Product Owner - Thales

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.

Location : Hengelo

About us

'The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales' . In a world that is ever faster, more unpredictable and full of possibilities, they come to us with great ambitions: to make your life better and safer. A uniquely diverse set of expertise, talents and cultures, our employees develop and deliver extraordinary high-tech solutions. Of the 80,000 talents in 68 countries, 2,000 work in the Netherlands. We are one of the largest high-tech employers in safety and protection.

We help our customers think smarter and act faster in transportation, defense, aerospace, aerospace engineering and cyberspace, mastering ever-increasing complexity and every decisive moment along the way. We therefore play a leading role in the digital transformation, focusing on artificial intelligence, big data & data analytics, connectivity, mobility and the 'internet of things' and cybersecurity.


In the Netherlands we have offices in four cities: Huizen, Delft, Eindhoven and Hengelo (head office). Together with an extensive ecosystem of knowledge partners, customers and suppliers, we work on radars for seagoing vessels, cybersecurity solutions, transport systems, communication equipment for land forces, cryogenic cooling solutions, research & development for radar technology (in collaboration with TU Delft) and research & development for serious gaming (in collaboration with the University of Twente).

Within the Naval Engineering cluster, the Applications department is responsible, among other things, for the development of Combat & Information Management Systems for naval vessels and their integration with sensor and weapon systems. These complex systems contain advanced solutions in the field of information processing, information management, user interaction and sensor and weapon control. Our software thus provides essential support for missions ranging from anti-piracy to defense against long-range missiles.


Thales (Hengelo) is looking for a talented person for the Naval Engineering/Applications department.

Product Owner with a passion for technology and the ambition to make a career in a high-tech environment.

About the job

As a Product Owner you work together with a multidisciplinary team within which the design, development and validation of Command & Control system applications is carried out. As a Product Owner you form the link between the customer and its requirements, the product roadmap, the product system architecture and the Agile/Scrum software development team. The Product Owner thus also manages the Product Backlog of the Command & Control system application(s) to be developed and manages the relevant Agile/Scrum team(s). Activities include discussing the operational requirements with the (internal) customer, designing the functional operation of the product or component and presenting the final solution.

About you

Do you have a passion for technology and would you like to work on high-tech Naval Command & Control systems? Then you are the person we are looking for. You characterize yourself as driven, result-oriented and enterprising and you are strongly focused on achieving results based on effective cooperation.

  • You have a completed HBO or WO study in the direction of Computer Science or Computer Engineering, preferably with a number of years of experience in a System Engineering position.
  • You have knowledge and experience with Scrum and the Agile principles. You also have affinity with project management.
  • You have strong communication skills and experience in managing, facilitating, motivating and coaching multidisciplinary Agile/Scrum team(s);
  • You are able to create a good working relationship between various stakeholders such as the Project and Product Manager.
  • You are able to convert operational product requirements into a functional design for a product or component.
  • A good command of the Dutch and English language in word and writing is necessary for a good job performance.

Thales offers you

  • an interesting job within a fun team in an international high-tech environment;
  • space and attention for personal development and own initiative;
  • the opportunity to grow within the organization, for example on a technical/management/commercial or international level;
  • an open and flexible working environment where a good work-life balance is important;
  • a nice workplace in 'The best building in the Netherlands' ( Public's ChoiceAward 2015 ) with our own Starbucks corner;
  • good working conditions, including 40 vacation days per year.

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!