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     Date Submitted:26-06-2017
     Last Modified:26-06-2017 (03:57)
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     Current job:Operations and supply chain Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately

     D.O.B.  19/04/1963


    Executive Profile

    Operations Management · Business Development · Supply Chain Development


    Gordon is a successful entrepreneurial senior operations executive with a proven track record of delivering against aggressive targets and objectives for more than 20 years internationally. Gordon has managed multi-disciplined manufacturing teams delivering on time and to budget worldwide in high technology based businesses, including multinational and start up businesses. Gordon has a strong “hands on” approach to managing diverse cultural operations teams, comfortable working on the shop floor or presenting in the boardroom, he develops the next generation of leaders through participative coaching and mentoring of promising candidates, so an organization is ready for growth and profitable sustainability.

    Gordon has developed over the years his own manufacturing strategies, pulling from early years working in the semiconductor industry from NEC Semiconductors and ongoing work with six start up companies, of which he co-founded two of these, Gordon has helped to raise investment through Venture Capital, Government funding, and has produced successful outcomes for the investors, both in Europe and in North America.


    Core Competencies include:

    Operations Management

    Quality Control

    Continuous Improvement

    Process Reengineering

    Lean Manufacturing

    Systems Implementation

    Project Management

    Space and Defense programs

    Business Development





    Professional Experience

    Optocap Ltd  (part of Alter Technology -TUV group) – Livingston, UK 12/10 to- Present.


    Operations Manager

    Leading the manufacturing operations of an opto-electronics / microelectronics contract assembly company, responsible for all assembly, supply chain, engineering, facilities and HSE management. Introduction of new manufacturing technologies, including development of high density flip chip, free space optical alignment technologies and diverse customer projects across a range of market sectors from process development to full production, “fast turn” wafer foundry assembly and longer term medium volume production projects.

    Developed strategic capacity and resource planning model, and associated KPI monitoring.

    Improved profitability by 25% by streamlining business operations, with the use of lean manufacturing techniques, and cost reduction plans.

    Increased manufacturing capacity by 50% for pick and place, auto wire bond, and laser module assembly, through productivity improvements and acquiring additional equipment.

    Program management of European Space Agency programs and commercial projects, these include technology development platforms and space flight modules.

    Led major invest programs for equipment and facilities expansion.

    Secured and maintained ISO 9001 for the last six years without any non-conformances.

    Reduced bill of material cost’s through strong supplier management relationships, seeing up to 50% reduction on gas, precious metals and epoxies.

    Led lean manufacturing programs for selected customers.


    Extol Consulting– Blackburn, 09/10 to 01/15


    Leading a network of consultants supporting early stage companies in the technology sector, focused in supporting through all stages off early company development including, supporting market development and penetration, manufacturing facility design, organizational development, business process analysis, supply chain development


    Technical due diligence off a silicon CPV company for a MENA organization.

    European market development into the PV market for a US plastics manufacturing company.

    Supply chain development for two Asian PV start-ups.

    Business development for an Asian company looking to establish a PV capability.

    Procurement of solar modules for two solar park projects in India.

    Consulted on set up of 5MW wind turbine factory in China.

    Consulted on fund raising for a small-scale bio-diesel project in Austria.

    Consulting for a major IoT start up company, developing manufacturing strategies with tier 1 suppliers and product development.


    Whitestar Solar Ltd (narec) – Blyth, UK 09/07 to 09/10

    Chief Operating Officer / General Manager


    Responsible for the management of photovoltaic research center, manufacturing, research and development projects, product engineering and development, P&L responsibility. Continually evaluating solar manufacturing technologies and analyzing there impact on the market in comparison to other cleantech technologies. Leading the commercialization of the research centers photovoltaic solar cell technology through technology spin out, technology transfer and licensing. Led acquisition of BP Solar’s LGBC solar cell manufacturing line and associated intellectual property.      


    Successfully led ISO 9001 certification project.

    Wrote business plan and financial model for WSS, and presented to investors.

    Establishing supply chain, negotiating key supply agreements.

    Leading sales and marketing function, developing customer base from 4 to 20 customers.

    Evaluation and selection of production technologies for large scale manufacturing sites.

    Developed technology road map for next generation silicon concentrator solar cell manufacturing.

    Improved production efficiencies by 25% and reduced product cost by 35%.

    Established capabilities to model full system costs and performance for solar technologies.


    Forth Dimension displays –Dunfermline, UK 10/2004 – 08/2007

    Director of Micro display operations


    Responsible for manufacturing operations of micro-displays and sub-systems for helmet mounted and projection television applications. Re-started “mothballed” micro-display fabrication manufacturing foundry, ahead of schedule and on budget. Recruited management team. Developed a fabless semiconductor model to launch a new world class WXGA display to schedule. Reduced customer returns by 40% and improved delivery performance by 50%. This role had extensive travel in China and Taiwan. 


    Key Achievements:

    Restarted the manufacturing line significantly ahead of schedule.

    Established high volume manufacturing partners for the microdisplay and drive electronics.

    Implemented ISO 9001 and NPI strategy.

