General information

Who are we ?
With operations in 50 countries and 69,000 employees, Thales is a world leader in Mission-critical information systems for the Aerospace, Defence and Security markets.

What are we doing ?
Our mission is to make the world a safer place by providing a comprehensive range of integrated solutions to meet three objectives: make reliable and secure, monitor and control, protect and defend.

Building on proven capabilities in large and complex software systems, Thales steps up to the security challenges of its customers in an increasingly interconnected, technology-driven world. Civil and military systems benefit from many of the same technologies and innovations. Developing these dual technologies has been a long tradition for Thales, with its global network of 22,000 high-level researchers.
Leveraging a global presence and spanning the entire value chain, from prime contracting to equipment, Thales plays a pivotal role in making the world a safer place.

Do you want to know more? Check out the video below and enter in Thales' world!

What can we offer you ?
Each year we recruit about 6.000 people all over the world. We are seeking talented, open minded and innovative individuals, who are interested in having varied career paths in a challenging and rewarding international environment.

Our goal is to provide interesting and challenging work in a pleasant working environment, whilst enabling you to maintain an appropriate work-life balance.

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Career opportunities

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History of the cooperation with BEST

Chisinau (Moldova)
5 May - 8 May 2011

Partner of the roBEC 2011

Thales was present as Case Study partner during Romanian BEST Engineering Competition (RoBEC) held in Technical University of Moldova. During RoBEC Thales representatives: Laura Popescu, Andreea Buruiana and Stefan Badescu held a Case Study which aim was to transform a Research and Development Center in a sustainable and energy efficient center.

Belgrade (Serbia)
14 April - 22 April 2011

Partner of the General Assembly of BEST 2011

Vincent Mattei and Maureen Moran represented Thales during the Official Company Day at the University of Belgrade. Delegates discovered Thales through a presentation and the participation in the Job Fair.

Durbuy (Belgium)
18 - 22 April 2011

Partner of the beBEC 2011

On the fourth day, Thales' Case Study, lead by Philippe Renauld, took place. The topic was adopting the role of an European Transportation Company that decided to implement a Passenger Information Display System for 100 trams and bus stops.

Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
1 - 11 August 2010

Team Design Partner of EBEC 2010

Thales was present in the second edition of EBEC (European BEST Engineering Competition) supporting the French team. Furthermore, Laura Popescu, Andreea Buruiana and Adrian Ioan Filipescu attended the Closing Day in order to promote Thales' activities.

Messina (Italy)
19 - 23 May 2010

Partner of the iBEC 2010

During the Company Day in the University of Messina, Alessandro Principali presented Thales as a main partner and lead a workshop. Furthermore, Samantha Cacciato and Luigi Rucher held a Case Study its aim was to elaborate an emergency plan for air-transportation in case a volcano in Lapponia would erupt.

Warsaw (Poland)
29 April - 7 May 2010

Partner of the General Assembly of BEST 2010

Vincent Mattei organised a Workshop with 30 Alumni of BEST, in Warsaw University of Technology. The participants could get a direct insight into Thales high-tech activity, as the topic was related to a highly secure mobile telephony solution developed by the company.

Durbuy (Belgium)
12 - 16 April 2010

Partner of the beBEC 2010

On April 13th, Peter van der Linde, Xavier Wautelet and Aurélie Lange presented Thales' Case Study its topic was how to destroy a meteorite heading to the earth applying the company's technology.

Budapest (Hungary)
16 - 25 April 2009

Partner of the General Assembly of BEST 2009

Marion Enderlein and Vincent Mattei presented Thales and its career opportunities to the delegates of the General Assembly, in the Parliament of Budapest, on 17 April 2009. After attending the jobfair, they organised a technical case study with 30 of the delegates during which the technologies and strategies of Thales' online game Moonshield were at stake.

Tallinn (Estonia)
28 April - 7 May 2008

Partner of the General Assembly of BEST 2008

For its XXVIth edition, the General Assembly landed in Tallinn University of Technology. Two representatives from Thales, Marion Enderlein and Claire Semerie, attended the jobfair organised during the Official Opening Day, on 29 April 2008.

Valladolid (Spain)
5 - 11 November 2007

Partner of the Presidents' Meeting of BEST 2007

Two French representatives, Marion Enderlein and Faustine Fourre, together with two Spanish representatives attended the jobfair organised during the Official Opening day on 6 November 2007.

Detailed company profile

Basic Information:
Country: France
Company Homepage:

Company's Countries
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela

Company's activity fields
Aeronautics and Space, Defence, Security

Number of employees in Europe: 57000
Percentage of employees with a scientific degree in Europe: 70
Yearly average of newly hired engineers in Europe: 3500
Number of countries where the company is present in the world: 50

A short profile of the company culture:

Thales is an international powerhouse of talent and human endeavour. Multicultural teams sharing a distinctive set of core values driven by the same spirit of innovation, performance and responsibility in their pursuit of excellence and customer satisfaction. Thales considers its human capital its primary source of wealth and continuously works to attract and retain the best people through an innovative and proactive human resources policy.

Profile of the engineers and professionals the company is looking for:

- RESEARCHERS (Hard Real-Time & Embedded and Web & System of Systems)









- OTHER ENGINEERS: microwave, electro-optics, information security, acoustics


- COMMERCIAL PROFILES: Purchasing, Contracts Management




Typical career for hired engineers:

Thales' goal is to be an employer of choice, recognised as offering a broad range of job opportunities in a setting that encourages individual initiative and personal and professional development. There is no such thing as a typical Career path within Thales but through it's two core HR values, mobility and training & development Thales offers tailored career paths to each individual within the company.

- Our mobility policy enables 5,000 employees each year, to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Employees can progress by following either management or technical career paths.

- Our training and development is primarily managed through the corporate training facility, Thales University, which provides a range of technical and management programmes, suitable for all levels of experience. All managers meet regularly with individual team members to review together their career aspirations and development prospects.

International mobility policy:

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, employees are actively encouraged to move between job categories and geographic regions so that the company can continue to adapt. Mobility is one of the mainstays of the company's human resource policy. Job mobility is supported by training mentoring programmes and hands-on experience in the new job a minimum of six months.

A career support and advice centre, the opportunities Forum, was created in June 2000 to assist any Thales employee wishing to benefit from the mobility policy.

The company also set up Career1st as an international fast-track development programme for young graduates and professionals with up to five years' relevant experience with Thales or elsewhere.

Recruitment procedure:

Thales has a group wide recruitment process, which enables us to treat your application in a transparent and efficient way, respecting our tight internal deadlines.

E-Staffing is an online tool enabling potential candidates to access and apply online, for any vacancy within the Group. Its comprehensive search facility enables individuals to quickly identify posts, adapted to their experience and aspirations. Applicants can search by country, region, Site, skill area, Division, type of employment sought or level of experience required. To search for vacancies please go directly to

Internal training's policy:

Thales believes that building a successful career path depends on specialisation and the ability to maintain ad develop a set of skills to guarantee future employability. The company therefore pursues a very active training policy designed to meet the collective requirements of continuous improvement and change management, while taking employees' individual aspirations and professional development objectives fully into consideration.

The mainstay of this training policy is Thales University. Founded twenty years ago, Thales University has a dual mission to promote the professional development of Thales employees and strengthen cohesion around the core Thales values by developing a common corporate culture.

Additional information:

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