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Senior Market Analyst: Thales

Manor Royal Business District
Crawley, West Sussex
Closing date
14 Feb 2023

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Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Airspace Mobility Solutions, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

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.


Senior Market Analyst

Location: Flexible – Glasgow, Reading or Crawley


Thales UK have an exciting vacancy for a Senior Market Analyst to support our sector strategic marketing directors by providing analysis, specific reports & deliverables that inform and contribute to their market sector activities, focused on the optronics and missile electronics market.

The UK analyst team offers great opportunities for career progression, with clear competencies and development programmes to build your experience and toolset of analysis techniques.  The team is spread geographically across the UK, but we work both individually and collaboratively in the services we provide to the business, and you will have the opportunity to work with other colleagues internationally in support of export activity as well.  There is great variety in the work we do, and the team is recognised in the Group as being at the leading edge of best practice in a number of areas, which is enabled by our operating model of mutual support and challenge.

This role will be responsible for providing analysis and insight of markets and competitors relating to the business winning activity and offer development.  The role is transversal in nature, reflecting the market footprint and requires a broad understanding across the domains of air, land and maritime as well as digital offers.


What the role has to offer:

  • Great variety of work – every day is different

  • Highly supportive team with the opportunity to learn from others

  • Opportunities for career progression

  • Flexibility to work from home 2-3 days per week

  • 37 Hours/Week


Key Responsibilities:

  • The systematic gathering and recording of data about issues relating to marketing products, systems and services to provide the business with relevant, accurate, validated and current information. Includes gathering of primary intelligence through attendance at relevant conferences and industry forums as well as building relationships with Government stakeholders

  • Analysis of data to provide synthesis of key market characteristics & competitor insight, as well as highlighting implications for business strategy

  • Market: Construction of comprehensive forecast models (wide coverage; incorporating formulas to provide additional functionality) to provide insight on market size, profile, geography and timescales. 

  • Competitor: capabilities, product offerings, price to win and price-performance analysis; potential partner organisation identification; providing a synthesis of competitor key marketing messages to Communications to inform our communications strategy.
  • Supporting the UK Strategy & Marketing business intelligence system on a daily basis by screening & uploading news articles, contract notices & events, reports & analyses etc. ensuring that they do not contain any information above ‘Thales Group Internal’ or any classified or company sensitive material.  Responsibilities may also include providing support to the main system administrator, covering:

  • Management of user accounts and groups
  • Management of shared alerts
  • Providing usage reports, as required
  • Liaising with the system provider to maintain information sources and search terms for the web crawling software.
  • Co-ordinating training for users
  • Supporting alignment of system architecture with business requirements & market-facing structure.
  • Supporting the strategic business planning process by providing input on market trends & drivers, market sizing and competitive intensity.


About You:

Skills & Experience:

  • Broad knowledge of the Defence industry.

  • Some experience of lifecycle review process & context in business decision making.

  • Experience of facilitating working sessions and managing debate to deliver a balanced output (e.g., Black Hat reviews).

  • Able to identify & synthesize customer needs from primary and secondary intelligence and highlight implications for Thales’ product positioning.

  • Capability to answer a broad range of questions through comprehensive knowledge of Thales’ key markets and competitors; able to summarise key points and highlight implications for the business.

  • Builds a strong personal network within the business and supplements this through key external contacts to enhance the sharing and codification of market intelligence within the business.

  • Supports Strategy & Marketing Sector leads through strong understanding of competitor positioning and the strengths & weaknesses of Thales’ products to enhance Thales’ product positioning.

  • Highly productive and able to manage workload to tight deadlines.

  • Ability to organise and manipulate data in Excel to analyse markets and construct market models, with assumptions justified and stated clearly.  Some experience of scenario modelling techniques to enhance output.

  • Understanding of company financial data, financial ratios and business case models, including criteria for business case appraisal.

  • Ability to combine secondary desk-based research techniques with primary intelligence gathering at external forums, whilst at the same time adopting an ethical approach to competitive intelligence gathering.

  • Able to articulate and succinctly present findings to a range of internal stakeholders, including business leadership.


Values & Behaviours:

  • Shape Solutions out of Complexity

  • Be Ambitious & Accountable

  • Perform through Cooperation

  • Influence Key Stakeholders

  • Committed to Excellence

  • Agile and Innovative



  • Essential: Degree-level qualification in an analytical subject.

  • Desirable: Degree-level qualification with a business or marketing focus


What We Can Offer

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.


Company Story

The future is full of excitement and change; each new change and technology will create situations no one has had to deal with before or even anticipated and it will happen at an even faster pace than today.


Our 3 priorities throughout the crisis remain constant:

  • To continue to protect all our employees’ health and financial wellbeing.
  • To safeguard the business and continue to deliver for our customers as best we can.
  • And, to ensure that Thales is best placed to recover quickly.


Thales is an equal opportunities employer and diversity, and inclusion are integral to the success of Thales.

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.

Great journeys start here, apply now!


Manor Royal Business District is the biggest business park of the Gatwick Diamond area and one of the south east's premier mixed activity employment hubs.

Enviable location and connections

Situated at the heart of the Gatwick Diamond on the Sussex and Surrey county borders, just two miles from London Gatwick Airport, a major motorway junction (M23 Junctoion 10) and two mainline railway stations (Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges), Manor Royal is a popular choice for a diverse range of occupiers including a host of blue chip global brands.

Manor Royal in numbers

  • One of the biggest business parks in the South East.
  • Covers an area of 539 acres – that’s over 300 football pitches.
  • 700 properties
  • 500 businesses
  • 30,000 people

Manor Royal more than a number

Since the formation of the Manor Royal Business Group (MRBG), an association of Manor Royal based business and firms, being on Manor Royal means being part of something. You’re never just a number.

Manor Royal makes sense

Scale, diversity, location and great connectivity with a property offer to match means Manor Royal based firms are never far away from their suppliers, customers and a talented workforce.

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