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Software Engineering Manager

Thales UK - Manchester

Full-time (Permanent)
Published on
28 October 2022
11 November 2022

Software Engineering Manager (Cheadle, UK Flexible)

Flexible UK Location, we support remote working

The Thales UK Engineering function is going through an exciting period of change and growth. Thales UK are driven to developing innovative “bleeding edge” quality driven software solutions that addresses our customers’ needs and exceeds their expectations.  Come and join our growing “best-in-class” Software Engineering Community!

Role Summary

Working within an Agile environment you will take a key role within the business as a Software Engineering Manager. You will be responsible for providing leadership to the Software team with particular reference to deploying a structured approach to the required engineering activities, the development of efficient ways of working, including individual and team development

The successful candidate will report directly to the UK Software Engineering Director to define, support and/or commence execution of software engineering management activities on a range of projects in various phases of the life-cycle. Some projects will be in need of external help and expertise to maintain/regain schedule/technical baseline, You will take a lead role in this.

In addition to leading software engineering activities, the role shall also participate in (and in some cases) lead tiger team reviews in support of bids and projects and therefore must be able to balance the demands of SW excellence (Craftsmanship) with strong practical engineering delivery ability.

Thales is a great place to work so diversity, integrity and a passion for what we do are very important drivers for us. Whether you’ve been a Software Engineering Manager for many years or have had some recent management experience in your last role that you would like to build on, we would love to hear from you.

In return we want to enable you to be your best so whether that involves flexible and remote working arrangements to suit you, continued learning and development or excellent career growth opportunities. A productive member of the team is a happy member of the team and we make a great effort to support our staff’s well-being and mental health in everything we do.


  • Working collaboratively within and across various teams, often in a complex matrixed and multi-stakeholder environment.

  • Defining and managing the software engineering activities at various levels of projects including identifying the people and skills needed to ensure delivery and for driving delivery through appropriate governance.

  • Production and maintenance of management plans such as Software Engineering Management Plan (SMP).

  • Developing and maintaining customer/stakeholder relations both inside and outside of the organization and will be required to actively seek information to understand customer/stakeholder circumstances, problems, expectations and needs.

  • Define the software development cycle, and define the process, practices and tools applicable to the product based on project specific constraints (e.g. tools imposed by the Customer).

  • Required to ensure global consistency of the engineering process, practices and tools, organise the co-engineering and potentially approve lower level solution elements’ or components’

About you 

  • Team player with a sharp intellect, challenging approach and a “can do attitude”.

  • Significant experience in execution of the full software engineering lifecycle (both traditional and agile) – including operational deployment knowledge with modern development practices and tools .

  • Experience of multi-stakeholder change management activities in a complex environment

  • Experience of delivering software in the context of system level and system of systems programmes

  • An understanding of the exploitation of Architectural modelling techniques.

  • Able to influence a wide range of people to get things done – needs to be highly effective in a matrix based organisation – encourages an open environment where information and ideas are shared and innovative thinking is stimulated


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.

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. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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