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     Date Submitted:16-02-2012
     Last Modified:16-02-2012 (08:30)
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     Current job:General Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordso General management (incl. corporate finances, reporting, contracts, & strategic positioning) o Business development & project sales (incl. sourcing, lobby, teaming, offer phase management, follow-up and negotiations). o Operational management, corpor

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    • Master in Engineering (MSc. Burg. ir. K.U. Leuven), specialised in electro-mechanics, energy conversion, nuclear sciences and aerospace. Technical basic education consistently augmented with multiple professional courses in executive management, strategy, corporate finances, contracts, sales, safety and leadership (e.g. Executive Development Program of the Boston Business School).
    • 13+ years of relevant senior management experience, including leading an SME (200 FTE’s, +20 M€ turn-over) and an innovative operational business unit (corporate project office in the aerospace business). Result driven, organisational (change-) manager with strong focus on corporate strategy, lean daily operations, planning, cost control and ambitious growth through solid methodology, analysis and performance improvement initiatives.
    • Excellent, proven (!) track record in (international) business development and project sales.
    • Fluent in English, Dutch, French and German. Experience in motivational coaching of (international) teams of experts (scientists, engineers but also blue collars).
    • Strong, hands-on leadership, no-nonsense people skills, diplomatic but direct communications. Open, adaptable personality, with the right balance of emotional intelligence, diplomacy and drive for change and results. Mostly a ‘hunter’ (e.g. business development targets & operational results) augmented with compatible ‘farmer’ skills (e.g. cost control).
    • Pleasant and loyal team player (9 years of rugby), who enjoys the containment of well controllable risks through skill (500+ skydives, 50+ high-mountain paraglide flights).


    Nationality: Belgian
    Age: 41
    Birthplace and date: Hasselt (B), January 7th 1971
    Marital status: Married, 3 children
    Drivers license: A/B


    High school: T. I.H.H. Hasselt - Mathematics & (Industrial) Sciences
    Graduated with highest honour (summa cum laude)

    University: Catholic University of Leuven (B)
    Master in Engineering & Applied Sciences– Graduation Class of ‘98
    Civil Electro-Technical- Mechanical Engineer
    (Master study combined with several full time jobs, cfr. annex)

    Boston Business School (US)
    European Campus, Zürich (CH)
    Executive Development Program
    Köln, St. Gallen & Frankfurt (Class of ‘11)


    @ KAEFER Belgium n.v. (B)

    General Manager KAEFER Belgium
    (December 2010 until January 2012)

    @ QinetiQ Space n.v. (B)
    (formerly Verhaert Space n.v.)

    Project Office Manager
    (March 2008 until November 2010)

    Key Account Manager – Business Development Space
    (March 2006 until November 2010)

    Contracts Manager Space
    (March 2001 until March 2006)

    Project Manager Space
    (September 1998 until march 2006)


    Project Management and Control
    Management school of the post graduate institute SBM
    University of Leuven, Campus Kulak Kortrijk (B), 1999.

    Critical Chain – Theory of Constraints (project planning & control)
    Methodology course in project planning control, by bureau Leonard consultants, 2000.

    Writing a good proposal to an (ESA) Invitation To Tender
    SME workshop ESA (ESTEC), Noordwijk, NL, 2001.

    Firm Fixed Price and Cost Reimbursement (ESA) Contract Management
    P. Rinio (ESA HQ), Paris, 2001.

    Modern Optical Testing & Mounting of Optical Components
    Sira Limited, Kent, UK / J.C.Wyant, Optical Science Centre, University of Arizona, USA, 2003.

    Safety and Product Assurance
    KH Kempen, B, 2005

    Business Development & Sales Bidding Processes
    QinetiQ Headquarters, Farnborough,UK, 2006

    Risk Management and Mitigation in large projects
    Verhaert Space - QinetiQ UK workshop, Kruibeke, B, 2007

    Advanced course in MS Excel
    Cevora, Ghent, 2009

    “Raising The Bar” – Negotiation Training
    QinetiQ Headquarters, Farnborough,UK, 2009

    VCA VOL – Safety Certificate for Operational Managers
    Self study, KAEFER Belgium, 2011


    Verbal Reading Writing
    Dutch (Flemish) NATIVE (*)
    French PROFESSIONAL(*)
    German LIMITED
    Italian ELEMENTARY

    (*) ILR scale of proficiency


    “Jij bent Flanders’ future!” (You are Flanders’ future!)
    Personal nomination as a Flemish role model (1 of 13) for professional innovation and creativity during a governmental media campaign of Min. Moerman in cooperation with the Flanders District of Creativity. The campaign was released via TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet in March 2006.

