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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.

About the role

Thales UK have an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to undertake a 12 month fixed term internship within our Systems Engineering Team based in Plymouth, Devon.

This role will be working within Defence Mission Systems (DMS), specifically our Maritime Mission Systems (MMS) business unit; a team dedicated to working on some of the next generation, cutting edge Maritime Autonomous & Remote Systems Team (MMCM)

You will assist and support our experienced IVVQ engineers conducting Maritime Trials and to deliver the subsystem IVVQ strategies and associated acceptance & test plans to ensure successful overall system-level IVVQ

What can we offer you?

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 organization.

On offer is a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes;

  • Performance Related Bonus
  • Half day every Friday, usually finishing around 13:00pm
  • Pension Scheme
  • 28 days annual leave (Plus Bank Holidays)
  • Life Cover
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and access to mental wellbeing app
  • Employee discount shopping schemes on major brands and retailers
  • Gym membership discounts.

About the role

Key responsibilities and tasks

Working on real projects, taking on genuine responsibilities and gaining unique experiences will form the core of your development. The list below is not exhaustive nor will individuals be expected to be able to undertake all of them.

  • Build understanding of the development lifecycle and lifecycle products.
  • Support the writing and execution of Test Specifications.
  • Contribute to the development of test plans and test strategy documents.
  • Execute test specifications (according to test plan and project schedule).
  • Record results of test execution.
  • Raise/investigate/verify defect reports.
  • Maintain quality target/standard.
  • Able to assist in the creation of outline designs from requirements using a variety of design toolsets.
  • Assists in the preparation of system & subsystem requirement specifications, interface requirements and test requirement documents by analysing, decomposing modelling and refining customer requirements.
  • Accurately reports work progress and estimates to complete against work tasks assigned by line manager.
  • Assists in the investigation of problems in the field or with the systems documentation.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of tools relevant to the Systems Engineering function. Assist in the assessment of relevant tools.

About you



  • You will be studying for a degree in a relevant engineering discipline.i.e. electronic engineering, computer science, systems engineering etc.
  • A passion for Engineering, Hardware or Software and in particular Integration, Validation, Verification & Qualification (IVVQ).
  • A desire to learn about the Systems Engineering Lifecycle.
  • An ability to understand complex systems.
  • A methodical and structured approach to problem investigation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • An ability to work as a key member of the team.
  • A desire to take responsibility for your professional development.
  • Knowledge of electrical / electronic engineering and/or knowledge of electro-mechanical systems.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite for producing, modifying or reviewing technical documents, reports, plans and spread sheets.
  • Basic planning


  • Must be able to obtain Baseline Security Clearances, then full Security Cleared.

Full UK Driving License advantageous

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.

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