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     Date Submitted:06-11-2017
     Last Modified:09-11-2017 (10:04)
    Job information
     Current job:Managing Director
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsCommercial Aerospace experience, Satellite, UAV, Airborne and Space Borne commercial & legal expertise. ex MDA (Vancouver, Canada)

    Executive Summary

    A result oriented and global minded professional with strong experience in International Contract management, Operational Risk, and Insurance within common and civil law jurisdictions.

    Strong leadership abilities coupled with excellent negotiation and communication skills,
    an interdisciplinary thinker, collaborative professional, who demonstrates initiative, well balanced judgement skills, diplomacy, and business acumen. Experienced in working with multi-cultural teams in an international environment. Master degrees in law from top tier universities.


    Cross – jurisdictional contract management                    Corporate Insurance

    Regulatory, Risk and Compliance                                   Reporting and risk awareness training

    Third Party Risk Management                                        Business partner management

    Strategic Planning & solutioning                                     Management & leadership

    Negotiation & communication                                        German, English, French, Dutch, Portuguese


    Professional Experience

    Senior Consultant                                                         2016 - present

    Manage corporate risk, contracts, compliance, and insurance using a strategic approach

    Policy Review, company audits

    Advising companies in conducting international business

    Global business development


    Macdonald, Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. (MDA Corporation) – Vancouver, Canada                                   2013 – 2016     

    Senior Advisor – Commercial Services- Aviation & Airborne Surveillance

    Manage large aircraft (sub-) contracts in the aviation and drone division

    Led a team of contract specialists

    Negotiate, reviewed and drafted contracts and proposals including key performance agreements

    Acted as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders to mitigate the company’s exposure

    Provide recommendations to project teams to improve contract adherence and reduce company’s financial risk

    Drove contract improvements and ensured that business partners meet their service level agreements

    Analyze and reported overall contract performance

    Reviewe and drafted deal structure, including foreign currency risk and export license

    Provide risk awareness training to the on-shore and offshore teams

    Manage a USD $5 Billion aerospace project for the Brazilian government

    Partnered with all divisions across the organization (Finance, Legal, HR, Accounting, etc.)

    Ensured that projects issues were addressed in a timely fashion with business partners

    Identified new markets and business opportunities in the LATAM market

    Managed export controlled goods for Canada, Australia, Israel and the US


    HSBC Bank Canada – Vancouver, Canada (headquarters)                          2011 – 2013

    Senior Manager – Vendor Risk & Compliance

    Led the Canadian Vendor Risk Team and provided appropriate oversight as the 2nd line of defense over the risk takers and worked with them to identify key risk management issues and advised on mitigation strategies.

    Developed and maintained risk management standards and policies for the North American region.

    Provided guidance and oversight to internal and external stakeholder associated with third party management, monitored, tracked and reported business unit compliance with vendor risk policies and procedures.

    Collaborated closely with other North American and global risk management teams to ensure global alignment of the risk culture.

    Participated in internal audit reviews and ensured compliance with regulatory requirements.

    Maintained and reported risk journal and advised Senior Management on mitigation strategies for high risks.


    Accenture – US/EU                                  2010 – 2011

    Category Manager - Commercial Insurance Lead (Business Process Outsourcing)

    Negotiated global contracts with US based vendor; ensured contractual risk transfer through flow down terms and conditions of business outsourcing deals which mitigated Accenture’s legal and financial exposure.

    Led an initiative to streamline procurement process and introduced templates for regional adoption agreements. 

    Conducted opportunity assessments and risk analysis on large commercial insurance placements. Ensured contract compliance with Accenture’s Global Tax, Legal, Risk Management, Treasury and Data Privacy.

    Compiled a workbook on commercial insurance including templates for RFP, RFQ, RFI and the insurance market dynamics.

    Reviewed insurance policies and broker fee agreements and provided comprehensive insurance advice to high profile clients on commercial insurance with annual premiums of up to USD10 million.


    HSBC Bank Canada – Vancouver, Canada                                 2009 – 2010

    Contract Specialist (Strategic Sourcing)

    Drafted commercial contracts in various fields of law including confidentiality, license, IT, agreements with a contract value reaching USD $20 million.

    Served as a focal point of contact for the business units to provide comprehensive legal advice on regulatory matters.

    Liaised with Legal Counsels among the Bank’s subsidiaries, tax and insurance divisions on a regular basis.

    Consulted on contractual, commercial and strategic advice and assistance in relation to project variation orders to be pursued or negotiated by the bank.


    Marsh mclennan – Calgary, Canada                                                   2007 – 2009       

    Insurance Broker (Aviation Industry Practice)

    Reviewed and drafted commercial contracts including aircraft lease contracts and insurance policies for airlines (WestJet Airways AirNorth, Air Canada), which resulted in a reduction of airlines legal exposure and protected the airlines assets.

    Negotiated pricing and coverage on placements leading to reduction of insurance premiums of up to 40% and helped retaining the aviation business in a competitive environment; approved large scale special risk insurance placements (e.g. NAV Canada, Bombardier, Bell Helicopters etc.) in regards to its compliance with regulatory requirements.

    Managed the placement of aircraft hull and liability insurance to an amount of USD$100M to Lloyds of London.                                                                                                                     


    Aon Risk Services – Toronto, Canada (Headquarters)                             2006 – 2007

    Claims Analyst (Marine Division)                                                                           

    Managed contentious (cargo & liability) and non - contentious claims on behalf of the clients for cargo shipping operators worldwide of up to USD$100,000; negotiated recovery of claims with surveyors, and underwriters.       


    McGill University – Institute of Air and Space Law Montreal, Canada                                         2005 – 2006                                                                                                                            

    Research Assistant                                           


    District Court Zurich – Zurich, Switzerland                                       2001-2002

    Articling Student

    Drafting judgements in labor, family and business law




    Canadian Risk Manager (CRM): Global Risk Management Institute, NY, United States                                            2011


    Master of Aviation & Space Laws [LL.M]: McGill University, Montreal, Canada                              2006         

    Concentration on aircraft financing/leasing, fleet management, bilateral agreements, and airport management

    Dissertation: Aviation Insurance in International Air Transport (McGill University)


    Master of Laws [Lic.iur.]: University of Zurich, & Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands                           2001    


    Community Manager, Internations, Vancouver, Canada                                       2010 – 2013

    Honorary position as Ambassador to InterNations Vancouver

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