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     Date Submitted:31-03-2012
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     Current job:Senior Product Assurance Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators
     KeywordsOver 6 years industrial experience with 4 years in a technical role involving Li-ion power systems. I am currently in a product/quality assurance role working with microwave components for a variety of space applications. In addition, I have played a ke
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    Education


    2010

    Southampton Universty

    Space Systems Engineering


    Exploration of satellite system design, integration and operation


    2003 –2008

     

    Imperial College London

    MEng Hons. Materials Science and Engineering


    My course involved a mixture of core and elective technical modules, with some additional elective business modules.


    1997 – 2003

    Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School.


    A2 level:Mathematics (A), Chemistry (B), Physics (B). AS level: French (B). GCSE: 3A*, 4A, 5B.

     

    Technical Skills:

    ·        Analytical: I am an experienced user of advanced software such as NASTRAN, PATRAN, and Solidworks. I have gained valuable programming experience with C++ and Visual Basic. I am also an exceptional user of all Microsoft Office applications. 

    ·        Languages: I am able to freely converse in French and German, in addition to a basic grasp of Spanish.

    ·        Scientific: I have vast experience relating to electrical, thermal and mechanical analysis in addition to the integration of the three disciplines into a system application. I have a strong technical understanding of reliability engineering requirements and practices. I have also gained experience in a multitude of analytical spectroscopic techniques using efficient and accurate quantitative calculations and subsequent deductions, yielding key information concerning the molecular structure of subject materials.

     

    Industrial Skills:

    ·        BSI Level Auditor: 18 months experience conducting internal and external supplier and facility audits. The internal audits span all departments at MESL. As the audits are conducted, I focus on resolving the audit actions in a correct and timely manner. I am responsible for the management of all space suppliers, ensuring that the company supplier visit plan is completed on schedule

    ·        Environmental test management: I have been fully involved in environmental testing such as vibration and thermal vacuum testing for nearly six years. Upon working with MESL, I have developed my role from a technical support function to a test co-ordinator.

    ·        Project Management: I have participated in a series of industrial project management courses, giving me invaluable experience in project management. I have spent nearly six years closely liaising with a number of project managers and have used the afore-mentioned skills to compliment this close working relationship.

    ·        Leadership and Teamwork: I have been the technical authority for a multitude of projects, each with their unique demands with respect to schedule and design. I have subsequently enhanced my ability to make key decisions and take on a variety of leadership roles within project teams. This has enabled me to consistently deliver results and drive project progress. For the past two years I have been able to supplement these skills with the roles of Product and Quality Assurance.

    ·        Communication: I employ several different media techniques in order to efficiently interface with customer groups, key to project success. I also implement these skills during internal project meetings and design reviews. In addition, I am required to work and communicate with suppliers and have enhanced my communication skills whilst dealing with supplier non-conformances and conducting supplier audits.

    ·        Marketing and Sales: I have successfully supported negotiations to tender with my technically based knowledge, reassuring major clients that their requirements are fully understood.

     

    Work Experience:


    November 2012 – Present:    

     

    MESL Microwave Ltd.

    Senior Product Assurance and Quality Assurance Engineer


    Product Assurance:

    ·        I support all space projects throughout the product life-cycle, from bid verification up until delivery and post-sales activity.

    ·        I am responsible for project documentation such as declared lists and product inspection specifications. I am also required to perform reliability analyses and contribute to product FMECA assessments.

    ·        I am responsible for chairing project milestone reviews such as MRR and TRR activities. I am the prime company representative, supporting and closing customer PCB and MPCB reviews.

    ·        I have introduced new working practices to MESL, such as MPCB reviews as well as an overall new product implementation process. In addition, I have introduced new documentation such as an EEE parts management plan. I have overseen a transition of existing company documentation to approved ECSS formats.

    ·        I am the company authority for receiving and relaying ESA industrial alert notifications.

     

    Quality Assurance:

    ·        I am the company authority for approval and release of all space products manufactured by MESL

    ·        I am responsible for the status of all company operating procedures. One of my duties is to ensure that MESL operating procedures meet customer expectations. I draw on a number of external industry standards to achieve this.

    ·        I perform internal audits to ensure that company procedures are followed. The internal audits enable me to identify any areas for improvement.

    ·        I am responsible for conducting external audits with all space part suppliers, supporting MESL engineering, production and procurement activities.

    ·        I have introduced a space standard non-conformance process as well as placing greater focus on company training activities. I have been responsible for transforming the company skills matrix into a quality assurance tool suitable for working on a variety of space projects. In addition, I have reviewed and updated the company goods inwards processes. I have also created a dedicated space quality plan.

    Technical:

    ·        I am responsible for all in-house vibration testing and the maintenance of the vibration test equipment. I have implemented a number of improvement activities such as the correct storage and use of test jigs. I am also responsible for the maintenance of the test facility and the calibration of vibration test equipment.

    ·        I respond to all customer requests for product vibration testing and ensure that approved test subcontractors are able to deputise in the event that MESL are unable to perform the vibration test.


     


    August 2008 – November 2012:

    ABSL Space Products

    Project Engineer


    ·        I was a technical authority on an array of diverse satellite projects involving close, constant team work with a number of personnel ranging from directors, project managers and manufacturing technicians. I have built an excellent rapport with my clients, most of whom enjoy significant clout within the space and aerospace industry.

    ·        I performed a multi-disciplinary engineering role in which I perform continuous design iteration between thermal, mechanical, electrical, magnetic and reliability factors. As a result, I have a strong background in all the above disciplines and extensive experience in implementing key techniques and attaining project success.

    ·        I interacted and collaborated with all other departments providing unparalleled visibility into the working practices of all the industrial roles such as product assurance, quality assurance, project management, manufacturing and testing.

    ·        As I developed, I took on increasing responsibility for a number of internal and external product tests which are commercially sensitive to ABSL, thus ensuring the future stability and continuous growth of an already thriving business.

    ·       I identified potential improvements to internal working practices and procedures and enhanced the efficiency of the business. I chaired review meetings in order to facilitate such improvements.

     


    June 2011 – October 2012:

    LOCOG

    Transport Team Leader


    ·        From the bid award in 2005, I volunteered and secured a team leader role coordinating and implementing the transportation strategy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.


    June 2007 – August 2007:

    Rolls-Royce Plc.

    Summer Intern.


    ·        I led an inter-departmental project, in which I co-ordinated between four independent departments. The project focused on the lifing of components within the Trent 900 engine, used on the Airbus A380.


    January 2002:

    Société Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée.


    ·        This was a French work experience programme, in which I gained and enhanced interview skills plus a grass roots knowledge of French business culture and working practice.

     

    Part-time employment:


    November 2004 – 2009:

    Harry Hitchcock Ltd.


    ·        I have gained sales and front-of-house experience for major public events such as Premiership and international football matches. In addition, I was able to participate in event management operations.


    October 2005 – January 2006:

    Imperial College Alumni Services.


    ·        Telephone sales and fund-raising experience, over £100,000 raised by project team.


    June 2001 – January 2003:

    Marriott Hotel Leisure Centre.


    ·        Marketing, promotion and sales experience.

     

    Interests and Achievements:

    ·       Music: Violin (Grade8), viola (Grade5), percussion (Grade4). Sports: hockey, cricket and football at university, school and Corps level. A number of academic awards at school and university.

    ·        Air Training Corps: 1999-2003, during which I was promoted to rank of Sergeant.

    ·        Youth Interfaith: I co-ordinated and participated in a number of diversity and dialogue forums.

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