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PERSONAL RESUME PAUL GORDON

PERSONAL DETAILS
Name Paul Gordon Residence 6 Londesborough Road
Phone 07913 896886 Southsea, Portsmouth
E-Mail pgordon@questec.co.uk PO4 0EX
Nationality UK Security Cleared to SC level

CAREER SUMMARY
I am an achievement oriented professional with Software Test Team Management
experience within the Space, Telecommunications and IT sectors. The foundation of my
career is a sound understanding of software testing principles, information technology,
telecommunication networks and a broad knowledge of business processes.
I have a proven ability to successfully develop strong working relationships with clients,
this enables me to gain a real understanding of technical and functional requirements
assisting me to accurately scope the testing effort required to satisfy the customer’s
needs.

Employment History

Organisation: Astrium EADS


Period: May 2005 – Present
Position: Skynet5 Management Segment – QA Specialist
For this high profile £100M Project, I am a key member of the Project Team.
I carry out quality assurance audits and feedback the results to senior management and
the project teams. I provide support to the project teams and assist in defining their quality
plan. I review all issues / non conformances found during Integration testing of the
Skynet 5 Management System. I have created, and now maintain, an issues Database
incorporating a Configuration Management Risk Log. I attend a weekly non conformance
review board. I ensure the supplier takes responsibility for problem rectification. I create
work-packages for each Build Iteration, utilizing the forecasted fix dates to plan
conclusive regression testing for individual issues. I use DOORs, a Requirements Capture
tool, and SPRINT, a Configuration Control Application, to assist me in my duties. I
regularly provide metrics to Senior Management within Astrium.

Organisation: DHL
Period: May 2004 – Mar 2005
Position: Product Release- QA Specialist
I was responsible for ensuring the rollout of Enhancements, Bug Fixes and new Programs
into the “Live Environment” had been subjected to the appropriate levels of quality
control and technical testing.
My role primarily focussed on managing work streams of consolidated periodical changes
to the IT infrastructure. I was responsible for ensuring that the appropriate resources had
been assigned, I would review and approve the Implementation Plan, Back Out Plan and
Release Notes and when satisfied garnish with them Head of Department approval
signatures, these quality assurance measures ensured all changes were “Released to
Production” in a controlled and manageable environment. I was also responsible for the
establishment of detailed processes which have been adopted by the Business globally.

Organisation: ITNET
Period: Jan 2004 – Apr 2004
Position: Infrastructure Manager
My key responsibilities were to devise, record, plan and monitor all the Integration Test
activities required to achieve client confidence in the supplied services.
I utilized Prince 2, RUP and Best Practice Management tools to Plan and Disseminate
Project Information in a timely and targeted approach, ensuring stakeholder buy in and
transparent project reporting.
Organisation: Railtech Solutions
Period: Mar 2003 – Jan 2004
Position: Software Test Team Manager
Client: Network Rail, Highways Authority, And Bulgarian
Rail.
As Software Test Team Manager I was brought in to create a software testing team from
scratch. Responsible for devising test cases, test scripts and test matrixes for C++, PHP,
ASP, ASP.net, CGI, Java and SQL components of the development. I was responsible for
interviewing and hiring applicants, I ensured junior team members of the team were able
to manually convert specifications and requirements into demonstrate-able Test Scripts. I
used RUP and Prince 2 Methodologies daily during the development and testing cycles. I
provided the key inputs to the design of the companies bug log, ensuring issues found
during testing were immediately flagged to the development team, once fixes had been
provided I created work packages for the testers and was responsible for ensuring the
bug log was updated, providing closure statements on all expedited issues.

Organisation: NTL Telecommunications


Period: Mar 1999 – Jan 2003
Position: Project/Programme Manager
Client: Worldcom, BT, Premium TV.
Firstly involved in the implementation of a £43M UK wide network rollout, comprising a
new National Optical Network, and High Capacity Switching and Multiplexing equipment.
This Telco rollout involved new hardware suppliers and was the largest value
infrastructure project undertaken by NTL in this period of sustained growth. I was the key
interface between the supplier and the business and was responsible for ensuring
delivery lead times were met. I Utilised Prince 2 and other management techniques to
ensured this high profile, high value project and it’s dependencies proceeded to the
operational environment in a controlled and manageable series of phases.
I also concurrently managed several smaller projects with values ranging from £300,000
to £6M leaning heavily on my years of testing Telco networks to fulfil this demanding
role.

