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I am an expert Systems Engineer and Business Analyst and proven Tester with broad sectorial experience. I am aware of the need for configuration management in all projects given my experience the role. I have achieved excellent results on projects from the aircraft systems for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers to upgrades to Rail Ticketing systems by building and maintaining clear channels of communication with key stakeholders at all levels and applying my substantial professional experience and expertise. Equally comfortable working in a team or autonomously, I have managed teams of up to 50, worked as a specialist expert within a team of more than 700 people and run projects worth up to US$1 billion. Innovative and rigorous, the quality of my work as a business analyst, Integration, systems engineering and test and project manager has won me awards at both BAE and Lockheed Martin. I have presented papers at conferences using my skills to be able to describe a complex system to allow everyone to understand it. I have chaired conferences up to 1000 people.
Skills and Experiences: Control Management; Systems Engineering; Business Analysis; Requirements Management; Test Management; Configuration Management; Integration; Project Management; Programme Management; Equipment Management, Air Traffic Control Systems; Aircraft Systems; Aerospace; Security Systems; Revenue Collection Systems; Process Design; Process Improvement; System Design; System Architecture; Requirements Analysis; Integration; Business Process Modelling; Sales Strategy; Chairing Conferences; Communication; Mentoring; Presentation; General Management; Six Sigma and Six Sigma Green Belt.
IT Skills: System Architect; Test Track; IBL; DODAF; MODAF; Enterprise Architect; Cradle; Quality Center; UML; Microsoft Office, Test Track Systems Engineering Tool.
Professional Qualifications: Chartered Engineer (CEng); Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
June 2014 – Present Principal Systems Engineer BAE Systems
Employed in integrating new technology into a System that is 25 years old. Used lots of different techniques to determine how the existing system operates. Including Model Based Systems Engineering. Created Requirements for the legacy and new systems and used DOORS as the requirement management tool.
Tasked to solve a major problem of a system that was defined by BAE Systems, the contractor ignored the requirements and did their own thing. No one has been able to provide evidence to meet the requirements for over five years. Have provided a solution by finding the evidence and matching test cases that were not designed to test the BAE Systems requirements.
Produced top level documents that define how the system operates. By using my excellent communication skills have been able to obtain information from system experts to complete my work. Have managed the interfaces to equipment to get interface documents authorised collecting the information from different sources and updating the document. One of the main interfaces being with the Navigation System.
Updated documents with Engineering Change Requests providing full traceability within the document to show the sections affected. Used innovative approaches to improve documentation. Created a top level descriptive document that defines the system.
Managed the baselines for various combat system providing the documents that make up the baseline and the ECRs (Enterprise Change Requests).
April 23rd 2014 – June 2014 Senior Systems Engineer Alstom
Contractor with Alstom in Stafford. Employed as a consultant Systems Engineer, running a team
Of Systems Engineers in defining a Protection Relay for the Grid. Heavily involved in producing processes, requirement management and modelling. Managed a group of engineers to procure equipment from different manufacturers.
June 24th 2013 – October 4th 2013: Test Engineering Manager Beumer Group
The BEUMER Group provides fully integrated automated high-speed airport baggage handling systems for small, medium, and large airports worldwide. This includes producing and integrating systems for security screening, storage, sortation and transportation of departure baggage from check-in to departure gate, as well as transportation of transfer and arrival baggage.
• Set up processes for DOORS Requirements Management Tool, creating Abbreviation List, glossary and documenting the existing processes.
• Created End to End Test Scenarios working with other sub-contractors to create end to end tests for Heathrow Terminal 2A and Terminal 1. This includes an early bag store and a new sorter for Terminal 1.
August 2012 June 17th 2013: Systems Test Manager, Rapiscan Systems
Rapiscan Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of security screening equipment, serving clients including NATO, the European Union, UK Customs and the US Department of Homeland Security. I am liaising with offices in the USA and India on the testing of a new baggage screening machine using the Test Track systems engineering tool. Of note, I have:
• Changed the culture of the company’s testing processes and configuration management, instigating systematic and rigorous testing processes and establishing clear channels of communication. Updated the configuration management processes and introduced new ways of working.
• Developed and implemented a test strategy to cover 140 requirements, including the management of defects arising during testing.
• Developed tests to take the system into production and have provided a strategy for testing Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) before and after fitting to facilitate fault finding.
• Designed a strategy for ongoing maintenance and daily checks so that each situation can be appropriately managed.
• Scoped environmental testing for the sales team to prove the capabilities of the machine to clients in different climates.
• Integrated new parts into the Scanning Machine
• Managed an extended run to test the baggage handling machine for reliability, have found and had many problems rectified. At present beam time is 2200 hours and 2 million bags scanned.
• Managed Maintainability Demonstration taking machine apart and installing. Ran wash up after event generating many recommendations for future improvements. The event was recorded by Sales and Marketing who had never seen anything like this before.
• Created many derived requirements using the Systems Engineering Process I created.
January-November 2011: Systems Engineer, Cubic
Cubic is a diversified systems and services company, operating in 60 countries and employing 7,800 people. Revenue collection systems for public transport are among its specialisms, including Transport for London’s Oyster Card, an account worth £5 million per year. Working on upgrades to the Oyster Card, I:
• Created the requirements and associated test scenarios for Oyster and the new credit card systems to be used in the UK with Future Ticketing.
