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Frederic William Beck

Electronics Engineer & MBA

Work experience

Jul 2014Aug 2017

Validation, Safety & Quality Manager


Grabs · St. Gallen · Switzerland

Pharmaceutical secondary packaging solutions and machines

Validation (~70%)

  • Functional and supervisory leadership of a team of three other validation engineers, two technical writers, and one quality management intern
  • Prepared project quality plans for customers and project managers
  • Developed validation documentation (FS functional specification, DS design specification, IQ installation qualification, OQ operation qualification) pursuant to FDA and EMA current good manufacturing practices and GAMP guidelines
  • Performed internal pre-FAT acceptance tests (IQ, OQ)
  • Developed documentation for and participated in more than 30 Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) with customers

Occupational safety (~5%)

  • Performed periodic and spontaneous safety audits
  • Enforced company safety guidelines

Quality management (~25%)

  • Transitioned the existing quality management system to achieve early ISO 9001:2015 certification
  • Performed internal and supplier audits and represented the company in customer and ISO certification & surveillance audits
  • Defined and periodically measured and evaluated key performance indicators of relevant business processes
  • Customers' main contact for quality topics (supplier evaluation questionnaires, quality assurance agreements, audits)
  • Provided internal training for validation, quality management system, corrective action, occupational safety, and CE directive for machinery
  • Moderated several business process overhauls (supply chain management, customer service, continuous improvement, sales)
  • Transitioned antiquated intranet to a modern WordPress-based system
Feb 2011Jun 2014

Quality Engineer

TEL Solar (former Oerlikon Solar)

Trübbach · St. Gallen · Switzerland

Turnkey manufacturing lines for thin-film photovoltaic modules

  • Integrated into Quality Assurance after closing of Business Excellence due to organizational restructuring
  • Maintained and streamlined the failure reporting, analysis, and corrective action system (FRACAS) and provided new employee trainings and refresher courses
  • Implemented process for monthly analysis and review of supplier on-time delivery (OTD) and participated in a task force to improve this KPI from as low as 60% to above corporate target of 99%; Solar team received corporate award for accomplishing this in shortest time
  • Documented and simplified the processes complaint management, supplier audit, and acceptance testing for the quality management system and introduced monthly key performance indicators (KPI) for management reporting
  • Defined and rolled out a new handling of non-conforming material process to meet an urgent business need
  • Conducted several supplier audits as part of supplier risk management
  • Filed and followed up on over 250 supplier quality and internal complaints and transport damage cases employing the 8D problem solving methodology and performed analyses of cost of poor quality (COPQ) for charge back negotiations
  • Signed off on several acceptance test procedures (ATP) as part of the internal review and release loop, and witnessed and signed off on initial (IAT) and final acceptance tests (FAT) at several suppliers
Feb 2008Feb 2011

Reliability Manager

Oerlikon Solar (later TEL Solar)

Trübbach · St. Gallen · Switzerland

Turnkey manufacturing lines for thin-film photovoltaic modules

  • Established and maintained a web-based failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system (FRACAS) to efficiently respond to field incidents by determining necessary actions within the organization and with suppliers
  • Provided FRACAS training and coaching to over 100 employees at headquarters and in the field as well as to key suppliers
  • Produced periodic reports on equipment uptime, yield, SEMI E10 machine operating status, and open items
  • Coordinated cross-functionally with customer support, product development, customer project management, and sourcing
  • Introduced web-based workflow tools for preventive maintenance planning and feedback and for defining, deploying and tracking equipment retrofits at multiple customer project sites
Jul 2005Sep 2005

Intern Consulting Human Capital

Deloitte Consulting

Oerlikon · Zurich · Switzerland

Management consulting

  • Contributed to and leveraged global talent management survey
  • Amended and customized Deloitte talent management service offering and methodology to German and Swiss market requirements
  • Developed Swiss go-to-market strategy in coordination with global talent management teams
Nov 2002Aug 2004

Quality Assurance Test Engineer

Bombardier Transportation

Plattsburgh · New York · United States of America

Passenger rail vehicle and equipment manufacturing

  • Developed and maintained test procedures and reports in accordance with customer specifications and ISO 9001
  • Designed, developed, deployed and continually updated equipment failure knowledge base
  • Provided troubleshooting guidance and training to test technicians
  • Assessed root causes for testing problems and delays and channeled corrective action to the source (production, engineering, supplier, quality assurance)
  • Performed engineering tests for design change proposals
  • Developed customized test routines for retrofit modifications
  • Designed and procured test equipment
  • Obtained and analyzed field service problem reports and established preventive measures
  • Presented periodic key performance indicators and improvement plans to management
  • Reduced testing time for certain procedures by over 40% through work flow optimization
Aug 2000Nov 2002

Electrical Test Technician

Bombardier Transportation

Plattsburgh · New York · United States of America

Passenger rail vehicle and equipment manufacturing

  • Tested rail car equipment in accordance with its test procedures and specifications
  • Troubleshot and repaired rail car and test equipment
  • Field service support
  • Acceptance testing with railroad customer representative
Jul 1998Dec 1998

Intern Research and Development

Laser Diagnostic Technologies (now Carl Zeiss Meditec)

San Diego · California · United States of America

Laser diagnostic equipment for ophthlmology

  • Conducted research on and participated in clinical trials of novel imaging techniques for scanning laser ophthalmology for early detection of common eye diseases
  • Improved and tested diagnostic laser equipment
  • Implemented new technologies into existing products


Jan 2005Dec 2005

Master of Business Administration MBA-HSG

University of St. Gallen

Rotmonten · St. Gallen · Switzerland

AACSB and EQUIS accredited one-year full-time MBA program

  • Electives pursued: international marketing, supply chain management, applied value-based management, business planning & entrepreneurship
  • Subjects: accounting & controlling, international management, organizational economics, marketing & communication, principles of finance, organizational behavior, business environment, financial markets, innovation & technology management, information management, strategy, business law
  • MBA project: Building a strategic talent management service offering for Deloitte Consulting in Switzerland and Germany
Sep 1996Dec 1999

Engineering Degree Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien

Brigittenau · Vienna · Austria 

Four-year electronic engineering university of applied sciences

  • Electives pursued: bio-medical engineering, computer sciences, Spanish
  • Subjects: telecommunications, data processing, industrial process measurement & control, mathematics, English, business administration, corporate governance, marketing, law, economics, project management, production planning, quality management, personality development, principles of electricla engineering, laboratory, workshop, design & assembly, electronics & digital technology
  • Graduation thesis: Multiply Scattered Light Imaging of the Human Retina with a Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope, internship completed at Laser Diagnostic Technologies

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