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     Date Submitted:01-02-2012
     Last Modified:10-10-2017 (01:45)
    Job information
     Current job:AIT Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsGalileo, Exomars, Ground Segment, Vega, Launch System, System Engineer, Spacecraft, Validation, Integration, Test, Launch Campaign, Operations, AIT, AIV, Satellite, Management, Manager



    Work experience



    May 2016 – On going


    Occupation or position held

    AIT Manager


    Main activities and responsibilities

    • Mechanical AIT Lead for the industrial production of the “Galileo” FOC satellites (Full Operational Capability). Lead responsible for the manufacturing, assembly and integration of the second batch of FOC Flight Models produced by OHB (from FM15 to FM22, 8 satellites in total).

    • AIT Manager for the preliminary study of ARIEL Program (Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey), candidate missions competing for selection in 2017 in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme.

    Main activities:

    - Development of AIT plan and definition of Assembly, Integration and Test sequence at spacecraft level.

    -  Systems Engineering support for the coordination and planning of AIT activities, procedures development, technical treatment of mechanical non-conformances and relationships with Customer and Suppliers.

    -  Coordination of Production islands workflow and monitoring of performances according to Program Schedule/Milestones and Quality standards.


    Name and address of employer

    OHB System AG, Universitätsallee, 27-29 - 28359 Bremen (Germany)


    Type of business or sector

    Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Department



    April 2013 – March 2016

    Occupation or position held

    ExoMars Mechanical AIT Lead

    Main activities and responsibilities

    • Mechanical AIT Responsible and System Engineer for Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of ESA “ExoMars 2016” mission. Lead coordinator between ExoMars Program Management Office (Turin, Italy) and AIT facility (Cannes, France), throughout whole Assembly, Integration and Test flow of TGO Proto-Flight Model.

    • As of April 2015, also Thermo-Mechanical System AIT Engineer (deputy) for the ExoMars Spacecraft Composite (SCC), composed by TGO and EDM (Entry, Descent and Landing Module), during last integration/test activities in Cannes and subsequent Launch Campaign at Baikonur Cosmodrome, successfully concluded with the flawless launch on March 14th, 2016.

    Main activities:

    - Lead responsible for Assembly, Integration and Test of TGO Flight Hardware.

    -  Systems Engineering support for integration activities and test planning, procedures development, integration activities execution and test analysis for mechanical testing of Spacecraft Composite.

    - Test Conductor (deputy) for Mechanical and Environmental Testing (Sine/Vibration, Acoustic, Launcher Separation) of ExoMars Spacecraft Composite.

    - Participating in Test Readiness Reviews (TRR), Test Review Board (TRB), Non-Conformance Review Board (NRB), providing daily AIT report to Program Management Office and AIT Manager.

    - Test conductor (deputy) for mechanical and environmental testing (Sine/Vibration, Acoustic, Launcher separation) of ExoMars SCC.

    -Operation conductor (deputy) for SCC mechanical and combined operations of “ExoMars 2016” Launch Campaign at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

    Name and address of employer

    Thales Alenia Space, Strada Antica di Collegno, 253 - 10146 Turin (Italy)

    Type of business or sector

    ExoMars Program Prime Contractor – Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Department




    November 2010 – April 2013

    Occupation or position held

    VEGA Ground Segment Systems Engineer / Design Authority

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Seconded to Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana.

    • Responsible for mechanical Ground Operations during launch vehicle integration, acceptance tests phase and final chronology of VEGA VV01 Launch Campaign (ESA Qualification Flight).

    • Responsible for VEGA Ground Segment combined tests planning, in charge to monitor and manage sub-contractors activities at system level, with specific mission to validate mechanical interfaces with VEGA Launcher and relevant system requirements.

    • As of January 2013, Ground Segment Design Authority (System/Mechanical) for Arianespace VEGA VV02 Launch Campaign (ESA VERTA Program).

     Main activities:

    - System Engineering support to Ground Segment activities during System Tests and Launch campaigns.

    -  Day-by-day monitoring and coordination of sub-contractors activities at system level. Production of mechanical operational procedures and test reports. Support to main project boards (TRR, TRB, NRB). 

