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Configuration Manager: Thales

Manor Royal Business District
Crawley, West Sussex
Closing date
19 Dec 2022
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Configuration Manager

Location: Crawley, United Kingdom


Thales people provide armed forces customers with operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defence mission systems solutions at land, sea, and air. Our platforms extend across the battlespace including Above and Sonar, Electronic Combat, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems.

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.


Configuration Manager


Are you an inquisitive individual that has a passion for configuration and integration? Do you have an interest in System Engineering? Are you looking for your next challenge with the opportunity to work within a highly regarded team that will support with your learning and development? Then look no further.

Key responsibilities:

Perform CM planning for new and existing projects, defining an effective tailored CM Implementation.

Support the identification of contract/subcontract requirements to ensure effective CM performance of partners and suppliers

Create, maintain and implement the CM Plan in accordance with policies and contractual/tender requirements

Specify, maintain and ensure compliance of CM Contractor and Supplier requirements.

Audit & Assess Contractors and Suppliers to ensure CM processes, systems and deliverables meet requirements.

Ensure the correct definition of the product and its defining data.

Participate in the design / stage reviews (PDR, CDR…).

Responsible for the establishment & maintenance of configuration baselines (FBL, ABL, PBL)

Participate in the selection of configuration items and subsequent product breakdown structures and Bills of Materials.

Establish and maintain the configuration change management system, including internal and external CCBs and performs the Configuration Control Board (CCB) Secretary role.

Co-ordinate and control the configuration change process for design change including item change, document change, deviations and waivers, concessions and trail modifications.

Ensure design change is traceable throughout design and implementation.

Establish, maintain and release the CSAR used to describe the configuration management phases and milestone achievement to track design evolution and implementation.

Capture, verify and control ‘as built’, ‘as installed’, ‘as tested’ and ‘as maintained’ configuration information.

Plan and conduct configuration verifications and configuration audits (PCA & FCA).

Support a pro-active, 'can-do' attitude within the function and encourage innovative thinking.

Perform CM team task delegation within the team.

Provide feedback on the efficiency and effectiveness of the development environment.

Report on CM Key Performance Indicators.

Support the generation of estimates.

Ensure a flow of information downwards of the main issues being addressed by Engineering.

Skills and experience:

Previous Experience with configuration management in either defence, engineering organisations or experience in delivery of MOD projects

Experience in working to standards such as DEF Stan 00-057 or similar is highly desirable

This role will require full SC clearance, either current or ability to gain full clearance is essential


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