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     Current job:Galileo Mission Segment Operations & Planning Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
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    PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Sex Male | Date of birth 07/12/1980| Nationality Italian

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

     

    01/01/2014 - current

    Responsible for Galileo Mission Segment Operations

     

    Telespazio s.p.a. Centro Spaziale “Piero Fanti” del Fucino Via Cintarella 67050 – Ortucchio, L'Aquila

     

    I’m responsible for the execution of overall GMS operations including preparation for launches and routine operations, interacting with Sys Eng for all the activities relevant GMS system upgrades and with KMF responsible  for secure ops.

    In my daily work, I should implement GMS operations through support provided by

    -           Mission Planning Engineers

    -           Mission Engineer

    -           Ground and Network Engineers

    -           on-shift teams ( 24/7 operations ensured by Ground Controller and Mission Controller )

    -           KMF responsible for secure operation

    -           ILS responsible for what concern Integrated Logistic Support and Maintenance

     

    I’m directly responsible for:

    -           Coordination of GMS activities with ESA/SIV/ SPO i/f, Syst Eng Area, HE

    -           GMS planning & analysis

    -           GMS technical monitoring (m&c of ground assets)

    -           GMS on line mission monitoring for what concern the mission and service relevant telemetries and reporting

    -           the preparation and actuation of the Mission Operation Plan

    -           24/7 operations of on-shift teams ( operations and resources )

    -           supporting GMS upgrade activities and SCTC with ESA/SIV

    -           supporting GSOV and simulation campaign

    -           ensuring operation reporting

    -           a total team of 15 people

     

    Business or sector  Technical and Resources Management

     

    01/01/2011 – 31/03/2014

     

    Ground Operations Engineer - Galileo Planning Manager & Mission Engineer

     

    Telespazio s.p.a. Centro Spaziale “Piero Fanti” del Fucino Via Cintarella 67050 – Ortucchio, L'Aquila

     

    I was responsible for

    -           Overall GMS planning & analysis

    -           GMS on line mission monitoring for what concern the mission and service relevant telemetries and reporting

    -           the preparation and actuation of the Mission Operation Plan volume 4 “planning related activities”

    -           supporting GMS upgrade activities and SCTC with ESA/SIV

    -           supporting GSOV and simulation campaign

    -           ensuring operation reporting

    In my daily work, I was interacting with

    -           Planning Engineers

    -           Mission Engineer

    -           Ground and Network Engineers

    -           on-shift teams ( 24/7 operations ensured by Ground Controller and Mission Controller )

    -           KMF responsible for secure operation

    -           ILS responsible for what concern Integrated Logistic Support and Maintenance

     

    Business or sector    Planning and ground operation

     

    01/05/2009– 01/08/2011

     

    Ground Operations Engineer - Galileo Mission Planner & Scheduler

     

    Telespazio s.p.a. Centro Spaziale “Piero Fanti” del Fucino Via Cintarella 67050 – Ortucchio, L'Aquila

     

    I was responsible for

    -           planning activities related to test, SCTC, EtE scenario.

    -           the preparation and actuation of the Mission Operation Plan Volume 4 “ Mission Planning & Analysis”

    -           supporting GMS upgrade activities and SCTC with ESA/SIV

    -           supporting GSOV and simulation campaign

    -           reviewing the GMS input to OPS concept with reference to the planning

    Business or sector    Planning and ground operation

     

    01/01/2008- 01/08/2009

    Satellite engineer

     

    Telespazio s.p.a. Centro Spaziale “Piero Fanti” del Fucino Via Cintarella 67050 – Ortucchio, L'Aquila

     

    SICRAL 1B:

    - EPS & TCS Specialist Engineer ;

    -LEOP and GEO procedure preparation;

    -LEOP execution;

    -customer training and on site support during the HO phase

     

    AGILE SCIENTIFIC MISSION:

    - satellite control engineer for

    Software Developer for Flight Dynamics Systems:

     - C++ Application for the Agile's attitude reconstruction through Star Sensor's data;

     

    SUPPORT TO LEOP ACTIVITIES:

    - support engineer for THOR6 LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit Phase );

    - support engineer for PALAPA D LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit Phase);  contingency strategy after launcher under performance;

    - support engineer for CIEL2 LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit Phase)

    - support engineer for CHINASAT LEOP- (Launch and Early Orbit Phase) ;

    Business or sector   Satellite engineering

     

     

    01/05/2007 – 01/07/2007

    researcher

     

