Senior Design Engineer | High Speed Weapons


Location: Melbourne

Job Type: Full time


We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. We design the critical security solutions of tomorrow by combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create. Together we solve complicated problems by combining our experience in the market with our leading research and development capabilities.

Why Join Thales?

  • Thales are focused on heavily investing in Research and Development in Australian grown Rocket Motor Technologies

  • Join the exciting, challenging and fast-paced Guided Weapons, Space and Hypersonics capabilities programs established in Thales’ Australian Munitions business, our team is growing – fast!

  • You will thrive in a company that has deep experience in research and development, through to large scale industrial manufacturing – and all the opportunities that will bring.

  • We operate with a collaborative approach with customers, industry partners, suppliers and other key stakeholders.

  • Thales were the first Engineering company in Australia to pay the superannuation guarantee on unpaid primary carer’s leave

    • Primary Carers Leave – 20 weeks with no employment minimum

    • Secondary Carers Leave – 10 weeks with no employment minimum

  • Join a diverse and growing global organisation with a rich history and critical capabilities that support both Defence and commercial customers, we are proud of everything we do as we Build a Future We Can All Trust.

About the Position

The Senior Design engineer will lead a team that contributes to the design, production design, test & evaluation and production management of large rocket motors through the High-Speed Weapons Program.

Working with our customers, partners and sub-contractors you will be given opportunities to position yourself for a role as a future leader through undertaking task, work-package and product management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the program and project teams to understand the context and customer needs

  • Ensure the feasibility of the technical solutions including:

    • the adequacy of the solution in term of architecture and technology maturity with respect to solution requirements

    • the consistency of the technical solution within the business’ strategy

    • the feasibility with respect to cost, schedule, skills, resources and industrial organisation

  • Hold the position as Product Design Authority (when delegated) for relevant products and to discharge the responsibilities in a professional manner

  • Ensure that activities are undertaken in a manner which satisfy the requirements of the contract, the Thales business management systems and all other statutory legal requirements


  • IEAust recognised Chemical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering degree

  • Design development experience on complex systems and an industrialisation environment

  • Experience in the defence, aerospace and manufacturing sectors will be well-regarded


For more information, contact Ben George, Talent Acquisition Business Partner on 0448 702 570

Good to Know

You’ll get an email acknowledgement after you’ve applied, Thales strives to provide a personalised experience for all suitable applicants.

As a Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain an appropriate clearance. To learn more about clearances please visit –

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are applicable and as such, your nationality may be a factor in determining your suitability for this role.

Prior to offer you’ll complete a pre-employment police and medical check. Thales also complies with current public health orders in place and as such you may be requested to provide your COVID-19 vaccination record.

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