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     Date Submitted:30-05-2010
     Last Modified:10-04-2012 (06:45)
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     Current job:Planning & Scheduling GEO Division
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Operators, Consulting/Engineering Services


    A System Engineering & Project Management Professional (PMP Certified) with over 25 years of experience working in the hi-tech Aerospace & Space Engineering industry. I have worked on a number of large scale international projects and my experience spans the full product lifecycle from feasibility studies and preliminary analyses through to the development, integration & qualification of safety and mission critical real-time systems, with both hardware & software intensive components. This extensive system engineering experience, augmented by strong Project Management, Leadership and Supplier/Subcontract Management skills provides a comprehensive and complementary skill set focused on successful project delivery and customer satisfaction.


    My most recent significant achievement was in leading a team to complete the re-expression and animation of the LRI Processing Specification for the EF Safety Critical Armament Controller. The client had an unfinished longstanding development which was proving difficult to complete, However, following detailed analysis of the problem and consultation with the client a plan to achieve the stakeholder needs was established and executed. This included the development of a fully animate-able model using improved processes and working practices to significantly reduce development cycle time and improve product quality using agile development methods.


    Ø  A Pedigree in‘Systems Thinking’, anexcellent communicator & team player focused on delivering benefits.

    Ø  Engineering Management, leading & mentoring within a complex national / multinational project environment.

    Ø  Project Management- WBS, PBS, Estimating, Resource Allocation, Earned Value & Risk Management.

    Ø  Customer Support & Liaisonwith senior commercial and technical management representatives.

    Ø  Sub Contract/Supplier Managementfor System equipment development and manufacture.

    Ø  Support & Liaisonwith senior commercial and technical management representatives.

    Ø  ThroughLifecycle System Engineering of complex Systems & Equipment HW / SW.

    Ø  Management of Product Development and delivery incl. DDPs & all supporting documentation.

    Ø  Co-ordination of multidisciplinary engineering supportto Avionic Equipment development projects.

    Ø  Working withGovernment / Military /Defence/ Civil Standards (DEF, DOD, MIL, JAR, FAR, ISO)

    Ø  Planning & participation in formal Design Review process: SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR, FCA/PCA

    Ø  System Requirements Management incl.  Elicitation, Specification, Validation and Approval.

    Ø  Planning and performing and documenting System Integrationand Proving Tests.

    Ø  Planning and performing Qualification & Certificationcampaigns.

    Ø  Use of CASE tools for requirements expression & modeling: DOORS, Enterprise Architect, Statemate, CoRE.

    Ø  S/W Systems / Equipment / Project Engineeringfor complex, high integrity, mission & safety critical products.

    Ø  Software Systems Designusing, Use Case Specification, Sequence Diagrams, State/Activity Process Models.


    Ø  UK Engineering Industry Training Boardapproved Apprenticeship at British Aerospace (BAE Systems).

    Ø  BTEC Ordinary National Diplomain Electrical & Electronic Engineering

    Ø  BTEC Higher National Diplomain Mechatronic Engineering

    Ø  Post Graduate Diplomain Computing & Manufacturing:

    o   Project Management / Software Engineering/ Architecture of Computer Systems,

    o   Forensic Engineering / Implementation of New Technologies

    Ø  Incorporated Engineer- Member of Institute of Engineering & Technology     - IEng MIET

    Ø  Managing Successful Programmes                                                           - APMG MSP (Practitioner Level)

    Ø  Project Management Professional                                                             - PMI PMP

    2011 – Present  Project Planning & Control (Consultant), EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany

    I am presently responsible for planning & scheduling in support of the €3 Billion MTG (Meteosat Third Generation) Metrological Satellite Development & Operational Deployment program. This involves continuous interaction with a diverse team to ensure the needs and aspirations of the program are communicated effectively, task planning is sufficiently refined and task completion risks are adequately addressed. It also encompasses: liaising with senior management and key stake holders to identifying key milestones and objectives, defining the logic, dependencies & scheduling constraints of activities, mapping and profiling resource loading, support to key design reviews, support to the risk management process, monitoring task progress against schedule, generation of schedule performance indicators, management reporting and implementing forward looking control/intervention recommendations.

    2009 – 2011      Technical Project Leader, System Engineering (Consultant), System International Ltd, UK

    Providing avionic system & software engineering support to ACES srl in Italy I was leading a team responsible for the re-expression of detailed Software Design/Processing Specification for the EF Typhoon Enhanced Safety Critical Armament Controller (ESCAC). The project objective was to transform the legacy software detailed design requirements documentation, written using the CoRE Process Toolset (CPT), into the Eurofighter Enhanced Process Toolset (EPT) using IBM Rational Statemate. Specific tasks carried out included:

    Ø  Planning, co-ordination & technical guidance to the Software System Design & Statemate re-expression team.

    Ø  Support to customer formal design reviews, milestone delivery reviews and status reviews.

    Ø  Abstraction of software design requirements, Implementation & validation using Statemate modeling tool.

    Ø  Defining UML Actors, Use Cases, Descriptions, Scenarios & Sequence Diagrams.

    Ø  Debugging of Statemate action language using check model, simulation & C code compilation tools.

    Ø  Compiling comprehensive traceability/mapping of the CORE requirements re-expressed using Statemate.

    Ø  Preparation of detailed Release Notes to support release of the Software Design Model to the project.

    Ø  Identify solutions to customer offload requirements providing unique added value where possible.

