2013 – 2014 Programme Manager – Special Programmes, SSTL, Guildford
· Leading and delivering SSTL’s next generation satellite platform design - improving performance and payload capability
· Undertaking cost engineering activities - targeting key areas for business improvement
· Applying new methodologies in design, procurement, manufacturing and test - lowering costs and improving delivery time
· Evaluating and optimising project core teams – building strength and capability
· Managing introduction of new platform design onto secured commercial missions
2009 – 2013 Head of Electrical Engineering, SSTL, Guildford
· A member of the senior management team - provided steer across all business functions
· Led an engineering department consisting of 150 staff and five test facilities across three sites
· Collaborated with other heads of engineering and projects director to oversee critical project deliveries, implementing robust recovery plans where required
· Mentored key staff and managers – developing future leaders
· Formulated effective, appropriate and flexible engineering processes in alignment with company principles
· Defined and implemented product roadmaps with business unit and engineering leaders
· Acted as senior level customer interface - communicating company processes and procedures - resolving critical technical issues – instilling customer confidence
· Responsible for department budget – labour overheads, materials and capital expenditure – forecasting and tracking ~£4M - consistently maintained within budget
· Participated in bid management for mission sales – reviewing cost, schedule, technical input and assisting in negotiations
· Chaired project reviews and inquiry boards - drawing on full project life-cycle experience and skills to help provide technical and programmatic guidance to project teams
· Implemented cost reduction and delivery improvement strategy – examples include
o Divisional restructure - product teams to establish knowledge centres and drive timely delivery and ownership
o Manufacturing process – implemented reflow capability and specialist manufacturing cells - reduced electronics assembly time by 80% (exceeded target of 50%)
o Automated test engineering - reduced sub-assembly test time from weeks to days
o Application of commodity management for electronic components - reduced electronics materials costs by 25% (exceeded target of 10%) and built better relationship with suppliers
o Development of outsourcing for manufacturing activities and subsystems procurement - enabling delivery schedules to be met and internal development costs to be minimised on flagship missions.
2006 – 2009 Electronics Group Leader – RF and Analogue Electronics, SSTL, Guildford
(Also encompassed a Subsystems Sales Business Development role)
· Provided technical leadership to three engineering teams - 30 people
· Delivered manpower and equipment resources to multiple projects - typically 5 satellite missions or constellations per year
· Implemented effective and coherent peer review, design engineering and test processes
· Oversaw group’s delivery to projects – steering scope, schedule, cost and quality
· Responsible for overhead budget and capital expenditure ~£2M
· Defined and implemented product roadmaps – contributed to engineering division strategy and company business plan
· Participated in mission and subsystems sales negotiations – instrumental in securing a number of contracts of value ~£1M to £15M
· Kick started subsystems sales business unit – capitalised on the potential of selling subsystems to other spacecraft manufacturers – grew new orders from ~£100K to ~£6M in two years (exceeded target of £1M first year and £2M second year)
o Developed the Subsystem Sales business development plan and secured internal funding to undertake sales development activities
o Bid managed and secured successful new sales globally – US, Europe & Asia
o Implemented dedicated subsystem sales engineer roles and projects personnel to bolster and grow the subsystems business – now a separate business line at SSTL with representation on the senior management team
2001 – 2006 Senior RF Engineer then RF Team Leader in 2003, SSTL, Guildford
· Provided technical leadership and delivery focus to ten engineering staff working on multiple satellite missions.
· Designed and delivered RF communications subsystems for satellites
2000 – 2001 Senior RF Engineer & Project Manager, Quasar Microwave, Devon
· Designed and delivered high volume microwave products for mobile phone base stations (typically ~100 production units per design)
· Led a development team - design of novel high performance microwave filter products driven by the need for low cost manufacturing and test
1998 – 2000 RF Engineer, ComDev International, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
· Lead engineer - designed telecoms payload subsystems for North American and European customers - supported multiple projects - drove the full project lifecycle through to customer delivery
Education, professional memberships and training
MSc, Microwave Solid State Physics – University of Portsmouth (1997)
BSc(Hons), Physics 2:1 – University of Sussex (1995)
MIET Chartered Engineer
Prince2 Certification - Practitioner
Management & Leadership - Group development courses over last ten years at SSTL
Personal development coaching - PEC Ltd. over last seven years
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