    A collaboration between Selex Communications S.p.A. and  DIEI, Department of Electrical and Information Engineer ( University of L’Aquila):

    " Developing and testing of RF filters, Mems tecnhology"

     

    Business or sector     microelectronics design

     

     

     

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

     

    01/07/2007 – 01/08/2008

    2nd level postgraduate Master and Specialization Course : Space and Communication Systems” – Management of complex systems

     

    University of L’Aquila, Telespazio S.P.A. , Thales Alenia Space , Selex Communications

    -           Knowledge management and human resources

    -           project management (management models, value creation),

    -           System Engineering (models of analysis and synthesis)

    -           quality of product and process

    -           Space Systems (Scenarios, scientific missions and exploration, orbiting infrastructures , Analysis for mission optimization, LEOP)

    -           Territory’s observation (control and observation, SAR, technology software for spatial data management, GIS systems)

    -           Localization and Navigation Info mobility (GPS system, Galileo, Glonass)

    -           Emerging Technologies for avionics application

    -           Quality and product assurance

     

    The course was a Residential Master: 24hour seven days for six month together with my colleagues sharing work and private life. In this perspective the “Team Building” course, the "human resources” module were very useful experience to improve my ability to manage people and socialize.

     

    01/03/1999 – 01/09/2007

    “RSPP “responsible for the prevention and protection service ( safety )

     

    University of Florence – Engineering and energetic department

    Safety for a technical perspective, Italian laws on safety, work organization, quality management systems

     

    01/09/1999 – 24/07/2006

    Degree in “Electronic Engineering” - Automatic controls 110/110

     

    University of L’Aquila

    Electronics, Computer Science, Automatic Control, Databases, Electric Drives, Sensors and Actuators, Microcontroller Programming, Operations Research, Modelling and Simulation, Engineering and Technologies of Control Systems

     

    21/09/1994 – 10/06/1999

    High school certificate 100/100

     

    Scientific high school “A.Bafile”

    Math, Informatics, technical Design

     

    PERSONAL SKILLS

     

     

    Mother tongue(s)

    Italian

    Other language(s)

    English, French (basic)

    Communication skills

    Very good communication and socialization skills developed through active participation in several associations such as scouts ( 10 years of experience as a scout leader who brought me in contact with people of all diversifying age even the levels of communication) , Alpine Club, motorbike club, trekking group, university.

    These skills have been further tested and improved in the frame of the post graduate degree that was a Residential Master: 24hour seven days for six month together with my colleagues sharing work and private life.

    In the frame of this master degree I’ve attended also a “Team Building” course and a “human resources” course that improved a lot my ability to interact/manage people.

    Organisational / managerial skills

     

    Ability to work in teams, to plan and manage projects developed during different jobs,  during university studies, scout experience.

    These skills have been further tested and improved in the frame of the post graduate degree. In the frame of this master I’ve attended also a “System engineering” course and a “project management ” that improved a lot my ability to manage and organize complex situation with a lot of interfaces.

    These skills have been finally consolidated during the last 3 years: in this period I’ve been involved in people management , in a huge planning activities and in the coordination of several interfaces.

     

    I’m currently directly responsible of  15 people

     

    Job-related skills

    Quality management ( up to now Galileo project has been driven  by ESA  that is using QMS as standard )

     

    Digital competence

    • Operating systems: Win 98, Win 2000 professional, win XP home and professional edition, win 7,8,10, basic knowledge of Linux (Ubuntu, Suse);

    • known languages: Pascal, C / C ++, Java, HTML, UML, SQL, CSS, PHP, Latex, JavaScript, Assembler languages and low level;

    • Application programs: Microsoft Office package, Office package Sun;

    • Development environments and design: DevC ++, K-Develop, Matlab, Hew (Development environment for Hitachi μ-controllers, MPLAB (Development Environment for μ-controllers Microchip), PSpice (Planning, Analysis and circuit simulation),

    • Programs for system simulation: Simnon (knowledge gained during a project for the satellite attitude control), Matlab (knowledge gained in various university exams and consolidated during the thesis), basic knowledge of Labview, Simulink (at school level);

    • Web Design: Using Macromedia Dreamweaver, Apache / Tomcat Server for the creation of private websites, • Database: MySQL, phpMyAdmin; knowledge gained during the design of dynamic websites. Database MOIS.

    • Small systems managed by microcontrollers Planning: Practical experiences with Hitachi microcontrollers and Microchip acquired during the course "Sensors and Actuators"

    Driving licence

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