What are the opportunities to develop and progress within your function?
Human Resources at DE&S is a very exciting function to work for as it’s at the heart of transformation in the organisation. With so many changes taking place there is a great opportunity to learn and inspire what the future will look like. The HR function provides opportunities to move around roles whether it’s a business facing team or a Centre of Expertise, you can learn skills like problem solving, decision-making, communication and people management. It is these skills which makes HR professionals’ excellent managers.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
You are constantly pursuing greater goals, there is always a challenge waiting for you. I most enjoy the variety of things I get involved in; one day I’ll be talking at the induction for new starters and another day I’ll be building cars with primary school children to enthuse them about science and engineering. It’s a very rewarding role as you get to solve people’s problems and make them feel motivated and productive by helping them out.
What’s your ambition?
In 5 years’ time, I want to be a key HR professional at DE&S, working and implementing policies to make DE&S not only an attractive employer, but also to develop people to help them achieve their best. I would also like to play a key role in developing and delivering training programmes to help DE&S become a more inclusive employer and an industry leader.
What’s the greatest achievement (in your role) to date?
Delivery of the Big Bang event at the NEC Birmingham which is a national event with a footfall of 80,000 students with a focus on STEM subjects. The event is run over four days but it takes three to four months of project management to deliver. The event is attended by schools, parents, teachers as well as professionals from within the industry so it’s a high profile event and helped me develop valuable skills that I use in my day to day job now.
Would you recommend DE&S to others as a great place to work?
Absolutely! I have already recommended it to a couple of friends. DE&S is a great employer and is committed to investing in its people to help them achieve their potential. As an inclusive employer, DE&S also offers flexible working conditions and has several employee networks that employees can join. There is a real sense of community at DE&S as we are all working towards the same goal of equipping and supporting the armed forces.
How do you build a successful career at DE&S ?
I believe in order to build a successful career at DE&S, you have to be committed and focused. It is also important to throw yourself into the deep-end every now and then to get out of your comfort zone. It is often in these scenarios that you discover your maximum scope of learning and development. Challenge yourself and continuously look to improve work processes to be more productive is key in my experience.