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Configuration Manager

ID de la oferta R0078425 Fecha de publicación Nov. 06, 2019 Lieu: Crawley, Inglaterra, United Kingdom
Full time, Regular Employee
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.

The Configuration Manager shall ensure the consistent application of the principles of configuration Management, as defined by Chorus 2.0, across the project and/or product, from bid through to the in-service support and disposal phase.  In particular the Configuration Manager shall ensure:

  • Performance of project CM Planning and production of the CM Plan
  • Implementation of the planned CM system and the establishment of key reference baselines
  • Identification of risks to projects and their mitigation
  • Identification, definition and deployment of process improvements within projects, the business and the promotion of improvements to UK / Group

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Performs CM planning for new and existing projects, defining an effective tailored CM Implementation
  • Supports the identification of contract/subcontract requirements to ensure effective CM performance of partners and suppliers
  • Creates, maintains and implements the CM Plan in accordance with Chorus 2.0 and contractual/tender requirements
  • Establishes, maintains and manages a CM effort estimate
  • Deploys and ensures correct usage of the CM tools
  • Specifies, maintains and ensures compliance of CM Contractor and Supplier requirements
  • Audits & Assesses Contractors and Suppliers to ensure CM processes, systems and deliverables meet requirements
  • Ensuring the correct definition of the product and it's defining data
  • Participates in the design / stage reviews (PDR, CDR…)
  • Responsible for the establishment & maintenance of configuration baselines (FBL, ABL, PBL)
  • Participates in the selection of configuration items and subsequent product breakdown structures and Bills of Materials.
  • Establishes and maintains the configuration change management system, including internal and external CCBs and performs the Configuration Control Board (CCB) Secretary role
  • Co-ordinates and controls the configuration change process for design change including item change, document change, deviations and waivers, concessions and trail modifications
  • Ensures design change is traceable throughout design and implementation
  • Establishes, maintains and releases the CSAR used to describe the configuration management phases and milestone achievement to track design evolution and implementation
  • Captures, verifies and controls ‘as built’, ‘as installed’, ‘as tested’ and ‘as maintained’ configuration information
  • Plans and conducts configuration verifications and configuration audits (PCA & FCA)
  • Provides support to the Organisation Configuration Manager to identify, develop and deploy improvements to the CM Process
  • Performs CM team task delegation and performance management (if applicable)


  • Experience of working and implementing Configuration Management within a Defence and/or Commercial environment, including the alignment to the appropriate standards (in particular Def Stan 05-57 and EIA-649)
  • Track record of delivering effective Configuration Management for large projects, across the complete product lifecycle (concept through to support) within a complex business environment
  • Experience of both System / Hardware and Software Configuration Management processes
  • Knowledge of the System/Product Lifecycles (for System, Application, HW, SW, FW)
  • Experience of Product Lifecycle Management tools
  • Experience of Software Configuration Management (Version and Change Control)
  • Experience of Data and Document tools
  • Experience of Teamcenter or PALMA is desirable but not essential

Personality and Behaviours

  • Attention to detail and reviewing skills
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Concise verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Team player (working closely with Customers, Thales stakeholders and partners/suppliers)
  • Ability to analyse and combine data from various sources and to comment / report on them
  • Able to generate or initiate innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Prepared to go the extra mile when complex tasks need to be completed quickly

Additional Information

  • Conformance required with appropriate quality standards, plans and procedures.

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 65,000 employees in 56 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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