    “Best Project Manager” Award
    Personal award by the EADS Space Transportation Head of ISS Elements, in recognition of the valuable contribution in the ESA/EADS ARES project (2003 – 2005)

    Author & (key note) speaker at multiple international leading science congresses and symposia, such as:

    • International Gravitational Physiology Meetings (ISGP) in Osaka, Japan (2006), San Antonio, TX, USA (2007), Angers, France (2008) and Triëste, Italy (2010)
    • ESA Artificial Gravity Symposium (ESTEC, Noordwijk ,NL, 2006)
    • International Aeronautical Federation (IAF) and Congress (IAC), Hyderabad, India (2007) and Prague (2010)
    • Member of the European Low Gravity Association
    • Member of the H3 Hyper-gravity Human Habitat large diameter centrifuge engineering steering/advisory group


    "Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis of Al-Ti-B in the ISS: Reactor design and preliminary evaluation". published in the international journal of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis, Vol. 12, Number 3, 2003, pp.165-177.

    “Radiation qualification and testing of a large number of optical glasses used in the ESA Fluid Science Laboratory onboard the Columbus Orbital Facility of the International Space Station”
    Published in: Photonics for Space Environments VIII. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 4823, pp. 124-131 (2002).

    “Design, development and testing of a Short Arm Human Centrifuge (SAHC) to study artificial gravity based countermeasures for weightlessness on long term interplanetary space flight”, published in the International Journal of Gravitational Physiology (issue 2006), after presentation at the 27th Annual International Gravitational Physiology Meeting of 23-28 April 2006, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.


    General Manager @ KAEFER Belgium:

    KAEFER Belgium n.v. is a specialised industrial technology contractor in insulation, scaffolding, asbestos removal and tracing for a wide variety of customers, mainly in the fields of oil and energy, (petro-)chemical and nuclear industries. The international KAEFER group with headquarters in Bremen, Germany employs +17.000 persons in 54 countries world-wide. The Belgian division, has an annual turnover of +20 M€ and currently employs +/- 200 experts (staff on Belgian payroll) and +/- 350 FTE’s in total, including external manpower subcontractors (depending on work load). KAEFER Belgium n.v. was nominated TRENDS GAZELLE in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for it’s strong growth, solely based on the corporate financial figures.

    Duties & responsibilities as General Manager Belgium:
    • Result-focused organisational leadership driving the Belgian business through focus on daily operations, planning, cost control, business development and ambitious growth. Developing and executing business strategies aligned with the corporate group vision.
    • Hands-on, no nonsense people management and direct communications that leave no margin for misunderstanding. Motivational coaching and coordinating of cross-functional teams through methodology analysis, improvement and performance initiatives.
    • Technology & product management (supervision) based on a proven track record (12 yrs. in aerospace) and solid background (MSc, Master level education in engineering).

    Specialisations: communications, methodology, operational management, change management, business development, engineering, product assurance and safety.

    Achievements: Record breaking sales intake in 2011 (over 34 M€), often in new business fields or with new clients, such as Belgian Refining Corporation (Oil and Gas) and Glaxo Smith Kline (Pharmacy). Strong strategic positioning and solid offer skills (aerospace training) won the most strategic maintenance contracts on the market (BASF and Fina Antwerp Olefins), despite of stringent competition (red ocean).

    Reference: Mr. F. Tulkens, General Director KAEFER Benelux

    Project Office Manager @ QinetiQ Space:

    All QinetiQ Space Project Managers periodically (monthly, as a minimum) report the status and progress of over +30 projects (total portfolio value +60 Meuro) to the Project Office (corporate operational management supervision). The objective of the Project Office is to continuously supervise, control and improve project execution effectiveness at corporate level. Since the QinetiQ Space is entirely project oriented, this hence is an important driving parameter in the company performance.

    Duties & responsibilities as Project Office Manager:
    • Supervision, control and coaching of +30 space projects and project teams (technical, risk mitigation, schedules, resource planning, budget control, personnel training, customer support and satisfaction, etc.) at corporate level.
    • Implement company strategy to support company growth, profitability and sustainability.
    • Direct link between sales and the project managers with the objective to negotiate and approve internal project budgets at project kick-off.
    • Implement, tailor and safeguard standardized project methodologies (incl. tackle ad hoc problems) to meet the above corporate objectives trough state-of-the-art project execution (without exception).
    • Manage and plan the direct workforce resources (+50 highly trained professionals in the project engineering pool), prioritise in case of inter project resource conflicts, advise the board and support HR during recruitments, coordinate with the line managers (HoDs), etc.


    As Project Manager:
    The successful realisation of 15 international aerospace projects between 1998 and 2006, for a total budget (company contract value only) of over +20 Meuro, in direct contact with ESA, NASA and/or in partnership with large European aerospace industrial concerns such as Astrium/EADS (formerly DASA, Daimler Chrysler Aerospace), Thales Alenia Aerospazio (I), OHB (D), Kayser Threde (D), EAC, DLR, Kayser Italia and many others. Cooperation with scientists from different universities (domestic and abroad). Main point of contact for external relations with the Agencies, Prime and Subcontractors on the industrial and/or scientific team. Corporate representation in international meetings.

