Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Industry Spotlight: Veterans at Work in Food & Beverage
The Food & Beverage industry is one that encompasses everything from logistics to manufacturing to marketing to finance to R&D. According to a KPMG 2012 Industry Outlook Survey, executives in the industry indicate that they are more focused on talent management/retention initiatives compared to last year’s survey results, with an increased emphasis on compensation and training. And more than half of the executives surveyed stated that revenue is up and that they believe their companies will increase the number of US employees in the next year. The many career paths available to job seekers make for widely ranging recruiting needs that encompass varied skill sets. This, coupled with expected growth both in revenue and hiring, makes veterans an excellent choice for Food & Beverage hiring managers.
Fortune 500 companies like Hershey, Kraft Foods, and ConAgra Food subsidiary, Lamb Weston, as well as Nestle Waters, part of Nestle, which was named one of the world's top ten most reputable companies this year, are proving this to be true with hiring initiatives aimed directly at veterans. These military-friendly companies are committed to hiring veterans throughout their ranks and are offering them excellent leadership development, benefits, and incentives.
One of the reasons these companies are turning to veterans is revealed in the KPMG survey. Lack of a qualified workforce went from being the eighth top barrier to growth in 2011 to sixth in 2012. As in so many other industries, food & beverage companies are not only finding skilled employees in veterans but also an innovative answer to their labor shortage.
Positions in this industry are widely varied thanks to the many different functions it takes to research, create, move, and sell food & beverage. Two popular career paths in which veterans excel are Production Supervisor and Maintenance Technician. While it may not be immediately apparent how military jobs translate to these positions, military occupations like a Public Works Operations Officer, Maintenance and Production Chief, Infrastructure Systems Superintendent, and Maintenance Management Specialist are just a few that cross-over well.
Former Marine Corps Ground Supply Officer Jordan Odegaard is an Orion alumnus who began a new career as a Production Supervisor with Hershey earlier this year. Odegaard served as an Officer-in-Charge of a section and dealt with a variety of personnel issues that he now faces in his civilian position. “In both my current civilian position and previous military position, I must be flexible with my hours, care about the people I supervise, work closely with peers, constantly learn new things, make monetary decisions, model professional behavior, adhere to standards, hold employees accountable, exercise problem solving skills, analyze cost-benefit scenarios, handle HR issues (harassment, absences), etc. ,” he explains, “Ultimately, it comes down to adhering to set standards, and holding others to those standards.”
Another Orion alumnus in this industry is Joshua Hart. He says that his military career as a Gunner´s Mate in the Navy polished his punctuality, ability to work under high stress conditions, and leadership, making them as flawless as possible in preparation for his career as a Mechatronics Technician. “The most rewarding thing about the career I am starting is the combination of school and OJT experience I receive. Hershey´s is a giant family. It´s just like in the military where you work together to get the job done,” Hart says.
Whether it’s chocolate, macaroni & cheese, or bottled water, globally recognized companies are finding talented employees in veterans. Want to read more about a day in the life of a veteran in the industry? Check out this GI Jobs article about Syrhan Biray and his career at Hershey.
Professional Development is for your Career Search, Too
When you think of professional development, the first thing to come to mind may be a quarterly review, OER, or FITREP with your manager or commanding officer where you go over what you can do to grow professionally. But this isn’t the only time you should put this into practice. There is no better time to acquire new skills and knowledge than during your job search. Professional development can include everything from obtaining a valuable certification to connecting with a mentor. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on perhaps the simplest and least expensive form: professional reading.
Over the years, Orion has seen a significant difference in the success rates of military job seekers who have invested the time to read professional books and materials as they prepared for their transition versus those who choose not to. No matter when you’re leaving the service, reading professional literature can only enhance your knowledge of Corporate America and ensure you are as prepared as possible for an interview. The investment you make now will pay dividends when you interview. You will be more comfortable in an interview setting and will be able to better articulate your background and professional experience to an interviewer.
However, you have to be careful not to inundate yourself with literature to the point where you are simply reading books without retaining the knowledge. It’s better to pick a few books and concentrate on understanding, learning, and applying the material. Focus on the industry you’re interested in entering, a skill in which you feel you are lacking, or general career transition books.
Orion has a large suggested reading list, including books on various transition topics, interview preparation, leadership and management, manufacturing and engineering, and sales. Below are a few selections from the list.
National Distinguished Candidate Conference - October 28 & 29 in Chicago, IL
Are you preparing to exit the military and begin a civilian career? Do you think that your education, background, and military career distinguish you from your peers?
