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    Project Management & System Engineering Professional

     

    SC cleared Project Management & System Engineering Professional with over 30 years experience in the Defense, Aerospace & Space engineering industry working on complex collaborative international projects.

    Extensive experience of the full product development lifecycle applied to mission and safety critical systems with a pedigree in compiling technical documentation and delivering fully certified products for entry in to production and customer acceptance.

    Expert in building Work Breakdown Structures, planning and maintaining detailed schedules with complex dependencies, assigning work packages, and measuring progress against planned achievement and cost expenditure using schedule tracking metrics (e.g. EVM)

    Respected team leader with the ability to motivate and inspire team members to deliver against the schedule whilst fostering close working relationships with customers and senior stakeholders.

    Adept at operating in challenging/foreign environments, focusing on 'human connectivity' and delivering benefits.

     

    Skills

     

    Communication & Engagement

    Planning / Scheduling (MS Project)

    WBS Development

    Team Leadership

    Cost Control

    Product Delivery Management

    Use Case Analysis

    System Integration & Test

    Technical Documentation

    Stakeholder Management

    Schedule Control & Monitoring - including EVM

    Task Package Management

    Coaching & Mentoring

    Risk & Opportunities Assessment

    Supplier/Subcontract Management

    Through Lifecycle System Engineering

    Requirement Management

    Planning & Coordinating Certification Campaigns

     

    Major Programme Participation

    Aerospace (Military)

    Tornado (GR1/GR4)

    Eurofighter Typhoon

    Jaguar (96 Enhancement)

    Rooivalk Attack Helicopter

     

    Defense/Missile Systems

    Common Anti-Air Modular Missile

    Storm Shadow

    Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile

    Space/Satellite Systems

    Meteosat (MTG & MSG)

    GeoEye (Orbview 5)

     

     

    Certifications

     

    Project Management Professional     - PMI PMP

    Managing Successful Programmes      - APMG MSP (Practitioner Level)

    Incorporated Engineer (IEng)                - Member of Institute of Engineering & Technology

    Master of Science (MSc) Degree          - Computing for Commerce and Industry

    Post Graduate Diploma                            - Computing & Manufacturing:

    BTEC Higher National Diploma             - Mechatronic Engineering

    BTEC National Certificate                        - Electrical & Electronic Engineering

    BAE Systems Apprenticeship                 - Electrical & Electronic Assembly (EITB)

    Currently studying:                       - Professional Coaching & Public Speaking

     

    Professional Experience

     

    MBDA SySTEMS, Stevenage UKMissile Systems Developer & Manufacturer

    Engineering Project Management (Contract), 08/2012 to Present

    Managing multiple product development streams (circa £40m) acting as equipment requirement authority to deliver electronic sub systems in to the overall missile system, and test capability into manufacturing facilities, customer service depots and field service deployments.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Managed the development, delivery and commissioning of a full suite of test equipment into the factories to facilitate missile manufacture.

    Managed the final qualification and certification phases of the missile Electronics and Power Unit through to completion of the Certificate of Design.

    Rescued a failing project to deliver a field test system to an overseas customer, ensuring that the delivered system was both fit for purpose and delivered on schedule.

    Rapid development of a Field Test System prototype, providing an innovative solution to significantly enhance the customer experience whilst reducing unit cost by up to 75%.

    Identification and execution of the opportunity to provide a common missile test solution between factory and customer depot, significantly reducing development risk and increasing re-use across the test site portfolio.


    EUMETSAT, DARMSTADT, DEEuropean Meteorological Satellite Operations & Development

    Project Management & Control (Consultant), 05/2011 to 07/2012

    Leading the project planning & scheduling activities for the MTG, and MSG geostationary satellite programs (circa €4 Billion). This involved skillful team building, communication and motivation techniques to build successful relationships with a multinational, multidiscipline team, to introduce a significantly more rigorous plan-do-report cycle than had previously been attempted.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Introduction and execution of a rigorous plan-do-measure reporting process enabling a highly accurate schedule performance indexing and rigorous schedule task risk analysis to be calculated on a weekly basis. This was used for reporting to the program executive and minimized uncertainty through early identification of schedule risk.

    Creation and maintenance of highly detailed integrated schedules for the MTG development phase.

    Provision and maintenance of the MSG 2 preparation and launch schedule, planned to a granularity scale of 1 hr.


    ACES Srl, Torino, ItAerospace Systems Consultancy

    Technical Project Manager (Consultant), 01/2009 to 04/2011

    Lead an Anglo-Italian team in Italy, working in support of Alenia Aermacchi, to produce a complete re-expression of the Detailed Functional Specification for the Eurofighter Typhoon Enhanced Safety Critical Armament Controller (ESCAC) using UML based state modeling (Statemate).

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Delivery of the re-expressed design over a series of quarterly capability points, using agile methods to facilitate delivery to time, scope and cost.

    Producing a fully animate-able and platform independent executable model using agile development methods that enabled significant reductions in software development lifecycle time including use of an automated test executable which reduced proving time by as much as 90% and enabled timely delivery into the SW team with minimal errors.

