Visual Communications Specialist
A brief profile
POLYVALENCE OVER 2 DECADES
Erik Westerman began his career as a multimedia designer on working on award winning teams and eventually moved into television working for the Discovery Channel. As part of the Marketing Team, he launched new channels into Europe and Africa assisting in target marketing on promotional campaigns.
Erik then worked for a Belgian online software company as a Product Marketing Manager and consultant on Intranet Software. His understanding of technological process combined with his design skills gave him an opportunity to design and conceive process flow charts for database systems for the British Airport Authority. He progressed down a path of conceptual business operations workflows as well as branding and re-launching medical products at a Pharmaceutical Company based in the United Kingdom. He attended the Open University MBA program, earning a Post Graduate Certificate in Technology Management. Concurrently, he embarked on a project using his design skills to publish his first patent.
Consistently interested in overseas business, Erik was employed as the first Overseas Business Consultant for a leading British Mergers & Acquisitions firm generating business from overseas countries to acquire companies in the UK. He then began working in European public administration, working for the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, an agency of the European Commission. He worked as a Project Officer for the Enterprise Europe Network in two different roles, auditing European funded consortiums for Belgium, France, & Israel, and also an Intellectual Property Officer managing training programmes as part of the Europe 2020 Initiative proposed by the European Commission.
What Can I Do
GRAPHIC DESIGN & SOCIAL MEDIA
DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
In Word,Adobe Acrobat, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Moodle (online)
BUSINESS PROCESS ANALYSIS
Specialised in operational process review, creative problem solving, and workflow process design
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Worked with many international teams in the past, and has a good understanding of cultures and practices.
"It was a pleasure to work with Erik. He is a very enthusiastic person who is up-to-date on the technical side, always keeping the main project goal focused. His thinking is very positive and he manages to motivate the people surrounding him."
"I have got to known Erik as a very professionnal colleague during our common time. This means he is very efficient/effective in his work, always ready to help,service-oriented, a good teamworker and knowledgable about IPR."
"Mr. Westerman is extremely dedicated to providing technical oversight and a full array of project management services.He is also able to communicate across a wide range of languages and cultures and this variable places him in excellent stead for any work needing international acumen. In summary, I would not hesitate to recommend Erik for any international and leadership position."
Gigabytes of Media Generated2,920
Languages Dabbled In7
Two decades of Experience
DL-101 General Course on Intellectual PropertyWorld Intellectual Property Organization
Course covers the main areas of intellectual property, namely copyright, related rights, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial design, plant breeders' rights, unfair competition and international registration systems.
Certificate in International TradeABTS Training
Import/Export Procedure / Incoterms / UCP 600 Letters of Credit
Postgraduate(Cert) in Technology ManagementOpen University
Workflow Process analysis / Innovation Index analysis / Creativity and Innovation / Organisational Business Culture / Creative Problem Solving.
1992 - 1995
BA Honours Design StudiesLondon Guildhall University
Import/Export Procedure / Incoterms / UCP 600 Letters of Credit
1985 - 1992
European BaccalaureateEcole Européenne Bruxelles I-Uccle, Brussels
Languages, Philosophy, Geography
December 2016 - March 2017
Administrative secretary for Head of UnitEuropean Commission DG Development and Cooperation, Brussels (Belgium)
Administrative Secretary to Head of Unit - Budget Support/ Entering travelling requests & mission data for delegations & conferences / Redistribution of Reports & Notes / Organizing reports for meetings
May 2014 - May 2016
Validation AdministratorEuropean Commission,DG Budget and Human Resources, Brussels (Belgium)
Verification & registration of Legal Entities in SAP for the Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDG) / Advisory role for European commission agents worldwide on registration criteria & exceptions / Re-design of reference materials for validation processes used by initiating agents worldwide.
November 2013 - April 2014
Validation AdministratorEuropean Commission - PMO, Brussels (Belgium)
Administration in collaboration with other PMO staff managing personnel records & staff modification.
June 2012 - August 2012
Project Officer -Cultural Projects DivisionEuropean Commission - EACEA, Brussels (Belgium)
Managed cultural projects funded by the European Commission - DG Education and Culture / Monitoring contractual grant agreements, conducting quantitative & qualitative analysis of projects / Supporting beneficiaries of European cultural projects.
