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Thomas

Senior Automotive Cybersecurity Engineer 

Thomas, employee for Expleo
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When did you join Expleo?

January 2022

How was your first day at Expleo?

It was a good experience. I met many of my colleagues, other engineers including the chief engineer then we did all the security and clearance briefs and security presentations. Even though it was in the middle of the pandemic, it was a very welcoming experience. The people I spoke to were fun and helpful. They had this understanding that we’re all in this together. 

How does a day look like as a Cybersecurity Engineer at Expleo?

  • Morning
    Morning is more about orientation and getting ready for the day ahead. Every morning we come together to talk about any challenges for the day and week ahead.
  • Mid-morning
    Mid-morning, we start to tackle the main problems, picking up client work, this can be anything from deriving requirements to stakeholder meetings and designing solutions for cybersecurity controls. 
  • Noon
    Meeting colleagues and clients. 
  • After lunch
    Carrying on the morning tasks. As we’re a global company, our stakeholders are located worldwide. Normally when dealing with global clients focus shifts from Europe in the morning and then picking up with America in the afternoon, depending on project priorities. 
  • Mid-afternoon
    We make sure that the big challenges we were faced with earlier in the day are being dealt with.
  • End of day
    We ensure that all the work that was started in the morning and that all the information collected from stakeholder meetings is collated in one place where we can pick it up tomorrow. 

What about Expleo do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy working with colleagues and at Expleo the teams are diverse with people from many different backgrounds and cultures, which really does make you feel part of a global organisation. I’m often on a phone call with colleagues in Romania to France, we all share ideas and often we have different perspectives, but it’s nice to break down those barriers. 

What do you like most about your job?

I really like the people side of it. Bringing a team together and developing people within their role. I like to encourage knowledge sharing and discussions to create an environment where everyone feels confident to grow. I also really enjoy the client facing part of the role, being put on the spot and dealing with the technical details. 

How did Expleo help you grow your career?

I joined as a Systems Engineer working on defence projects. After showing the necessary skills I was  promoted to Senior Systems Engineer. Expleo also gave me the opportunity to attend an internal leadership course which was accredited by the Institute of Leadership. After completing the training, I was made aware of a role to be Automotive Cybersecurity Capability Lead, where I am today.  

If you wish to excel, Expleo provides the tools needed to grow. And I’m always looking to better myself and explore new opportunities within the company. I think Expleo is good in that sense because the culture is very supportive, but you need to have the drive as well.  

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

I think it’s a great place to work and I think the reason is because we’re always improving. We know that some things aren’t right but we’re doing our best to make them even better. 

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

  • Autonomy & Support
    You’re given all the support and tools to enable you to work autonomously. However, at Expleo there is always help if needed.  
  • Local & International 
    Being a part of the UK team is great, but we are always in contact with our European and international colleagues and clients. At Expleo it really is true that we are as local and global as you need”. 
  • Expertise & Creativity
    As consultants it’s important to hold a level of expertise within your field. Expleo also allows you to develop more expertise working either on new projects or training. In terms of creativity, if you have an idea that can help improve Expleo, then you are given the support to develop it. 
  • Performance & Responsibility
    As a team lead, I see the performance of an individual contributing to the wider business. By ensuring we work together to perform well and go the extra mile for our clients, we all fulfil our responsibility to each other and Expleo.

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

Expleo offers you the opportunities to grow. If you want to be challenged and you want to work on a wide range of projects, then Expleo is the place for you.

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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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