Organisation: Alcatel Networks


Period: June 1996 – Mar 1999
Position: Project Manager
Responsible for Project Managing simultaneous worldwide Network Rollouts up to £6M+
(Technolgies and protocols encountered included SDH / SONET / VPN / Advanced Optical,
ATM, ISDN30, INM, NMC. SH, RM, TCP/IP)
I managed geographically dispersed, cross-functional technical teams comprising of up to
30 engineers. I produced Test Strategies, approved and oversaw Software Updates,
Network Migrations and Equipment Upgrades.
I regularly produced Gantt Charts (MS Projects) to update key stakeholders and to report
on progress regularly. I was also responsible for controlling the hiring, delivery and
tracking of high value rented test equipment. (Annual Budget £¾M).
Responsibilities also included ensuring Engineering Installation and Test Results
documentation covering the Project Lifecycle were completed by the on-site engineers
and approved by the client.

Organisation: Nynex, Orange PCS, Ericsson, Cherry Comms,


Period: June 1992 – May 1996
Position: Consultant Commissioning Engineer
I was employed by the Organisations detailed above, as a senior commissioning engineer,
I was responsible for, conducting standalone, link and network testing on STM16 SDH/
PDH, 2nd generation mobile PCS networks and Broadband cable TV Networks. Other
duties included the safekeeping of high value rented test equipment and tools,
maintaining site logs, completing test result sheets and fault reports. Conducting fault
finding and rectification activities in sites and networks throughout the UK, able to work
on own initiative and have the ability to be a team player to ensure co-coordinated
integration activities.

Organisation: Royal Navy


Period: June 1985 – May 1992
Position: Systems Engineer
As a Weapons Engineer specialized in Radio Communications, I underwent intensive
theoretical and practical technical training. I gained a broad knowledge of Electronic
Principles and was trained in the practical aspects of faultfinding on complex electronic
equipment including; but not limited to: Radar (primary and secondary), Sonar (active
and Passive), Navigational Systems, Communication Systems, MF-Microwave, including
satellite. I gained practical experience during three years on board sea-going warships, I
gained promotion and at a relatively young age became a “Leader of men” I spent a
further year at sea and was the supervisor of a team of 4 engineers responsible for
maintaining the ships external communication and satellite systems. I was then
employed as a Systems Engineer based at a NATO Communications Centre for 2 years
prior to leaving the service.

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS & INTERESTS

• Youngest Confirmed Leading Hand within the Royal Navy.


• Successful transition from a military career to a civilian one.
• FA Football Coaching Certificate held.
• Competent and keen snowboarder.
• Summer Golfer.
• Interested in Astronomy, Physics and new scientific discoveries.

Education, City and Guilds – Electronic Servicing, HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hants.
Main Subject Areas: Radar, Sonar, Communications, Satellite
Communications.

Professional Development Courses, Alcatel, Nortel & NTL


Project Management, Requirements Capture, Estimating and Forecasting,
Risk Identification and Management. Quality Assurance and Change
Management.
Optical Networks, SDH, PDH, VOIP, ATM, DPNSS, DASS, ISDN.
Rational Unified Process-testing, ISEB Software Testing, Source Safe,
Global Change Management Process.

Prince 2 Foundation, SPOCE Project management Ltd


REFEREES

Steve Loy Engineering Manager, Astrium EADS


sloy@uk4.astrium.eads.net
Gary White Programme Manager, EDS, UK
gary.white@eds.com +02392 702772
David Brockless UK National Networks Program Manager, NTL Telecomm, UK.
dave,brockless@ntl.com +01256 752000
Tom Berry Product Release Programme Manager, DHL UK Ltd
tom.berry@dhl.com 0207 754 5181