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LESLIE GUNASEKARA

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+20 years of working within the Defence, Aerospace & Marine Industries delivering challenging projects with tight timescales and budgets succesfully.

 
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ABOUT

Experienced, motivated and professional Interim Project, Programme, Business Manager and Director with leadership skills and ability to inspire staff who has worked in Land, Sea, Air and Space Arenas. Fully accredited in PMI, APM, MSCIPS and a good working knowledge of PRINCE 2, MSP & Agile. A proven track record in the management of profit & loss and the ability to establish and maintain long profitable relationships with customers. Lead business development and marketing. Leadership in training, mentoring and development of staff to achieve appropriate professional qualifications and career ambitions and able to direct and inspire excellence. Working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels within the business with excellent oral, written and presentation skills. Ability to think out of the box in solving issues with minimal risk and short timescales. Also, can work inside IR35.

 

WORK HISTORY

Roles & Responsibilities

July 2019 - January 2020

INTERIM PROJECT MANAGER IT (TRANSFORMATION),


P&O FERRIES

September 2017 - July 2019

INTERIM PROJECT MANAGER (GATWICK) – CHECK-IN & BAGGAGE SYSTEMS, 


SIEMENS POSTAL PARCEL & AIRPORT LOGISTICS LTD

June 2017 - September 2017

INTERIM PROJECT MANAGER – HOLD BAGGAGE SCREENING,

RAPSICAN SYSTEMS LTD

October 2016 - September 2017


INTERIM PROJECT MANAGER – CHECK POINT SECURITY & HOLD BAGGAGE SYSTEMS,

HERBERT SYSTEMS LTD

April 2013 - September 2016

INTERIM PROJECT MANAGER/ DEPARTMENT PROCUREMENT REPRESENTATIVE (DPR - LAND BATTLE SPACE SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT (LBSD)/ PLATFORM SYSTEMS DIVISION (PLS),

DEFENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY (DSTL)

November 2012 - April 2013

INTERIM PROGRAMME MANAGER – AMERICAN AIRLINES FIRST CLASS SEATING (BOEING 777-300ER),

ZODIAC SEATS UK LIMITED (FORMERLY CONTOUR AEROSPACE)

February 2012 - September 2012

INTERIM PROJECT MANAGER – ENTRY INTO SERVICE (EIS) C SERIES (MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEMS),

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES (UTC) AEROSPACE SYSTEMS (FORMERLY GOODRICH)

June 2011 - January 2012

MANAGING DIRECTOR,

AEROTRIM GROUP LTD

November 2007 - June 2011

BUSINESS MANAGER (SHELTERS & VEHICLES),

MARSHALL SPECIALIST VEHICLES


February 2005 - November 2007

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER (SYSTEMS, MACHINES & CONTROLS),

GOODRICH 

September 2000 - February 2005

PROJECT MANAGER (COMPOSITES),


LOCKHEED MARTIN INSYS (FORMERLY HUNTING ENGINEERING & INSYS)

January 1996 - September 2000

COMPOSITE ENGINEER


DEFENCE EVALUATION & RESEARCH AGENCY (DERA), STRUCTURAL MATERIALS CENTRE (MOD AGENCY)

 

SKILLS

PROJECT MANAGEMENT


Managing of Complex Integrated systems through the full Project Life Cycle from bid management through to end of product life disposal. Setting Product Development process strategies.

Project Management Trainer and coach to Project Management Professional level. 

Areas of Expertise in Requirements Capture, Project cost modelling, Risk Management, Production and Supply Chain Readiness. 

Agile Methodology

Chairing Project Review Boards. Reporting in at Board Level.

ENVIRONMENT

Managing multi functional internationally collocated and virtual teams of up 60.

Full Product Lifecycle Management. 

Products include Aircraft Electrical Systems, Military Communications Systems, Power Generation, High performance motors. DO160, DO178b.


Airport Baggage Systems. Design, development, integration of software systems

COMMERCIAL


Developing and managing contracts with Customers and Suppliers.

Negotiation and bid preparation to £8m in Aerospace and £6m in Defence.

Developing and winning new business off existing contracts.

Cost and Liability avoidance. Risk Management – never been caught for penalties.

SUPPLY CHAIN


Managing Supply Chain Development to ensure consistent, reliable deliveries. 

Implementing Production Readiness/Production Preparation Process. 

Implementing Supply Chain Improvement Projects based on Aerospace & Defence methodologies.

Reviewing implementation and Action plans.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Developing Corporate strategy in Continuous Improvement and Project


Management Methodologies. 

Executing Supply Chain improvement programmes and Production Preparation Process.

Reporting in at Corporate level and participating in Corporate CI board reviews.


Understand Six Sigma, Lean Practices, Lean Product Development & Value Stream Mapping.   

Specialist Lean focus on New Product Introduction.

FINANCIAL


Control of multi million annual budgets up to £15m, on projects with future sales worth $300M. 

Preparing and maintaining business cases, P&L, IRR, NPV, and Earned Value Analysis. 

Expert at product cost modelling, and recovery eroded product.

Sales margins, by reducing product costs through lean events up to 30%.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS


Presentations made to Corporate Level.


Monthly presentations to Senior board level at Customer sites. 

Strong stake holder management with customer facing skills.

    Able to sell an idea or strategy. 

QUALITY


Reporting in at Board Level. 

Certified ISO9000.

  

Implementation of EASA requirements. 

SECURITY


Lapsed UK SC Clearance 

ITAR Projects in UK and US. 

OTHER


EVA – ETC, EAC, S Curves, CPi, SPi.

Six Sigma – SPC, CpK, DOE, DFM, DFA, DMAIC, 8D.

Lean -  LPD, DFM, DFA, 3P, VSM.

GRESS – IQD, SCD.

Finance – P&L, NPV, ROI, IRR, CM.

Project Management Methodologies – PMI/PMBOK, APMP, Prince2, Automotive Gateway, Aerospace Gateway, Microsoft Project, WBS Pro, Vision, Agile, MSP.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 
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CSCS

Professionally Qualified Person

Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet

Henry Mintzberg

 

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