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     Date Submitted:27-05-2015
     Last Modified:24-06-2015 (10:23)
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     Current job:Programmatic support
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Keywordsproject management embedded systems AIVT



    Born in 1957, PhD in electronics engineering in 1980.

    Lieven brings 30 years of experience in IT, with a strong emphasis on project management, business engineering and technical consultancy.

    Lieven is familiar with all stages of an IT project, including the strategic planning and preparation of projects, the execution of feasibility studies, system development, system integration and operations. Moreover he has experience in managing large and complex programs, often in an international context. He is also experienced with the commercial aspects of projects, including the preparation of ITT’s, the elaboration of complex proposals, and the set-up of consortia.

    He knows how to capture the client’s business requirements, to develop core system concepts out of these, and to turn them into a working system. He has acquired and applied various technologies, ranging from classical to very advanced, and in various environments. He has a solid background in the management, the development and the integration of real-time, telecommunications, database and expert and business systems. 

    He has affinity with several market segments, including space, industry, logistics, finance, European Commission and local government.

    Lieven’s ability to quickly assess a situation and drive a project forward, along with his ability to build effective working relationships with clients and third parties, form the cornerstone of his style. This, along with a thorough grounding in project management and quality assurance, makes Lieven a very effective project manager, consultant and facilitator.

    Worked with Ghent State University (1980-1987), Logica (1987-2002), Cronos (2002), Prosource (2003), Rhea (2003-2009), Sapstroom (2011-2012), Sabca (2013), Antwerp Space (2013-2014). Works on an independent basis since 1997.






    Crisis manager

    Put a number of  derailed development projects (20 staff) back on track. Managed a number of development projects in the area of satellite support systems (Meteosat Third Generation) and test systems for the new IRIS aviation communications standard.

    Activites included program management, management of SW development for satellite communication systems, validation and accceptance.

    Antwerp Space, 2014

    Project management, satellite modem systems, RF and CCSDS/ECSS telecommunications standards,

    Commercialization of ESA-sponsored processor

    Developed the business plan (including financial plan, ROM costing, and terms and conditions for clients and suppliers) for a general-purpose processor that is currently being developed under ESA sponsorship. The processor is intended for high-reliability, high-throughput and mission-critical applications). Also developed a website for supporting the processor.

    SABCA, 2013

    Business planning, financial planning, website development, website management

    Business engineering

    Participated in the development of business specifications for a number of logistics and warehouse systems, based upon SAP. These included a spare parts warehouse, a clinical warehouse and a complex distribution centre of  a major Belgian food distributor (approx. 150 developments in the logistics area).

    Activities included functional analysis and specification, client negotiations, steering of developments, end-to-end validation and key-user training.

    Also developed demonstrator systems proving how different business functionalities and technologies can be integrated. 

    Followed extensive training in SAP business software.

    Sapstroom, 2011-2012

    Inxites 2010

    Logistics execution, warehouse management, handling unit management, batch management, transportation management, serialisation

    Sabatical year


    Project Manager

    Responsible for the development of the on-board launcher control software of all stages of VEGA, the new generation of European launchers.  Activities include the identification and the management of the business needs, the management of the development of the flight critical software and the various associated generation and validation tools, communications with the client and supervising agencies (ESA and CNES), co-ordination with the different parties involved at stage and launcher level, management of the integration and qualification activities for the SW for all  VEGA stages, consultancy at program level, risk and change management, consultancy to SABCA’s PA department, acceptance. The SW was successfully qualified.

    SABCA, 2003-2008

    ESA, real-time control, real-time processing, fault-tolerant systems, critical SW, safety,  embedded SW, DSPs, FPGA development.


    Worked as an auditor on large-scale development projects in the international marketing area. Provided consultancy for re-organisation at division level.

    Prosource, 2003

    Auditing, management consultancy, business process re-engineering

    Business Consultant

    Mazda Logistics Europe, 2002

    Performed a business analysis of the needs and requirements for a new system for the logistics management of vehicles in Europe, from ordering up to delivery, and taking into account several new ways of performing business with various parties involved. An adequate steering mechanism was set up for discussions and negotiations with the Mazda management and the future users, and with a large number of external parties.

