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     Date Submitted:22-11-2013
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     Current job:Payload Test Manager
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Operators
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    Person Profile
    I have 20 years’ experience within Telecommunications and RF engineering. I pride myself on being a creative, dynamic and enthusiastic person with a keen eye for detail. I am an excellent team player and leader, providing guidance, motivation, and credible alternatives within an ever-changing environment whilst retaining a focus on the end goal.

    Key Skills / Attributes

    • Proactive project management, scheduling, risk analysis, lean manufacturing techniques – A people manager with team and individual leadership skills.
    • Troubleshooting – resolution of major issues (performance, quality, cost & schedule).
    • Highly organised and proactive delivering key project milestones within budget and in a timely manner.
    • Contract flow down, writing policy and technical documentation, process procedures and work instructions.
    • RF measurement system design & development - ATE hardware and software design, procurement, validation, deployment and support, EMC testing.
    • Deep knowledge of all aspects of assembly, integration and test techniques ¬- Fully conversant with an extensive range of ATE, COTS equipment including extensive knowledge of satellite environment & thermal vacuum testing and launch campaigns.

    Career Review
    Airbus Defence & Space, Portsmouth
    Payload Test Manager                                Aug. 2001 – Present  
    I am currently working as a Payload Test Manager working within the Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT) department of Airbus Defence & Space.  I manage the planning, preparation and execution of all Electrical and RF performance tests on satellite payloads during the integration and environmental test phases. To achieve this I lead a team of RF & Test System engineers whilst working closely with Design Engineers and the customer.  Part of my role involves producing in-depth technical documentation; procurement specifications, test procedures, trackers, and progress reports.
    I am responsible for all aspects of performance, cost and schedule management.  Presenting an optimized schedule that enables integration and test activities to be performed and completed in compliance with strict delivery milestones. During the preparation phase I take a key role leading the performance specification, design and procurement of the Test Equipment (EGSE) required for the test delivery phase.  I have also a deep cost understanding in providing proposal bids for prospective satellite contracts, using requirement analysis, production cost and schedule models using work breakdown structures.  I have been involved with numerous improvement initiatives reducing test durations or proposing a better test method using lessons learnt type analysis.
    I am the technical focal point, responsible for contract flow-down into AIT.  I present at all major reviews and maintain action status trackers.  I plan and prepare common manufacturing activities; ensuring test quality is delivered in a lean and low risk manner.
    During my time at Airbus I have travelled to many countries including managing test campaigns for long periods representing Airbus UK, working with external companies and internal European divisions.  I have managed many satellite projects from inception to launch, seeing every aspect of a grueling assembly integration and test programme.  Being a key player in customer presentations, readiness reviews, risk management, schedule workshops and review boards has given me an opportunity to expand my leadership and relationship skills further.

    Payload Test Manager (Muliple Payloads)                    Nov. 2010 – Present
    Management and leadership of all Electrical and RF functional testing activities on Multi Satellite Payload’s, Astra 2E, 2F, 5B, 2G, Measat 3B, Express AM4R, AM7, DirecTV-15, Express AMU1, Sky Brasil, Echostar 105, Angosat, and SES12.

    Senior RF AIT Engineer on W2M & Hylas                    Feb. 2007 - Nov 2010

    Led both test campaigns starting in Portsmouth with the payload integration testing.  Followed by a Test Director role during spacecraft integration, thermal and environmental testing at ISRO Bangalore India and continued with the launch campaign in French Guiana.

                    
    AIT Electrical / RF Test Engineer on the Skynet 5 Satellites         Oct. 2006 – Feb. 2007 
    Supporting the Full Spacecraft AIT testing and thermal vacuum test campaign on the Skynet Satellites at Astrium Toulouse.                                

    AIT Electrical / RF Test Engineer on the Galileo GSTB                 Apr. 2006 – Oct. 2006
    Supporting the AIT Thermal vacuum test campaign on the Galileo GSTB Satellites at Telespazio Rome.                                

    Rf  test engineer for Skynet Class C Amplifiers                         Jan. 2004 – Apr. 2006
    Working on a series of satellite payload subsystems, primarily on a Class C Power Amplifier General Assembly.
    Alignment, test and fault finding of the sub assembly modules and the full assembly, using gold leaf and SOT discreet component tuning applied under microscopes to ESA standards in a clean room Class 100,000 environment.  Including EMC, Thermal Vacuum and Vibration testing.

