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     Date Submitted:08-09-2022
     Last Modified:09-09-2022 (07:33)
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     Current job:Group Leader
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsAstronomy Instrumentation Project Management System Engineering Observatory Science Missions Astrobiology


    from 1/103/2015 to nowadays

    Instrumentation Group Leader at Paranal Observatory, ESO


    European Southern Observatory, Paranal Observatory, II Región, Chile

    As Instrumentation Group Leader, within  Maintenance, Support and Engineering Department

    ·       Staff management 

    ·       Budget management (preparation, monitoring and report)

    ·       Coordination/arbitration of technical planning of the structure

    ·       Monitoring through KPI the overall performance of his structure 

    ·       Reporting to the Dept. Head 

    ·       Safety responsible for the Group

    ·       Support Operation as Chief Operation Engineer

    Business or sector Astronomy/Telescope Support Engineering

    April 2016

    Agencia Española de Evaluación de Proyectos, ANEP

    ·       Consultant for Project evaluation of the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitivity (MINECO), “ Convocatoria Infraestructuras Científicas y Técnicas y Equipamiento

    from 1/103/2015 to 28/02/2015

    Head of Project Management Section; Project Management


    Center of Astrobiology, INTA ; Carretera de Ajalvir pk4, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrd, Spain

    ▪ Coordination of Projects; Space instrument Project Management

    ▪ Providing support for CAB projects (space and telescope instrumentation development), mainly for

    management and system engineering activities

    ▪ Raman Laser spectrometer Project Manager: this instrument is part of ESA ExoMars 2018 mission


    Business or sector Space Science and Engineering

    from 2011 to February 2015

    Teacher in Alcala University Master of “Space Science and Technology”


    Departamento de Automática. Edificio Politécnico.  UAH,  Ctra. Madrid-Barcelona km 31,600.  28871 Alcalá de Henares. Madrid

    ▪ Conferences in the Master, explaining an example of a real space project

    Business or sector Space University Education

    from 2003 to Nowadays

    Member of Space Project Commission


    MINECO – Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad

    ▪ Evaluation of Space Projects as part of Spanish Funding Agency Committee for Space Programs

    Business or sector Space Spanish Space Funding Agency

    from 08/01/1991 to 15/11/2010

    Space Project Manager


    INTA, Carretera de Ajalvir pk4, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrd, Spain

    INTA, Carretera de Ajalvir pk4, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrd, Spain

    Space Project Management of several projects:

    ▪ 2007-2010: Raman Laser Spectrometer Project Manager: this instrument is part of ESA

    ExoMars 2018 mission payload

    ▪ 2003-2009: Project Manager of MIRI-MTS (Spanish contribution for MIRI on board JWST)

    ▪ 2001-2002: Project Manager of Eddicam (Eddicam was part of ESA Eddington Mission)

    ▪ 1995-2001: Project Manager of OMC (OMC instrument was part of ESA INTEGRAL


    ▪ 1993-1996: Project Manager of LEGRI, Low Energy Gamma Ray Imager (LEGRI was a

    instrument on board Spanish MINISAT 01)

    ▪ 1992- 1995: Mission Analysis Engineer of MINISAT 01

    ▪ 1991 – 1994: Project Manager of the Spanish contribution to SODART on board Russian

    satellite SPECTRUM-X

    ▪ 1991: Project controller od MINISAT 01 Program

    Business or sector Space Science and Engineering



    From 1982 to 1990

    Aeronautical Engineering


    Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos, Universidad Politécnica, Madrid

    ▪ Aircraft Design; Navigation and Air Transport,; Airport Design; Space Engineering

    From 1994 to 1995

    Doctoral courses 


    Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos, Universidad Politécnica, Madrid

    Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Seronáuticos, Universidad Politécnica, Madrid

    ▪ Product Assurance

    ▪ Introduction to Astronomy and Orbital Mechanics

    ▪ Structural Analysis – NASTRAN

    ▪ Material Composites

    ▪ Non-destructive analysis technics


    From 1991 to 2009

    Training courses 


    ·       1991 – Project Management

    ·       2001 Optics for Space (40 hours)

    ·       2005: Master in Satellite Communication: Module 1 (Orbital Mechanics) and Module 2 (Space Segment) Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería de Telecomunicaciones, Politechnic University, Madrid

    ·       2008: DOORS Foundationand Practitioner (16h) – IBM

    ·       2009: Planetary Protection Level 0 and 1 - ESA/Thales Alenia

    ·       Management skills training:

    o    Effective Managing Harassment (2015)

    o    Providing Feedback (2015)

    o    Crucial conversations (2016)

    o    Management Training: Leadership (2016)

    ·       Optical course for TIOs (2015)- Internal ESO

    ·       AO course (2015) – Internal ESO

    ·       Introducción a las salas limpias (2016)- LBC

    ·       Principles of project Management (2017) – Internal ESO

    ·       Fundamentos de mantenimiento (2017)



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    Spoken interaction 

    Spoken production 



    Advanced (C1)

    Proficient  (C2)

    Advanced (C1)

    Advanced (C1)

    Proficient  (C2)


    First Certificate  Cambridge University, June 1991.

    Executive Group Course, Regent School Brighton, August 1992.


    Elementary (A2)

    Elementary (A2)

    Beginner (A1)

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    Levels: A1/2: Basic user - B1/2: Independent user - C1/2 Proficient user

    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

    Communication skills

    Very good communication skills gained through more than 20 years working as project manager of international space projects, mainly from ESA. As project manager, I have conducted national and national and international teams, organised and chaired meetings, performed presentations, conducted negotiations with space industries, etc.


    Organisational / managerial skills

    ▪ As project Manager I have defined the project work organisation: the project organisation structure, work share between participants, schedule and cost management.

    ▪ Along my professional experience I have been managing technical teams, not only in my institute, but from other international institutes as Consortium Project Manager. I acquired leadership skills. As well I have been part of working teams.

    Ay ESO, managing the Instrumentation Group at Paranal.



    Job-related skills

    ▪ Good knowledge of ESA Space Programs acquired not only working with ESA but as part of the Spanish Project funding committee at MINECO.

    ▪ While working in international projects, I maintained professional relations with the main Spanish and European institutions of space business: agencies (ESA, CNES, DLR, etc.), science and technology institutes (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Centre spatial du Liege, Max-Planck, Institute etc.) and space industries (Thales Alenia, Astrium, EADS CASA, Kaisser Threde, etc.).



    Computer skills

    ▪ Microsoft Office, DOORS, CATIA, MATLAB, Microsoft project

    Other skills


    Driving licence

    ▪ B


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