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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:12-12-2012
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     Current job:Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsDirector of Engineering, Operations, Customer Support, New Business Development, Systems Engineering, Geosynchronous satellites
    CV
    Dear Hiring Manager:
     
    I am currently exploring new opportunities and would like to present my resume for your review. I believe I would bring immediate value to your team, as I offer more than 20 years of technical leadership success in customer support operations and engineering, with specific experience in satellite operations, product line engineering, and launch support. My expertise lies in engineering systems, allocating resources, and establishing policies and procedures, along with driving new business development efforts, from proposal development to negotiations. Using my diverse business and technology acumen, I have built a track record of meeting and exceeding mission timelines and goals, not to mention delivering high-level technical support for highly complex operations. I am confident my qualifications align with those you require from an accomplished candidate.
     
    Most recently, I served as Director of Customer Service Engineering at Orbital Science Corporation, where I led activities for all on-orbit geo satellite assets and customers, in addition to developing and implementing policies and strategies for geo customer operations. I also identified and addressed immediate real-time on-orbit anomalies. Prior to this, I performed in such roles as Principal Engineer, Specialty Manager, and Operations Manager. Select highlights from my career include having:
     
    * Delivered creative solutions to OSC fleet issues and reported the fleet status to senior management (Orbital Science Corporation).
    * Coordinated and facilitated 5 Annual Satellite Users Conferences for more than 100 customer attendees.
    * Supported quality assurance and ISO 9001-2000 by establishing and implementing related policies and procedures (Space Systems/LORAL).
    * Developed, designed, implemented, and tested application-specific software ground systems for satellite TC&R (Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems).
    * Played a key role as Principal Engineer during the construction of the Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC) in San Jose for Globalstar and a back-up SOCC in El Dorado Hills, California.
     
    This letter and my resume provide only a brief introduction to my diverse technical background. For a more detailed presentation of my credentials, I would appreciate a personal interview at your earliest convenience. Until then, I eagerly anticipate your positive response and thank you for your kind consideration.
     
    Sincerely,
     
     
     
    DIRECTOR
     
    Decisive and driven senior manager offering more than 20 years of technical leadership experience in customer support operations, with specific expertise in satellite operations, product line, and launch. Offer track record of consistently meeting and exceeding mission timelines and goals by expertly engineering systems, strategically allocating resources, and setting effective policies and procedures. Proactive and forward-thinking strategist who drives issue resolution while maintaining high quality by identifying and capitalizing on innovative technology solutions. Confidently drive new business development efforts, including proposal development and negotiations.
     
    CORE COMPETENCIES
     
    Customer Support Operations * Policy & Procedure Development * Reporting * Issue Resolution
    Resource Management * Business Plans * Customer Relations * Proposal Generation * Team Leadership
    New Business Development * Satellite Operations * Quality Assurance * Systems Engineering
     
    PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
     
    ORBITAL SCIENCE CORPORATION * Dulles, Virginia 2004-2010
     
    Director of Customer Service Engineering
    Responsible for all on-orbit geo satellite assets and customers. Devised and implemented policy and strategy for geo customer operations at Orbital. Cultivated relations and interfaced regularly with international commercial customers. Identified and responded to immediate real-time on-orbit anomalies. Supported new business development team per STAR-2 on-orbit experience. Established and administered customer support organization (CSO) budget and managed financial reports, coordinating with senior SSG management. Built team, defining staff and resource management plans for growing CSO.
     
    * Delivered creative solutions to OSC fleet issues and reported fleet status to senior management.
    * Coordinated and facilitated 5 Annual Satellite Users Conferences for more than 100 customer attendees.
     
    SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL * Palo Alto, California 1999 - 2001
     
    Principal Engineer
    Established CSO tasked with handling all on-orbit spacecraft anomalies. Accumulated in-depth knowledge of satellite operations and satellite product line. Interfaced and reported directly to VP of flight assurance. Directed IPT for on-orbit anomaly resolution. Gained strong systems engineering experience.
     
    * Supported quality assurance and ISO 9001-2000 by establishing and implementing related policies and procedures.
     
    LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACE MISSION SYSTEMS * Sunnyvale, California 1994 - 1999
     
    Specialty Manager 1997 - 1999
    Built in-depth knowledge of satellite operations and launch industry. Led new business development activities and proposal generation. Coordinated proposals for satellite ground systems, systems integration services, and mission operations. Presented fiscal business plans, ethics training, security awareness, and other business topics to top-level management and employees.
     
    * Consistently met and surpassed mission-readiness timelines.
    * Developed, designed, implemented, and tested application-specific software ground systems for satellite TC&R.
     
     
    Operations Manager 1994 - 1997
    Set policy (CONOP) for Globalstar constellation operations. Directed mission operations programs, including proposal development and statement of work (SOW) generation. Negotiated teaming arrangement for joint operations contract. Drafted Globalstar rehearsal plan. Performed on-site product readiness reviews. Coordinated on-orbit operations staffing plan. Determined personnel qualifications and requisitions. 
     
    Recruited and staffed operations team. Led operations team throughout mission operations readiness and launch activities. Administered cost accounts, resource planning, employee development, performance reviews, and weekly status reports for section activities. Organized equipment selection and vendors for installation of UPS system and flight consoles. Provided support for PDR/CDR for satellite systems engineering.
     
    * Played key role as Principal Engineer during construction of Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC) in San Jose for Globalstar and back-up SOCC in El Dorado Hills, California.
     
    SPACES SYSTEMS/LORAL * Palo Alto, California 1991 - 1994
     
    Mission Operations Manager, Flight Director, and Operations Engineer
    Coordinated integration and testing of new hardware and software ground systems for on-orbit and newly evolving satellites. Chaired engineering working groups. Drove configuration management of control center hardware, software, and documentation. Spearheaded systems tests. Directed mission requirements definition and flight controller training. Negotiated and managed subcontract for operations personnel. 
     
    Managed flight documentation development and publication. Led tracking station network support and subcontract administration. Interfaced regularly with customers providing technical support. Organized and managed daily, weekly, and monthly operations schedules. Published monthly summary report and supported quarterly management reviews. 
     
    * Progressed into positions with increased scope and responsibility for mission operations team tasks.
    * Performed as member of on-site advanced operations team in Tokyo providing mission support to NSTAR satellite operations.
     
    ADDITIONAL PREVIOUS POSITIONS
     
    KAWASAKI WAFER TECHNOLOGY Santa Clara, California
    Facilities and Environmental Engineering Manager
     
    SPACE APPLICATIONS CORPORATION Sunnyvale, California
    Systems Engineer
     
    MARTIN MARIETTA DENVER AEROSPACE Sunnyvale, California
    Senior Engineer
     
    MARTIN MARIETTA DENVER AEROSPACE Vandenburg Air Force Base, California
    Engineer
     
    ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS
     
    Engineering Management Master’s Program
    Santa Clara University
     
    BS in Mechanical Engineering
    Old Dominion University
     
    Physics Major (Dual Degree Program)
    Longwood College

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