January 2012 - February 2012
ArchivistPMO - European Commission
General Archive Maintenance of the Pensions Unit / Assistance of Statistical data gathering for internal projects for the Pensions Unit
September 2011 - December 2011
Project Officer - Intellectual PropertyEuropean Commission - EACI (EASME)
Coordination of the Upkeep and Development of the IPR Helpdesk as per Agreement. (http://www.iprhelpdesk.eu) / Intellectual Property Support in the form of training and workshops / Development of future commission projects involving Intellectual Property Management for SMEs
February 2011 - April 2011
Project Officer - Enterprise Europe NetworkEuropean Commission - EACI (EASME), Brussels (Belgium)
Managed European Consortiums that conduct matchmaking for international partners, applications for EU funding, and development for environmental projects / Conducted Audits to ensure that consortium partners were fulfilling requirements according to their contracts.
June 2010 - December 2010
Live Events Stage ManagerShenandoah sprl, Brussels (Belgium)
Coordinated performing artists at large concert event(I Love EU) at the European Parliament & other corporate events (ING, Nationale Suisse, Indigo Studios)
October 2009 - January 2010
Presentation DesignerABTS Consultancy
Designer of presentation materials to be used on an international trade course / PowerPoint design and sequencing / designing a database and online learning management system(LMS) to set up online courses for corporate clients and distance learning
June 2007- September 2009
Overseas Business Consultant for SalesBCMS Corporate, Newbury,Berkshire
Contacted over 12,000 overseas companies in less than 18 months, increasing the company's overseas response rate by 40% / Re-designed promotional material in PDF format for electronic distribution overseas / Developed proposals for new territory target markets
May 2006 - February 2007
Global Packaging Artwork CoordinatorIpsen Ltd.
Managed multilingual artwork generation, QC, proof-reading and approval with support of Sales/Marketing and Regulatory Affairs / Designed & coordinated the rebranding of the entire product range for the Chinese market /Artwork files were re-designed and rebranded, & launched for release in less than 3 months / Wrote a GMP compliant SOP manual for the maintenance of Mac lab artwork equipment / Consulted on the steering committee for the development of inter-departmental database for company wide use
October 2005 - March 2006
Designer and Marketing ResearcherSciXten Cryogenics Ltd. London
Developed marketing materials (website, leaflets, etc) and branding / Advised on product design, as well as promotional materials for sales
September 2003 - December 2004
Senior Photography Technician & Multimedia training assistantApple Inc.
Demonstrator and instructor of photography resources / Provided one-to-one multimedia support to over 200 students each year
May 2003 - October 2003
Operational Work flow Process DesignerBritish Airport Authority Heathrow,London
Collaborated within a team and hosted meetings with key senior members of the BAA Operational Logistics and Security Team to help design a new swipe card security database for 6000 security staff / Designed process work flow diagrams for BAA's security staff database
2000 - 2002
Freelance Film/Television work/ Reversioning Promotions ProducerDiscovery Channel - Discovery Communications Europe
Coordinated translation, voiceover mixing, and re-edit of Discovery's promotional material for on-air marketing and branding for a regional channel launch. / Shot, and produced raw material for use in programmes for Discovery Channel Canada
July 1999 - February 2000
Product Marketing ManagerReef Ltd. Brussels, Belgium
Developed Marketing Requirement documentation and managed cross functional teams over three continents to co-ordinate the production of Intranet software / Lead team development on a multimedia content management system designed in XML
January 1996- April 1997
On -Air Marketing SchedulerDiscovery Channel - Discovery Communications Europe
Programmed allocation & final timing of promotional events and broadcasts presented on the Discovery network for 2 continents / monitoring of a channels appearance to ensure correct branding
January 1995 - December 1995
Multimedia designer, debugger and programmerArtec - Arts technology Centre London
Science Museum On Air Exhibit Winner of the BIMA Award for Best Interactive Display 1996 / Think Positive CD -Rom Winner of the BIMA Award for Best Multimedia CD-Rom 1995
Digital Design Skills
Photo Editing & Design
Video Editing & Effects
Web Development & Design
"Tongue cleaning device for attachment to toothbrush"
Patent date: Filed Jul 23, 2007
Patent issuer and number GB 2451 230
Patent description: Universal attachment for tongue cleaning device adaptable for any electrical toothbrush available on the market.
Patent on espace net
Published article entitled: "IP and the Innovation Union"
pp. 41-42 - The Handbook of European Intellectual Property Management: Developing, Managing and Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property by Adam Jolly,Third Edition, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0749464151
"IP and the Innovation Union"
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