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     Date Submitted:02-03-2015
     Last Modified:02-03-2015 (08:27)
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     Current job:Project Manager
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsSystems Manager with Planetary Protection expertise




    Nationality:             British

    Marital Status         Married with 3 adult children



    - I have always enjoyed systems engineering at spacecraft prime contract level (sometimes called systems architect) using advanced technology, tools & methods. I have come to realise that the attraction for me of working at this ‘user’ level is the analysis of user needs and reconciling these needs (with full traceability) to an appropriate technology in an effective manner.

    - It was during my time in the UK Aircraft Carrier project that I learnt the benefits of using Architecture Frameworks (AFs) and the use that they can be put in the management of ‘capability’, how they can be used to obtain ‘bangs for bucks’, how they can be used to define the man machine interface and what a powerful tool they are in technology management (future and legacy).

    - Since 2006 I have only occasionally been involved with user requirements with most of my time being applied to project management of high technical risk projects, most of which involve sub-contractors.



    - Working with customers to create User Requirements

    - Assessment of MODAF functional model to User Requirements

    - Creation of ‘performance models’ to support MODAF functional model

    - Creation and maintenance of System Requirements (using DOORS ‘rich traceability’)

    - Project Acceptance (Verification and Validation) Planning and Control

    - Technology Exploitation (including Technology Readiness Levels)

    - Planetary Protection (Policies and Practices)

    - Precision (or ‘Ultra’) Cleaning Technologies

    - System Architect/Project Management/Engineering Management/System Engineering


    Jun 2006 - present

    Thales Alenia Space UK (formally SEA Aerospace department, Bristol)


    ECSS Working Group - Planetary Protection Requirements
    Member of ESA ECSS Working Group - Planetary Protection Requirements with particular remit of defining Sample Return requirements

    Project Manager for Isotope Fuelled Stirling Engine Breadboard
    4M€ technology demonstration project with academic and industrial sub-contractors to develop a European ‘nuclear battery’ demonstrator for space applications. Also responsible for definition of system design and system test definition.

    AIV Manager for Earthcare BBR Instrument
    MAIV for a complex 10M€ Earth observation instrument with substantial sub-contractor involvement (for Astrium, Friedrichshafen with RAL, UK)

    Manager/Technical Lead for European Isotope Production for Space Applications
    Throughput, Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (TRAM) analysis of the design of the facility to produce Americium for ESA (for National Nuclear Limited)

    Assistant Project Manager Earthcare MSI ICU;
    a 3.5M€ project to design and build an interface control unit for the EarthCARE spacecraft (for RAL, UK)

    Manager/Technical Lead for Crew Expert Tool requirements reconciliation;
    a study which considers what is required to support a crew aboard a spacecraft on transit to Mars with regard to decision making without ground station contact (with Astrium, Bremen)

    Manager/Technical Lead for Mars Sample Receiving Facility (MSRF) Study and Double Walled Isolator (DWI) study
    Major study to define user requirements and biohazard assessment protocol against which options were considered and then a concept was recommended on which detailed requirements and procedures were developed (for ESA with Health Protection Agency and Natural History Museum)



    Planetary Protection Programme Manager responsible for
    - ExoMars Prime Planetary Protection consultancy, Phase B, including analysis of ExoMars AIV documentation with regard to special considerations for Planetary Protection (for TAS-I Torino with Open University)
    - ExoMars EDLS Planetary Protection consultancy, Phase B (for TAS-F Cannes)
    - ExoMars Orbiter Planetary Protection consultancy, Phase B (for TAS-F Cannes)
     with Open University)

    Manager/Technical Lead for Cleaning Technology Study
    Study and testing to identify, and then demonstrate, the best cleaning method to achieve a cleanliness of ng/cm2 required for hardware in contact with Mars regolith (for ESA with Fraunhofer Institute, Stuttgart)

    Manager/Technical Lead for Mars Manned Habitat & EVA Decontamination Study
    Study to determine decontamination approaches for manned habitat and EVA suits; exterior & interior (for Health Protection Agency)

    Manager/Technical Lead for Low Temperature Sterilisation Study
    Planetary Protection support to technology demonstration of Low Temperature Sterilisation methods (for Health Protection Agency)

    Project Manager for LISA Phasemeter & LISA Charge Management STFC funded studies
    Including modelling and test hardware development for UV LED testing (for UKSA)

    Warship Engineering Management Guide for UK Ministry of Defence
    Definitive MOD guidance for naval engineering management. Lead and author of the section on application of systems engineering to MOD warships. (with BAE Systems Naval Ships, VT Shipbuilding Ltd and University College London)

