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Chief Software Architect

Toronto, Canada | Thales

  • Industry:
    Airlines/Aviation/Aerospace
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The Global Land Transport Systems Activity provides rail signaling solutions for main lines and urban transport, integrated communication and supervision systems, ticketing solutions and associated services.


Thales provides telecommunications train control systems (CBTC) and interlocking systems for the rail transit industry worldwide. The competence center for urban rail signaling is located in downtown Toronto. We are the largest office located in Canada and have service for every stage of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). This includes software, hardware, systems design, verification and validation, operations, etc. Shared services teams in finance, human resources and information technology are also located on this site. Our office space is designed to provide a safe and sustainable work environment that aligns with the TRSS brand and promotes collaboration. Furniture meets Greenguard standards, appliances are EnergyStar certified, and adhesives and sealants meet low emission criteria. In addition, the sliding glass doors allow light to enter the interior offices, thus offering a view of the exterior. Come join the Transport family here in Toronto! the sliding glass doors let light into the interior offices which offer a view of the exterior. Come join the Transport family here in Toronto! the sliding glass doors let light into the interior offices which offer a view of the exterior. Come join the Transport family here in Toronto!


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!


Key Accountabilities


General Mission:


To provide design analyses for train control systems of Thales Canada Transport Solutions. To provide an expert level of technical knowledge and technical leadership on the company product and the technology needed to deliver that product. Coordinates with Product Design Authority (PDA), the Design Authority Product Line (DAPL) and Design Authority (DA) as required for assigned Product Line(s) in order to make sure that the top down refinement of the solution is consistent with the software strategy and constraints including COTS & OSS selection and components reuse and constraints including COTS & OSS selection and components reuse.

Coordinates with the Solution Architect (Systems Engineering) and Product Design Authority (PDA) in order to make sure that the top down refi nement of the solution is consistent with the software strategy and constraints including COTS & OSS selection and components reuse.

Understands and follows for the company’s processes and procedures for developing software (all SIL levels).

Provides input into the company’s processes and procedures for developing software (all SIL levels), including compliance to industry standards.

Directs, coordinates and conducts software architecture studies

Works out and then ensures that the software architecture is stabilised & maintained for Bids and Projects for all lifecycle stages of Products / Systems.

Co-ordinates product definition, and assessment of trade-offs between aspects of cost, schedule, MTB (Make, Team, Buy), customer requirements, technological possibilities and capability of software team

Provides knowledge on state-of-the-art Software Architecting, taking into account future developments

Reviews related hardware designs and schematics, to ensure adequacy of hardware-software interfaces.

Reviews software requirements analysis, software architecture, designs, code, test procedures and test results as required

Chairs design reviews as required

Analyses, implements correction, and reviews defect reports of the selected software architecture.

Approves the technical, technological, and methodological choices taken in respect

Provides input (and performs as required) engineering testing in the field and investigates problems in the field.

Provides input for cost estimates and bid estimates

Provides on the job training and formal training to staff (such as lunch & learns) including support for ensuring correct skill sets in the department

Provides leadership and motivation to staff.Acts as a mentor to all staff. 

Provides input to manage and evaluate employee’s performance.

Reviews low level plans, schedules and budgets for software projects

Keeps abreast of new technology developments and helps to evaluate new products and process to improve current software development.Prepares a return on investment report.

Provides assistance in developing software capabilities required to support design effort

Provides expertise, direction, and advice to project teams on internal and external interface related technical issues

Provides expertise, direction, and advice on related R+D activities.

Key Responsibilities


To develop safety critical train control software following the company defined processes and procedures to the safety critical standards while meeting the scheduled deadlines.

To understand the scope of work for our department and produce artefacts which fulfil this requirement

To ensure that the inputs we require in order to develop our software are clearly communicated (i.e. need dates and impact)

To develop expertise in railway signalling, a good understanding of assigned project system(s) and a sound knowledge of company product (e.g. SELTRAC) and subsystems

To become a highly productive team member and team player and technical mentor

Business travel required

Key Requirements


B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent

Knowledge of railway signalling techniques an asset

In-depth knowledge of SELTRAC product

UNIVERSITY DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES, ENGINEERING OR CLOSELY RELATED FIELD

MINIMUM OF 10 YEARS RELEVANT EXPERIENCE IN REAL-TIME EMBEDDED APPLICATIONS, IDEALLY ON SAFETY CRITICAL SYSTEMS

Development experience in C

Expert knowledge of modern software engineering practices, methods and tools

Good interpersonal skills, writing and verbal skills

Expert knowledge of SELTRAC signalling system and software architecture


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