Program Manager

Name : Angela Thurman
Industry Type : Engineers
City & State : Overland Park,KS
Job Title Program Manager
Relocation Preferences : Tulsa, OK; Houston, TX
Objective : PMP certified project manager with background in telecommunications infrastructure, equipment deployment, power systems and sales support.
Resume :  


Program Management * Contract Negotiation * Engineering

Over 20 years of diverse experience in the telecommunications, aerospace, power and defense sectors. A proven team leader dedicated to an environment where client satisfaction, efficiency, organization and teamwork are core values. Excellent communication and analytical skills with the ability to coach team members through influence and motivation. Supervised paralegals for technical contracts compliance.


NEW LANDINGS JOB CLUB, Overland Park, Kansas2009-Present
Volunteer Program Manager

Tracking and trending employment statistics for the Midwest region for a 500+ member career transition group founded in April, 2009. Facilitated cross functional teams of volunteers to achieve goals of the organization to aid members in locating meaningful employment and reducing time of displacement.
* Employed statistical analysis methods to track members success in locating meaningful employment, frequency of achieving employment (landing), and identifying employment trends in Midwest across multiple fields and occupations.
* Program manager for clubs volunteer efforts with Heartland Habitat for Humanity work day. Including tracking volunteer registration, securing catering and photography for the event at no cost, ensuring all volunteers complete orientation and sign insurance waivers, and managing media coverage the day of the event.

SPRINT NEXTEL, Overland Park, Kansas2006-2009
Program Manager

Managed multiple complex programs for the deployment of equipment in the Network Services division. Facilitated cross functional teams in the successful delivery of planned outcomes.
* Managed multiple major programs within the Network Engineering division for the installation of telecommunications equipment including Nortel, Sycamore, Lucent, Cisco and Alcatel. Most recent project was delivered within scope and budget, while meeting 95% on time completion.
* Partnered with vendors for projects which were performed by outside resources in an Engineer, Furnish and Install (EF&I) process. Ensured compliance with Sprint standards and timely completion of the installation.
* Drove improvements in Program Management ownership of vendor relationships and development of Statements of Work for Engineer, Furnish and Install projects.
* Retained project archives and lessons learned in DocShare for future deployment phases.
* Served as engineering point of contact for director-level escalation of customer orders. Provided twice weekly status reports to escalation team of all installations supporting those orders.
* Served as Green Project coordinator. Established carpool for 2 Sprint and 1 Black & Veatch employees. In six (6) months of carpooling a seven (7) mile commute personally saved 55 gallons of fuel and more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
* Nominated by peers and received 3 Sprint Excellence Awards for exceptional management of complex programs and high profile customer accounts.

A BRIDES BEST FRIEND, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri2002-2006

Assisted clients in identifying, planning and executing their perfect wedding within budget and schedule.
* Applied principles of Project Management to wedding planning. Resulted in cost savings for clients and timely performance of thousands of tasks leading up to the wedding.
* Drove cross functional vendor teams to develop individual service plans for clients.
* Coordinated and managed more over 50 weddings; ranked among top five wedding planners in Kansas City, as evidenced by frequent media referrals.
* Selected by the Association of Bridal Consultants to serve as first Missouri State Coordinator to train Novice Bridal Consultants.

AQUILA, INC., Kansas City, Missouri2000-2002
Manager, Research and Design

Provided technical expertise to the start-up telecommunications bandwidth trading division. Supported mezzanine financing structures with risk mitigation analysis.
* Developed strategy for network serving arrangements and identified technical risk of corporate partners.
* Implemented service plans by managing multiple vendor relations.
* Identified opportunities to reduce network costs through optimization.
* Analyzed legal contracts for technical feasibility risk and rewards.

WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma1993-2000
Sr. Engineer

Supervisor of Engineering Contract Administration group. Reviewed contracts for VP of Engineering for feasibility, technical risk and vendor compliance. Process improvement specialist in a cross-functional team setting.
* Subject Matter Expert in the field of technical contract review and audit.
* Selected by VP of Engineering to spearhead international equipment vendor negotiations in Chile and represent Williams interests in a consortium to build trans-Andean fiber optic telecommunications system.
* Lead nine technical contract administrators, including paralegals, in the review, analysis and briefing of all documents requiring the signature of the VP of Engineering. Conducted weekly reviews with the Directors and VP of Engineering for Risk, Cost/Benefits and Technical Feasibility.
* Provided network optimization analysis and design for Long Haul (IXC), Local Access, Teleport Access, and Network Interconnection points. Resulted in least cost routing and design of the network end to end.
* Conducted network optimization analysis and design for switched voice systems. LATA hubbing, fringe analysis and Erlang optimization of new and existing trunks. Resulted in least cost provision of voice minutes while meeting regulatory standards.

EAGLE-PICHER INDUSTRIES, Quapaw, Oklahoma1991-1993
Sales Engineer

Managed 125 customer accounts with requirements for infrared optical blanks for defense systems.
* Identified process flow of material fabrication for companys ISO 9000 certification.
* Primary representative for sales of Germanium (Ge) and Silicon (Si) for infrared optical defense applications, solar cell and semiconductor substrates for eastern United States.
* Acted as backup representative for complex materials and international customers.

NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER, Cleveland, Ohio1988-1991
Electrical Engineer, GS-11

Acted as Project Manager for power systems of the Space Station Freedom.
* Served as task monitor on two multi-million dollar, multi-year, contracts for power electronics components of the space station. Supervised three engineers in the lab.
* Conducted extensive modeling of theoretical performance of proto-type load converters using two different software packages. Compared the theoretical results to the performance under lab conditions.


PMP Certified, October, 2009
MS, Telecommunications Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
BS, Electrical Engineering, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Concord University, Los Angeles, California
* Completed 24 hours of Law studies, passed the California First Year Law Students Exam
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
* Completed 13 hours of Law studies, received full-tuition scholarship based on LSAT score
Graduate of the Kauffman Foundations FastTrac and Business Development courses

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