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Bid Engineering Delivery Manager: Thales

Manor Royal Business District
Crawley, West Sussex
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Bids Engineering Delivery Manager

Location:  Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9HA

Posted Date:  2024-06-10

Job Id:  R0225929  

Basis: Full time

Category:  Engineering and Technical Management  

Location: Crawley, United Kingdom

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.

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.

Engineering Delivery Manager (Bids)

Are you passionate about Engineering and have an interest in emerging technologies? Do you want to work in an inspirational, highly collaborative team who design solutions that make tomorrow possible, today?

What the role has to offer:

  • Work within a team committed to your growth and development.

  • Help shape the way we deliver our programmes and really influence the future of the Thales Training Simulation (TTS) Engineering function.

  • Exposure of working on a variety of simulations across all specialisms within Thales.

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an Engineering Delivery Manager to join Thales TTS (Training and Simulation) based in Crawley who provide who provide innovative solutions for training and simulations products, together with looking at the diversification into digital market areas using emerging technologies.

As the Delivery Manager you will lead the engineering team to develop and deliver the Training solution in collaboration with our partners, suppliers and the customer/end-user. You will be accountable for all engineering management aspects of the Training Solution ensuring that technical governance is applied throughout the life of the contract. You will take full responsibility for the delivery, management and development of the Engineering Management Plan.  

Day to day you will:

  • Define the Engineering Team WBS and OBS, the engineering lifecycle, the schedule of work and the engineering management plan

  • Direct and lead the team to achieve the project stage reviews and milestones to cost, schedule and acceptable quality

  • Ensure successful Customer Acceptance of the solution.

  • Provide strong technical leadership to ensure the solution is matured such that it will satisfy the requirements and achieve acceptance, accreditation and certification

  • Be Pro-active in project and technical risk and opportunity management.

  • Implement an objective and predictive monitoring regime to enable early identification of issues and risks, and definition of recovery actions to ensure on time acceptable delivery is achieved.

  • Ensure all activities are conducted in a safe manner and that both equipment and personnel safety aspects are properly addressed throughout the Project in line with Legal and Company requirements.

  • Work collaboratively with the wider project team, alliance partner, customer/end-user, functions, suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure the Project Team successfully delivers against commitments to the internal and external customers.

  • Deliver engineering work packages to cost and schedule

About you:

  • Have capability as an Engineering leader, able to drive the establishment of a proactive and dynamic team culture where all team members are encouraged to operate to their full capability. 

  • Experience of complex systems development working across the whole product lifecycle.

  • A sound understanding of System Engineering principles, processes and practices

  • Strong interpersonal soft skills and excellent communication

  • Commercially knowledgeable and astute.

  • Focus on Customers/End-Users

  • Experience of training solution development, integration and acceptance. (desirable)

  • Contract negotiations and dispute resolution (desirable)

Additional Security Information

Due to the sensitive nature of much of the work, all applicants must be eligible for UK MoD Security Clearance (SC level minimum).

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.


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.

If you are interested in this role, we would encourage you to have informal chat with the Talent Acquisition Partner.

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

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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

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Manor Royal Business District
7 Magellan Terrace (Ground Floor)
Gatwick Road
West Sussex
RH10 9PJ

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