    2007 – 2008      Senior Systems Engineer (Contract), Platform Integration, MBDA, Stevenage, England

    As a member of the Storm Shadow (Long Range Stand-Off Weapon) System Proving & Platform Integration team I was responsible for the definition and maintenance of the Weapon/Aircraft ICD; the preparation of a detailed Integration Verification & Means of Compliance Plan; coordinating the collection and presentation of the associated verification evidence and compilation of the Compliance Document for presentation to the Guided Weapon Safety Officer in support of the Weapon Certification process. This required close liaison and development of mutually beneficial working practices with the Aircraft Design Authority.

    2005 – 2006      Systems Engineer, MDA Corporation, Vancouver, Canada

    I provided System Engineering support to the GeoEye (Orbview) Ground Terminal Segment (GTS) development:

    Ø  Preparation of Ground Terminal Segment factory and supplier acceptance testing documentation.

    Ø  Executing System Integration testing of Data Archiving System for earth observation satellite downlink data.

    Ø  Feasibility study for integration of the MicroCosm Precision Orbit Determination software into the GTS.

    Ø  Definition of System Integration Requirements for Ephemeris Processor Precision Orbit Determination S/W.

    1999 to 2004     Starline UK & Zentech Informatics (Consultant), Torino, Italy

    Engineering Manager & Senior Technical Consultant

    I was employed by Zentech Informatics srl / SCL UK to lead and direct their Italian consulting operation. In this role I interfaced directly with customer technical and commercial representatives to assist in providing solutions to their work-package offload requirements. During this period I was operationally responsible for up to 35 engineers working in a multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment and was responsible for managing the associated contracts worth up to £4m.

    Ø  Identify solutions to customer offload requirements and provide solutions to facilitate customer satisfaction.

    Ø  Preparation and provision of proposals in response to customer RFI, RFP & RFQs.

    Ø  Strategic planning and definition of present and future resources requirements.

    Ø  Management and coordination of resources and facilities assigned to support each contract

    Ø  Provide operations procedures for company personnel to facilitate operational best practice.

    Ø  Providing contract progress/status reporting & liaison to support payment milestone & service delivery.

    Ø  Build and maintain healthy customer relationship to facilitate long term customer satisfaction

    Senior Technical Consultant

    In addition, whilst employed by Zentech/SCL I acted as a senior technical consultant to the Eurofighter Avionic Subsystem team at Alenia Aeronautica in Italy. I was responsible for managing the development of the Weapon Station Interface LRIs, ensuring delivery of the equipment to time & specification. I was also designated the technical focal point for the subsystem equipment engineering activities to ensure common practices and solutions were applied across the subsystem and manage system integration issues. Tasks included:

    Ø  Maintaining of project plans and objectives, and identification of project risks

    Ø  Avionic Subsystem equipment engineering, sub-contractor/supplier management, liaison & support.

    Ø  Compilation of technical contract specifications and detailed avionic interface documentation.

    Ø  Review & approval of supplier technical documentation (e.g. Plans & Procedures, ICDs, etc).

    Ø  Support to major hardware &  software design reviews (PDR, CDR, TRR, FCA/PCA).

    Ø  Detailed assessment DDPs and supporting documentation and non-compliance impact analysis.

    Ø  Liaison and support to technical specialists to support development (Safety, Reliability, EMC etc.)

    1998 – 1999      Senior Systems Engineer (Contract), Storm Shadow,MBDA, England.

    As a member of the Stormshadow Aircraft Integration team I was responsible for the planning and documenting of the safety critical missile Flight Termination System certification activities. In particular this included:

    Ø  Liaison and support to NAWC China Lake range safety office & support to system safety reviews.

    Ø  Generation of system descriptions, compliance matrices & certification review items.

    Ø  Generation of failure analysis for the Flight Termination System.

    1996 – 1998      Senior Systems Engineer (Contract), EF Typhoon,Alenia, Torino, Italy.

    As a member of the Eurofighter Avionic Subsystem team at Alenia Aeronautica in Italy I was primarily responsible for the development of the Weapon Station Interface LRIs, ensuring delivery of the equipment into the project to time & specification. Tasks & responsibilities included:

    Ø  Avionic Subsystem equipment engineering, sub-contractor/supplier management, liaison & support.

    Ø  Review & approval of supplier technical documentation (e.g. Qualification Plans & Procedures, ICDs, etc).

    Ø  Preparation of EFA Armament Control Subsystem equipment technical contract specifications and ICDs.

    Ø  Liaison and support to technical specialists to support equipment development (Safety, Reliability, EMC etc.)

    Ø  Support to formal design reviews SSR, PDR, CDR, TRR, FCA/PCA.

    Ø  Support to formal acceptance testing and qualification test activities.

    Ø  Support preparation and execution of Avionic System Integration testing and Flight Test programme.

    Ø  Production readiness task identification, definition and formal project review.

    Ø  Store/Weapon electrical interface compatibility assessments during initial integration phase.

    Ø  Equipment installation assessments and recommendations for future enhancement/product improvement.

    1995 – 1996      Project Engineer (Contract), Jaguar Enhancement, Defence Research Agency UK

    Responsible for the Development and establishing a process for management & control of system problem reporting, co-ordination activities required to solve avionics system problems identified during development trials and Performing avionics/weapon system feasibility studies & pre-tender market research.

    1994 – 1995      Certification Engineer (Contract), Rooivalk Attack Helicopter, Atlas Aviation, South Africa.

    Responsible for the planning, coordination & documentation of air vehicle avionics & weapon system qualification & certification activities.

    1983 – 1994     Lead Systems Engineer, Tornado, BAE Systems Military Aircraft Division, UK.         

    During my time at British Aerospace (BAE Systems) I progressed from an Electrical/Electronic Apprentice to Lead Engineer in the Systems Engineering department. Following completion of my craft and technical apprenticeship I was primarily employed on the Tornado project, carrying out activities in support of Avionic Systems equipment development, integration and test.

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