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     Date Submitted:18-01-2017
     Last Modified:15-02-2017 (02:50)
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     Current job:Qaulity Assurance Manager
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsAerospace, Defence, Aviation, Composites, Satellite


    Reduced concession costs on the Airbus A350XWB Fixed Leading Edge project by 60%.

    Designed and implemented tooling for Rolls Royce, PALL & Agusta Westland reducing build time.

    Reduced scrap of press moulded product for Rolls Royce Trent engine parts by 80%.

    Achieved Lead-Composites Inspector within 5 months.

    Developed sound direct customer relationships (Airbus, Agusta Westland, Rolls Royce etc).

    Led industry based project teams (L3 Communications, JCB & British Sugar).

    Strong performances in national sailing events.



    Using well developed communication skills and persistence to overcome resistance to change and successfully introduce new ideas and work practices.

    Key player in multi-disciplinary team of skilled engineers and technicians.

    Project management for local and large scale installations.

    Manufacture and design of complex metallic, composite, electronic and imbedded technologies.

    Fault finding, assessment and repair of multiple aircraft platforms and electromechanical systems.

    Innovation, problem solving and process improvement in a practical way.

    Developing strong and effective relationships at operational and management level.

    AS9100, ISO 9001, ISO 14001. Equivalent AQAP 2000 series & NADCAP.

    MATLAB, MoldFlow, MS Office, SAP, smarTeam, SolidWorks, NX, PDMLink, Windchill, IBS.


    Education:           2011 - Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons), Loughborough University

                                2008 - General Engineering FastTrack BEng (Hons), Loughborough University

                                2007 - Mathematics, Physics, Art and General Studies, Advanced Level

                                2005 - Mathematics, Physics, Art and General Studies, AS Level

    2003 - 8 GCSE's, including English (A), Mathematics (A), Physics (A)


    Memberships: The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Alfa Romeo & Ford Fiesta Owners Club, PADI.


    Professional History:


    THALES Optronics and Missile Equipment (OME), Glasgow. March 2015 - Current.

    Contacted by THALES OME to join the airborne division as Quality Assurance Manager. I form part of a multi-disciplined team of technicians and engineers providing in-depth fault finding, repair and manufacturing services for aircraft defence countermeasures, targeting and surveillance technologies. I ensure that the quality of each operation is carried out to the highest standards of working and monitor the successful delivery and support of our products through to the end user. I work closely with our suppliers and design departments to ensure the customer’s needs are met through robust product design and that our products are subject to continuous improvement. I manage all non-conformance applications flowing through the cell and support suppliers in lean manufacturing through audits and product assessments. I am responsible for reporting all key developments to senior management and providing strategies to overcome risk. Since joining the team I have been made responsible for all QA activites within the Airborne division on THALES. I have received training in PALMA (Windchill), IBS FRACAS management systems, QPulse and TIMS auditing software.


    Spirit AeroSystems, Prestwick. September 2013 – March 2015.

    I was retained by Spirit AeroSystems as a Quality/Mechanical Engineer to manage and develop all supplier quality processes for the Airbus A350XWB project. I managed a team of skilled engineers evaluating non-conformance for large scale installations and led supplier-based project teams in achieving right-first-time manufacture. As a key member of the Industrial Team I managed the progression of concession submissions for in-service aircraft, feeding corrective actions downstream to provide efficient manufacturing improvements for new builds. I designed and implemented software tooling and procedures within the quality department that reduced supplier concession applications by ~80% and assisted manufacturing in decreasing overall build time. These toolsets were later integrated into the Boeing and Airbus A380 production lines to increase productivity and significantly reduce cost. I received training in eCAIR and CACOW NCR toolsets.


    Spirit AeroSystems, Prestwick. January 2013 – September 2013.

    I was asked to join the Industrial Engineering Team at Prestwick to provide Quality and Mechanical engineering services to the Airbus A350XWB Fixed Leading Edge (FLE) project. Working as part of the FLE engineering team it was my responsibility to evaluate engineering drawings and methods of manufacture and reconcile them to the latest specifications. Under my direction, revisions were identified and integrated into current builds and our team produced concessions to cover existing product. The team completed all assigned reconciliation tasks ahead of schedule, allowing early delivery of the FLE test assemblies into Airbus. I later took responsibility for large scale leading edge installations ensuring the assembly was conducted to the latest revision. I sat on the Material Review Board to assess and commit necessary engineering changes to future production aircraft and develop key suppliers. The department operated under extremely tight deadlines and high pressure, we met regularly with Airbus and I continued my development for efficient and methodical team working skills. I completed training for smarTeam, SAP, Airbus concessions and PDMLink.


    Cobham Advanced Composites, Shepshed. May 2012 – January 2013.

