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Principal Solution Engineering Manager at Thales Avionics, Inc. (IFE) in Melbourne, Florida

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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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.


When you rely on airlines to connect you in flight, you rely on Thales. In an increasingly fast paced world, we make the unpredictable, predictable by connecting and entertain passengers to make your life better. Combining a diversity of talents, we master the decisive moments that matter to passengers and airlines. Whatever it takes.

We are currently looking for a Principal Solution Engineering Manager to join Thales in Melbourne, Florida. The Principal Solution Engineering Manager (Principal SEM), with minimal supervision of the Program/Project Leader, leads various teams of engineers and technical staff in the development and management of advanced in-flight entertainment systems, aircraft communication systems, and supporting systems. They are accountable for one or more projects of medium to large complexity and/or cost that are of high significance to the enterprise. They are responsible for delivering a quality product/system that meets both technical and customer requirements. The Principal SEM performs project-level scheduling, reporting, and financial tracking. They facilitate progress for the team and ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget, including working across various functional groups to accomplish goals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead multi-discipline project teams in the development and fielding of aircraft entertainment and connectivity products

  • Responsible for leading all engineering activities related to project success

  • Responsible to ensure overall project success including cost, schedule, and technical performance

  • Generate and maintain execution plans, schedules, and supporting budgets for projects

  • Guarantees commitments to the project including satisfaction of stakeholders requirements within constraints provided by the Architect and the Project Design Authority

  • Identifies and staffs projects with the proper skill sets from within the engineering pool needed to ensure Bid / Project / Product delivery

  • Provide the programmatic and technical interface to key subcontractors

  • Optimizes technical work by organizing system engineering reviews and participating to those of lower level solution elements from design to validation and acceptance

  • Tracks competitiveness KPI, performs root cause analysis of problems and conduct associated corrective actions (Performance initiatives) at his/her level

  • Responsible to Design, Develop and Qualify the Solution (DDQ), specifically: o Build the Development Strategy

  • Produce the System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP)

  • Formalize requirements (Sol)

  • Design the solution

  • Develop the solution through preliminary (PDR) and critical (CDR) reviews

  • Support certification and acceptance

  • Other duties as assigned by the employee’s manager. Exercises as a Work package Manager, responsible for scope, budget and schedule of the assigned Work Packages

  • The Principal SEM leads CFRD/SFRD engineering activities including deliveries and new features/capabilities to internal and external customers.

  • Project success results in the advancement of current capabilities and/or delivery to key company initiative or customer(s).

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in field with 8-12+ years of experience or Master’s degree in related engineering discipline, computer science, mathematics, or technology field with 5+ years of experience equivalent working experience with an engineering or science background

  • 5 to 10 years working experience in system deployment and installation design of a project

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in electronic, software, and or mechanical systems/design development

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience leading multi-disciplined engineering teams

  • Experience with financial tracking methods and tools (preferred)

  • High level of proficiency in MS products such as Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Project

  • Is able to use situational leadership skills to work collaboratively and influence key stakeholders

  • Takes decisions in uncertain and ambiguous contexts

  • Able to understand complex situations, create appropriate strategies and simplify them for execution

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience in planning, implementing, and leading engineering programs and projects within a matrix organization.

  • Understanding of software development methods and electrical/mechanical design

  • Networking, SATCOM, and/or communication systems design experience

  • Software and/or Hardware development design experience

Are you ready to be part a part of something big? If your skills, experience and attitude are a match and you’re looking for an exciting challenge, please apply now using the link below and we will be in touch.

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. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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