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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
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Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
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     Date Submitted:20-03-2014
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     Current job:Chief Engineer (Programme Manager)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
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     KeywordsProject Management, Bid Management, Strategy, Business Development
    CV

    Summary of Qualifications and Skills

     

    • Ph. D. with over 30 years’ experience and an international reputation in space, engineering and strategy development

    • Experienced project manager with a proven track record of on-time delivery of projects within budget

    • Demonstrated commercial skills

    • Wide range of experience working with government agencies

    • Demonstrated ability to work and lead large teams

    • Experienced in writing proposals, technical documentation, and scientific papers

    • Accomplished presenter of research papers and project briefings

    • Excellent problem solving skills

     

    Professional Experience and Accomplishments

     

    Chief Engineer , Component Technology Manufacturing Technology Centre 2012-present

     

    Programme Management

    • Responsible for the delivery of around 40+ project covering a wide ange of engineering projects

    • Ensuring project are run to time and budget

    • Report to Centre Director and Head of Technology.

    AMAZE Project Manager

    • Responsible for the day-to-day running (technical, planning and financial) of the AMAZE FP7 project at MTC (largest project in group)

    • Presentations at major meetings and report writing

    • Ensuring deliverables are to time and budget

    Proposal Management

    • Writing of bids – success rate of over 90%

    • Support bid development within other engineering groups

    Project Support and Mentoring

    • Provide project support to Net-shape and Additive Manufacturing team including reporting

    • Mentoring of team on project management

    • Set-up theme project reporting system

     

    Industrial Consultant 2007-2011

     

    Business Director, Magna Parva Ltd.

    • Responsible for running Magna Parva's Space Business

    • Bid management – highly successful bringing in multiple projects per year from near zero baseline

    • Project Management – ran all space projects within the company (4-6, total value of £1-2M)

    • Defined strategy and built strategic relationships with other organizations

    Work for STFC

    • Chair of major STFC funding committee – PPRP (2007-2009)

    • Worked as adviser to STFC on “failing” projects (2009-2010)

     

    Senior Project Manager Space Research Centre, University of Leicester 2006- 2007

     

    MIXS Project Manager

    • Technical and programmatic management of the MIXS instrument for the ESA Bepi Colombo mission (value of £4M+)

     

    SRC Senior Project Manager

    • Member of SRC management team setting strategy for the center

    • Program management of the centers 40+ projects

    • Developed SRC PM handbook and ran course for new staff in project management

    • Developed proposal procedure for the SRC

    • Interviewing of engineers for new posts

     

    Head Science Missions EADS Astrium Ltd. 1999- 2006

     

    Science Strategy Development

    • Responsible for Astrium UK’s strategy development for all future science missions and space science instrumentation.

    • Responsible for delivery of all future project activities in Space science ( >£10M per year)

    • Provide science business area inputs to Astrium UK's medium term planning.

    • Provide scientific and technical support to business development group for a diverse range of projects

    • Responsible for developing collaborations and technology transfer opportunities in Space Science with UK academic groups and UK government

    • Support to BNSC and PPARC on future missions – including technical reports

    • Coordination of all Space Science and technology related studies in the UK including responsibility for meeting financial targets

    • Responsible for UK Space Science R&D budget (around £1M in 2006)

     

    Project Management

    • Study Manager for ESA funded ExoMars Rover Study – delivered on time and within budget

    • Study Manager for ESA funded ISHTAR Study – delivered on time and within budget

    • Led internal studies on Mars and Venus Missions (later Venus Express)

    • Project Manager UK Earthshine mission

     

    Line Management and other activities

    • Staff Management of Space Science Group (1999 – 2004). Set objectives, review performance, and recommend promotions

    • Interview and recommend prospective candidates

    • Mentoring of younger staff

    • Member PPARC Education and Training Ctte.

    • Member PPARC Space Science Advisory Ctte.

    • Member UKISC Space Science Sub-ctte.

    • Member PPARC Aurora Advisory ctte. (left early 2005)

     

    Principal Consultant Space Division, Logica UK Ltd. 1997- 1999

     

    Project Manager, Eutelsat Project

    • Led team of 20-25 software engineers in the development of control center and ground station software; managing production, schedule, and budget

    • Increased project profit margin - 20% of division profits in FY1998.

    • Supervise staff allocation

     

    Account Manager, Eutelsat SCC

    • Developing sales and marketing to client

    • Averaged over £50k per month sales to single client

     

    Staff Consultant, Logica Performance Management System (PMS)

    • Implement PMS to Business Team of 15-20 staff - received high rating in survey of staff on ability as SC.

