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Hannah

Cyber Project Manager

Hannah, employee at Expleo
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When did you join Expleo?

August 2023

How was your first day at Expleo?

My first day was great. I was given plenty of onboarding tasks and got stuck in. I spent time understanding the company ethos and the organisational structure. My team were very welcoming which made me feel comfortable.

What’s a typical day in the life of a Cyber Project Manager like?

I have a range of projects under my belt. I start the day by checking all my emails and then I start with any administrative tasks on my list. Each morning the capability leads meet with their teams to discuss the day ahead and I float between the different meetings to stay informed and maintain a sense of community when working remotely. The rest of the day is usually a selection of meetings and other general management and business development tasks to keep me busy.  

What about Expleo do you enjoy the most?

I really enjoy working for such a large organisation and being part of the bigger picture. There is so much going on and we are always updated with new initiatives and other exciting events or global changes

What do you like most about your job?

I love Project Management because I like being organised and I love working with people. It’s challenging, but that gives me a sense of pride that I have achieved something every day.  

How did Expleo help you grow your career?

Expleo provided me with a platform to elevate my career. I came from a SASS background so moving into Cyber was a change, but I love learning and it has provided me with such a great opportunity to expand my skill set and gain confidence in working in a new industry.  

Do you think Expleo is a great place to work and if so why?

Yes, Expleo is a great place to work. It places importance on training and development and provides lots of opportunities to learn and grow as a person.  

Can you summarise what the Expleo’ Employer Brand pillars mean to you?

  • Autonomy & Support
    A high level of trust is given to employees. On my team we’re all capable seniors who can carry out our duties with little input, but we also understand that management is always there to offer support if required 
  • Local & International 
    In Bristol there is a great selection of people, and it’s nice to engage with friendly faces in the office. However, my team is across the UK, and we regularly engage with Cyber teams in France, Germany and many other countries. 
  • Expertise & Creativity
    Expleo requires us to think outside the box, use our intuition, expand our horizons and share ideas 
  • Performance & Responsibility
    With an ever-expanding company, it’s important to know where your efforts will be best placed. Yearly KPIs and regular check ins with department heads can help keep you focused, drive performance and help you exceed in all areas.  

What advice would you give to other business analysts considering applying to Expleo?

Go for it. Project management at Expleo is varied and exciting. There’s always something new to do and every day is different. I would recommend joining Expleo. 

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What is your name and your role and how long have you been working at Expleo?

This year I’m celebrating my 12th year at Expleo. I started my career at Expleo as a Quality Auditor contractor, and then was offered a Staff position in the Life Cycle Management team, where I became a Deputy Team Lead, after which there was another promotion opportunity to an Engineering Manager, and later I was able to join our Marine division where I currently work.

Where and how long did you serve in the armed forces?

I served in the Air Force just shy of 25 years. I started my career as an Aero Engines Mechanic. My first posting was at Brize Norton working on VC 10s, Tri Stars & Hercules Aircraft. Then I went on to a technician’s course and became a Junior Technician, and then progressed into a leadership position as a Sergeant. I left the Air Force as a Senior Non-commissioned Officer.  

Robert Mathews
Rob in 2022 post remembrance parade in his local village. Remembrance day is very important to serving and veterans of the forces as it gives a chance to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country

What challenges did you have after leaving the Armed Forces?

My main challenge was worrying about Job Security. My manager was very supportive when I was still a contractor at Expleo and he transferred me over from contractor to permanent staff. I remember the conversation I had with him about the opportunities for secure job security and promotion.

And he said: “At Expleo, opportunities are out there for you, so go and get them”. And he was right, there are plenty of opportunities at Expleo. You just have to seize them. And every time I saw an opportunity at Expleo, I just went for it. 

I transferred a lot of my skills over to Expleo. For instance, the aircraft and engine experience, experience in fault diagnosis, and more in-depth engineering project management and of course my leadership & Management Skills 

How did Expleo help you to transition into your civilian job?

I found it quite an easy transition, as there were a lot of ex-forces colleagues within Expleo when I joined, some of which I knew already. For those that didn’t have a military background they were equally as welcoming.

How do you feel Expleo allows you to use your expertise you gained during your service?

Expleo gave me the freedom to use my transferable skills that I gained in the Air Force. My manager and colleagues had an open mindset for my ideas. I could bring those ideas into the office and illustrate how they could be implemented within a business setting They very much welcomed my ideas about improvements, and there is always an open environment for sharing ideas and previous knowledge. I also completed an Expleo Leadership Management course, which differed to the one I had in the Air Force. Combining the two gave me a much more rounded leadership and management mindset.

How do you connect with other members of the Armed Forces Community at Expleo?

I participate in careers transition workshops supporting recruiters. When Ex-Forces are looking for a new career, I attend the workshops chatting to the Armed Forces community sharing my experience and what I have learned.

What advice would you give to other members of the Armed Forces Community who are planning to join Expleo?

Expleo has many different opportunities, whether it be leadership management, various jobs in engineering, project management etc. Don’t think that you don’t have the skill set to join Expleo. It is within you; you do have those skills and Expleo can bring out these skills in people.

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