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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:10:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100
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Ariane Flight VA226 Arianespace's dual-payload mission with telecommunications satellites to serve Australia and Argentina has been approved for liftoff on Wednesday at the Spaceport, providing the go-ahead for its fifth heavy-lift flight in 2015 and the ninth overall from French Guiana this year using the company's complete launcher family. The September 30 liftoff was authorized at completion of today's launch readiness review, which confirmed the status of Ariane 5, its Sky Muster and A...
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     Date Submitted:21-10-2009
     Last Modified:21-10-2009 (04:17)
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     Current job:Project Manager (Aerospace Certification)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Business Services




    To experience new challenges in an international Customer-oriented environment using technical and commercial expertise.


    March 2003    

    DNV (Det Norske Veritas) France, Toulouse, France
    Aerospace Industrial Sector Manager and Lead Auditor-Key Customer Manager


    - Lead Assessor and Project Manager for the Ericsson BMUM unit assessment contract worldwide. In charge of managing the project and the audit campaign together with a team of two auditors.

    - In charge of developing and managing the EN9100/9120 Certification service for DNV in Europe and Russia.

    The position covers marketing, commercial and technical aspects:

    -          acquisition of new Customers,

    -          establishment of technical and commercial offers,

    -          follow-up of existing contracts,

    -          execution of projects including the management of audit teams,

    -          audit of Customers.


    - TL9000 Certification Lead Auditing.

    The position entails project management and audit of Customers.


    - ISO 14001 Project Management.


    Major Achievements:

    ISO14001 Certification and EN9100 training contracts achieved with Airbus.
    Project manager for the ISO14001 Certification (Phase I and II) of Airbus Worldwide.

    Project manager for the EN9100 Certification of SAAB in Sweden and South Africa.
    Project manager for the TL9000 Certification of Alcatel in Europe and Asia.

    Project Manager for Ericsson BMUM assessment worldwide. Leading a team of 3 auditors during the different phases of the activity.

    September 1999
    February 2003:


    DNV (Det Norske Veritas) France, Toulouse, France

    Senior Product Assurance Engineer


    - Responsible for the quality aspects of platform parts for the METOP satellite assembled by Astrium Space.
    The position entailed:

    -          verifying that the quality of electronic equipment including antennas, solar panels and mechanical structure parts complied with the specifications issued by Astrium as well as the rules established by the European Space Agency,

    -          follow-up of subcontractors throughout the project life.

    April 1998
    August 1999:


    Realix Technologies, Toulouse, France

    Product Assurance Engineer as sub-contractor to Alcatel Space Industries, Toulouse, France

    - Responsible for the quality aspects of payload parts for the Stentor and Nilesat102 telecommunications satellites assembled by Alcatel Space.

    The position entailed:

    -          verifying that the quality of the active antenna subsystem, TCR subsystem and deployable ultra light reflector complied with the specifications issued by Alcatel and the final Customer.

    December 1994
    March 1998:


    Intecs Sistemi SpA (Matra Marconi Group), Toulouse, France
    Platform Engineer   
    - Engineering tasks on the Hot Bird 2 & 4 telecommunications satellites assembled by Matra Marconi Space.

    The position entailed:

    - drafting, compiling and verifying integration procedures for the electronic equipment, 

    - reporting activity following performance of electronic tests,

    - maintaining and updating the telemetries and commands database, 

    - authoring several software test routines used during the integration and testing processes,

    - involved in all phases of: the satellite integration for the Hot Bird 2 project, including the launch campaign at the Cape Canaveral Space Centre in Florida, USA.

    January 1993
    November 1994:


    Matra Marconi Space, Toulouse, France

    Electronic Engineer

    - Study and start-up of an electronic catalogue using the Folio Views tool interfaced with information managing system.

    - Implementation of an IT tool developed by Intects Sistemi.

    January 1993
    January 1994:


    Matra Marconi Space, Toulouse, France


    Involved in writing a software user's manual still operated by ESA laboratories in Nordwijck, Netherlands


    December 1992: Degree in Electronic Engineering (Polytechnic of Turin).

    Research thesis on the Codification of HDTV Images by Numerical Techniques at the TV Research Centre of Turin (CNR).

    Co-author of an Applied Electronic Exercise Study Manual (2 volumes). 



    Experience with Windows XP, DIGITAL, VAX/VMS, UNIX, Apple, HP, (Pascal, Fortran, ETOL).



    Italian (mother tongue)

    English (fluent)

    French (fluent)

    Spanish (good understanding)

    Russian (basics)


    Tennis, football, travel, watches, photography.


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