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     Date Submitted:09-07-2019
     Last Modified:06-08-2019 (01:22)
    Job information
     Current job:Vice President
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsVision, Strategy & Purpose Value & Cash generation Programme Management Business Development Customer Management Innovation & Technology Aftermarket & Service Fellow/Chartered Professional Team Development

    PROGRAM DIRECTOR (with 9-digit P&L and People Accountability)

    More than 20 years of international experience, excellent Customer focus, natural Change-Agent, hands-on experience with high-growth businesses and Start-ups, capable of growing teams and individuals, passionate about new technologies and innovative service offerings for maximum business return.



    Vision, Strategy & Purpose

    Value & Cash generation

    Programme Management

    Business Development

    Customer Management

    Innovation & Technology

    Aftermarket & Service

    Fellow/Chartered Professional

    Team Development




    2014 to today (part-time roles) Vice President, Non-Executive Director, Board Chairman, Venture Partner

    Key Achievements

    Q-Bot Robotics () Non-Executive Director: defined the Strategy on behalf of the Board

    As Venture Partner and Advisor of EMV Capital investment Company in London (): significant contribution to the definition of the stepped approach for the Start-ups’ selection process


    2019, Member of the Start-ups selection panel at Reactor (, Golinelli Foundation, Bologna University, Modena & Reggio Emilia Uni, CNR)

    2019, Founder and Vice President of OCC investors club (

    Since 2019, member of the Club degli Investitori di Torino (

    2017 to 2018, Chairman of the Turbo Union Board of Directors (

    Since 2017, Q-Bot Chairman of the Advisory Board: responsible for the effectiveness of the board

    Up to 2018, Q-Bot Non-Executive Director: supervisoring/mentoring of overall company plans, including delivery to the customers, delivery of key research projects and milestones, delivery of key Engineering milestones, Technology Roadmap

    For EMV Capital: Deal scouting, supporting the company to select new start-ups and ventures, scouting of new investors. advisor to the portfolio companies

    Since 2018, Turin Polytechnic ( member of the selection panel for the Proof-of-Concept (POC) process

    University of Birmingham ( former member of the panel for Start-ups selection


    2017 to 2018 GE Avio Program Director Civil & Military Aftermarket, Program Director EJ200, Customer Support Leader, Service Growth Leader

    Key Achievements

    Delivered approx. 1/3 of GE Avio Profit and Cash (9-digit figure), overall approx. 10% above target

    CEO Award for introduction of a new line of business in first half of 2017 (less than 6 months in the role)

    Closed 7-digit complaints from Suppliers, reducing penalties to less than 50% of the original request

    Restructured the Spare Parts sale team, reducing the approx.10-year-long backlog to almost zero


    Accountable for almost all the Civil and Military Aftermarket Business

    Accountable for all the Civil and Military Customer Support (including teams @ Customers’ sites)

    Accountable for the whole EJ200 Program, New Make and Aftermarket

    Managing a team of approx. 100 (70-80% direct reports)

    Cross-functional Leader of the activities related to the Growth of the Aftermarket Business, coordinated the activities of all internal functions (e.g. Engineering, Supply Chain, Finance, etc.) to enable the introduction of new lines of business in the Aftermarket

    Managed relations with external Customers and Suppliers at senior level


    2008 to 2016 Rolls-Royce Service Business Executive, Business and Demand Planning Exec, Head of Future Programmes Eng

    Key Achievements

    Programme Management of the process related to the invoicing of “Customer Responsible Charges” (CRC) for all Civil Large Engines Aftermarket Worldwide. In 3 years I’ve increased the CRC invoicing by 5 times, constantly beating the target up to 35%+ in 2015 ($9-digit figure)

    Regionalised the CRC process to the new extended team in China

    Planning cycle constantly delivered on time even during world crisis, e.g. Icelandic Volcanic Ash, etc.

    Authored the Rolls-Royce cross-sector ‘Manage Services’ processes


    2016 Quality & Business Improvement in Civil Aftermarket: managing the worldwide introduction of the Service System and the Service Delivery Failure processes

    2013 to 2016 Services Business Executive in Civil Large Engines Finance: Customer Relationship management, supporting the Customer Team for invoicing purposes, managing the team authorising payments of the Worldwide Overhaul Network invoices ($10-digit figure)

    2010 to 2014 Services Business Executive Programme Management: managing the Aftermarket planning cycle, coordinating a team of 150+ across Engineering, Customer Team (Commercial and Customer Services), Finance, etc., leading reviews with Senior auditors (including KPMG) all passed with minor or no actions, Subject Matter Expert of the cross-sector Services processes

    2010 to 2012 Business & Demand Planning Executive: coordinated the Civil Large Engines Worldwide Spare Parts Demand ($10-digit figure per year) and the Overhaul Shops Demand, reporting to Civil President and Supply Chain (audience of up to 600 people), defined and implemented the new Supply Chain Strategy for Services, accountable for the Worldwide Aftermarket Inventory (total Stock volume £9-digit figure, achieved most of the key Inventory reductions objectives), recognised as a Subject Matter Expert in Supply Chain forecasting and planning

    2008 to 2010 Head of Future Programmes Engineering in the Controls Supply Chain Unit: Technology Roadmap definition, Business Cases creation, definition of the Supply Chain Unit Strategy

    2006 to 2008 Assistant to the Finmeccanica Chief Technical Officer

    2005 to 2006 Program Manager Assistant for the AgustaWestland US Presidential Helicopter

    2004 to 2005 Technical Focal Point at Bell Helicopters for AgustaWestland

    1997 to 2004 Project Manager for the ADYN European Tilt-Rotor Research Project

    1997 to 2002 Technical Engineer in the AgustaWestland Aerodynamics Department



    2007     London Business School: Executive Master in Business Administration

    1996     Polytechnic of Milan (Italy): M.Eng degree in Aerodynamics


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION                              

    2018     Innovation Manager

    2016     Fellow & West Midlands Board Chair Chartered Management Institute, EUR Ing

    2014     Fellow & Registered Project Professional Association Project Management, Black Belt Lean-Sigma

    2013     Fellow Institution of Engineering & Technology


    INTERESTS – Supporting local Start-ups in their growth path from regional entities to international businesses. Transferring Start-ups dynamism into Corporates and introducing a structured approach into high-potential Start-ups.



    Italian – Mother Tongue                  

    English – Fluent                 

    French – Medium                      

    German – Basic

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