30+ days ago


Location: Crawley, United Kingdom

In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.

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.

Digital UK Product Portfolio Manager

12 month Fixed Term Contract

Thales is a global leader in critical infrastructure, aerospace and defence technologies and is one of the fastest moving digital transformation integrators where communications and cybersecurity needs to be assured for your organisation’s data. In the UK, we are taking the lead in the development and commercialisation of government, defence, transportation and the new breed of AI-driven autonomous and edge-connected devices. We are looking for entrepreneurs from the technology industry to support the entire UK business – over £1.3Bn – and educate, lead and mentor the rapid ideation and commercialisation of tomorrow’s platforms and systems.

We are looking for a Digital UK Product Portfolio Manager to join the team. You will work as part of the Digital Enablement team and with the wider Strategy and Marketing function, and each business unit’s digital champion in order to prepare the wider business to meet its ambitious digital transformation agenda. 


The Digital UK Product Portfolio Manager will introduce and manage cross-CBU/domain digital product management methodologies. As well maximising the off-the-shelf potential of marketplace, internal and partner technology. You will support the combined commercial-technical concept-to-customer process and manage the UK portfolio database, providing commercial and technical status updates to the Strategy team and for UK Management Board reporting.

Your objectives as a newly formed digital enablement team will be to:

  • Rapidly educate customer-focused UK teams on the digital opportunity & speed up customer engagement and funding
  • Streamline, share & accelerate the development of digital solutions across CBUs, domains, industries and countries
  • Provide prioritisation by business value of downstream POC/MVP opportunities
  • Engage the necessary ecosystem of partners to enable rapid development and deployment of solutions
  • Position Thales as a digitally competent partner to our customers

Key Experience and Characteristics:

  • Understand the numerous product and services models in the tech industry, e.g. platform, data, software as a service
  • Be adept at ideation - from concept to customer, bringing new conversations into the CBU’s.
  • Be client focused
  • Act as a scrum master (preferably certified)
  • Be diligent – knowing exactly where POCs are
  • Be rigorous. Acting at speed whilst complying with governance (pragmatically).
  • Be skilled in finding the shortest route to market.
  • Understands when to build or buy and open to all the options available.
  • Have a customer centric mind-set

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!