If you are looking for a tester, skip my resume. If you are looking for someone to improve your business and make a vision becoming true then continue reading. Broad experience in project management, test management, testing. Lean manufacturing, software testing, process improvement, certification, Cloud testing. Personality in one sentence: Quality is not a mandate, it’s my lifestyle. What I bring to an organization in one sentence: Let s work together on your business vision. The best definition of my work and strengths: Context-driven testing or how to be constructive around rigid and inappropriate standards.
Strong background in the aerospace industry and embedded software. A logical career path: Software developer in aerospace, integration specialist in avionics (IRS, GPS, missile…), PM, head of the integration department, airline pilot, certification engineer B777 test pilot, head of testing strategies. On the non-aviation related career as a consultant for big firms, mainly in digital TV.
Dynamic, technically agile, creative (patents). Comfortable with certification authorities (FAA, CAA UK, CASA, DGAC…) and massive documentation (Aircraft maintenance manuals, wiring diagrams, AD ). International experience (China, Brazil, USA, Canada, Arab united emirates, Germany…). Excellent analytic skills. Involved in many project phases: SRR, PDR, CDR … (System Requirement Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review).
Specialties: Quality control, avionics, system integration, project risk management, root cause analysis, Digital electronic testing, Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) with cryptoprocessor integration. CFR 14 Part 60, CFR 14 Part 121 (…), Advisory Circular 120-45A, ICAO9625 3rd edition, JAR FSTD, ECSS-E-ST-XX (…), flight test procedures, automatic testing (SilkTest, AutoIt, Selenium, FitNesse…) and related tools. Other standards: MIL-STD-810H (Environmental testing) MIL-STD-2525 (Warfare symbology in GUI), STANAG 2413 (Transport devices), ISO 688 (Containers), MIL-STD-498 (SW Dev)…
Speaker, keynote in several test conferences around the world.
NATO secret security clearance, ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation).
House of Test GmbH Test Engineer in electrical energy management
A system that starts at house hold level and ends up steering energy at grid level. From system to systems of systems end to end testing:
Testing the electrical devices drivers themselves:
WiFi meshing and GSM fallback
Over The Air (OTA) device’s firmware update
H55 Senior integration engineer/Head of aircraft integration
Transforming an existing fuel powered aircraft into an electric powered aircraft: Bristell Energic
As a spin off from Solar Impulse, H55 is commited to develop a much cleaner aviation.
Aircraft/System integration is the task of ensuring all the aircraft systems operate correctly individually and together as installed on the aircraft. This provides the means to show that intersystem requirements, taken as a group, have been satisfied. It also provides an opportunity to discover and eliminate undesired unintended functions.
Provide technical support and guidance in aircraft operations.
Assist in system integration of new or previously operated aircrafts.
Prepare clear and accurate system engineering and operating (POH) documentation, AMM.
Identify equipment, maintenance or operational improvements to enhance safety, reliability or efficiency.
Verification, validation test procedures.
Support assembly team to establish priorities
Troubleshooting (assembly, wiring diagrams, software issues, hardware issues).
Assist in preparing documentation for the aviation authorities: Structural analysis, Computed Fluid Dynamics reports…
Support for flight test operations.
Work on the aircraft and propulsion batteries under supervision of licenced mechanics.
Established layout of the facilities (work stations, tools, safety and security), budgets.
Managed a team up to 10 members.
Very specific domain since the aircrafts are propelled by electric motor.
Norms and Standard: CS-23, MIL STD 180, PART 21, DO178 (…) well all the norms coming with aviation and there is a lot!
Kudelski Security Project Manager, Test Manager
Specification and design of an airborne equipment that must be rugged to cyberattacks.
Requirement management (ReqView as tool)
Selection of the appropriate hardware with customization (prototyping)
Product Life Cycle management
Architecture (SW and HW)
Evaluation of test benches to be created to support the PLC.
Norms and standard: ED202, ED203 (cybersecurity). Do178, Jar 145, MIL STD 180, Do254 (…) well all the norms coming with aviation.
Consulteer AG Test Manager, requirement analyst
In the context on FA18 for the Swiss Airforce:
Test strategy definition
Test planning and execution
Test automation, non-regression testing, exploratory testing. 4 man days worth of testing reduced to 70 minutes in 25 days of work.
Other details classified.
In the context on Air Defense systems (Airspace surveillance and threat suppression)
Requirement review: Review of all the applicable norms on the project (Electrical design, safety, mechanical design, environmental consideration, Nuclear, Bacteriological, Chemical threats evaluation …) from the MIL-STD and ISO and STANAG libraries.
Testing and acceptance requirements: Establishing test procedures (software, hardware) for the whole system.
Support for acceptance.
Other details classified.
House of Test GmbH Automation engineer
Testing web application used in self-care and call centers for a Swiss telecom operator.