    Business Process Re-engineering, telecommunications networks, mainframe environment, large scale databases. EDI, XML, UML. OO design.

    Technical Manager

    Alstom Belgium Transport, 2001-2002

    Responsible for all technical aspects during the definition and the design of railway trackside peripherals for the next century, in the framework of the European ERTMS standardisation project.

    Included customer negotiations, coordination of various development groups, and keeper of the project vision.

    System design, object-oriented design, real-time processing and telecommunications, fault-tolerant and high availability solutions, large-scale storage solutions. UML. OO design.

    Business Consultant

    European Commission, 1999-2001

    Acting as overall design authority during the implementation of the Transit pan-European network. Responsibilities included the maintenance of the Transit business model, the overall specification and design of the Transit system, development of test and acceptance protocols for the national administrations, definition of network extension strategies, co-ordination with all parties involved, and support at program management level.

    Also responsible for the definition of the overall network evolution (roll-out, upgrades, inclusion of new member states, test and deployment strategies), and for strategic advice to the Commission. Participated in the steering committees with the Member States.

    Also provided consultancy on how to harmonise the Transit effort with the initiatives taken by the G7 group of countries in the area of international trade.

    Large-scale  network  design, EDI and telecommunication, Internet technologies, international trade,  EDI, XML, UML.

    Business development

    Several clients, 1994-2000

    Acted as bid manager for several projects in the space and industry markets, and for international organisations and local government, for budgets up to € 8M.

    Client and subcontract negotiations. Establishment of partnerships and consortia. Budget definitions.


    European Space Agency, 1997-1999

    Conducted a number feasibility studies (including prototyping) for payloads and facilities to be flown in the International Space Station (European Physiology Modules, Bio-Medical Analysis System). Studies covered technical, financial and programmatic aspects. Also included extensive studies of the human operability factor (manned space flight).

    International Space Station. Payload accommodation and operation. Real-time processing. Expert systems.

    Project Manager

    European Space Agency, 1997 – 1999

    Responsible for the specification, design and development of a number of systems to be used for the International Space Station:

    ·         the 3DUC payload, a 3-dimensional ultrasound cardiographer for medical experiments.

    ·         a Virtual Reality control system for the Columbus Orbital Facility, to be used for the training of astronauts and ground operators, and for support during actual mission operations

    Activities included the elaboration of the system requirements, the definition of an operational concept proving that the system can be flown in space and that it can be efficiently used by human operators, the development and integration of a number of prototypes, the testing and evaluation of these prototypes, the definition of a strategy for the next program stages, and the management of  international study consortia.  

    Echography and 3-D technologies. VR technologies Real-time controlMission operations. International Space Station..Training and simulation.


    European Space Agency, 1996

    Provided consultancy during the specification and development of the mission operations centre and the science operations centre for the XMM satellite (X-ray space observation probe).

    Real time systems. Large scale databases. Signal processing and analysis. Satellite control. Scientific operations.

    Project Manager (Project Office)

    European Commission, DGXXI, 1995 – 1996

    Supported the European Commission (DG XXI) by setting up a project office for the management and supervision of the VAT network of the European Union. This included the active follow-up of the network, the definition of network enhancements and of network extension strategies, the management of the implementation and deployment of these enhancements and extensions, supervision of all contractors and parties involved, quality assurance at network level, reporting to the management of TAXUD (Customs and Indirect Taxation) of the Commission, and co-ordination with the Member States. Managed a budget of € 5M per year.

    Actively contributed to the definition of new QA standards for TAXUD and provided various examples of best practice.

    Telecommunications networks based upon OSI products (OSI/TP, X400, FTAM). Large-scale network operations.

    Project Portfolio Manager

    Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap,  1994-1995

    Managed a number of small and medium-sized projects for the Flemish Government. Activities included project planning, specification, follow-up and acceptance. Also performed several feasibility studies for future extension and enhancements, including the selection of and negotiation with a number of subcontractors and suppliers.  

    Administrative RDBMS for document management. Client/server architectures and Windows GUI's. Prototype in PowerBuilder.


