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Principal Project Manager

Principal Project Manager

Work Experience

June 2008 – Present
European Institute of Industrial Leadership, Belgium.
Business school for high potential industrial leaders:
Coach; faculty advisor; member of board of directors.
Achievements: Publish Industry 4.0 and ART in Industry report; Subject matter coach (knowledge management, innovation); Creation of Next-Ex Workshop programme.

Sep 2008 – Present Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Benelux. Engineering Society for the monitoring and training or Engineering competency: Chairman Benelux Branch.
Achievements: Planned and implemented Discussion Café series at IMechE. including publishing reports. Mentoring for professional engineering qualification.

July 2000 – June 2016 Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, Belgium. Vehicle R&D Centre: Department Manager, Brake development, then Total Vehicle Assessment, then European Projects (project management).
Achievements: Implementation of cost management process; Implementation of the media analysis process (shortlisted for Media Innovation Award); new product proposals; Implementation of reverse engineering and benchmarking including central database; Managed R&D department of 12 people for 5 years; Brake pedal feel analysis (Toyota Engineering Society Award).

Jan 1999 – June 2000 Bertrandt Ingenieurbüro GmbH, Köln, Germany. Vehicle design consultancy: Resident Engineer, Team Leader.
Achievements: Cost Reduction engineering; client contract negation; Managed teams to achieve project goals.

Jun 1993 - Dec 1998 Hawtal Whiting Engineering Ltd, Basildon, Essex, UK. Vehicle design and development consultancy: Senior Project Engineer.
Achievements: Full test cycle management; Client contract negation; Managed teams to achieve project goals.

Mar 1993 - Jun 1993 Peradin Ltd, nr Trowbridge, Wilts, UK. Vehicle suspension component manufacturer: Contract CAD designer.
Sep 1991 - Feb 1993 Leyland DAF Ltd, Leyland, Lancs, UK. Heavy Goods Vehicle Manufacturer: Test and Development Engineer.
Apr 1989 - Dec 1989 British Nuclear Fuels Plc, Springfield, Lancs, UK. Nuclear Fuels Manufacturer: Student placement during university education.

Education

Lancashire Polytechnic (1987-1991)
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical and Production Engineering 2(i)

Samuel Whitbread Upper School, Clifton, Beds (1980-1985)
'A' Levels: Mathematics, Physics and Geography

Cranfield School of Management (2003)
Management and Leadership certificate

Skills

Project and Change management:
From setting project aims to implementation and customer training. I have used the Toyota-Way to implement new processes across the organisation with a focus on cost reduction and efficiency improvement.
Management:
I have experience of department and project management. I am experienced at leading a team of blue and white-collar workers. I am an experienced skills coach and have lead staff appraisals and project reviews. I lead by motivation and example. I have made project proposal that I have successfully won and managed the project implementation. I have set and successfully managed annual department budgets.
Planning / Target setting:
Based on lean manufacturing principles, I have a strong customer focus on every activity. I listen to the needs of my customer, actively ask questions and gather data and define activity targets before making a detailed plan.
Innovation:
Out of the box and original idea creation based on observation of the environment, customer needs and research. I have the ability to link / map different fields of study and visualise the possibilities.
Data Analysis:
I have a strong mathematical and engineering background and I am an advanced user of analytical functions in spreadsheets including programming. I use my data analysis skills to solve problems and monitor project or process status. I use my analytical approach to non-mathematical data analysis to identify patterns and draw conclusions in written reporting.
Reporting / presentation:
I have a clear and confident presentation style using PowerPoint or spontaneous presentations. I have developed an image based communication style as a result of working in a multilingual environment. I have been trained in specific technical presentation techniques such as Toyota A3 presentation and problem-solving methods.

Languages

English:
Spoken – Native
Reading – Native
Written – Native

French:
Spoken – Fluent
Reading – Very Good
Written – Good

German:
Spoken – Very Good
Reading – Good
Written – Acceptable


Other

Full driving licence (car and motorcycle). Advanced driving experience (UK Police and Toyota).
Winner of “Fredrick Barnes Walden Prize for Best Engineering Student” 1991
Advanced user of Microsoft Office tools
University final year thesis Domestic wind energy study shortlisted for Institute of Energy award.

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