Implementation of Katalon Studio as testing framework.
Integration of the framework with Git, HipChat, Jenkins, Arduino.
Designed a hardware solution around Arduino for complete end to end testing allowing physical interaction with hardware devices. Integrated TAOS color sensing devices.
Integration of SauceLabs for testing on mobile devices.
Maintenance of a wiki page that is shared by the internal Katalon user s COP.
Testing an identity management solution for a major Swiss retailer.
Enhancement of existing framework around Katalon Studio
Design of a system monitoring system using Arduinos
Monitoring system integration with Jenkins
Test development in Groovy
Testing enterprise cloud services for a Swiss telecom operator.
VmWare (Vsphere, Vcenter, vRA, vRO, NSX EDGE), workflow.s
Openstack and or alike tools related to cloud management.
CAE is the world leader in training devices for airlines and professional flight schools. The devices are highly sophisticated mechanics, simulating the exact behavior of the aircraft, including all the internal systems and all the “physics” (ice accretion, radio wave propagation, GPS satellite positions, pump cavitation, fuel slosh, tire expansion due to temperature or deformation due to rotation speed…).
Test strategy authority (2015 - Nov, 2016 Jul)
Review test policy, help defining and implementing testing strategies for the organization. Activity covers new designs down to customer acceptance and certification with regulatory authorities. It is a conglomerate of software best practices, test strategies, life cycle management, requirement and reporting management, process improvement on manufacturing, planning, legal aspects (…) Act as internal consultant in some specifics cases: GUI test tool evaluation, testing techniques or any specifics requested by the organization.
Direct report to directors (Engineering and QA) and VPs.
The position was centered on QA and QC in a lean manufacturing environment.
Subject Matter Expert in testing and automatic testing (2015 - Aug, 2015 - Oct)
Integrated in the Software System Architects and Subject Matter Expert groups in March 2015. Participate in design review for hardware and software changes (DFX, PDR, CDR), for cost reduction or new features. Focus on integration, testing, robustness, maintenance and regulatory aspects. Practical experience and knowledge in various testing tools, deployment tools, continuous integration, virtualization (FitNesse, Starteam, SilkTest…)
Automation software specialist, process improvement(2012 - Jan, 2015 - Jul) Best achievements: -Designed and implemented an acceptance flight tests(4700 checkpoints, a 1h45 mission fully automated from aircraft power up to aircraft power down) that could be compared to an advanced version of B1 (Boeing production factory test).
Participated in test framework creation.
Technical reference in test automation.
Reduced by 70% time required to tests aircraft systems.
Applied testing technique to other aircraft types.
Worked with various entities to define metrics and evidences.
Reviewed testing and manufacturing practices at large. Anchored the concept that testing should be done where added value is created. In an Agile environment, participated in workshops to rethink testing strategies (hardware and software). Involved in workshops with manufacturing department to implement the testing vision. This was a great position because I have used all the knowledge and experience accumulated along my carrier path. Amazing results achieved and great improvement on software quality by supporting CI (Continuous Integration) practice. Demonstrated advanced testing techniques (PIC based prototypes breadboards, picture recognition, sound and audio analysis). Part of my activities are to steer technical and strategical decisions related to integration and testing. Technical reference for several teams located in various countries; Currently giving courses to about 400 employees. Created and provided classroom training for other employees.
Evaluation pilot Boeing 777 (2006 - Jul, 2012 - Jan) Best achievements:
Found problems in software from the real aircraft that have been corrected by Boeing (SB, AD).
Drastically reduced number of snags on ships by continuous product improvement since I took ownership of the Boeing 777 product in 2006.
Participate into commercial proposal from a technical point of view: Identify deviation from standard aircraft and evaluate impact on project. Maintain documentation testing based on Aircraft Manuals.
Set priorities for integration: Analyze the impact of system readiness and streamline testing around it.
Set priorities for testing: Organize, supervise and execute test campaigns (Flight controls, motion system, aircraft systems, add ons modules).
Support customer during machine acceptance.
Prepare qualification documents (a solid 3000 pages) and present the machine to the certification authorities. Interact with all parties in order to ensure progress of the project: PM, aircraft technicians, design engineers, customer, authorities… Qualified 15 simulators worldwide with company’s interest and customer satisfaction in mind.
Perform the extended version of the PFTP (Equivalent to B1 ,B2 Boeing Production Factory tests) 3 times on each machine delivered.
Tuning of the simulator (motion, sound).
Verification of conformance (aircraft systems, navigation standards, operational requirements).
Assertion of the correctness of simulated systems compared to real ship.
Recognized in the industry to have aircraft knowledge well above average Boeing 777 commander.
Fly on average 30 hours in a Boeing 777 cockpit per week representing to date about 7000 hours of operations and about 6500 take off and landings in extreme conditions (failure, wind shear…).
Demonstration pilot for some customers.
