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Project Design Authority

Toronto, ON
Full Time
6 days ago
Location: Toronto, Canada

Thales people architect solutions that support 85 million mainline and suburban passenger journeys, worldwide, every day. Our Rail Signalling and Communication systems are used on metro lines across major cities, and 72,000 kms of route, 52,000 trains per day in 16 countries are controlled by our Traffic Management Systems. Together We deployed the first-ever nationwide ticketing system which processes over 50 million ticketing transactions in 100 cities daily.

Thales provides world-leading Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) and interlocking for mass rail transit applications globally. The Centre of Competence for Urban Rail Signalling is located right before you at mid-town Toronto. As the largest office in Canada, we house a department for every step of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)! This includes Software, Hardware, Systems Design, Verification & Validation, Operations, etc. The supporting corporate shared services teams in Finance, Human Resources and IT is also located at the office. Our office space was designed to provide a sustainable, healthy workplace that expresses TRSS's brand while increasing collaboration. Features include Greenguard furniture, EnergyStar appliances, low-emitting adhesives, sealants, and sliding glass doors on internal offices provide daylight and views to the outside. Come join the big Transport family, here in Toronto!

Join Thales as a Project Design Authority (PDA) and support our Transport business as we bid for and deliver world class engineering programs. Our teams write sophisticated software that controls driver-less subway trains in real-time. Our driver-less train control software is deployed in cities around the world, including London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto and Vancouver and is key to keeping these cities and the people within them moving.

As the Project Design Authority you will be responsible for technical Solution Compliance for either a Bid, Project or Product Development. The primary objective of the role is to define the Solution to achieve full compliance within the budget and schedule constraints of the project. You will review and assess technical issues across rail solutions on systems in revenue and in development, working closely with Systems design and Software development teams internally at Thales and liaising extensively with the customer acting as the technical expert.

If you have a passion for innovation and are interested in joining a dynamic, fast-paced team, Thales is the organization for you.

  • The primary technical leader of the bid or project team
  • Acts as lead technical interface with the Customer (or PLM for a Product) as regards Solution architecture, design and performance
  • Anticipates and/or analyses the customer needs/requirements and defines the initial needs baseline
  • Ensures the solution compliance with Product Policy, contractual requirements (including offsets) and applicable legislation & regulations (i.e. export restrictions, Environmental/HSE, safety, security)
  • Checks that the Engineering Environment (process, practices and tools) for the Solution is consistent with Country/Company requirements, and overall Solution cost, technical risks & schedule
  • Reviews together with the Solutions Engineering Manager the technical risks and opportunities and the related mitigation plans throughout the bid or project
  • Prepares and signs the Design Validation (DVa) document at each relevant validation step of the Bid and/or the Project
  • Approves the technical specification and source selection of subsystems/products to be outsourced taking into account Make Team Buy policy, export restrictions and offset requirements
  • Approves the Design & Justification File (D&JF) prepared by the Solution Architect (ARC)
  • Reviews and approves the completion of the integration, verification, validation and qualification results
  • Oversees the acceptance of the Solution by the customer
  • Organizes when appropriate technical meetings and peer reviews together with the Architect (ARC) and the SEM and other stakeholders in order to perform the solution technical assessment and validation
  • Takes into account the remarks from the DA as regards the validity of the Solution and the risk assessment and mitigation. Reports regularly to the DA on technical status and on technical risks

Skills and Experience:
  • 5-10 years relevant experience in development of software-based System applications
  • 3-5 years relevant experience leading multidisciplinary engineering teams
  • Involved in the delivery of more than 1 signaling/Communication based Train control project in some capacity including experience in System Design, System Integration, and System Acceptance
  • Proven customer communication / technical Management skills
  • Automated train control systems domain knowledge & knowledge of modern software engineering practices, methods and tools
  • Good marketing and presentation skills. Ability to sell/defend product to customers with differing levels of knowledge about automated systems
  • System Engineering expertise and understanding of the engineering life cycle

Thales is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Thales is committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the interview process. Applicants selected for an interview who require accommodation are asked to advise accordingly upon the invitation for an interview. We will work with you to meet your needs. All accommodation information provided will be treated as confidential and used only for the purpose of providing an accessible candidate experience.
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