• Developed contactless card processing, including account settlement and validation, using IBL architecture.
2008-2010: Business Analyst (Verification and Test), Raytheon Systems Ltd
Raytheon was the lead contractor in the Trusted Borders consortium working on the UK Government’s £1.2 billion e-Borders programme. Working autonomously but in co-operation with a team of 700 people, I:
• Created a process to manage the verification of 800 requirements, working with the various teams involved in the project to agree the process, time scales and budget to ensure that each one was met.
• Integrated the different designs together determining the time for data to be transferred.
• Professionally critiqued more than 40 documents defining the interface between e-Borders and external systems and created processes to manage these interfaces.
• Rewrote the Design Test Plans and Design Test Results documents to make them more accessible.
• Managed the procurement of equipment for the project by providing requirements to the contractor. Managed the contractor and ensured that all equipment was delivered on time and to budget.
2007-2008: Executive Lead Systems Engineer, BAE Systems
Joining the team working on the UK Queen Elizabeth Class (CVF) Royal Navy aircraft carriers, my role was to integrate mission planning and maintenance systems for the visiting aircraft, Harrier GR9, Sea King and Merlin (Mk 1 and Mk 2). I co-ordinated with the wider CVF team and third parties to ensure that the systems worked as part of the overall project. Picking this up as an ongoing project, my achievements included:
• Completing my part of the project ahead of schedule and under budget.
• Gathering vital system measurements which were urgently required within four weeks.
• Creating interface requirement specifications and functional models for each legacy system, using DOORS, System Architect and the DODAF Enterprise Architecture Framework.
• Through excellent communications with all Integrated Product Teams (IPTs), succeeding, where others failed, in obtaining review comments from all IPTs on business process models I created.
• Winning an award for my outstanding performance on the CVF programme.
2000-2007: Lead Senior Systems Engineer and Test Director, Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin UK was established in 1999, and works on major programmes in the aerospace, defence and civil sectors, employing 1,600 staff. I specialised in air traffic control (ATC) systems and of note,
• Promoted to Test Director on all Skyline Projects based on the very high standard of testing that I provided on projects
• Introduced a new adaptation to an ATC system for Polish demonstration in timescales considered to be impossible, created scenarios for the potential customer and ran a major demonstration for a week in Poland, working 12-14 hours a day and demonstrating different areas of expertise each day.
• Worked on the successful introduction of changes to the ATC system at Swanwick, liaising closely with end users to ensure no adverse impact as a result of the changes. The project was delivered on time and under intense press scrutiny.
• Played a leading role in the team introducing Skyline, a US ATC system that I made work in Albania, in European airspace. Working to demanding time scales, the system went from concept to live in 18 months (six months sooner than usual).
• Integrated the Skyline system (US Based) into European Airspace and made it work. Identifying numerous problems in documentation for EUROCONTROL and providing feedback.
• Managed projects for delivery to EUROCONTROL to time and to budget.
• Won three major company awards for innovation and was selected by my peers to attend a company Honours Weekend for outstanding achievement.
1999-2000: Principal Consultant, Structure Software Systems Ltd
1990-1999: Manager and Principal Systems Engineer, BAe Brough
Early career achievements:
• At Structure Software Systems Ltd I implemented a successful sales process based on a fictional Systems Engineering Process applicable to management and engineering that I created.
• At BAE I played a major part in the success of a US$1 billion project developing the Hawk fighter for the Royal Australian Air Force, putting the complete aircraft into a systems engineering tool for analysis managing the Requirements, Functional model and Architecture and providing traceability from the requirements for impact analysis..
• At BAe I was promoted four times in four years based on my performance both as a manager and a systems engineer.
• At BAe I started in Avionics Systems moved to Production since I knew what an aircraft looked like. Then moved to Configuration Management. Introduced new forms and processes for changes to aircraft being built. Moved to the Modification Team on Hawk. Due to my performance was moved on to manage special projects on Hawk that were considered impossible to achieve. Achieved every special project on time and to budget.
• Carried out Equipment Engineering on various equipment's on Hawk. Providing requirements to the Manufacturer, managing the manufacturer, obtaining the documentation and proof of meeting the requirements and delivery of the equipment. Witnessing the in house testing, integration into the Hawk and defining the testing required to prove the equipment.
Dundee Institute of Technology, BSc (Hons), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Grade:2.1)
Professional Development Courses: Project Management PM02; Six Sigma and Six Sigma Green Belt; ISEB Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis; User Interface Design and Specification; Systems Integration and Formal Test Workshop; Systems Engineering; Architecture Workshop; DOORS; System Architect.
Marketing + Sales + Systems Engineering = Business Development, conference paper presented at the INCOSE Conference in Edinburgh and the European Systems Engineering Conference 2006.
Process Change Management and Control, conference paper presented at INCOSE 2001 UK Conference.
Qualification and Certification in the Systems Engineering Process, conference paper presented at the INCOSE Conference 1999.
What Systems Engineering Courses Don’t Tell You, conference paper presented at Mast 2007 and INCOSE 2000 UK Conference.
• Mentoring engineers to achieve Chartered Engineer status.
• Running the New York Marathon in less than three hours.
• Completed the Competent Communicator Programme with Toastmasters (10 Speeches)
• Won the International Speech Contest at Club Level.
• Won 2019 Walk the Walk charity walk in my decorated bra by over two miles. 16,000 took part
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