NagraStar Kudelski group Head of integration department
Create and execute test plans for Pay TV systems.
Lead the test team members.
Automated tests for Pay TV systems. Reduced time required for rolling out product update thanks to the automation. Developed a tool that allows end to end testing of PAY TV system from customer service simulator down to hardware of the TV receiver with objective validation of sound and video quality. Think out of the box approach. Designed mechanical test bench and electronic required for testing (PIC, actuators, sensors…) The applications and devices tested are for a pool of several millions customers. Needless to say that a bug will cost some headaches
Captain on King Air
Swiss international airlines/Crossair
Machine flown: Saab 340, MD83, BAE146.
Used by the company to troubleshoot aircraft schematics / checklist based on my engineering background.
As a test engineer:
Kept this position until 2003 as a consultant while F/O at Swiss. Applications tested were serving several millions of customers.
As project manager:
Deployed the 2nd largest Kudelski’s customer. This project propelled the company number one worldwide as PayTV solution provider (NagraVision).
Started objective problem reporting method (introduced process and KPI).
QA representative at EchoStar Dish Network (PayTV) Denver (future join venture NagraStar)
Identified specifications problems in a Flight Management System.
Identified ADA compiler problems.
Found a 2 nano second glitch in a new chip caused by a design flaw.
Developed deployment technique for the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne) project CAMIPRO (smart cards readers for physical access) : 800 doors, several servers and access points. Worked on both software and hardware integration.
Integration specialist in Avionics at Sextant Avionique (FMS, GPS, IRS…)
Software developer and team leader for warehouse application (Hewlett-Packard).
Software developer for medical applications
Software developer and integrator for a conditional access application (EPFL- Ecole Polythecnique Federale Lausanne).
Project manager for FMS application (Sextant Avionique)
Project manager for building automation (Merlin Gerin)
Various consulting firms
Software engineer/test and integration engineer
Developed an application in assembly language for testing a satellite command module (Dactem). Mainly Intel asm language.
Developed a data gathering application for Mirage 2000 radar. AFB Bretigny, Thomson CSF (7 months). Mainly C and Fortran on Unix machines.
Developed a self test application for the French fighter Rafale’s cockpit displays. Mainly ADA language on DEC machines. Code rehosted on aircraft.
Developed industrial application. VME racks, OS-9 (RtOs), 68000 architecture. Ciment Vicat.
Credit Universel (BNP Parisbas)
Submission of batch processing on loan operation.
Printing and mailing of loan status to customers.
Manual input of mailed-in checks.
For my employers:
Make their vision come true
Shaving costs and schedule
At personal level:
I wanted to become an airline in order to understand how to operate an large aircrat in order to build better aircraft systems.
All the airborne systems I have worked on are designed to ensure safe passengers transportation
All the weapon systems are serving to protect civilians
So far I have used 100% of the things learned at school: From using a milling machine, casting iron, drawing blueprints, making electronic boards, calculate amortization or reading law books.
1986 - 1988: ISAR/ESISAR (INPG Grenoble)
Master in electronic, software, automation (robotics)
Special condensed engineer schedule (2 years instead of 3)
1984 - 1986: LTE Marie Curie
Bachelor accounting and finance
Balance between work and off duty work Make your vision come true
|⭐️⭐️⭐️||Capacity to work in different domains/tools, avionics, aerodynamnics, flight data analysis|
|⭐️⭐️||Vast international culture, learn fast|
|⭐️⭐️⭐️||ADA, Fortran, Cobol, C#, Groovy, Assembly language, Java|
|⭐️⭐️⭐️||Automation tools (Katalon, FitNesse, Ranorex…), requirement management (DOORS, ReqView)|
If you need any proof of certificates/testimonials in paper form of my passed education or older employers, please get in touch with me.
Enrolled in various trainings along my carreer path. A few below:
First aid (Swiss)
Crew ressource management (Swiss)
Fatigue management (Swiss)
Passenger management (Swiss)
Working with high voltage, 700 Volts- DC (H55)
Part 21, aviation regulation (H55)
Project management (Sopra-Steria)
Dangerous goods (Swiss)
Create efficient training (By a Canadian Air Force Instructor at CAE)
Meeting management (Sopra-Steria)
Rapid Software testing (James-Bach at House Of Test)
A typical profile that most HR cannot cope with! An airline pilot able to code in assembly language while reading a datasheet from Qualcomm? What, you remember how to calculate the number of tooth on a milling machine or explain why there is a difference of 475 kgs of thrust on a Boeing 777 turbine?
Jazz is my friend, my cooking knifes are my friends as well as my wine bottle opener.
Trusted (NATO secret are the words)
You have to expect the answer “no” from time to time coming out of my mouth. Good news: I am open to discuss about it.
I am speaking at many conferences around the globe, sharing my experience with the testing community.