Maintenance Manager – Defence Aviation systems


Location: Nowra Hill

Job Type: Full time


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Located south of Sydney at HMAS Albatross within the Helicopter Aircrew Training School (HATS) in Nowra, New South Wales, Australia. You will be joining a team of simulation professionals, backed up by a world leading Training and Simulation business in Thales. This team is embedded within a diverse customer environment and is critical in the successful execution of the unit mission statement – preparing helicopter aircrew for combat

About Your Role:

This role provides management and oversight for the maintenance of the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) at HATS, which consists of 3x Flight Simulators (EC135), 2x Virtual Reality Trainers, 2x Tactical Part Task Trainers, 2x DeskTop Trainers, 1 Marshalling Virtual Reality Trainer and the school’s internal ICT system.

This role is critical to the success of the Thales HATS project and is part of the Thales leadership team contributing to the strategic objectives for the Thales project team and the wider AVS organisation.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The position will involve direct engagement with our prime customer Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), and the end-user being members of the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army, as well as other administration staff within the training school.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Managing & leading the overall operation & maintenance activities for Simulation & Systems to maintain the performance requirements of the Thales contract

  • Mentor & lead teams to drive performance & maintain & foster a high safety culture

  • Report development & tracking

  • Manage & foster a high commitment to quality systems & processes

  • Communicate & work with key subcontractors & our customers to raise & resolve complex technical issues with the STE devices

Essential Qualifications and Skills;

  • Qualification in avionics, electronics, computer/IT or similar

  • Experience as a supervisor or leader in a high-touch work environment

Highly Desirable Qualifications and Skills;

  • Experience in simulation, aviation or other advanced tech environments

  • Previous experience in Defence projects

  • Security Clearance, currently held or attainable

Benefits @ Thales

  • Salary Circa – AUD $125,000 base (Based on qualifications and skill) + Super + Bonus

  • Free medical health insurance for you and your family

  • ThalesFlex – flexibility working is our everyday

  • Fitness Passport Discount

  • Employee discounts with a number of affiliates (Travel, Car hire, Tech)

  • Modernised Paid Parental Leave

  • Novated Lease options

  • Family support through our partnership with Parents at Work

  • Driving distance to two of Australia’s major capital cities: Sydney and Canberra

  • Australian coastal lifestyle with ready access to numerous beaches and national parks along the New South Wales South coast

Good to Know

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

Overseas candidates who meet or exceed the listed requirements will be considered.

  • Note. IAW Australian Government Visa requirements, age restriction and other conditions on employment may apply.

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