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     Date Submitted:29-11-2015
     Last Modified:28-01-2016 (03:12)
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     Current job:Director - Space and Missile Systems
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywords25 years of driving highly-leveraged and visible technological programs while strategically and successfully accelerating corporate profit margins within the international Space markets.


    Vice President, Director or Sr. Program / Business Development Manager with a cutting-edge, dynamic, passionate, team-oriented international leader in the Space industry where my extensive International and North American cross-functional technically-leveraged and operationally-efficient team leadership, program and relationship management, business development, engineering, procurement and concurrent design project / systems engineering successes with high visibility Space programs are engaged to exceed aggressive revenue growth targets, operational efficiencies, accelerating profitability margins and inspiring team members in support of the company’s long-term strategic vision.



    Extensive aerospace technical, functional and executive leadership experience focusing on diverse spaceflight hardware, missions and commercial satellite remote sensing program management and systems engineering, strategic market business, startup operations, production and operational efficiencies and P&L accountability.  Expert in Lean engineering and production management, Design-To-Cost, risk management, EVMS and LCGM processes, contract negotiations, proprietary licensing, TAA and ITAR compliance,  procurement oversight and LEOP.  Innovative, accomplished, passionate and creative professional, articulate and multilingual, an objectively-minded team leader, poised and projecting enthusiasm, inspiring and motivating teams and successfully accelerating profitability margins.  Professional background is supported with a proven track record and recognized experience with U.S. and foreign government agencies, international scientific research teams and publicly traded commercial multinationals.




    Team Leadership

    Strategy / Tactical Planning

    Relationship Management

    Program Management

    Profit Acceleration

    Business Development

    Operational Efficiency





    Meggitt Sensing Systems (Fribourg, Switzerland / Irvine, CA) / FTSE-100             06 / 2012 - Present

    Director - Space and Missile Systems / Board Director – SwissMEM Swiss Space Industries Group

    Team Leadership, Strategy and Vision, Operational Efficiency, Business Development, Profit and Loss


    Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.  (Boulder, CO) / Fortune-500                                  2003 - 2012

    Integrated Product Team Lead / Principal Systems / Project Engineer (Mission Systems)

    Strategic Business Capture, Business Operations, IPT Management, Mission Systems Engineering, LEOP


    Syncroness, Inc.  (Westminster, CO) & Holloman Air Force Base (Alamogordo, NM)     2003 - 2012

    Chief Systems Engineer / Lead Technologist / Consultant (High Speed Test Track Systems)

    Team Leadership, IPT Management, Mission Systems Engineering, Strategic Initiatives, Mission Design


    Space Imaging, LLC (Thornton, CO)                                                                                             2000 - 2003

    International Program Manager (Satellite Image Acquisition Ground Stations / Systems)

    Program Management, Team Leadership, Profit & Loss, Contract Execution, Export Control


    ETEL Aerospace, Inc.  (Môtiers, Switzerland / Boulder, CO)                                                    1995 - 2000

    General Manager / Program Manager (Space Qualified Electro-Optical/Electro-Mechanical Systems)

    Business Development, Operations, Market Penetration Strategy and Vision, Team Leadership, Profit & Loss


    European Space Agency – ESTEC (Noordwijk, Netherlands)                                                1990 - 1995

    Principal / Chief Program Engineer (NASA-ESA Space Shuttle Advanced Fluid Physics Experiments)

    Technical Engineering Management, Mission Operations, Team Lead, Astronaut Training, Contracts



    Bachelor of Science:            Aerospace Engineering and Applied Sciences

    1989                                        University of Colorado / Boulder

    Graduate Studies (MS):       Electro-Mechanics / Electro-Optics, Fluid Physics, ECLSS and Microgravity Sciences

    1989                                        University of Colorado / Boulder



    2012 – Present:

    Senior management leadership, profit and loss accountability, operational efficiency, strategic and tactical vision, new business development, product development, management of and accelerating growth of high-value and high-margin extreme environment technologies for launch propulsion, navigation and positioning systems for international spaceflight and missile programs (Ariane5/5ME/6, Vega, FLPP, SLS, Orion, ULA, MBDA, P/GSLV).  Driving operational efficiencies, inspiring and motivating technically-leveraged engineering teams, ensuring corporate and customer-driven regulatory compliance and consistently implementing improvement initiatives to drive production efficiencies across the global SBU.  Voice of the customer while recommending product and service improvements enhancing customer satisfaction.  Actively socializing competitive intelligence with management, consistently refining corporate strategic direction and accelerating profit growth by >58% CAGR.


    2003 – 2012:

    Team leadership, new business development, technical subcontract management, LEOP, Chief Systems Engineering andPrincipal Systems Architect of high visibility and strategic NASA, SSA, Commercial and National Asset mission systems programs valued at greater than $2.1B (NPP, JWST, SBSS, SBIRS, NPOESS, Iridium NEXT) and state-of-the-art payload sensor suites and simulators, proprietary product qualifications and independent reviews.  Interface control, IPT managementpursuit, capture, contract negotiations, bid and proposals, EVMS implementation, strategic initiatives focus and customer satisfaction at all management levels.


