need to be comfortable multitasking as we're often delivering multiple projects at once, varying in size and complexity. Ultimately we're looking for someone who is keen to join us in our growth journey as we increase in size and capability to deliver ever more exciting and complex programmes.

Location & flexible working:

You can be based at either one of our main sites: Harwell (Oxfordshire), or Bristol. We'd expect you to be on-site a minimum of 2-3 days a week.

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.

At Thales 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.

Thales UK is 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. To request an adjustment, if you need this job advert in an alternative format or if you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Resourcing Ops for mid to senior roles, or the Early Careers Team for graduate and apprentice roles.

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