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     Date Submitted:08-08-2013
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     Current job:Production Control: Senior Production Planner
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsSeasoned and accomplished professional with broad ranging experience in Production Control and Configuration Management. Proven ability to manage complex manufacturing environments and multiple manufacturing projects in varying stages of production lifec
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    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

    Seasoned and accomplished professional with broad ranging experience in Production Control and Configuration Management.  Proven ability to manage complex manufacturing environments and multiple manufacturing projects in varying stages of production lifecycle.   Exceptional track record of process improvement and the ability to meet critical schedule milestones.  

     

    AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE / EXPERTISE         

    Integrated Production Control             Work Center Planning                        MRP                            Maximo                      

    Prototype manufacturing & Testing    Production Line                       Refurbishment                        Ancillary Parts

    Engineering Change Review Board   Problem Solving                     Decision Making                     Shortages

    Engineering Documentation               Drawings                                 Engineering Orders                 Parts Lists

    Engineering Change Orders               ECRs & ECPs                        Bills of Materials          Vendor Data packs

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    PRODUCTION CONTROL / SENIOR PRODUCTION PLANNER:  United Space Alliance:   CSTAR

     

    •       Responsible for work center planning and scheduling to support multi-level Solid Rocket Booster manufacturing, maintenance repair & overhaul activities

    •       Developed long/short range materials requirements plan to identify manufacturing / purchasing requirements

    •       Responsible for work order release and work in process (WIP) status for materials on the shop floor

    •       Interface with purchasing, operations, engineering, quality and program management to assess process issues and implement proactive measures to avoid work stoppages

    •       Maintained daily, weekly and monthly program status’ and chair weekly operations status meetings

    •       Requisition and maintain inventories of materials and supplies necessary to meet production demands

    •       Production control representative in support of development, launch & refurbishment of Ares 1-x prototype launch vehicle.

    •       Production control representative in support of development, manufacture, testing and refurbishment of Nasa next generation Main Parachutes and Drogue Pilot Parachutes

    •       Worked with design engineering, operations engineering, manufacturing operations, quality and logistics to identify shortages and provide real-time hardware change out / replacement materials.

    •       Supported maintenance repair and overhaul activities for SRB retrieval ships and all ground support equipment

     

    CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT ANALYST: United Space Alliance:  CSTAR

     

    •       Configuration Analyst in charge of off-site office supporting disassembly and refurbishment operations.

    •       Generated Planned Removal Parts lists giving Operations detailed instructions on removal and refurbishment of hardware and sub-components during disassembly operations.

    •       Provided operational direction in support of disassembly, refurbishment and assembly manufacturing operations.

    •       Researched and resolved post flight anomalies.

    •       Oversaw the creation of detailed as-built configuration reports for each major structure assembly processed.

    •       Preformed configuration inspection and approval of all as-built records in support of disassembly and refurbishment operations.

    •       Supported engineering change review boards by reviewing proposed engineering change requests and engineering change proposals prior to submittal to change board for approval.

    •       Reviewed all aspects of the engineering change package, drawings, engineering orders, bills of materials, parts lists and vendor data packages. 

    •       Generated change review board directives which gave detailed instructions for approval, release and implementation of proposed engineering changes.

    •       Coordinated with lead engineer and implementing engineer as part of a three person team responsible for creation, approval and implementation of engineering changes.

     

    CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT: United Space Alliance / United Space Boosters Inc.

     

    •       Generated Government reportable as-built history records for solid rocket booster structures. 

    •       Ensured proper manufacturing configuration for each build effectivity.

    •       Generated as-built vs. as-design delta reports and resolved all know deltas

    •       Supported investigation and resolution of post flight anomalies

    •       Supported manufacturing assembly operations

    •       Supported booster structure disassembly and refurbishment operations and refurbishment of ancillary components

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    EMPLOYMENT

    United Space Alliance                                    Senior Production Planner                  2003 to 2013

    United Space Alliance                                    Production Planner                             2000 to 2003

    USBI/United Space Alliance                         Configuration Analyst                         1996 to 2000

    United Space Boosters Inc                         Configuration Management                1988 to 1996

    United Space Boosters Inc                           Inventory Control                                  1982 to 1988

     

    EDUCATION

    Masters of Science:  Management of Technology    University of Miami    

    Industrial Engineering / Business Management

       

    BA  Business Administration     Barry University

     

    AS  Business Management        Brevard Community College

     

    AWARDS

    United Space Alliance Team Quest Award for Hydraulic Pump and Fuel Component Refurbishment  2013

    United Space Alliance Quest Award for Exceptional Performance  2012

    NASA Group Achievement Award Ares 1X Developmental Flight Test Team 2010

    United Space Alliance Quest Award for Teamwork 2005

    Parachute Facility Award for Superior Support 2007

    Production Control Return to Flight Team Award 2004

    United Space Alliance ‘On The Spot Award’ 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009

    United Space Alliance STS-98 Recognition Award 2001

    United Space Booster Monetary Award for finding Pre-Launch Anomaly 2000

    United Space Booster Monetary Award for Process Improvements 1996

     

    SECURITY CLEARANCES

    OPM/Homeland Security NACI Clearance

    NASA issued Personal Reliability (PRP) Clearance


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