Meet Marc - Seeking a project management role

ex-military project manager job

Marc is a strategic minded and disciplined Manager with more than 27 years global operations experience gained in the British Army and commercial sectors in London. He is experienced in managing a multi-skilled workforce in challenging situations.

Job location preference: Kent but willing to commute.

Role Marc is looking for: Project manager, Operations Manager, Transformation Manager


SMJ: WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE IN THE MILITARY?
MARC: Senior Technical Manager (HM Forces) Warrant Officer. The role included managing the transformation of a multi-faceted organisation to what is was -  to what it is now. So I was dealing with an organisation going through change, so looking at vehicles, equipment, policy, process, budgets, training - managing complete transformation. I was the senior auditor on process, accounts and monetary spending - all to National Audit Office (NAO) agreed standards. Before this role, my role in the Army was as a Senior Instructor for Adult Learning Environment, responsible for re-developing a technical engineering capability training syllabus.

SMJ: WHEN DID YOU LEAVE THE MILITARY?
MARC: January this year after 27 years.

SMJ: WHAT WAS SOME OF YOUR KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN YOUR MILITARY CAREER? (See CV for more key achievements and career history)
MARC: 
1. A lot of it was transformation - I was used a lot to go into roles where they were failing. I’m not the normal soldier, I follow orders well - but I like to give input, which is my forte. I can now sit back and smile and say, what I did, made a real difference.
2. Doing a lot of work for UK Government influence in other countries, where I was recognised in the New Year’s Honour List in 2004.   
3. On a personal level, I managed to complete two degrees while serving - one in International Studies, which is my love and a BA (Hons) Logistics Management.

SMJ: WHAT COULD YOUR MILITARY ROLE BE BEST COMPARED TO IN CIVVY STREET?
MARC: Project Management or Technical Director.

SMJ: WHAT ROLE WERE YOU LOOKING FOR WHEN YOU LEFT?
MARC: Project and Operations Management.

Some of the questions I have actually been asked in interviews include whether I have killed anyone, or whether I have ever lost somebody in battle. 

SMJ: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE AT THE MOMENT?
MARC: A duty manager within the Public Transport Sector within London for an International Corporation.

SMJ: WHAT ROLES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR NOW?
MARC: Project Manager, Operations Manager, Transformation Manager - I have studied change and transformation management in great depth. I am interested in engineering roles too.

SMJ: WHAT ARE THE KEY SKILLS YOU HAVE GAINED IN MILITARY THAT WOULD MAKE YOU A COMPETITIVE CANDIDATE FOR THESE ROLES?
MARC: Strong management, concise, honest, straightforward, performance strength is great, strong communicator, I know it’s a cliche but I am an active listener, I also have strong mediation and negotiation skills - (I have completed a Home Office course in negotiation).

MARC: WHAT DID YOU DO TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR YOUR TRANSITION?
SMJ: I knew what I wanted to do - manage, so I began to look at what skill-set I had and what I needed to do qualifications wise. I got all my NEBOSH qualifications as I was doing a lot of Health and Safety and started looking at academic requirements and when looking at some of the roles I was hoping to go into, I saw a lot were expecting a degree so I did a BA (Hons) in Logistics Management.

SMJ: WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND THE MOST HELPFUL/ENJOYABLE PART OF YOUR CAREER TRANSITION JOURNEY?
MARC: Learning. I took part in a insight day and two-day transition course with Barclays for instance, which was fantastic, incredibly useful.

SMJ: WHAT HAVE BEEN THE CHALLENGES WITH TRANSITIONING?
MARC: Just getting past the HR team who were not looking or understanding my skills-set. Even though you are saying you have experience in auditing and management etc, a lot of people just resort back to what they have seen on Ross Kemp programmes or war movies. Some of the questions I have actually been asked in interviews include whether I have killed anyone, or whether I have ever lost somebody in battle. My biggest hurdle has been getting people to push aside their preconceptions of what life is in the military and assumptions of what my role actually was.

SMJ: WHAT WOULD HELP OTHERS GOING THROUGH THE TRANSITION PHASE?
MARC: Do not follow others. Find something you are truly interested in, find something you want to do but don’t let your heart lead the way - try and separate professionalism and passion. And finally, advice is always free - use it - opinions ignore it.

SMJ: HOW IS SALUTEMYJOB HELPING YOU?
MARC: They have helped me polish up my CV and in general have been great and really supportive.

SMJ: IF THERE WAS ANYTHING YOU COULD ADVISE BUSINESSES WHO WANT TO EMPLOY ARMED FORCES CANDIDATES, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Ignore any assumptions you may have about military personnel and when looking at their CV - look at the narrative.

SMJ: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
MARC: Study and a lot of charitable work. I work with children with special needs and hold an Enhanced CRB(DBS). My wife and I also carry out voluntary work with a couple of charities including a Hospice in Kent and take part in the World Custard Pie Throwing Championship.

If you are an employer and would like to get in touch with Marc, please email info@salutemyjob.com.