As Operations Director, Craig is directly and indirectly responsible for all procurement, technical, research and development, internal sales and production staff and processes, as well as being responsible for profit and loss and the site head of health and safety. His role has come with some challenging moments but Craig said he is proud of what he has accomplished so far, his highlights include: “Navigating through COVID without losing any staff to redundancies and ultimately increasing turnover that year, more than doubling turnover and output the following year. But my biggest accomplishment is taking the staff on the journey with me and developing them which in turn has seen all their salaries increase considerably.”
WHY EX-MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE WELL-SUITED TO OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
So why does Craig think ex-military personnel are a perfect fit for operations management? “They are logical, technically minded, and because of their ability to react quickly and effectively. Ex-military personnel are used to receiving orders and disseminating down the ranks. Communication both written and verbal is an absolute key in industry.”
So how do you get into operations management? Craig offers this valuable advice to serving, transitioning and former military personnel: “I would recommend they consider that to get into management they may need civilian engineering management experience and as such not to dismiss ‘lesser’ roles initially. Starting an engineering-based degree is great for the CV but many want experience. A project management qualification is always advantageous as well as enhanced excel/word packages. Be open to new opportunities, be clear of the path you hope to take and sell yourself, it's not arrogance, it's confidence.”
Want to find out more about operations management? Read our ultimate guide to getting into operations management here. And to search and apply for project, operations and engineering management roles, click here.