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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:21:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:01:00 +0100
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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:45:00 +0100
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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:42:00 +0100
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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:14:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:14-12-2016
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     Current job:Product Assurance Manager
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     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems
     KeywordsAn energetic, experienced, security cleared quality professional who has carried out technical tasks on a large variety of components and projects in the aerospace, electronic and medical industries. Technically minded with good academic, IT and communic
    CV

    Summary

    An energetic, experienced, security cleared quality professional who has carried out technical tasks on a large variety of components and projects in the aerospace, electronic and medical industries. Technically minded with good academic, IT and communication skills, a quick learner and extremely versatile. Used to working within a team to meet strict deadlines and capable of dealing with customers or suppliers at all levels on a personal basis. Applies lateral thinking, enjoys a challenge, flexible, receptive to training, new ideas and change.

    Target employment

    Quality orientated role within a dynamic environment, providing opportunities for personal development.

    Key skills

    Efficient organisational capability, with a specific aptitude for working in a challenging environment and capable of working under own initiative. Proficient with all aspects of Microsoft Office. Competent in using all industry standard measuring and test equipment. Experienced in APQA (Advanced Product Quality Assurance), PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) and ISIR (Initial Sample Inspection Report). Fully understand the requirements of EN9100, ISO9001, ECSS, ISO13485 and IEC17025.

    Career to date: -

    September 2016 to present OHB System AG, Product Assurance Manager, The Netherlands

    PA responsible for the thermal vacuum testing of the Galileo satellites at ETS, Noordwijk. The entire lifecycle of a satellite is covered, from receipt to launch. Worked in French Guiana during several launch campaigns ensuring ESA and company standards are maintained. Close collaboration with the engineering team in Bremen to resolve issues in a prompt and efficient manner.

    August 2013 to September 2016 OHB System AG, Product Assurance Manager, Germany

    Working closely with international suppliers from initial review to final delivery ensuring the product meets our strict requirements whilst maintaining commercial considerations. Performed hardware inspections, both onsite and at suppliers premises for payload equipments, solar arrays and propulsion systems and liaising with various technical departments. Maintaining reporting tools to provide accurate information for the management team.

    February 2012 to August 2013 EADS Astrium, Supplier Relationship Manager, Germany

    My key role as resident was providing an immediate interface with the suppliers to enable an efficient supply chain for various products. Key responsibilities include product assurance activities, verification of datapacks, hardware inspections, non-conformity management and chairing review boards when needed. Proficient in the use of PANDORA and other software for management of data. Participated in local meetings to be proactive in improving the supply chain performance.

    January 2009 to February 2012 EADS Astrium, Stevenage, CPS Product Assurance Manager, UK

    Responsible for the product conformance of a variety of high value chemical propulsion system equipments throughout manufacturing to final customer delivery. Worked with major international customers and suppliers to ensure quality and delivery requirements are met, whilst satisfying budgetary requirements. Nominated chair for various equipment product assurance review meetings. Conducted major supplier audits throughout Europe. Provide mechanical engineering support to the procurement department. Active participant in the “Lessons Learned” programme.

    April 2008 to December 2008 MLT Research Limited, Cardiff, Quality Assurance Associate, UK

    My task was to achieve approval to ISO14001 and OHAS18001 and accomplished in October 2008. Reviewed and updated the quality manual to encompass the needs of these two standards. Initiated and chaired an environmental awareness team for improving the companies’ responsibility towards the recycling and the reduction of energy use. Responsible for final regulatory document review prior to product shipment and the subsequent record control using a global database. I was lead auditor for both internal and external audits. Instrumental in sourcing and approving an off-site storage facility for product with a value in excess of £1.5m

    October 2005 to March 2008 Enfis Limited, Swansea, Quality Manager, UK

    I joined the company to develop their quality systems as they expanded to meet the stringent requirements for ISO13485. Responsible for all aspects of the Quality Management System, with two test and measurement staff for reporting directly. Initiated an environmental awareness project, with the ultimate goal of ISO14001. Responsible for supplier approval, both UK based and international, the subsequent purchase of materiel, including proprietary items, custom designed electronics and hardware. Created an effective working relationship with key suppliers to ensure all deliveries were to our requirements, schedule and budget.

    February 2005 to October 2005 British School of Motoring, Haverfordwest, Driving Instructor

    During our family re-location to Wales, I provided professional driving instruction to learner drivers using the BSM approved system. Achieved a first time pass rate of over 75%.

    Sept 2002 to Jan 2005 Apek Quality Services Limited, Wimborne, Company Director and Head of Laboratory.

