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Nick Sarahs Curriculum Vitae


Henbury Comprehensive School 1975-1980

  • “O” Level passes in Mathematics and Physics
  • “CSE” Passes in English, Chemistry, History, Geography, Art, French, Metalwork and Technical Drawing.

Rolls Royce Technical College 1980–1985 (Apprenticeship)

  • City & Guilds Levels 1, 2 & 3 credits in Mechanical and Production Engineering, and Craft Studies
  • E.I.T.B Certificate of Engineering Craftsmanship.
  • E.I.T.B Pass in module H01 ‘Tool Making and Experimental Work’.
  • E.I.T.B Pass in module H11 ‘Computer Numerical Control and Special Purpose Machining’.
  • Rolls Royce: certificate of engineering craftsmanship and excellence.

Filton Technical College, Bristol 1984–1985

  • BTECH Level 3 passes in Engineering Maths, Engineering Science, Materials Technology and Microprocessors.
  • BTECH Level 2 in Electronic Principles, Digital Technology and Technical Drawing.

University of Humberside 1997-1999 (course held at Key Country Foods, Scunthorpe)

Continuous Business Improvement – Management and Cultural awareness strategies in the workplace.

Other courses

  • Sigma Kaizen Green Belt: Lean production, 6 Sigma and MiniTab certification. (Tutored by Ishan Al-Zanki Master Black Belt and head of quality for the Doncasters Group worldwide).
  • Sikorsky: DSQR (London 2009) Authority for SSQS release stamp
  • FAA: 8130-9 and 8100-1 conformity training and authority (Via Boeing 2009 annual)EASA: Release autorisation via CAA
  • CAA: 8100-1 authority for test setup conformity
  • MTU: 8D – method training (at MTU Munchen 2007).
  • MTU: DSQR (Designated Supplier Quality Representative) certification expiry November 2010
  • Hamilton Sundstrand: Process Certification 201 (level 2).
  • Hamilton Sundstrand: UK process control symposium.
  • Hamilton Sundstrand: Conformity training to FAA standards.
  • ERAS: Management development course.
  • ERAS: Supervisory development course.
  • ISO 9001 Auditing Certification.
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Auditing Certification.
  • Remark Technology: Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel competence.
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health: certificate for intermediate food hygiene.
  • Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene: certificate in food hygiene and safety.
  • Dalehead Foods: certificate in food hygiene and safety.
Employment History

Claverham Ltd (United Technologies Aerospace Systems) Feb 2008 – Current. Somerset. (Part of the UTC group of companies)

Business: Design and production of actuator systems for a wide variety of aerospace and other applications.

Position Held: Quality Engineer for development and production of the Boeing 787 and Sikorsky UH60M, S92F projects.

  • FAA and CAA Qualification conformity of article and test setup for 787 Dreamliner cabin air system and Sikorsky actuators for main and tail rotor fight control systems.
  • Safety of Flight article conformity.
  • F.A.I reports of Boeing 787 actuation and SAC flight control systems.
  • DSQR approvals for Boeing and Sikorsky release.
  • 8D and FRACAS analysis for corrective action and mistake proofing.
  • Development of FAA conformity systems and procedures for 787 and Sikorsky .
  • Inspection of actuators and creation of FAA 8130-9 and 8100-1 forms for test article and test set-up conformity.
  • Delegated authority for signing of FAA 8130-9 and 8100-1 forms for test articles and set-up for Boeing and Sikorsky conformity.
  • I.T.A.R Approved employee.
  • Audit Activity internal and supplier.
  • Team member attached to Hamilton Sundstrand ACE initiative (Continuous improvement scheme).
  • Rig, Fixture and test equipment validation and commissioning.
  • Writing and maintenance of control procedures and quality manuals

Doncasters Chard Ltd 2004 – Feb 2008. Somerset.

Business: Casting and finish machining of Aviation parts for Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Turbomeca, Westland, MTU etc.

