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     Date Submitted:04-01-2017
     Last Modified:04-03-2017 (08:44)
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     Current job:Deputy Head of Infrastructure/Head of Product and System Engineering in the Galileo Control Centre Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR GfR mbH)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordsproject management, engineering management, International, intercultural character with more than 10 years of experience in GNSS engineering. Having led numerous projects as project manager with some of them exceeding 20 Mio € and as engineering lead f


    I gained my current experience mainly in the commercial space business. Having worked in several engineering and management positions with direct customer interaction in governmental as well as commercial projects, I am experienced in applying the necessary techniques and procedures, may it be in the field of engineering, project management or line management. I have always considered myself to be an all-rounder, understanding the technical side as well as the financial, contractual and customer side of issues at hand.

    My studies in electrical engineering at the Technical University Munich with a dual focus on computer network engineering and communication coding techniques provided a solid basis for my later space engineering career.

    After several years of research for satellite navigation receiver techniques at the German Aerospace Centre DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen, I supported the commercial space services provider Inmarsat plc in London, UK in the beginning as technical expert for satellite navigation within their new Galileo activities. With Inmarsat management appreciating my sense for solving problems on system level and my skills in customer and supplier interaction, I took the next step in my career first as technical manager for several subsystem contracts and after 2 years to deputy project manager of their Galileo IOV contract. This contract contained the design, construction, acceptance and operation of a completely new satellite in-orbit test ground station in Belgium with an overall budget of 15 Mio€.

    Since 2010 I have been holding the position of project manager and system engineer for the design, integration and operation of satellite ground infrastructure worldwide at the newly founded DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH, the first commercial company 100% owned by DLR and currently operating the European Satellite Navigation System Galileo.

    In October 2014 I was promoted to the position of group leader heading the system engineering and products group and managing 8 members of staff. Since February 2015 I have also been acting as deputy head of infrastructure department with 40 members of staff whose responsibility is to provide all infrastructure necessary to operate the German Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen (GCC-D). The GCC-D is one of two Galileo Control Centres with dedicated high-availability infrastructure, providing no-break and short-break power of several Megawatts, low-oxygen server farms, satellite control rooms and multi-redundant MPLS and VSAT connections to the Galileo ground stations worldwide.

    In all of my positions so far, I have proven that I am a hardworking, quick learner, team oriented and able to understand and successfully manage complex technical projects as well as keeping and raising customer satisfaction. I enjoy working in a challenging and changing environment and am always prepared to go the extra mile if necessary.



    February 2015 – ongoing

    DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH, Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Deputy Head of Department

    Coordination of all activities to run the Galileo Control Centre’s high availability infrastructure with multi-redundant systems and 24/7 operations of the Galileo constellation, currently comprised of 12 satellites.

    Responsibility for 40 employees and 30 contractors within the 4 groups “Facility Management”, “Integrated Logistics and Support”, “IT and Software Support” and “System Engineering and Products”.

    Change management and preparation of the company’s restructuring leading the corresponding internal task forces and reporting directly to the company’s managing directors.

    Management involvement in the company’s Galileo Service Operator GSOp bid to the GSA: Review of proposal, budget calculation and technical planning.

    Main achievements:

    Introduction of a new toolset for staff and resource planning to improve staff usage and cross-project planning which was later adopted company wide.

    Analysis of the department’s key know-how and resource bottlenecks and optimisation through restructuring the department. This led to the exchange of key personnel and creation of a new department using change management with direct reporting to the company’s managing directors.

    Introduction of claim management and optimisation of the company’s project management processes to establish a better matrix structure.

    More than 90% of the people I have hired have proved to be key players in our company with many of them taking leading roles within short periods of time.

    May 2015 – July 2016

    DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH, Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Product Manager for GfR’s Digital Voice Intercom System DVCS

    Managing the software and hardware engineering team.

    Responsibility for cost, schedule, customer relations and sales.

    Coordinating maintenance at the customer’s location worldwide (system is currently installed at major control centres at ESOC, EUMETSAT, GCC-D and GCC-I).

    Reporting directly to DLR GfR mbH’s managing directors.

    Main achievements:

    Complete revisit of market potential and cost prediction. This led the company to adopt a completely different strategy.

    Ensuring the availability of mid-term maintenance (until 2020) contracts for the DVCS system used in the Galileo Control Centre  including negotiations with the respective companies.

    Oct 2014 – ongoing

    DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH, Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Head of Group „System Engineering and Products“

    Coordination of system engineering activities and product development within the company related to Galileo, EUMETSAT and DLR projects.