    Secondment to Norspace to support the pre and post processor for Inmarsat 4            Aug. 2003 – Jan. 2004
    A secondment to Alcatel Space Norway, to support a Pre and Post Processor subsystem at a critical stage.
    Consisting of a test systems redesign, re-training of technicians and providing engineering support, returning the project to nominal schedule.
     
    Rf  test engineer on the Frequency Generator for Inmarsat 4               Aug. 2001 – Aug. 2003

    Breadboard design testing of a Frequency Generating Unit satellite payload subsystem, through to full flight assembly integration and testing at payload system level.

    Nortel Networks, Optoelectronics Division, Paignton                 Mar. 2000 – Aug. 2001
    Test Engineer

    I have worked as a Test Engineer within the “High Performance Optical Component Solutions” division of Nortel Networks.  I oversaw the development and production of semiconductor optical receivers, from wafer verification through to module build and test.  My role covered all aspects of production, research and design, yield reporting, cost reduction, statistical process control and new product introduction.  In this position I have gained considerable experience in presentation, reporting and communication skills.
    I provided training and technical support to individuals in the operation of new equipment and ensuring that the level of new employee training is upheld to the highest possible standard.

    COMDEV, Satellite Communications Division, Cornwall              Sept. 1998 – Mar. 2000
    Development Test Engineer

    Responsible for the testing and development of filters, diplexers OMUX’s and switching networks through the development, production and final installation stages.
    Working with both wave-guide and co-axial components from 1GHz to 40GHz.
    I was often required to work at customer’s sites where I tested and supervised the installation both nationally and internationally.
    Some of the projects I worked on included the development of a Wg18 Orthogonal Mode Transducer for military purposes.
    Also the testing at component level to final installation stage on four filter combining switching networks in Ku band for use on the Astra satellite ground stations and the site acceptance testing of a C band frequency combining network in Cyprus.
    My last project was the development of C, Ku and Ka band differential phase shift circulators.

    COMDEV, Cellular Rf Conditioning Division, Dunstable               Apr. 1997 – Sept. 1998
    Test Technician / Senior Test Technician

    Responsible for the testing and tuning of pre-production and production wireless sub systems, consisting of diplexers, lowpass and bandpass filters and LNA’s.
    Parameters included passive inter-modulation; third order intercept, external Q’s and coupling bandwidths.
    Participating in the development of the beta version and the implementation of the introduction of advanced A.T.E for the testing procedures.
    Member of a Continuous Improvement Team which procedurised the issue and control of the ‘Documentation and Trace ability’ for the entire manufacturing facility.

    Education and Training

    Plymouth College of Technology/Centre of Excellence              Sept. 1999 - June 2001
                              Higher National Certificate, Electrical Engineering

    Luton University                      Oct. 1997 - June 1998
                              BSC (Hons) Computer Science 1st Year

    Dunstable College of Further Education           Sept. 1995 - June 1997
                              NVQ Level 1 – 3 Information Technology
     
    Northfields Upper School                       July 1994
    10 GCSE'S Grade A - C 
      
      
    Technical Courses

    Agile Scrum Methodology Training (Astrium)

    Test System Uncertainty Analysis (Agilent)

    PIM Master Certified PIM Measurement Training Course (Anritsu)

    Noise figure Measurements (Agilent)

    Agilent PNA Course (Agilent - 2 Day)

    4 Port Balanced Measurement System (Anritsu)

    Time Domain Analysis using Vector Network Analyzers (Anritsu)

    Anritsu Vector Network Analyser Training (Nortel Networks)

    Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment (Nortel Networks)

    IEE Wiring Regulations 16th Edition (C & G 2381) (Nortel Networks)

    MS Access 2000 User / Administrator (ABS Chimera)

    Advanced Excel (ABS Chimera)

    Parallel Gap Welding & S.M.T Soldering (Astrium)

    Health & Safety Legislation (Nortel Networks)

    Export Control Rating (Astrium Ltd)

    Environmental Awareness (Astrium Ltd)

    First Aid in the event of an Electrical Shock (St Johns Ambulance)

    Laser Safety & Gas Safety Training (National Radiological Board)

    Personal Details
    Date of birth:   18th January 1978     
    Nationality:   British       
    Health:    Excellent

    References are available upon request

     


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