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Employee Story

Stuart

Head of function

Stuart Cox
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My journey so far

My journey with Expleo began 11 years ago, as an In-Service Engineer. I started off working on a major gas turbine contract in Derby, where we worked closely with our client to deliver real-time improvements. At first, we were a team of seven but over two years that team grew to over 120 with me working my way through the ranks, from Team Leader to Technical Manager and then Head of Function.

The support and independence I have been given has helped me grow and fulfil my own career aspirations

I quickly went from solving individual issues the customer was facing, to responsibility for the whole project from a functional perspective, technical management support for our processes, quality, and capabilities. I was able to achieve huge cost savings on this project by investigating and solving a manufacturing issue that had been causing major service disruption for our client. This involved sampling parts from engines in service and visiting manufacturing plants to identify the root cause. The solution was to change the manufacturing process and introduce a part replacement strategy for engines in the field. It’s a project I’m proud to have been part of to this day.

After this, I moved into a new role of Head of Function for Post-Design Services, which broadened my expertise into the manufacturing arena as well as my skills in managing a larger team. I was also set the challenge of supporting offshoring activities in India and Germany which involved more travel and was great for my exposure to the rest of the business, and for fostering group collaboration.

In 2017, the business identified that some of the cost-saving services we were providing to one of our clients, could be adapted and sold to our wider portfolio, across various industries. I enjoyed identifying and delivering these customer benefits and was keen to share my insight, so I was given the opportunity to develop this offer and launch to it the wider market. It was great experience for me to be part of the initial marketing exercise to outline our strategy and give the service offer a clear identity to take this to market. The lifecycle cost optimisation service went on to prove very successful for several clients within our portfolio. Today, I am responsible for leading our lifecycle cost optimisation offering globally, as well as for developing and delivering consultancy offerings for our engineering clients in the UK.

Supporting with digital transformation

Across my career, I’ve seen how important digital transformation has become. Expleo has been at the forefront of this and I’ve been fortunate enough to contribute to some key projects, both internally and externally. Back in 2012, I led the team which piloted and enabled the first remote, supplier connection to one of our key client’s network. As we all know, remote connections have now become an essential part of how we engage with many of our customers and colleagues, but this was a novel approach back then. At the time, this was also a big cost saving to our customer and allowed for increased levels of offshoring, in-line with their business objectives. I have also supported defining our digital In-Service strategy, developing our Photogrammetry capability to capture 3D models of components, and adopting Power BI into the business to combine reporting of data from our various systems.

Training and mentoring

Expleo has helped broaden my experience, personally and professionally, working with a diverse range of people from across the world on projects where no two are ever the same. I’m a firm believer that learning is a continual process and I’ve been fully supported in that, achieving chartered engineer status in 2013 and earning a Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt in 2016. Now, I’m helping the next generation of engineers as a mentor to our own graduates, helping them through the IMechE scheme to become chartered themselves, which I find really rewarding.

I love the variety of work Expleo has to offer, I look forward to my new role and what the future has in store for me.

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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.  

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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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