    Management of software and hardware development to support Galileo operations as well as external companies.

    Responsibility for 8 employees.

    Sep 10 – ongoing

    DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH, Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Project Manager, Bid Manager and Systems Engineer

    Project Manager for the Galileo Signal Monitoring Facility (SMF) project.

    Coordinating the project to refurbish a deep space antenna and adapt it to serve as ESA’s only ground station worldwide used for the analysis of the signals transmitted by the Galileo Constellation. The highly calibrated system acts also as data source for international frequency disputes.

    Systems Engineer for several projects, Galileo in-orbit testing, satellite commanding ground stations (TT&C), ground station design and integration.

    Acquisition of future projects supporting sales from technical project management and engineering side.

    Bid manager and lead architect for several projects for e.g. EUMETSAT MTG, Inmarsat, ESA with individual values of 1 Mio€ to 25 Mio€ with full responsibility regarding contract, cost and technical concept, respectively.

    Experience with the relevant players in the space community: Astrium, Thales Alenia, Telespazio, ESA, DLR, Inmarsat, Eumetsat, Eutelsat.

    Jun 08 – Aug 10

    Inmarsat Plc, London, United Kingdom (secondment from DLR GfR mbH)

    In-Orbit Test (IOT) Engineer and later Deputy Project Manager

    Deputy Project Management and subcontractor management for the design, integration and operation of the Galileo IOT Ground Station in Belgium (14 Mio EUR Project with 6 subcontracting companies and work in 7 countries). System engineering for the sub components Measurement System and Navigation Test Equipment.

    Jun 05 – Sep 08

    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR German Aerospace Centre), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Research Engineer

    Research and development of satellite navigation system components focusing on interference and performance assessments.

    Coordinator for the institute’s inter-department research topic “Security and Defence”.

    Acquisition, planning and execution of international and national projects (EU, ESA, BMBF, BMVg/BWB).

    Planning and execution of long-term (several weeks) interference measurement campaigns.

    Jan 04 – Jun 05

    Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Systeme der Kommunikationstechnik ESK, Munich, Germany

    Research Engineer

    Research and development of communication middleware systems for state-of-the-art and future communication protocols and wireless communication.

    Involved in international and national projects covering ubiquitous computing, peer-to-peer and wifi communication systems.

    Sep 98 – Jun 04

    Several Internships during University Studies, Munich, Germany

    BMW, Siemens, TUM


    Since 2004

    Company Trainings:

    Personal Coaching as preparation for DLR GfR mbH higher management levels > 1 year (change management, psychology, controlling, leadership, decision making).

    Several management trainings (situational leadership, change management, controlling, claim management, ITIL).

    Numerous technical trainings (GNSS, RF design and measurements, FPGA programming).

    Sep 98 – Jan 04

    Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany

    Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing. Univ.) comparable with Master’s Degree in Communications Engineering

    Focus on communications engineering, computer networks, digital and analogue signal processing, RF systems, microwave engineering, information theory and channel coding and several optional topics

    Top level German University, ranked as one of the German “Elite Universities” since 2006

    Achieved average grade: 1.8 with 1=best and 6=worst

    1989 - 1998

    Rudolf-Diesel-Gymnasium Augsburg, Germany

    Abitur – secondary school degree

    Main subjects: Maths, Physics, English and History






    FPGA programming

    RF design and measurements

    Signal Processing including source and channel coding

    Communication networks (MPLS, Ethernet, 2G/3G, Ad-hoc networks)


    GNSS architecture, design, verification

    Satellite In-Orbit testing

    Satellite ground station design, implementation, integration and test


    Availability & Reliability Engineering

    Software development (C, C++, Java, Tcl/TK, QT+, Shell/Bash, VBS, Matlab, Simulink)

    IT management and administration (Linux)



    Change Management

    Claim Management


    Situational Leadership

    Product Management

    Project Management including respective tools (e.g. MS-Project, Redmine) of governmental/publicly funded projects according to DLR/ESA/ECSS standards as well as commercial budget and schedule driven projects

    Programme Management

    60 member of staff/4 groups

    Proposal/Bid Management

    Software Development Management

    System Engineering Management (V, Waterfall, Agile)

    Intercultural Management and Communication ( North America, Europe, Mediterranean, India, Middle East)

    Negotiation (contractual, technical)



    Excellent communication and organisational skills

    German (mother tongue), English (fluent), Italian (intermediate), French (basic), Arabic (beginner)

    Sports (Bodyweight training, Bike, Martial Arts), Music, Photography



    References from several companies (e.g. Inmarsat, DLR, ESA) available on request.

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