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 Date Submitted:14-07-2014
 Last Modified:14-07-2014 (07:58)
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 Current job:Head of Electrical Engineering
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Own country
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsEngineering and Programme Leader Manage and Lead large engineering department in a space company.
CV


Career Summary

2013 – 2014      Programme Manager – Special Programmes, SSTL, Guildford

·         Leading and delivering SSTL’s next generation satellite platform design - improving performance and payload capability

·         Undertaking cost engineering activities - targeting key areas for business improvement

·         Applying new methodologies in design, procurement, manufacturing and test - lowering costs and improving delivery time

·         Evaluating and optimising project core teams – building strength and capability

·         Managing introduction of new platform design onto secured commercial missions

2009 – 2013      Head of Electrical Engineering, SSTL, Guildford

·         A member of the senior management team - provided steer across all business functions

·         Led an engineering department consisting of 150 staff and five test facilities across three sites

·         Collaborated with other heads of engineering and projects director to oversee critical project deliveries, implementing robust recovery plans where required

·         Mentored key staff and managers – developing future leaders

·         Formulated effective, appropriate and flexible engineering processes in alignment with company principles

·         Defined and implemented product roadmaps with business unit and engineering leaders

·         Acted as senior level customer interface - communicating company processes and procedures - resolving critical technical issues – instilling customer confidence

·         Responsible for department budget – labour overheads, materials and capital expenditure – forecasting and tracking ~£4M - consistently maintained within budget

·         Participated in bid management for mission sales – reviewing cost, schedule, technical input and assisting in negotiations

·         Chaired project reviews and inquiry boards - drawing on full project life-cycle experience and skills to help provide technical and programmatic guidance to project teams

·         Implemented cost reduction and delivery improvement strategy – examples include

o    Divisional restructure - product teams to establish knowledge centres and drive timely delivery and ownership

o    Manufacturing process  – implemented reflow capability and specialist manufacturing cells - reduced electronics assembly time by 80% (exceeded target of 50%)

o    Automated test engineering - reduced sub-assembly test time from weeks to days

o    Application of commodity management for electronic components - reduced electronics materials costs by 25% (exceeded target of 10%) and built better relationship with suppliers

o    Development of outsourcing for manufacturing activities and subsystems procurement - enabling delivery schedules to be met and internal development costs to be minimised on flagship missions.


2006 – 2009      Electronics Group Leader – RF and Analogue Electronics, SSTL, Guildford
                        (Also encompassed a Subsystems Sales Business Development role)

·         Provided technical leadership to three engineering teams - 30 people

·         Delivered manpower and equipment resources to multiple projects - typically 5 satellite missions or constellations per year

·         Implemented effective and coherent peer review, design engineering and test processes

·         Oversaw group’s delivery to projects – steering scope, schedule, cost and quality

·         Responsible for overhead budget and capital expenditure ~£2M

·         Defined and implemented product roadmaps – contributed to engineering division strategy and company business plan

·         Participated in mission and subsystems sales negotiations – instrumental in securing a number of contracts of value ~£1M to £15M

·         Kick started subsystems sales business unit – capitalised on the potential of selling subsystems to other spacecraft manufacturers – grew new orders from ~£100K to ~£6M in two years (exceeded target of £1M first year and £2M second year)

o    Developed the Subsystem Sales business development plan and secured internal funding to undertake sales development activities

o    Bid managed and secured successful new sales globally – US, Europe & Asia

o    Implemented dedicated subsystem sales engineer roles and projects personnel to bolster and grow the subsystems business – now a separate business line at SSTL with representation on the senior management team

2001 – 2006      Senior RF Engineer then RF Team Leader in 2003, SSTL, Guildford

·         Provided technical leadership and delivery focus to ten engineering staff working on multiple satellite missions.

·         Designed and delivered RF communications subsystems for satellites

2000 – 2001      Senior RF Engineer & Project Manager, Quasar Microwave, Devon

·         Designed and delivered high volume microwave products for mobile phone base stations (typically ~100 production units per design)

·         Led a development team - design of novel high performance microwave filter products driven by the need for low cost manufacturing and test

1998 – 2000      RF Engineer, ComDev International, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

·         Lead engineer - designed telecoms payload subsystems for North American and European customers - supported multiple projects - drove the full project lifecycle through to customer delivery


Education, professional memberships and training

MSc, Microwave Solid State Physics – University of Portsmouth (1997)
BSc(Hons), Physics 2:1 – University of Sussex (1995)
MIET Chartered Engineer
Prince2 Certification - Practitioner
Management & Leadership - Group development courses over last ten years at SSTL
Personal development coaching - PEC Ltd. over last seven years


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