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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
March 24, 2019

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David A. Kirchner

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Palm Bay, FL 32909

Phone: Cell 321-***-****, Home 321-***-****


Can’t hire qualified candidates fast enough? Delaying new project launches, special projects, product development or proposal submissions due to a lack of qualified candidates? I can solve this situation. I am a retired Senior Program Manager seeking a remote part-time or full-time (several months) as a contractor to bridge the hiring process. I retired December 15, 2017 from General Electric Transportation after 32 years of exemplary service. I possess the experience and knowledge to quickly understand project requirements to start projects in parallel with your company’s process to hire a permanent qualified candidate.

Professional Experience- Total of 39 years of Work Experience

General Electric Transportation, Melbourne, FL, 1998- Dec 2017

Senior Program Manager, Feb. - Dec 2017- Part-time employee under the GE Pensioner Rehire Program

Successfully executed multiple projects for China, Kazakhstan, and Union Pacific railroad customers for the Locomotive Interface Gateway (LIG) product line. I was the interface to each customer.

Managed projects remotely from my home including engineering teams in India, Melbourne, FL. and Erie, PA. Manufacturing personnel located in Warrensburg, MO. Management in Chicago, Illinois.

Generated $2.6M in revenue with contribution margins exceeding the plan. Received $800K in new orders.

Managed all projects transitioning them to the Clarity system. Trained and mentored 2 new Program Managers that joined GE in late 2017.

Completion of SW and HW development for these projects will realize $7M in revenue with high margins over the next several years as production deliveries.

Senior Program Manager, 2015- May 31, 2016

Exceeded financial metrics for 2015 with revenue of $13MM

Completed the initial launch order of the LocoVISION product to CSX for a quantity of 300 systems in 2015 and 2016 at $8M in revenue. This led to other customer orders with Aurizon (Australia) and Canadian National (CN).

Completed the initial product launch of the 2-slot Ancillary Card Cage (ACC) to the Pacific National customer in Australia that met the Australian Certification standards

Lead the development program team of the GE Event Recorder (3-in-1 including the (Federal Railroad Association (FRA), Positive Train Control (PTC) and Video data recording) from a single event recorder that passed railroad certification.

Senior Program Manager, 2008-2014

Integrated CSX Locomotive Interface Gateway (LIG) and Ethernet Over Train-lines (eMU) for 3000 locomotives as a contract valued at $20M.

Completed an Automated Train Dispatching System (ATDS) for Arcelor Mittall Mining Company (AMIC), Canada. A $14M contract with growth to $18M. Negotiated a $3M, 5-year maintenance contract.

Successfully executed Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) Display and Audio Train Management System projects valued at $20M.

Awarded the LocoCAM project to install a video camera system on the CSX locomotive fleet for 3000 locomotives for a multi-year contract valued at $80M.

Senior Program and Proposal Manager, 1998-2008

Developed international customers in Europe, Russia and Communist Independent States (CIS) countries to expand our products globally

Awarded a contract from Finland for $18M to implement the Remote Control Locomotive (RCL) product within the Finland freight railroad. Obtained the first CENELEC SIL III certification for our product.

Submitted proposals to customers worth over $100M in support of the Product Management and Sales Teams

Managed the development of the EPx / Traintalk, New Product Introduction (NPI). Completed a 240 car and 4 locomotive systems for BHPIO in Western Australia at a total budget of $2.8M.

Harris Corporation, Palm Bay, FL, 1984-1998

Program Manager 4, Production Manager and Program Material Manager

Promoted to Program Manager 4 as a result of the win of the Inchon Airport proposal for South Korea of $92M to the Transcomm Division. I was awarded with the Program Manager of the Year for this significant accomplishment.

Exceeded project metrics for the management of the Production Build Team of the Voice Switching and Communications System (VSCS) sub-contractors and production material deliveries of over $300M.

Managed the Manufacturing Operations of a commercial subsidiary supplying multiport chassis to the video teleconferencing industry with primary customer, Picturetel Corporation. Achieved $9MM annual sales volume within two years from start-up operation. Key individual to transition the sale of the business.

Exceeded the project metrics for the fulfillment of over $100M for the production material deliveries in support of the B1 and B2 Aircraft programs.

Completed the Material Development Management Program requirements as the second person to achieve this honor within Harris Corporation.

ITT Grinnell, Warren, Ohio 1978-1984

Inventory Control Supervisor- Managed both salary and hourly union-affiliated personnel with heavy metal fabrication and various pipe support assemblies for the Nuclear Power Plant Industry. Converted MRP system to IBM MAPICS 38.


Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida

Masters Contracts and Acquisition Management, 1988

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

Masters Business Administration (MBA), 1982

Bachelors Degree, Management and Accounting, Minor Economics, 1978

Certifications / Awards

Global Knowledge Microsoft Project 13 March 2016

GE Project Management Internal Program (PMIP), December 2014

Six Sigma Green Belt Lean August 2001

Received "Outstanding Program Management" for the Transcomm Division's IICS Korean Airport, 1997

Outstanding Contribution plaque for the M8000 project from Picturetel Corporation, June 1993

Received Competent Toastmaster Level of Certification, April 1989

2nd individual to complete the Material Development Program at Harris Corporation, June 1989

20 year member of APICS (CPIM) certification, May 1986

Inactive Secret Clearance Received in 1997 at Harris Corporation.

References Available Upon Request

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