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     Date Submitted:29-10-2012
     Last Modified:18-01-2013 (09:49)
    Job information
     Current job:Subcontractor Procurement Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSupply Chain, Procurement, Subcontractor, Contract, Statement of Work, Purchase, budget, schedule, Supplier, Customer, interface, bid, evaluation, risk, management, Sub-System, equipment, propulsion, long term, multi-program, flexibility, languages

    Work Experience


    From July 10:                Subcontractor Procurement Manager

    Supply Chain Management - OHB-System AG, Bremen, Germany

    Main activities: monitoring and follow up of all procurement activities including the proposals’ evaluation and the Subcontractor selection; co- ordination of and participation to equipment level reviews; monitoring Suppliers’ performance, ensuring compliance to requirements, budget and schedule; managing interface between Suppliers and Customer; support to the Project Management Office for risk mitigation and management; reporting to the Project Management Office on procurement status; co-ordination of satellite equipment procurement in agreement with the project management; responsibility for equipments’ Statement of Work, co-ordinated with all parts of procurement documentation; participation to long-term and multi-programme procurement planning; preparation of make-or-buy decisions.


    Oct. 08 – June 10:       Subcontractor Procurement Manager

    Sourcing and Contracting - Thales Alenia Space Italy, Rome, Italy

    Main activities: drafting bid documents and providing inputs to Tenders; proposals’ evaluation and Subcontractor selection according to ESA Best Practices; management of negotiation with Suppliers; negotiation of Financial and Management aspects of the Contracts; monitoring Suppliers’ performance, ensuring compliance to requirements, budget and schedule; managing interface between Suppliers and Customer; managing orders; managing inbound inventory.


    May 08 - Oct. 08:          Mechanical Engineer

    Technical Department - S.E.L.I. S.p.A., Aprilia (Rome), Italy

    Main activities: responsible for the overhauling and project coordination of a tunnelling machine; team leader of a team of 8 people working on materials related to wagons back-up; sourcing coordinator; supervision of assembling and manufacturing of the machine.


    May 05 – Dec. 07:       Exams Supervisor for British Council Italy Temporary position.


    Oct. 01 – Apr. 05:         Promoter for I.P.S. - Italian Promotion Service Temporary position.




    2011:                              Bremen, Germany:

    Project Management Seminar.


    1997 – 2007:                Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy:

    Degree in Aerospace Engineering - equivalent to (MEng) Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering - Grade 101/110 – equivalent to 2:1.

    Main subject: Aerospace Propulsion Engineering.

    Final Dissertation on: “Nonlinear methods for Launcher’s Control”, a project to investigate possible application of the feedback linearisation to the problem of launcher’s control.


    2004:                             Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy:

     “Liquid Propellants for Rockets” seminar by Prof. H. Immich.


    1992 – 1997:                Liceo Scientifico Statale “C. Cavour”, Rome, Italy:

    Diploma of Higher Education – Equivalent to British ‘A’ Levels, Grade 52/60.


    Language skills


    Italian:                            mother tongue;


    English:                         Level C1 on Common European Framework

    Advanced user in Understanding, Speaking and Writing;


    German:                        Level B2 on Common European Framework

    Intermediate level in Understanding, Speaking and Writing;


    Spanish:                        Level B1 on Common European Framework

    Intermediate level in Understanding, Speaking and Writing.


    Computer skills


    Proficient knowledge of Operating Systems Windows Xp/Vista/98 and Mac Os X; familiarity with Mac platform.
    Excellent command of MS Office tools (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint), MS Internet Explorer, Outlook Express/MS Outlook; good command of MS Project.

    Advanced knowledge of Matlab, in particular of the toolbox Simulink, Unigraphics NX3, AutoCAD 2D and Smartdraw. Good command of SAP.


    Personal skills and competencies


    Dynamic, excellent interpersonal skills at all levels, very good team player; good communicator, happy to work in multicultural environments.
    Excellent organisational skills, flexible and results oriented; able to determine priorities and to act accordingly to achieve goals, able to work under pressure and within tight deadlines.


    Activities and interests


    Blogging, photography, travelling, reading, music, world cultures and languages; passion for hi-tech and new technologies.




    Sergio Pica, Responsible for Satellite Propulsion Department at Thales Alenia Space Italy, via Saccomuro 24, 00131 Rome; sergio.pica(at)


    Salvatore Monaco, full Professor of “Teoria dei Sistemi”, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica “Antonio Ruberti”, via Ariosto 25, 00185 Rome; salvatore.monaco(at)


    Other references available upon request.

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