    Joined Cobham as a Quality Engineer to further my previous experience as Lead Composites Inspector. I was made responsible for the management of all non-conformance activity, including First Article Inspection Reports, concessions, production permits and engineering changes. I conducted evaluations of process implementation and provided support to the shop-floor in manufacture and testing. I led investigations into root cause analysis which gave me extensive experience in best practise manufacturing and certification. As I developed my role I acted as the point of contact for key customers including Rolls-Royce, Agusta Westland and BAE. My knowledge of composites allowed me to assist the engineering department in material and design developments for new products. Working with the manufacturing team I developed new production techniques and inspection criteria for the Rolls Royce Trent project which reduced scrap of press moulded product by 75%. I later designed and implemented proofing tooling for composite Flight Re-Fuelling components. I facilitated product support by hosting customer visits, including the material and tooling changes for all future PALL Aerospace defence systems. Later I was asked to join the project team responsible for obtaining NADCAP accreditation at the facility. This responsibility gave me extensive experience in project management and implementing changes to well-established processes. I was responsible for undergraduate and apprentice QA training programs. Undertook internal AS9100C auditor training.


    Meggitt Thermal Systems, Loughborough. August 2011 - May 2012.

    Appointed onto the inspection team for polymer, composite and laminate aircraft assemblies. Products included anti-icing thermal units, large-scale monolithic structures, electromechanical assemblies and imbedded technology. The position was a multi-skilled role focusing on the inspection, fault finding and repair; this included the verification and certification of powered & non powered assemblies for combat helicopters, light aircraft and life-saving equipment. I was responsible for conducting highly technical powered stress-runs on new and repaired assemblies, reporting results back to engineering to increase product effectiveness. I quickly developed an in-depth knowledge of the products and was often called to customer sites to conduct engineering assessments on the aircraft. I conducted complex close tolerance measurement and design confirmation with FARO measuring equipment and hand tools. Regularly used x-ray machines, meters, gauges and proving tools to verify product conformity. I was able to design and introduce software and tooling improvements to the Agusta Westland Future Lynx project. These tools allowed quality improvements to be implemented upstream in the layup of carbon/glass fiber engine cowlings, engine exhaust channels and leading edge moldings. Rolls Royce, Agusta Westland and L3 Communications requested that I was personally involved in the inspection, testing, final inspection and marking of their flying components. I was later made responsible for all work undertaken on civil and defence prototype projects utilising state of the art materials and manufacturing techniques. My efforts allowed me to achieve Lead-Composites Inspector within 5 months of joining the team.


    ‘Active Bucket’ – JCB R&D Project

    JCB were looking for engineering solutions to reduce the fuel consumption of their JCB Backhoe Loader during an excavation cycle. As the team leader of four engineers I coordinated the R&D development project and led discussions with JCB operations. We developed and produced an isolated resonance system which was trial tested by JCB with very positive results. I gained valuable experience in project planning, system dynamics and machining.


    Mechanical Design Project – British Sugar

    Sponsored by British Sugar plc. teams were required to design and manufacture an electro-mechanical system to automatically dispense and stir a cup of tea. As the assigned team leader I developed excellent teamwork, time management, construction and machining experience.


    University of Loughborough

    I designed and manufactured a resistance spot weld peel test rig for teaching use in the Wolfson School of Mechanical Engineering workshop. The project required a rigorous design package and ability to adhere to stringent safety plans. I developed a keen appreciation for resource management and pragmatic, robust design.


    Interests, Activities and Goals:

    Service within the British Armed Forces Special Reconnaissance Regiment and Army Reserve.

    Restoring classic cars and motorbikes, including a Landrover Series 2A, 1959 NSU, 1982 Harley Davidson, 1970’s VW, Alfa Romeo, Ford & Jaguar. I build competition race bikes and wheelsets for athletes around the UK and regularly compete in UK cycling events and central Europe. Welding, machining and fabrication.

    Play drums as a session musician and provide technical support for musical performances around the country.

    Received sound engineering tuition at The Sanctuary music studio, London.

    Outdoor pursuits. Achieved rescue diver status in 2016. Currently receiving mountain rescue training. I produce longbows using traditional hand tools for re-enactment, enthusiast and teaching purposes. I have maintained a 5 acre area of natural woodland as part of the national heritage scheme to teach conservation and survival training.

    Volunteer at ScaryCat Studios, Bristol producing models, props and costumes for television, theatre and cinema. Actively engage in local community art and social projects.

    Member of the Troon and Clyde Cruising Club race teams and assist in the repair and upkeep of the fleet.

    A keen climber I am building a house in Tivissa, Catalonia utilising renewable materials and water saving technologies.

    Aspiring artist with some work displayed in GOMA.



    Attended the England training camps for javelin, 100m sprint and basketball.

    Received a regional physics prize and Luke Franklin award for Endeavour.

    Matched the winter cycling time trial record at the North Face Trail 2009. Have raced for Red Bull cycling.

    Won 1st Prize in the Royal Navy Challenge 2004 and 2nd Prize in 2005.

    Received the Dixie Grammar School and Twycross House School sportsman of the year awards.

    Head boy of Dixie Grammar School.

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