    Project and Quality Manager

    Aerospatiale and ESA, 1989-1993

    Responsible for all software aspects in a major space project. Activities included

    ·         Specification, follow-up and acceptance of various SW systems (flight SW, instrument SW, SW, set-up and check-out SW, mission support SW).

    ·         Integration of the Anthrorack facility at various levels, including Spacelab and Space Shuttle;

    ·         Experiment preparation and astronaut training;

    ·         Preparation and set-up of the mission;

    ·         Support during the mission as part of the mission operations team.

    Managed all project deliverables and documentation and was responsible for overall software acceptance. Managed a project team during integration of the facility.  Was also responsible for the management of various subcontractors of Aerospatiale, and for the delivery towards the end-client, and for the co-ordination with other parties involved in the mission.

    Anthrorack  is a reusable medical research laboratory, to be flown on Spacelab missions with the American Space shuttle. It is an intelligent and integrated facility, with distributed processing at various levels, and supporting a very wide range of medical experiments. Anthrorack was developed at Aerospatiale, and was first flown on the German D-2 mission in 1993.

    Technology included distributed processing, real time processing, RDBMS implementation and administration ,user interfaces, intelligent language construction, dedicated instrument software.


    System Engineer

    Volvo, 1987-1989

    Took part in definition of requirements, design and implementation, acceptance testing, and maintenance of a large database system with real-time features. This system managed a car parts factory on a Just-In-Time basis.

    Computerised system for warehouse control on a just-in-time basis. The system has computer-steered conveyor belts and buffers, and has a computer link to a mainframe in Sweden.

    Research Team Responsible

    Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1982-1987

    Worked as a research assistant at a major Belgian university. Responsible for an industry-sponsored research project in the area of robotic vision. Led a medium-sized research team developing a general purpose image processing computer system. This included HW development, development of image and signal processing software, development of image peripherals, case studies (in co-ordination with industrial sponsors).

    Focus was on computer design, computer language design, signal processing, image processing, utilisation of intelligent CCD cameras.

    Research Assistant

    Several projects in the area of digital design, signal processing and spectral analysis.

    Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1980-1981

    Hardware development. Microprocessing and microprogramming. Noise and thermal models in solid state devices.

    Final thesis

    Developed a digitally controlled phase shifter for satellite communicationin the 4Ghz range.

    Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1979

    Hardware and electronics development. Microprocessing and microprogramming. Spectral analysis.




    The following courses were followed, on a semi-permanent basis:




    Project Management Courses, Team Leading Courses, Effective Communication, People Management

    Management and Communication skills

    PM standards (PMI, Scrum)

    Business modelling

    Analysis and modelling skills

    Quality training

    Quality assurance skills (several quality systems)

    Technical training

    Technical skills

    Commercial training

    ·         Commercial skills

    ·         Proposal and bid management skills

                Technical skills



    X25, X32

    X400, OSI/TP, FTAM


    TCP/IP based products


    Internet and HTTP

    Firewire and advanced network standards


    CCSDS/ECSS telecommunication standards







    Windows NT

    RISC platforms

    Custom platforms

    Fault-tolerant platforms


    Operating Systems: VMS, Unix, Windows, VxWorks

    RDBMS: Oracle, Informix, SQLserver

    Object-oriented middleware (ILOG)

    GUI: Visual Basic, Powerbuilder, MS-Access, Oracle

    Several CASE tools (Rationale Rose,Clearcase, language generators, intelligent compilers, design tools)


    Requirements management tools (DOORS)

    Corporate Modeller

    Several programming languages

    Project management tools (PMW, MS Projects)

    Several standard PC applications (MS-Office)

    Signal Processing

    Image processing

    Real-time processing and control

    Expert and rules-based systems

    Microprocessing and microprogramming, DSPs

    FPGA development


    Language and complier generation

    SAP inventory management SCM 510, warehouse management SCM 630, batch management SCM 595, handling unit management SCM660, transportation management SCM611

    Extended warehouse management EWM110

    Website development (HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Wordpress CMS)





    Burgerlijk Elektrotechnisch Ingenieur, RUG, 1980





    Dutch     (mother tongue)

    French    (fluent)

    English   (fluent)

    German  (good)






    Born in 1957.


    Father of 2 children.

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