Positions held: Process and Project Engineer (Initial) / Quality Engineer


  • To control and develop process and tooling efficiency throughout the site at Chard, including the Wax Injection and assembly facilities, Mould production, Casting, Fettling and Inspection areas. (£258,000 process savings in 2006).
  • Liaison with contractors for tooling and plant design and procurement.
  • Continuous business improvement through Lean Sigma and kaizen application (also heavy use of Microsoft Excel and Access based systems for production control applications and KPI analysis).
  • Manufacture and maintenance of KPI, OEE and customer and internal scorecard systems to create process change and monitor improvements.
  • Manufacture of process control information for internal and sub contract use.
  • Audits of production critical business areas to assure correct practice to customer specification, the quality management system and Departmental Work Instructions.
  • Liaison and consultation with Bodycote for heat treatment technique control.
  • Material heat treatment controls of aerospace alloys (mostly Annealing, Hardening and Solutionising).
  • Maintenance of company ‘Quality Management System’ and ‘customer approvals’
  • Customer returns quality and liability analysis, production of internal Non-Compliance, RCA, RCCA’s and 8D analytical and correction methods for the Chard plant.
  • Control of all internal and external audits, including: (NADCAP, ISO 9001 and 14001, Rolls Royce, Honeywell, MTU, Turbomeca and quality management systems).
  • Quarantine control (care of bonded stock).
  • Creation of company ‘Training Evaluation System’
  • Authorised self-release for MTU, Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Shorts (Bombardier), Flight refueling etc.
  • Inspection and self release authorisation for all customers.

Romford Wholesale Meats Ltd, Sep 2002 to Nov 2003 (1 year contract) Dorset.

Business: Slaughter and process of Lamb and beef for supply to wholesale and pre-packed supermarket environments.

Position: Product Quality Manager.


  • Ownership of all product quality, technical and food safety issues for a plant of over 200 staff.
  • Day to day management of QA department and staff.
  • Development of quality appraisal and KPI reporting system.
  • Maintenance of HACCP system.

Tesco Supermarkets, March 2002 to Sep 2002 (Contract) Devon.

Business: Retailer

Position: Night shift retail manager.


  • Responsible for night shift trading and store replenishment.
  • Store size G9 with £1.3M turnover per week.
  • This area of work enabled me to appreciate retail customer needs from a new perspective, and proved useful for a short period until more suitable employment became available.

Key Country Foods, Scunthorpe, July 1998 to Oct 2001.

Business: Bacon slicing and retail packing plant

Position: Group Stock Control Manager, Later Business Manager and team leader for energy efficiency improvement task group.


  • Creation, management and development of a new company stock control department.
  • Creation of control and analytical systems for stock, sales forecasting, production planning, cost control, business auditing, human resource and key performance indicators (high level and departmental).
  • My position enabled me to play a substantial role in increasing production capacity, overall efficiency and profitability of the Scunthorpe site. Improvements were made through a positive continuous improvement policy together with staff training and development, an active “Total productive maintenance initiative” and a controlled plant investment and growth programme.

Dalehead Foods, Bristol, Jan 1996 to July 1998.

Business: Production of pork and bacon products for the finished pack retail market.

Position: Technical Supervisor, Later Stock Control Manager.


  • Supervision of QA staff from slaughter to despatch.
  • Management of HACCP quality system.
  • Creation of Blue Print carcase cooling programme for J Sainsbury (Unique innovative development to eliminate PSE in Pork).
  • Customer relations and site visit orientation.
  • Creation of new stock control department and implementation of “Systems Integration” electronic production control system.

St Merryn Meat, Cornwall, Jan 1994 to Jan 1996.

Business: Production of beef, lamb and pork products for the finished pack retail market (Tesco).

Position: started as production operative, later QA Supervisor.


  • Supervision of QA staff across 4 sites to assure the correct maintenance of HACCP requirements.

Halifax Property Services / MacKendrick Norcot Estate Agency 1986 to Dec 1993.

Position: Senior Property Negotiator, Later Land and New Homes Manager.

  • Management of daily property valuations, instructions, production of particulars, sales and promotions.
  • Running of property auctions

Rolls Royce Ltd, Bristol, 1980 to 1986.

Position: Apprentice.

  • Completed a full apprenticeship at the Bristol site specialising in special purpose machining and jig and tool design.

Position on completion of apprenticeship: Development machinist, Tool Maker and Jig and Tool Designer.


  • Design and development of tooling, fixtures and process procedures for the production of aero engine components including:
      • Blades
      • Disks
      • Shafts
      • Gears
      • Casings
      • Rings (and segments)
  • Use of, and programming of CNC, NC and manually controlled machinery, including:
      • 6 Axis ‘Kearney and Trecker’ milling machines
      • 6 Axis, multi tool ‘Yamasaki’ milling machines
      • Vertical Turret Lathes.
      • Other vertical and horizontal milling machines.
      • Flat bed lathes.
      • Flat bed grinding machines.
      • Rotary internal and external grinding machines.
      • Broaching machines.
      • EDM and ECM machinery.

References Available on application.


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