I'd like that job: working for Thales
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Iain Milne, who works as a control account manager on Thales IPMS (integrated platform management system) projects, joined the organisation’s UK naval business as a graduate in 2002. His work has already taken him abroad several times.
He has spent time in Brest, France (while he was working for Thales UK’s underwater systems business in Templecombe, Somerset) and also the Netherlands, an opportunity that arose through his involvement with YES, Thales’s Young Employees Society.
The ‘big one’, though, came in early 2005. This is when Iain moved to Australia, to spend three years as a system integration engineer supporting the Scylla sonar on Collins-class submarines (diesel-electric subs operated by the Royal Australian Navy), eventually being promoted to manage all in-service support engineering tasks, leading a team of eight.
The move came with stunning swiftness.
“I was interviewed in a video conference at six in the morning,” says Iain. “Within 24 hours HR was asking if I could start in Sydney in a few weeks! The company was really supportive, though.
“Relocation expenses, shipping, health cover, general assistance – it was all excellent.”
For Iain, variety is definitely the spice of life.
“I’ve worked on minehunting sonars, dipping sonar for helicopters, unmanned underwater vehicles, submarine sonars and now I’m part of the Power and Propulsion Sub-Alliance within the CVF programme [the Royal Navy’s Carrier Vessel Future programme, now referred to as the UK’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier programme],” he says.
“My different roles within Thales have certainly kept me challenged, fulfilling my aspirations.”