    Negotiated supply agreements with major suppliers.

    Implemented SAP 1 for financial modeling and supply chain management.

    Restructured the operations to focus on core business.

    Secured funding of £3M to support restructuring of business.

    Responsible for continuous increased revenue for 15 months.

    Implement internal training program to “skill up” organization in conjunction with the Leadership for Growth program funded by Scottish Enterprise.


    rosebank technologies –Edinburgh, UK 06/2003 – 10/2004  

    Chief Operation Officer


    This was a short-term project to set up an advanced semiconductor process development organization, using spin-on-glass based thick films. Responsible for the operations, engineering and development functions.

    Key Achievements:

    Wrote business plan for organization and executed.

    Set up project with tier 1 semiconductor equipment manufacturer for development.

    Secured £75k SMART grant funding from Scottish Executive.

    Co-Authored a Patent on SOG for DTI / STI next generation semiconductors.


    LITTLE OPTICS, INC. – Annapolis, MD, 2002 –2004

    Vice President of Operations

    Led day-to-day operations for this manufacturer of integrated optical ASIC’s which supplied to a diverse market covering biotechnology, communications, and the military. Define, develop, and execute manufacturing and outsourcing strategies leading towards a fabless manufacturing model. Oversee administration, human resources, facilities, and quality management. Develop and administer budgets, P&L . Monitor company wide projects. Managed wafer fabrication engineering and process development teams and device packaging team. Implemented ISO 9001 quality programs and gained certification. Led senior operations management team. Reported to Board and investors. Helped to raise $7 million in funding this allowed the organization to position it’s self to be acquired by Nomadics Plc and secured the future for the employees and returned shared holders’ value. I could see my role disappearing as part off the acquisition, so I planned my return to the Scotland to take up the project with Rosebank Technologies.

    Key Achievements:

    Implemented process improvements to reduce operating costs 35%.

    Managed pilot manufacturing for development of optical ASIC’S.

    Established strategic supplier partnerships.

    Reducing consumable and raw material costs 30%.

    Implemented project management strategy to reduce time to market of new products by 20%.

    Implemented budget planning and control policies to improve cash flow and reduce follow on funding requirements.

    Set up outsourced manufacturing base for wafer fabrication and packaging service, with significant reduction in NRE and set up costs.

    Secured venture capital funding of $7m.

    Launched world’s first optical ASIC platform for complex optical integrated circuits.

    Program manager for optical device for a biohazards detection platform.


    MICRO PHOTONIX INT. CORP. – Phoenix, AZ, 2000–2002

    Director of Manufacturing

    Led operations across three manufacturing divisions for this producer of telecommunication components and systems, this was a venture capital funded business. Established world-class manufacturing facilities for production of lithium niobate integrated optical components, hybrid wideband RF amplifiers and integrated photonic modules. Led Telcordia and ISO9001 quality programs successfully. Reported to the board and had full P&L responsibility, we were trying to secure funding from the venture capital community just prior to the 9/11, the VC community at that time stopped there investment activities until they could see how the events at that time impacted them, this led to not being able to secure adequate funding to keep the company running and the company was closed down. I then left to join Little optics.

    Key Achievements:

    Introduced four new products to the market including the worlds first 10 GHz integrated driver modulator in 2001.

    Successfully negotiated manufacturing licenses for advanced optical components from ERA Technologies.

    Secured manufacturing licenses worth $10m plus in revenues.

    Supported funding activities raised $13m.

    Led sale of assets and IP to overseas corporation.


    JDSU – Essex, England, 1995 – 2000

    Senior Manufacturing Manager

    Oversaw a wide range of manufacturing initiatives for this £24 million venture capital funded opto-electronic component company. Expanded pilot production facility to world’s first high volume lithium niobate production facility. Set up factory process and production control systems. Recruited wafer fabrication and component assembly teams. Developed next generation of products supporting OC192 applications. Reported to the Board, I left this role to develop my career working in the USA with a new start up.

    Key Achievements:

    Assembled teams and established processes to develop world-class manufacturing facility.

    Led project to develop an efficient process capability, this included new process and equipment introduction, resulting in line yield improvement of 35%.

    Led project team to set up a wide-scale facility expansion/ capability enhancement; increased wafer throughput and component assembly significantly, on time and on budget.

    Supported IPO on the Alternative Investment Market.

    Helped company be profitable after two years and doubled revenue year on year prior to successful IPO in ’96 and subsequent sale to SDLI (USA).


    THE TOWER – Montrose, Scotland, 1993 – 1995

    Manufacturing Consultant

    Established, developed and managed consultant firm. Led management and personal development programs, reengineering and change management projects supporting small- to medium- sized high-tech companies. Orchestrated and conducted team development courses.


    SEAGATE MICROELECTRONICS- Shift Production Manager, 1993-1994

    NEC SEMICONDUCTORS (UK) Ltd.-Livingstone, Scotland, 1981-1993

    Served as key member of pre-production team charged with establishing innovative six-inch wafer fabrication facility in Europe. Facilitated multiple projects throughout three-year foreign assignment.


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