    Among these projects are the first European contribution to the International Space Station (ISS): NASA’s Microgravity Science Glovebox and a record breaking simultaneous development of 5 scientific experiments for the ODISSEA mission. These experiments were executed by ESA astronaut Cpt. Frank De Winne during the so-called Belgian Soyuz Taxi Flight in October 2002. The development and mission were executed in close cooperation with NASA, ESA, Roskosmos/Energia (Russian Space Agency and launcher authority) and launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazachstan in September 2002.

    In 2005 and 2006, leading a very small engineering team, I designed, manufactured and qualified two Short Arm Human Centrifuges in less than a year for both Space Clinics in Cologne (D) and Toulouse (F). This achievement opened up a set of new business opportunities penetrating the ‘manned space human physiology’ market and ‘boot-strapping’ our contributions in this business with over 1000%.

    As Key Account Manager (Business Development):
    Over 100 acquired prospects and offer phases (new projects and contract changes) in 12 years for both ESA and the European Commission as author and/or bid manager with a verified (!) success rate of +90% (offers won versus offers released), including +12 MEuro intake (sales) over the last 3 years at QinetiQ Space. Coordination with the Belgian governmental delegation (lobby). Contract negotiations with customers, prime and subcontractors. Coaching and supervision of several internal Project Managers and teams, mainly with regard to their commercial relations with the large aerospace customers.

    As Project Office Manager:
    Implementation of the QinetiQ Space Project Office and corporate project methodology (in 2008), currently showing the first undisputable benefits in the Corporate Balanced Scorecard (FY 2010). Introduction of a corporate incentive based on ‘delta project profit target’ scheme that was already achieved and paid to all personnel in its first year after introduction (FY 2010), due to a apparent change of project personnel mentality with regard to (mainly) cost control. Changing personnel mentality and perception is most likely the most difficult and therefore best achievement of all the above.

    Reference: ir. F. Preud’homme, Commercial Director QinetiQ Space
    ir. D. Claessens, COO QinetiQ Space

    Wavefront Engineering Consultancy, Burcht (B)
    (privately owned consultancy business, non profit)

    Owner (since December 2007)
    Wavefront Engineering Consultancy was established with the (non profit) objective to manage or facilitate extra-ordinary projects and to share specific knowledge and experiences in the areas of:
    • Corporate management consultancy, with special attention for change management, methodology, communications and reporting
    • Open innovation project facilitation and networking
    • Specialised design, engineering and prototyping (incl. safety)
    • Electromagnetic radiation prevention



    In order to be able to fully independently foresee in my livelihood as a student, I necessarily combined my academic studies with countless (mostly) full-time jobs. The list of employers below is condensed. The diversity in assignments was not only fascinating and enriching (at that time), but allowed the ‘sharpening’ of people and commercial skills that academic (civil) engineers are not always famous for:

    Procter & Gamble Sales rep health and beauty care.
    2 years, 10 months each (1991-1993), full time.
    IBM (via E.M.S. Chiara) IT marketing support and sales at events.
    2 years, freelance.
    Ping - Eunet Telemarketing and sales, promotion and events, part-time.
    Vlemminckx Herent Inventory of industrial machine parts, electrical and pneumatic systems.
    6 months, full time.
    FNAC Sales of books and IT equipment
    K.U. Leuven Several jobs and assignments (student administration and catering)
    Horeca Leuven Barkeeper en waiter in many of Leuvens’ student cafés and restaurants (such as Rodins’, De Confrater, De Rector, ‘t Schild van Loven, ‘t Gareel), 7 years non-stop.
    Assignments abroad General sports- and children animation, recurring yearly assignments
    Water-ski and ski monitor in France, Italy and Austria (holiday periods, touristic seasons).


    University Rugby Team K.U. Leuven

    Player from 1990 until 1999.
    7 times Flemish University Champion
    Belgian University champion in 1994
    Player - Coach in 1997 - 1998.
    “Prijs Sportverdienste”; Personal award for special achievement K.U. Leuven in 1994
    Organization England Rugby tour in 1995.
    Co - founder University Ladies Rugbyteam in 1997 - 1998.


    Sports (active): Skydiving: Experienced D license, +500 free-fall parachute jumps from 12.000 ft. altitude
    Paragliding (parapente): Austrian licence, +50 high mountain flights

    Travelling: Preferably adventurous (long solo-trips with my BMW R1200C motorbike), but mostly “professional” travels

    Culture: Amateur theatre actor (member of company “Leute” in Burcht since 2005)

    Reading: News, non – fiction, politics, management and science.



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