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Work History in Detail

2005 Leistungs Consult GmbH

Principal Consultant and MD - Leistungs Consult GmbH.

Project Leader - EU Research Projects in IST and NMP calls.
Visiting Professor - Nottingham Trent University, UK
Business Culture assessment methodology
Risk based process capability setting methodology
MBA Lecturer in Operations and Project management at the International University in Geneva


2001 - 2004 Senior Consultant for SynSpace AG

This position encompasses a variety of work with various client corporations, including Swiss Life (insurance), Post Finance (financial services), Fantastic corporation (Broadband and media), Astrium Space GmbH, ESTEC (European Space Agency Technical division), Anite GmbH, and IUG Geneva.

Activities have included:

Strategy and implementation of knowledge transfer - insourcing
Software outsourcing process creation and implementation
Software maintenance process creation and implementation
Project Leader coaching and mentoring
SPICE Assessment management
Improvement workshops
Technical and Quality standards and process development

1998 - 2001

Management and Technical Advisor

SaabTech Systems (formerly CelsiusTech Systems), Järfälla, Sweden.

Responsible for company to company liaison. This includes coordination on general organizational and technical issues between Saab Systems (Australia) and SaabTech Systems in Sweden. In this role, works at all levels of the company from engineers to the Verksamhet Direktör (Managing Director) as an inter-company ambassador and information coordinator between Australia and Sweden.

One of core team responsible for creation of a new Ship System 2000 Research and Development group which runs strategic projects on various areas of new technology. Project Manager for internal R&D project.

Involved in ongoing work with Saab TransponderTech and SaabTech Transport Control (Härnösand) in product development coordination and marketing of commercial products.

1999 - 2000

Over 3 months (November - February), responsible for introduction of first commercial product by CelsiusTech Australia into the maritime marketplace (Automatic Identification System). This was also the lead product for a commercial group which he helped form during this period in CelsiusTech Australia, as the company broadens its scope from its traditional Defense marketplace.

1991 - 1998

Information Services Manager - CelsiusTech Australia

CelsiusTech Australia Pty Ltd is a leader in defense software oriented projects, having successfully designed and developed the large scale command and control and fire control systems for the ANZAC Ship project. The delivery of the system on time, within budget and fully functional was a world first. The company also produces many products using COTS technology in several other projects for military use. In all cases, use of comprehensive Project Management and Cost Schedule control processes aided in achieving schedule and budget constraints. The company has created and developed tailored project processes relevant to the products produced.

Responsible for:

Management Information Systems
Quality Management System
Configuration Management and Document Management Systems
Company Security
Co-responsible for staff induction and training (with HRM)
Co-responsible for Change Management & Strategic Management initiatives

Quality Manager - CelsiusTech Australia.

Responsible for implementing a quality system meeting AS3901 and AS3563 quality standards in the company start-up phase from 1991.

The AS3901 certification was achieved within 7 months of appointment, with the small team of employees. Certification to AS3563 (Software Quality Management Systems) was completed a year later with minimal rework of quality procedures. As part of this role, worked with customers and suppliers to optimize partnering and quality management efforts.

In 1996, led an internal consultancy looking at Information Technology needs of the company for the next three to five years and served on the MIS Steering Committee. The MIS function was subsequently incorporated into the Information Services department. As part of the company Executive Management Team, he has been involved in the strategic and operational management of the company. This has included reshaping the company Vision,
Mission, Goals and Strategies as the company developed and grew over time from a small technology transfer startup to a successful, medium sized, profitable business.

In 1995, the company was reassessed and certified to ISO9001:1994 and maintains 3rd party Quality Certification.

Led a team of various employees and the Software Quality Institute to define and use software performance metrics to aid software process capability evaluation and improvement. A Qualified assessor using the ISO15504 standard (SPICE). Project processes have been extensively modified to better suit the products produced resulting in higher ISO15504 capability maturity. Modifications to the International Standard and the nationally recognized training course have been made based on own input.

1983 - 1991

Civil Aviation Authority

Held several positions in the Civil Aviation Authority (formerly the Australian Department of Aviation).

At various stages in the project life, was the Project Engineering Manager (project team size 25 persons) responsible for delivery and roll out of a message switch and data communications network (Dataflash). In earlier project roles as system designer, software developer and test and acceptance engineer for the Dataflash message switching project, and X.25 data communications network. The Dataflash system comprised 14 computers
providing a extremely high availability network across Western Australia. A significant extension using satellite technology to connect South Australia was completed in 1986 (the second such application of satellite data technology in Australia at that time).

Tender Team Leader to write Request For Tenders for computer based training in 1988 and for an Australia wide data communications network in 1989.

Quality Assurance Manager in 1989 and performed this role (including quality audits) for potential suppliers for the data communications tenders. This was in addition to his role as a technical expert for data communications.

1980 - 1982

Senior System Support Engineer - A.M. Jacquard Computers.

Involved in software and hardware support. In 1982, he was responsible for coordination of junior engineering staff.

1976 - 1980

Customer Service Engineer - International Computers Limited.

Involved in hardware and data communications support, including area specialist on certain hardware items (disk subsystems and modems).