    Negotiating scope of deliverables for each agile milestone to ensure customer needs were fulfilled whilst maintaining consistency in the achievement of continued development.

    MBDA SySTEMS, Stevenage UKMissile Systems Developer & Manufacturer

    Platform Integration (Contract), 01/2007 to 12/2008

    Planning and delivering the missile-platform integration & verification activities to support Weapon Certification and Aircraft Design Authority approval.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Liaised closely with the Aircraft Design Authority, setting new standards in cooperative working relationships, developing mutually beneficial working practices to deliver a joint integration and verification plan which subsequently became best practice.

    Developed the Planning, Estimations and Statement of Work for the Bid to carry out Storm Shadow integration to Eurofighter Typhoon.

    Preparation of a detailed Integration Verification & Means of Compliance Plan leading to the Release to Service Recommendations for Storm Shadow fitted to KSA Tornado.


    MDA, vancouver, caSpace Communications & Information Management

    System Engineer, 06/2005 to 01/2006

    Providing System Engineering support to development and test of the GeoEye (Orbview) Ground Segment data archiving and image reconstruction systems.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Conducted a study to assess feasibility and define the requirements for implementing a high accuracy ephemeris processor into the Image Reconstruction System through a unique integration of the MicroCosm precision orbit and geodetic parameter determination software as a real-time application.

    Prepared RFQ Statement of Work for MicroCosm integration and verification.

    Contributed to the body of knowledge for Subcontract Management.


    zentech informatics, Torino, itAerospace Systems Consultancy

    Operations Manager & Technical Director, 01/2001 to 06/2004

    Managing an Anglo-Italian consulting operation, interfacing directly with the customer (Alenia Aermacchi) technical and commercial executives to assist in providing solutions to their work-package offload requirements.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Grew Zentech Informatics from a turnover of £500k to £4m in 3 Years.

    Operationally responsible for up to 35 engineers working in a very challenging multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment.

    Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction through effective management of the contracts, ensuring the operation met their aspirations and all deliverables were submitted to time and cost.


    Starline, UKAerospace Systems Consultancy

    Senior Consultant 04/1999 to 06/2004

    Providing system engineering and subcontract management consultancy services (to Alenia Aermacchi) in support of the Eurofighter Typhoon project.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Lead a team to turn around a failing (Failed at CDR) UML State model design for the EFA Armament Weapon Stations - Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids by restarting the project from the beginning and delivering the model for final integration within the required development timeframe.

    Managed a supplier consortium to develop and certify the Eurofighter weapon station interface units, ensuring that development milestones and equipment deliveries were aligned to major program goals.

    Authored technical contract specifications and ICD documentation, and ensured that the weapon station interface units were safe and fit for purpose through extensive electrical, functional, environmental & EMC qualification testing leading to final certification.

    Used skillful negotiation with equipment suppliers to turn around (to complete final certification) equipment where the certification evidence provided by the supplier was in long term dispute.


    MBDA SySTEMS, Stevenage UKMissile Systems Developer & Manufacturer

    Platform Integration - (Contract), 06/1998 to 04/1999

    Planning and documenting of the Storm Shadow safety critical missile Flight Termination System certification activities. This included liaison and support to NAWC China Lake range safety office & support to system safety reviews & generation of system descriptions, compliance matrices & certification review items.


    ALENIA AERONAUTICA, ITDevelopment & Manufacture of Military Air Vehicles & Weapon Systems

    Senior Systems Engineer (Contract), 04/1996 to 04/1998

    Development of the Weapon Station Interface LRIs, ensuring delivery of the equipment into the project to time & specification. This included sub-contractor liaison & support, the preparation of technical contract specifications and ICDs, and the review & approval of supplier technical documentation (CDRLs).


    DRA (Quinetic), BOSCOMBE DOWN, UKMilitary Aerospace Research & Development

    Systems Engineer (Contract), 10/1995 to 04/1996

    Co-ordination of activities required to solve avionics system problems which included developing a tool and establishing a process for management & control of system problem reporting. In addition I conducted feasibility studies for integration of new avionics equipment in to the Jaguar aircraft.


    atlas aviation, saDevelopment & Manufacture of Military Air Vehicles & Weapon Systems

    Certifiction Engineer (Contract), 10/1994 to 10/1995

    Planning, coordination & documentation of air vehicle (rotorcraft) avionics & weapon system qualification & certification activities. This included the definition of equipment engineering and qualification directives to ensure best practice was followed, establishing the air vehicle airworthiness and user requirements database and establishing the means of compliance and qualification plan for the overall rotorcraft certification.


    bae systems, warton, UKDevelopment & Manufacture of Military Air Vehicles & Weapon Systems

    Lead Systems Engineer, 08/1984 to 10/1994

    Progressed from an Electrical/Electronic Apprentice to Lead Engineer in the Systems Engineering department where I was responsible for the preparation of Trials Requirements and Weapon System flight clearance documentation, the preparation of Armament Control Subsystem Requirement Specifications and ICDs, and the review & acceptance of supplier documentation for equipment development & qualification.



     


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