    2000 - 2003:

    Program and mission management, team building and executive leadership, P&L accountability, budgetary oversight and vendor management, development, deployment, support and contract execution to plan of multi-million dollar international (Japan, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UN-IAEA/Austria) electro-optical, geospatial laboratory and ground station programs for the world's first highest resolution, multi-spectral commercial satellite imagery provider.  Risk / threat / opportunity management, action resolution closure, trend analysis, link budgets and metrics management plan.  Establishment, coordination, monitoring performance to plan, subcontract procurements and execution of revenue-generating / sharing teaming agreements, monitoring and control of export licensing (TAA, ITAR) and negotiation and implementation of multiple-Affiliate conflict resolutions.


    - Successful on-schedule and under budget 55-60% gross margin targets met while guaranteeing ISO-9001 quality standards and confirming exceptional customer  satisfaction and overall program success on total combined space-to-ground station hardware, software and electronic system contracts valued at greater than $93M.


    1995 - 2000:

    Single-handed management of the North American market startup and turnkey operations for high technology aerospace products by targeting specific market niches and organizing, coordinating and directing all international market business development activitiesDeveloping and promoting the company's products while negotiating high gross margin contracts.


    - Significant new customer base established while exceeding first-year corporate annual revenue projections by 100%.


    1995 – 2000:

    Executing strategic alliances for new international market business development successConceptualizing, communicating and coordinating key industrial partnership requirements, negotiatingand establishing policy, directing and managing the proprietary information and licensing regulations with both North American and international aerospace market makers and leaders.


    - Q1/2000 contracts exceeding $650K (from scratch) and well ahead of target toward meeting corporate market penetration objectives, supporting projected annual revenues (doubling) from $3.8M to $7.5M within first three years of operation.


    1995 - 2000:

    Program management, principal design and procurement oversight of the company's largest and highest grossing International Space Station European Robotic Arm electro-mechanical and drive electronics program, optimizing production and operational costs and increasing margins of all programs (6) under my responsibility.  Conceptualizing, administering and directing the success-driven program objectivesRecruiting, interviewing and managing the 35-person multinational / multicultural ISO-9001 teamControlling, monitoring, problem-solving, troubleshooting and resolving all obstacles to program success and chairing all design / program review meetings, company-wide and externally with clients.


    - Successful delivery of 18 spaceflight-qualified systems valued at greater than $6M at >19% under budget.

    - Increased operational efficiencies, streamlined management reportingand grew margins by >32%.


    1990 – 1995:

    Technical engineering management, design, documentation, contract negotiations, requirements flow-down, coordination and procurement oversight of 11 NASA Space Shuttle applied R&D physics / electro-optics / electro-mechanical / electronics / material science experiments (D-2, IML-2)Initiating action, leading teams and liaising amongst the multinational engineering teams, international agencies and scientific community toward successfully meeting mission objectives and launching flight-qualified systems.


    - Flight heritage of 11 NASA fluid physics experiments valued at greater than $42M.

    - Assisting in successfully guaranteeing subsequent re-flight opportunities (LMS-1) for additional experiments valued at over $17M for longest ever Space Shuttle mission.

    - Increasing the multinational team process design and development output by streamlining reporting, optimizing mission management operational efficiencies and reducing lead times.

    - Contributing to the publication of greater than 40 additional scientific papers.


    1990 – 1995:

    Spacecraft mission operations engineering team lead andastronaut instructor for two NASA Space Shuttle missions (D-2, IML-2)Briefing, communicating with andinstructing highly trained professionals (astronauts, scientists, medical doctors) in critical operating principles for mission successManaging, supervising, scheduling andcontrolling mission sensitive and mission-critical real-time operations, maintenance and personnel.


    - >145% overall mission program success rate.

    - NASA and ESA program management success recognition certificates.

    - Improved timeline programming and resource utilization processes implemented across industrial consortia and space agency boundaries using commercial application software and cross-platform recognition methodologies.




    MS Professional / Network Office Premium Suites

    MS Project / Project Server, Sharepoint, Visio

    Primavera, Turbo, SAP-ERP / EEP, Price-H

    PMI Certification Training

    Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt, IDMS, EVMS

    Windows OS (all versions), Apple OS (all versions)

    Sun / Solaris, SGI / IRIX, UNIX, HP, Dell, Apple

    Oracle 8i / 9i


    VAX / VMS Cluster

    DOORS 7x / 8x / 9x

    MATLAB 6.x

    ERDAS Imagine 8.x / 9.x

    ESRI ArcView 3.x

    RemoteView Pro

    SOCET Set, CARTERRA Analyst

    HTML, Visual Basic, FORTRAN

    Business Plan Pro 4.0

    Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver CS4



    "European Robotic Arm Manipulator Joint System   Motor Unit And Tribological Brake", European Space Mechanisms And Tribology Symposium, Toulouse, France, 1999;

    "Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment And  Multifrequency Imaging Microwave Radiometer Balancing Mechanisms", Aerospace Mechanism Symposium, Pasadena, CA, 1999;

    "Tribological Brake Of The European Robotic  Arm", Wear Of Materials, Atlanta, GA, 1999;

    "Torque Control Design Of The European Robotic Arm", European Space Power Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 1998.



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