If so, you may be a candidate for Orion’s National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) in Chicago, IL, on October 28 & 29. This is our last DCC of the year, and there will be positions available nationwide, with a focus on Engineering, Sales, Leadership Development, and Operations Management.
Orion carefully selects candidates for our DCCs that exemplify the best Orion has to offer our client companies. We work hard to assemble a select group of the top JMOs from around the country.
Our distinguished candidates include:
• Graduates of Military Service Academies or Top Universities with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
• Those with a masters degree or other advanced education; and
• Those that have consistently ranked above their peers in Officer Evaluations.
Additionally, you should be available to start working within the next four months and be geographically flexible.
Dustin Walker, a former Navy Lieutenant who found his career through a DCC in March 2013, explains why he feels the event was such a success: “I truly enjoyed the Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX. It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to interview with multiple Fortune 500 companies located throughout the nation. I received onsite second interviews with the majority of the companies with whom I interviewed.
The Orion International team was very professional and prepared me well for my success at the event. I am greatly appreciative of Orion's hard work and dedication to each candidate and the event. Thank you, Orion, for helping me establish my career outside the military. The hard work your company does truly changes people's lives for the better.”
What do other candidates have to say about the caliber of our DCCs? Read on...
“I participated in two DCCs with Orion and interviewed with about 15 companies—pretty darn amazing for two days out of my life!”
“The Distinguished Candidate Conference I attended in Dallas was an excellent opportunity to interview with the people who would eventually be my managers. I got to do five interviews in one day!"
“When I turned to Orion, I realized that their reputation stands tall amongst the corporate sector. It was evident from the multiple high caliber companies that came to the Distinguished Candidate Conferences I attended in Baltimore and Chicago. I hope that other quality officers will see the benefits of working with a stellar placement firm like Orion.”
Orion only holds a few DCCs each year. Stay tuned for our 2014 DCC schedule. If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here.
Careers with Polaris Industries
Orion is currently recruiting for careers with Polaris Industries. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.
We will be holding interviews on October 28th – October 29th at our Distinguished Candidate Conference in Chicago, IL for the following positions:
- Manufacturing Leaders
- Logistics Leaders
We are currently recruiting for the following positions, as well:
- Plant Planner
- Production Supervisor
- Warehouse Supervisor
Click here to learn more or apply.
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Job Seeker Success Story
Joel Finney, GIS Analyst
I had heard about Orion several times while I was on active duty. The reason I contacted Orion was that a peer who was also leaving the military was fruitfully working with Orion at the same time I was working with other recruiting agencies with no real results.
Todd Phillips was my recruiter. Even though I contacted him less than a week before the Chicago conference, he worked very efficiently to bring me on board and ensured the companies he lined up were of interest to me, even making last minute changes to ensure I was satisfied.
The hiring conference led to multiple second interviews within the next two weeks. The companies Orion brought in were looking to hire immediately, not take two months trying to figure out which way was up.
I will be starting as a Senior Analyst in Strategic Supply Management for Whirlpools Global Information Systems division. I see a number of parallels between this position and my military experience, from understanding the basics of technology and how it functions, to logistics support of technology, and further into the management of contractors and personnel outside my direct sphere of influence. There are many parallels and the military has definitely prepared me to face the challenges of them all.
I was a Captain in the Army Signal Corps. Being a Signal Officer prepared me to start a new career in the Information Technology realm fairly well. It gave me the area specific skills but also gave me a broader skill set then most people. Instead of working with just IT, I have experience in leadership, logistics, team work, etc. All the things you learn in the military are not easy find in one person in the civilian market.
Orion gave me opportunities I never even dreamed of getting. They easily surpassed other recruiting agencies I have worked with. Todd and his team paid close attention to my progress and informed me of what to expect from each company. With other agencies, I found that, after the initial hiring conference was over, there was very little follow up and there tended to be little to no effort for over a month before I was contacted again. Overall it felt as if they had hung me out to dry.
Of all the three agencies I worked with during my transition, Orion not only exceeded my expectations and crushed the competition, but they also brought quality companies to the table that were looking to hire now. Unlike many of the companies I looked at with other recruiting agencies, I did not have to worry about taking a massive pay cut while transitioning. Even companies that may have provided a lower pay salary had incentives that would have made the financial transition nearly seamless.
Orion brought the best to the table and has given me opportunities I did not see anywhere else. Orion gave me the best experience, and I will be happy to help more officers find their way to your organization. Thanks again.