    • Set objectives, review performance, and recommend promotions

    • Interview and recommend prospective candidates

     

    Consultancy Work

    • Led study for BNSC on future of Ka-band satcoms

    • Managed bid and technical aspect of ESA GSTP flight dynamics study

    • Developing future SCC business strategy for division

    • Input to Logica’s ISO9000 internal quality system (Cortex)

     

     

    Space Scientist NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA 1990 - 1997

     

    Co-Investigator on the NASA IMAGE Spacecraft

    • Co-developer of unique instrument (LENA) using a highly innovative surface interaction technique to provide the first images of Earth’s magnetosphere

    • Led multi-institutional team building LENA sensor; headed sensor design team, managing production, schedule and budget, devised QA plan

    • Team member developing space-borne ionosonde

     

    Mission Scientist for NASA IMAGE Spacecraft

    • Designer of the IMAGE mission

    • Interfaced between NASA management, Project team and Science team

    • Managed scientific aspects of the project; maintained science integrity of the mission.

    • Evaluated contractor proposals for spacecraft procurement

    • Member of the MIDEX architectural design team

     

    Principal Investigator on the NASA Svalrak Rocket

    • Designed unique mission concept; enabled first measurements of vertical profiles in Earth’s cusps

    • NASA representative in liaison with Norwegian Space Centre; resulted in new launch site development essential to mission

    • Led multi-national team to develop payload launched successfully in 1997; supervised all aspects including schedule and cost

     

    Principal Investigator for plasma instrument on Norwegian PULSAUR II rocket

    • Led instrument team through design, development, and build phases; delivered sensor to specification on-schedule and in-budget

    • Lead US investigator and instrument manager; coordinated US groups’ collaboration with Norway resulting in successful launch in 1994

     

    Consultant to Space Physics Division office at NASA HQ

    • Contributed to Space Physics Division policy; provided scientific input to decision process

    • Reviewed proposals submitted to NASA and recommended funding status

     

    Senior Research Scientist SwRI, San Antonio, Texas, USA 1987 - 1990

     

    Sensor Development Team Member

    • Developed flight hardware and documentation for Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby mission, Shuttle TSS-1 mission, Cassini plasma analyzer.

    • Co-wrote successful Cassini proposal, awarded in 1990

    • Led algorithm development on UARS

     

    Research Associate Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Surrey, England 1984 - 1987

     

    Project Manager for the Low-energy Plasma Analyser on CRRES Mission

    • Led instrument design, development, and implementation of innovative detector system; successfully flown, delivered on-time and in-budget

     

    Industrial Consultant

    • Developed surface science detector – sold to commercial company.

     

    Environmental Testing Manager for Sensor on Meteosat P2

    • Developed environmental test procedures and documentation; successfully launched

     

    Software Developer

    • Co-developed software for the AMPTE mission; widely used by science team for data analysis

     

    Professional Background

    Education

     

    University College London, Ph. D 1980 - 1984

    Thermospheric Physics - Developed a 3-dimensional, time-dependent numerical model of the Earth’s thermosphere

    University College London, B. Sc.(2.1) 1977 - 1980

    Physics and Astronomy

     

    Courses

    DOORS requirements tracking 2007

    Astrium Advanced Systems Engineering Course 2002

    Astrium Space School - Proposal Writing Course 2001

    Introduction to SAR 2000

    Project Management (DeMarco and Lister) 1999

    Logica Staff Consultant Development Centre Workshop 1999

    Logica Building Client Relationships 1998

    Logica Risk Management 1998

    Solution Selling overview 1998

    Logica Project Management 1997

    Logica Performance Management 1997

    Logica Interviewing Skills 1997

    NASA Principles of Project Management 1996

    Hy Silver Proposal Writing 1995

    NASA Ethics training 1994

    NASA Multicultural training 1994

    NASA/GSFC Radiation Safety 1993

     

    Professional Honours

    NASA Quality Increase Award 1996

    NASA Performance Award 1995

    NASA Performance Award 1994

    NASA Certificate of Outstanding Performance 1992

    NASA Quality Increase Award 1992

    BMFT/DFVLR award for work on the AMPTE UKS Spacecraft 1987

     

    Publications and Presentations

     

    • Over 70 peer reviewed scientific and technical publications

    • Numerous technical reports, including design documents, interface specifications and test procedures.

    • Scientific and technical presentations at professional meetings throughout the USA and Europe.

    • Presentations to committees at many levels throughout numerous government agencies including advocate reviews.

     

    Professional and committee Memberships

     

    American Geophysical Union 1981 - 1997

    UK Polar Platform Specialist Panel on Solar Terrestrial Physics 1986

    GSFC Scientific Colloquia Committee 1991 - 1994

    NASA Inner Magnetospheric Imager Science Definition Team 1991 - 1995

    GSFC Medium Class Explorer Architectural Design Team 1994

    Logica SCC Development Team 1998 - 1990

    PPARC Technology Review Committee 2000

    PPARC Space Science Technology Working Group 2001

    PPARC Education and Training Committee 2003 - 2005

    PPARC Aurora Advisory Committee 2004 - 2005

    PPARC Space Science Advisory Committee 2005 - 2006

    STFC PPRP (Chair) 2007 - 2009

    ESA Harmonisation Working Group for AM 2013 - present


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