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     Date Submitted:15-06-2015
     Last Modified:15-06-2015 (10:04)
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     Current job:Configuration Controller
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsInnovative, objective, adaptable, Analytically and technically minded, • Competent in scenario modelling simulation, impact and cross-impact analysis Challenging assumptions, solution search, interrogation, and post implementation monitoring

    An experienced versatile engineering consultant. Process, system and implementation engineer with extensive experience and transferable skills in systems design (software and hardware) for space, land and sea systems. My capabilities include utilising engineering, project management and system integrity abilities and knowledge to enable successful conclusions in arduous environments. A self-motivated, inspirational person with extensive experience in Systems Engineering and Integration, Configuration Management, Acoustic Consultancy, Noise and Vibration Engineering, Project Management, Software definition, design, development & implementation and General Engineering.

    Conversant with and capable of identifying and considering social, technical, economic, environmental, and political (STEEP) impact and trends.

    Transferable Skills & Competencies

    ·        Innovative, objective, adaptable

    ·        Analytically and technically minded

    ·        Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal abilities

    ·        Presentation, training & facilitation

    ·        Commercially aware team player

    ·        Competent in scenario modelling simulation, impact and cross-impact analysis

    ·        Challenging assumptions, solution search, interrogation, and post implementation monitoring

    ·        Leadership

    ·        Strategic & Operational Management

    ·        Negotiation

    ·        Project & Process management

    ·        Systems design, implementation, adaptation & management

    Career History

    Currently – from Mar 2005  European Space Agency (ESA) contracted by Sapienza Consulting Ltd

    Configuration Control Engineer

    §  Providing configuration management for human space flight missions and experiments for ground, on-orbit systems and payloads for production, integration, and utilisation.

    §  Defining and implementing processes and software tools, to ensure the maintenance, traceability and integrity of systems and subsystems as well as managing the implementation thereof.

    §  Developing, correlating and applying system engineering processes procedures, practices and tools with configuration control and management for real time application on spaceflight programmes, activities and operations.

    §  Interfacing for ESA with International Partners (NASA, JAXA, CSA and ROSCOSMOS) both in situ (face-to-face) and remotely as well as with the Agency’s industrial contractors.

    §  Establishing configuration processes and procedures for assigned divisions.


    Jul 2004 Mercedes Benz (short-term contract)

    Independent test driver and system analyst

    §  Gathered, analysed and reported on the effectiveness of new systems to be integrated into Mercedes Benz vehicles for satellite & traffic navigation. Project required comparing and providing feedback on in-car systems data (software and hardware) implementation, impact and risk assessment for procurement of hardware and software for Mercedes Benz E Class vehicles.

    §  Implemented the project from concept to completion. Now widely used in Mercedes Benz UK.


    Aug 1999 – Apr 2004 ThalesUnderwater Systems Ltd Cheadle Heath, Cheshire

    Project Configuration Control Manager (Jan 2001 – Apr 2004)

    Managed the configuration control of c. £200 million Underwater Sonar System (Design, Manufacture and Support) contract across sites in the UK and France

    Key Achievements and abilities

    §  Led an international team in implementing configuration management control on the project, implemented and maintained the S2087 configuration control plan.

    §  Responsible for effective change control and problem management  

    §  Implemented and maintained the master aims database. Produced a consolidated project Master Record Index (MRI)

    §  Controlled change of FFF (Fit, Form and Function) and corresponding documentation/database

    Systems Engineer (Aug 1999 - Jan 2001)

    Designed and developed sonar systems.Captured, analysed and managed requirements (customer and derived) through their lifecycle (from capture through to verification requirement and acceptance)

    Key Achievements and abilities

    §  Integral member of the recovery team turning a £400 million deficit to £200 million profit on the project.

    §  Managed the challenging expectations of both internal and external customers

    §  Product Lifecycle Management responsibilities, specification, generation and control

    §  Extensive experience in requirements analysis, elucidation and traceability in conjunction with the use of systems engineering processes and tools (Requirement Driven Development (RDD) DOORS etc.)

    §  Project management skills and astute business awareness utilised when project planning and achieving milestones


    Jan 1995 – Jul 1999   Sound Research Laboratories Ltd, Wilmslow, Cheshire

    Acoustic Consultant

    Key Achievements and abilities

    §  Project management from concept to completion.

    §  Successfully developed and implemented environmental, building, architectural, industrial, noise induced hearing loss and legal acoustic solutions

    §  Efficiently managed office and field instrumentation (including calibration to the relevant standards)

    §  Competently trained colleagues in the use of professional instrumentation, computer software, hardware and ran the local area network of computers for the office.

    Qualifications & Education

    1991 - 1994  B.Eng. (Hon) Engineering Acoustics and Vibration

    Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), Southampton


    1985 – 1988  B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Mathematics

    University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

    Professional Development

    §  Member of INOCSE

    §  Dunchurch Systems Engineering training course

    §  Institute of Acoustics presentations on various aspects of Acoustic and Vibration Engineering and consultancy

    §  Thales Enhancing Team Effectiveness Course Thales Objectives Setting Course

    §  Requirement Driven Development (RDD) training course

    §  Requirement Driven Development (RDD) advanced report writing course

    Volunteer experience

    §  Chairman of the European Space Agency Humanitarian Relief Fund

    §  Philanthropic work around the world.Working with homeless, orphans and under-privileged people in various countries including UK, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Brazil.

    §  Manchester 2002 Commonwealth GamesAssistant Venue Technology Manager (AVXM) for the International Broadcast Centre and Main Accreditation and Uniform Centre built, managed and ensured security (electronically and physically) of all venues and worldwide broadcast to Commonwealth Nations

    §  Festival Manchester 2003 Technology Support and Response teams

    §  Director of Kids in Need Ghana Madeleine Schmidt Memorial Foundation (NGO)

    §  Traditional Stool Father (Torgbuiga) for the Chief of the Somey Traditional Area, Ghana.

    Language Proficiency

    Interests & Hobbies

    English – 1st language, fluent (native)

    Ewe, Ashanti and West African Patwa - proficient

    Sports (squash and badminton). Word & logic games, cinema, chess & good music.

    Photography, Audio-Visual communication and Sound mixing, science, computer and mobile technology. Cultural anthropology, Engineering, Acoustics (Airborne and Underwater), Infrasound, Mathematics and Medicine.


    §  British Citizen

    §  Qualified First Aider 2013

    §  Full Driving Licence – European (UK)

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