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Careers with PNC Financial Services
Orion has partnered with PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., an American financial services corporation, to offer outstanding career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin your career with a growing company, named “Bank of the Year” by Banker magazine (2011), “Most Admired Companies” by Fortune, and named one of 25 “Great Workplace Award” winners by Gallup (2011).
We are currently recruiting transitioning or former military for numerous Leadership roles. Positions are available in several locations throughout the East and Midwest and include:
- Change Control Manager (Click here for more info.)
- Business Analyst – Default Management Group (Click here for more info.)
- Business Analyst – Lending Services (Click here for more info.)
- Operations Manager – Level II (Click here for more info.)
- Commercial Banking Relationship Manager (Click here for more info.)
- Corporate Banking Underwriter Officer – Level II (Click here for more info.)
- Branch Manager (Click here for more info.)
PNC will be interviewing:
- December 9 in Philadelphia, PA and Cincinnati, OH
Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.
Engineering & Operations Management Positions with Honeywell
Orion is currently recruiting for a number of operations management positions with Honeywell. This is your chance to begin your career with an outstanding company, named on the Fortune 100. Positions include:
Nationwide Operations Management Positions (Click here to learn more about these positions.)
- Global and Materials Planners
- Procurement/Sourcing/Commodity Directors
- Inventory Leaders
- Integrated Supply Chain Supervisors
- Production Planners
- Site Supply Specialists
- Materials Managers
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Careers with The Hershey Company
Careers with PCC Forged Products
Orion is currently recruiting for PCC Forged Products. Under its Forged Products division, PCC is the world-leading producer of complex forgings and high-performance nickel-based alloys and super alloys for aerospace, power generation, and general industrial applications.
- Maintenance Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
- Operations Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
- Maintenance Engineer (Click here for more info.)
We are currently recruiting for positions in these locations:
- Houston, TX
- Grafton, MA
- Monroe, NC
- Huntington, WV
- Los Angeles, CA
To learn more, please click here.
Careers with ConocoPhillips
Orion International is currently recruiting for multiple career opportunities with ConocoPhillips, one of the world’s largest independent Exploration and Production companies based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With over 17,000 employees worldwide ConocoPhillips is active in almost 30 countries.
We are currently recruiting for these positions:
- Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX (Click here to learn more about this position.)
- Network Analyst in Houston, TX (Click here to learn more about this position.)
- Completions Engineer in Houston, TX (Click here to learn more about this position.)
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Sales Careers with Nalco
Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in sales for careers with Nalco, the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company. Headquartered in Naperville, IL, Nalco has manufacturing facilities, technical centers, and offices throughout the world meaning Nalco employees have access to job opportunities with global mobility. Nalco has a number of openings across the country, so candidates should be geographically flexible.
As a sales representative, you will perform both in a sales role and as a technical consultant regarding the use of Nalco Products. Depending on the Industry segment you are working in, you will travel to client sites and interface with Plant Managers, Facility Engineers, Plant Chemists, etc.
Salary: Total compensation is $80,000+, plus company car and benefits in first year.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Technical experience/aptitude
- Strong desire to be in sales
- Strong leadership and relationship building skills
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, and problem solving skills
- Able to start a new career by 12/1/2013
- Geographically flexible
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Engineering and Sales Careers with Michelin
We are currently recruiting for Engineer and Sales positions for Michelin. Michelin is proud to provide great civilian jobs for military officers.
At Michelin, an Industrial engineering job is one of our top entry level jobs for former military officers. The Industrial Engineer regularly studies, analyzes, presents and implements agreed upon recommendations. Project work includes analysis in machine capacity, material flow, expansion needs, manpower planning, and productivity and efficiency improvements. The Industrial Engineer also develops and utilizes classical Industrial Engineering techniques, administrative responsibilities, and project facilitation after an in-depth 6 month training program.
Territory Sales Manager
The Territory Sales Manager is part of the national sales force of Michelin North America, Inc and serves as the main Michelin representative for dealer and end user accounts in an assigned geographic territory.
Area Sales Manager
The Area Sales Manager is responsible for effectively representing Michelin and for increasing sales of Passenger and Light Truck tires with assigned Customers in support of distribution strategy.
Business Unit Leader
The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages day-to-day priorities of processes and direct reports, ensuring production and quality goals are met per the plant business plan. The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages the cost control budget for area equipment, and provides team communication on company, plant, and department business plan objectives and performance. Also, the Business Unit Leader schedules employee training, monitors employee performance, provides guidance, and appraises and counsels individual employees to further develop their interpersonal skills and improve performance.
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