    - Technical and economic assessments of Engineering Change Proposals.

    Name and address of employer

    Vitrociset S.p.A, via Tiburtina, 1020 - 00156 Rome (Italy)

    Type of business or sector

    VEGA Ground Segment Prime Contractor – Systems Engineering Department




    May 2005 - September 2005

    Occupation or position held


    Main activities and responsibilities

    Space Launch Systems Analysis in future missions to Moon and Mars.

    Definition and development of an electronic database for simulation systems used by Thales Alenia Space.

    Name and address of employer

    Thales Alenia Space, Strada Antica di Collegno, 253 - 10146 Turin (Italy)

    Type of business or sector

    Science and Exploration Department.



    Other significant works



    Academic Years: 2011-2012, 2012-2013

    Significant work

    Guest speaker - Master in “Satellites and Orbiting Platforms” 

    Lecture: “Systems Engineering and Ground Segments of Space Launch Systems” 

    Master Coordinator: Prof. P. Gaudenzi

    Name and type of organisation  

    Sapienza University of Rome, Department  of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Rome (Italy)



    Education and training



    October 2011

    Title of qualification awarded

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course in Space Mission Analysis and Design

    Principal subjects 

    Fundamentals of Space Mission Analysis and Design.

    Name and type of organisation providing education

    University of Strathclyde, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

    Glasgow (UK)



    May 12, 2010

    Title of qualification awarded

    Degree in Aerospace Engineering

    Principal subjects 

    Specialization in Systems Engineering and Avionics (restricted entry course).

    Thesis on "Space Launch Systems Analysis in future missions to Moon and Mars", in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space. Studies carried out on the basis of Aurora Program outcomes from ESTEC, ESA

    Name and type of organisation providing education

    Polytechnic University of Turin

    Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 - 10129 Turin (Italy)

    Level in national or international classification




    July 2002

    Title of qualification awarded

    Scientific High School Diploma

    Principal subjects

    Secondary school with an emphasis on sciences.

    PNI Course, “Piano Nazionale Informatica” (Informatics National Plan)

    Name and type of organisation providing education

    Liceo Scientifico "Augusto Monti"

    Via Montessori, 2 - 10023 Chieri, TO (Italy)

    Level in national or international classification




    Personal skills and competences


    Native language


    Other language(s)

    English: Fluent (spoken and written)

    French: Fluent (spoken and written)

    Spanish: Basic (spoken and written)


    Social skills and competences

    Sense of initiative and strong communication skills in team-working, consolidated through the years in a continuous multicultural working environment.

    Open-mind attitude in following the challenges of a constantly evolving market.


    Organisational skills and competences

    Excellent planning and organizational skills; proven experience in conduction of operations as team leader. Competences in the definition and management of a coordinated System schedule and monitoring of the defined milestones, with a result-oriented approach.

    Extensive experience in applying a multi-disciplinary approach in the context of a complex international multi-team environment.



    Technical skills and competences

    Main skills in Systems Engineering, System Integration and Process Engineering in life cycle of a complex space system.

    Solid competences in the mechanical Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) of scientific Spacecraft and Satellite flight hardware. Skills in critical analysis of systems/sub-systems design and requirements verification in support of the main Program reviews (PDR, CDR, TRR/TRB and Qualification Review).

    Comprehensive knowledge on the development and qualification of Space Launch Systems, and proven experience in managing the activities involved in Launch and Tests Campaigns. Analytical capabilities in the technical treatment of anomalies (Quality support).



    Computer skills and competences

    Excellentknowledge of computer system in general, HW/SW, and Microsoft Windows OS.

    Excellent knowledge of Web 2.0 network and related functionality for navigation.

    Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Project for the definition of system plannings.

    Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and related tools.

    Personal interests and hobbies

    Great passion for motorbikes and live music concerts. Classic rock LP vinyl records collector. Passion for travel, photography, and strong interest in new technologies.

    Driving licence(s)

    A and B (Europe)

    Additional information

    Willing to relocate (anywhere)


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