    Mar 2000 - Jun 2006

    SEA employee Located at Aircraft Carrier Project, Bristol


    Systems Engineer UK Aircraft Carrier (Prime) responsible for:
    - User Requirements & Validation, Capability and Performance Assessment
    - System Requirements & Verification, delivery of the first release of the Ship Specification)
    - Assessment of MODAF functional model with respect to User Requirements
    - Coordination of the Acceptance Strategy Framework defining how Progressive Acceptance would be implemented within an Industry/Government alliance
    - Technology Management; ensuring that the project design decisions, using future technology, are de-risked using a TRL based process
    - Programme Requirements Document (PRD) implementing key non-functional requirements (a.k.a. Transversals) into early system design

    Dec 1999 – Mar 2000

    SEA, Bristol


    Manager/Technical Lead for Fleetwork Supplier Survey
    Research and Market survey to determine the most appropriate COTS software to meet a specific training need (for MOD)

    Manager/Technical Lead for "Advanced FDIR for Spacecraft Systems"
    To define and collate contributions from SEA and SciSys regarding the validation of non-deterministic, high integrity, autonomous systems (for UKSA)

    Systems Engineer for Battlespace Access Underwater Uninhabited Vehicle (BAUUV)
    Development of Technology Assessment process using TRLs and other key elements from MOD Smart Acquisition guidance and creation of initial URD (for MOD)

    May 1998 - Dec 1999

    SEA employee Located at Envisat project ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk


    Instrument Engineer Envisat/Polar Platform (Prime) Instrument Interfaces:
    - Envisat/Polar Platform FM Instrument Acceptance & MAIV
    - Equipment integration and electrical testing for ENVISAT spacecraft project prime contractor

    May 1997 - May 1998

    SEA employee Located at Envisat project Astrium, Bristol


    Instrument Engineer Envisat/Polar Platform (Prime) Instrument Interfaces:
    - Envisat/Polar Platform EM Instrument Acceptance & MAIV


    Dec 1996 – May 1997

    SEA, Bristol


    Manager/Technical Lead for small studies:
    Development of test equipment and strategy for technology development of alternative harness material (for Rolls Royce)
    - Concept study to recommending a strategy for the introduction of Artificial Intelligence to Military Spacecraft systems (for DRA Farnborough)
    - Feasibility study regarding remote ground checkout of spacecraft equipment (for UKSA)
    - Specification of technical requirements for a Virtual Reality Engineering Centre for presentations of synthetic environment models to a large audience (for MOD)
    Requirements management support for S&T Submarine Update specialising in sonar elements (for MOD)
    - Specification and development of MS Access Database Application for MOD bid assessment and requirement tracking (for MOD)
    - Creation of a 3D model of HMS Royal Oak to assist in the recovery of fuel oil from the wreck of the upturned WW2 battleship in Scapa Flow

    Feb 1988 - Dec 1996

    Dornier GmbH (now Astrium), Friedrichshafen


    Cluster (Prime) Systems/Interface Engineer responsible for:
    Systems Engineer (Phase B proposal)
    - Interfaces (Phase B & Phase C/D), specification of interface requirements and control of interface definition
    - Operations & TM/TC Database (MS Access), development of MS Access Operations Database to produce and manage contribution to Users’ Manual
    - Equipment integration and electrical testing

    Rosetta (Prime) Systems/Interface Engineer responsible for:
    Systems Engineer (Phase B proposal)
    - Author Rosetta proposal Executive Summary

    Globalstar PCU Parts Traceability Database Programmer (MS Access)
    - MS Access distributed database application supporting subsystem development, manufacture, control and testing of production line spacecraft equipment (for Loral Corp.)

    Sep 1986 - Feb 1988

    British Aerospace - Space & Comms., Bristol


    Polar Platform Interface Engineer
    - Payload Interface and Subsystem Requirement Interface specification for subcontractors for ENVISAT spacecraft

    Economic studies for the UK space industry
    Polar Platform Utilisation Study (for ESA)
    - Cost-Benefit Analysis of Remote Sensing spacecraft (for UK Government)

    Sep 1981 - Sep 1986

    University Trainee, British Aerospace - Space & Comms., Bristol


    Undergraduate Student Trainee
    - Located at 7 different departments and eventually being placed in Space Structural Analysis and Space Systems engineering


    Oct 1982 -
    Jun 1985

    BSc in Aeronautical Engineering (2:2), Bristol University



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