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     Date Submitted:08-10-2008
     Last Modified:15-06-2017 (07:22)
    Job information
     Current job:Project/Program/Business Development Manager
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Keywordsproject management, program management, business development, bid management, ESA contracts, research and development, flight electronics, power electronics, technology transfer, prototyping, universities, satellites, payloads, scientific, small satellite


    2016-2017          Création & Croissance, Solvay Entrepreneurs, Solvay Business School, Brussels. Part-time module focused on business model consolidation & scaling-up for entrepreneurs.

    2009- 2011         Master of Science, Management (part-time schedule), Louvain School of Management, Université catholique de Louvain (Magna Cum Laude). Thesis on corporate finance & entrepreneurship.

    1997- 2002         Master of Science, Electromechanical Civil Engineer, Faculté des Sciences Appliquées, Université catholique de Louvain (Magna Cum Laude). Thesis on the optimisation of permanent-magnet synchronous motor control.

    Professional Experience

    Entrepreneurial Break

    2017 – now        Short entrepreneurial break to consolidate a company I created in 2011 (in parallel with my corporate career): consolidation of business plan, funding, recruitment and training of management team.

    2014-2017 Thales Alenia Space, Leuven & Charleroi, Belgium

    Sales & Programs Manager (flight electronics)

    2015-2017          Responsible of the Program management of the Power Supply Business Unit of Thales Alenia Space Belgium. This included the daily follow-up of all related bid & project activities (coordination of a team of project managers and engineering teams) including the supervision of the in-house Power Supply production lines (production plannings and troubleshooting).

    2014-2015          In charge of the development and daily management of the new site of Thales Alenia Space Belgium in Leuven until the recruitment of the local Managing Director who arrived in December 2014.

    2009-2014 QinetiQ Space N.V., Antwerpen, Belgium

    Business Development & Key Account Manager (flight electronics)

    2010- 2013         Management of existing client accounts in order to identify new business opportunities for high-tech electronics projects in the aerospace sector. Bid management of the selected opportunities including the selection of key partners and the coordination of the technical, financial and management proposals with internal and external (partners) bid teams. The job also included the negotiation phase with the client up to contract signature. After signature, the projects are handed to the respective project managers.


                            Business development responsibility of new business opportunities in order to increase business diversification. This included the generation of new business ideas with the corporate management team (CEO and Board of Directors), the screening of the ideas to identify the most profitable ones, setting up of initial business models, validation of these business models by the market, writing of the corresponding business plans and setting up of the operational chain for service/product delivery.

    Project Manager (flight electronics)

    2009-2011          Full responsibility of aerospace product development projects. This included daily internal and external team coordination activities, client relationships (mostly with the European Space Agency), tight budget (portfolio of various 2MEUR projects), planning and risk control in order to reach the project planning, budget and quality requirements. The products where successfully launched in orbit and are currently still functional.

    2006-2009 Altran, Brussels, Belgium

    Business Manager

    2008-2009          Full responsibility of a consultancy business unit active in high-level technology engineering services. This included sales management (following a detailed business plan), team management, recruitment of experienced consultants and project coordination activities. In one year, I developed a new business unit of 10 consultants in the airplane maintenance sector.

    Consultant (electronics engineering) @ Thales Alenia Space

    2006-2008          Technical management (coordination of a team of multidisciplinary engineers) of electronic product development projects (integration of electrical boards, embedded software, mechanical housings and various interfaces) mainly for Thales Alenia Space ETCA in Belgium. The developed products are currently all flying in orbit on board of telecommunication satellites.

    Design Responsible – Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques, (SABCA), Brussels

    2004-2006         Design and technical supervision of electronic circuits integrated within the Thrust Vector Control (TVC) unit of the European space launcher VEGA (to complement the Ariane 5 launcher for the launch of smaller satellites). This is the electronic unit that controls the orientation of the gas exhaust pipes and allows the steering of the launcher. The VEGA launcher is now fully operational in Kourou, Guyana.

    Project Engineer – Ecole de technologie supérieure, Montréal, Québec, Canada

    Design within a multidisciplinary team of a commercial software for simulation of electrical motor drives (power electronics/regulators/motor/load). This software has been realized for the American company The Mathworks and is currently on the market within the MATLAB software. Collaboration with Caterpillar and Hydro-Quebec for the validation of some simulation models.


    French: mother tongue

    Dutch: fluent (attended Dutch schools during primary classes, used Dutch language daily during 5 years with my colleagues of QinetiQ in Antwerpen and during 3 years with my colleagues of Thales in Leuven)

    English: fluent (attended English schools and scouts during childhood in Saudi Arabia and Scotland)


    Company trainings

    International Project Management Association (IPMA) certification course (Thales Alenia Space)

    High Value Selling (QinetiQ Ltd. – one week intensive course at the QinetiQ UK headquarters)

    Negotiation skills (QinetiQ Ltd. – three days intensive course at the QinetiQ UK headquarters)

    Various management training seminars focused on consulting (Altran Management Institute in Paris)

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