    My brief was to increase profitability and efficiency by good management and business techniques. Achieved a 7.2% increase in efficiency and reduced costs by 11%. Maintained all the in house company quality approvals. Acted as a consultant on a contract basis, providing quality system management and audit services. Created several ISO9001:2000/AS9100 compliant systems for associate companies. Refined our dimensional inspection service to meet our customers’ needs utilising the coordinate measuring machine. The specific requirements of TS157 and TS16949 being met. Secured a high value service calibration contract with the defence sector.

    1998 to 2002 Apek Design and Development, Wimborne, Quality Manager

    Responsible to the Managing Director for the overall control of the company Quality Department. Maintenance of BSi, UKAS, BVQi and other customer approvals. Developed the sub-contract CMM inspection service provided by the company to the local moulding and elastomer industry. Generated quality plans and provided an inspection service to the machine shop. Promoted to Deputy Head of Laboratory in November 1999 to oversee all technical operations in Apek Quality Services. Achieved UKAS BS EN ISO IEC 17025 accreditation for the calibration laboratory.

    1996 to 1998 Apek Quality Services, Wimborne, Senior Calibration Engineer

    Duties included the calibration and testing of mechanical and optical test and measuring equipment to National and International standards. Produced a specific test procedure for an optical alignment project. Generated work procedures for the commercial department to produce job sheets and other specific quality documents. Developed a calibration method for a 6m high equipment measuring tower, subsequently completed by our company.

    1985 to 1996 Walker AEC Ltd, Poole, Chief Inspector

    Responsible for the day to day running of a busy inspection department, responsible for a team of four inspectors. The control of calibration, supplier/customer liaison was my responsibility. The department serviced the inspection and testing needs of the workshop of 70 staff, both skilled and unskilled, on a two shift system, meeting strict customer deadlines. Verified suppliers’ documentation for adequacy prior to despatch to customers and produced ISIR’s for safety critical items.

    1984 to 1985 Hamworthy Transmissions Ltd, Poole, Goods Inwards Inspector

    Goods Inwards Inspection of sub-contract processes, proprietary items and precision machined items. Liaised with buying departments and suppliers. Undertook final view duties, screw and plain plug calibration. Completed raw casting approval. Provided assembly and service facility inspection. Used penetrant and magnetic flaw detection techniques.

    1982 to 1984 Hamworthy Hydraulics Ltd, Poole, Inspector

    Duties included final view and patrol inspection. Helped with assembly problem solving. Used the Talysurf, Talyrond, Moores and SIP measuring machine. Undertook gear profile checking and hardness testing.

    1978 to 1982 Hamworthy Engineering Ltd, Poole, Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship

    Multi-discipline broad based training in all aspects of engineering.

    1972 to 1978 Portchester Boys School, Bournemouth.

    Qualifications and Training

    July

    2016

    Solar Array Handling

    Leiden

    August

    2014

    Security Cleared

    Cardiff

    February

    2014

    First Aid at Work examination

    Stevenage

    March

    2012

    Contract Awareness Training

    Portsmouth

    February

    2010

    EN9100 Lead Auditor Training course

    Stevenage

    September

    2008

    Validation training course

    For qualifying and validating processes

    Cardiff

    July

    2008

    Integrated management systems auditing

    Encompassing ISO14001 and OHSAS18001

    Cardiff

    February

    2008

    Admitted to Chartered Quality Institute

    London

    February

    2006

    Laser Safety Training

    Legal requirements and prevention

    Swansea

    October

    2005

    Driving Instructor Examination

    Bridgend

    March

    2003

    BS EN ISO9001:2000 update

    Update to the new standard

    Bournemouth

    July

    2001

    Risk Assessment Course for the workplace

    Poole

    October

    1993

    Statistical Methods for Improving Quality

    Gloucester

    January

    1993

    Rabco Flaw Detection Techniques

    Penetrant, magnetic and x-ray methods

    Poole

    December

    1992

    Internal audit training

    Poole

    September

    1983

    to June 1984 City and Guilds 743 Quality Control

    Poole

    September

    1978

    to June 1982 HNC Mechanical Engineering

    Bournemouth

    September

    1972

    to June 1978 5 "O" Level passes and 4 "CSE" passes

    Bournemouth

    Hobbies

    I enjoy outdoor activities, including dinghy sailing and am currently developing my personal skills in paddlesport. Academically, I am working towards chartered membership of the CQI.

    Supplementary information

    Willing to travel worldwide

    Possess a valid British passport

    Security cleared in August 2014

    Prepared to work anywhere in Europe

    Capable of understanding basic French and German

    Hold a full British driving licence for car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle


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