Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Polaris Industries Partners with Orion International to Bring Careers to Veterans
Polaris Industries, manufacturer of high quality off-road vehicles, has partnered with Orion International, the nation's largest military career placement firm, to offer jobs to U.S. Veterans. Polaris interviewed Veterans for opportunities within Engineering, Planning, Logistics, and Operations, on March 3rd and 4th at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX, and at an exclusive Polaris Hiring Event on March 5th and 6th at Fort Campbell, KY.
Founded in 1954, Polaris Industries 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 values the skills and values that military members have to offer, and recognizes their sacrifice and dedication. Recently a Polaris employee, Nathan Good, was presented with the Patriotic Employer Award, "for contributing to National Security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force."
A career with Polaris represents an excellent opportunity to make a difference and grow professionally. With over 5300 employees, Polaris helps develop the careers of its veteran employees through programs like Annual Performance Feedback & Development, General Core Skill Trainings, and Leadership Development Training Programs. Polaris also offers a comprehensive benefits program that is contemporary and fully competitive.
"Polaris seeks to hire Veterans due to the values and experiences that Veterans acquire while serving in the Military", said Amy Fossum, Staffing Manager, Polaris Industries. "These values and experiences are in direct correlation with the Polaris company Values - including Leadership, Adaptability, Technical Skills, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Adventure, Loving outdoors, and so much more".
Military service members interested in learning more about the upcoming hiring events or a career with Polaris can visit http://www.orioninternational.com/polaris/.
What is a Leadership Development Program?
A Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a great way to parlay your leadership skills in your next career. LDPs are specifically designed for Junior Military Officers who have a strong track record of performance and geographic flexibility, and that are looking to progress to the upper echelons of management. As you progress through the LDP, you will gain valuable experience needed to lead and succeed at the highest levels within the organization, as well as gain exposure to various business units within the company in order to increase your knowledge base. LDPs offer rotational opportunities, hands-on mentoring, classroom development, and varied assignments.
Due to the overall level of training and vast resource commitment provided by a company, LDP opportunities are not as common as traditional management, engineering or sales opportunities. Presently, only a small percentage of companies offer these resource intensive programs.
Listed below are some of the most common positions available to transitioning military officers in the Engineering field:
Operations Leadership Development Program: Typical operations LDPs will require new team members to complete initial training, rotate through various operational facilities for both on the job training and curriculum based training, and work with LDP mentors on a periodic basis. Some Operations LDPs will require you to rotate through various business units as well, to gain exposure to marketing, finance, sales, and other roles. This provides the understanding of the business you will need to function as a future leader in the organization, but may also result in helping you find your niche within the organization. After completing this type of LDP, you will be assigned a permanent role in operations.
Sales & Marketing Development Program: A Sales and Marketing Development Program can start an exciting career within a company. This structured program combines various business and technical learning workshops, networking opportunities with various levels of the organization, and separate job rotation assignments. Rotations typically include a field sales assignment, a marketing assignment, and other various business unit assignments. Participants receive hands-on mentoring, travel opportunities, classroom development, and networking opportunities.
Engineering Development Program: Engineering Development Program (EDP) participants are typically placed at a manufacturing plant or oil and gas refinery for training. During this time, the participant will be mentored by seasoned technical professionals and motivated by the vast technical challenges found in these environments. Examples of formal training include: safety leadership, manufacturing processes and product, applied statistics, and leadership development. At the conclusion of training, EDP graduates are placed in a full-time assignment as a Manufacturing or Project Engineer.
From these roles, you can expect to move into more senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility and ultimately into executive leadership positions within a company. Due to the versatility of the skill-set gained through Leadership Development Programs (LDP), your skills are transferable across Corporate America.
Generally, the key to a successful Leadership Development Program interview is to focus on track record of performance and your most significant achievements throughout your career. Focus on relevant examples from your past that are translatable in your new work environment. Specific examples (with places and names) add depth and meaning to your answers. Here are some additional points of focus during a Leadership Development Program interview:
- Have a game plan. Anticipate the questions you will be asked, and prepare your answers in advance.
- Focus on your track record of performance. Give good examples to show that you have the ability to succeed in whatever you do.
- Focus on the skills needed for the LDP. Stress your leadership, sales aptitude, or technical experience.
- Focus on your growth/promotion potential. Your leadership skills are important, but so is your ability to learn and grow.
- Show them that you are interested in the role. Emphasize your work ethic, willingness to learn, and ability to succeed.
- Let them know you are flexible and open to relocate. Geographic flexibility is essential to most Leadership Development Programs.
Orion is currently recruiting for Leadership Development Programs with Medtronic and Michelin. Click here to learn more about the Sales Development Program with Medtronic. Click here to learn more about the Leadership Development Rotation Program with Michelin.
National Distinguished Candidate Conference - May 5 & 6 in Philadelphia, PA
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 Philadelphia, PA, on May 5 & 6, 2014. This is our first DCC of 2014, and there will be positions available nationwide, with a focus on Engineering, Sales, Leadership Development, and Operations Management. Our DCC in Houston was a great event, with over 40 companies represented and 90 JMO Candidates, and the Philadelphia event promises to be just as strong.
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. Our next DCC will be held June 2 & 3 in San Diego, CA. If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here.
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Career Opportunities within Orion
Interview April 10 for a Medical Device Sales Career with Medtronic
Orion is currently recruiting for an outstanding career opportunity in Medical Device Sales, as a Sales Education Representative with Medtronic. Medtronic Spine and Biologics has created a development program to train and educate future sales professionals. The primary objective of the program is to take talented professionals with minimal sales experience and, through an intensive immersion program, prepare them to become successful Sales Representatives. This program will provide you the necessary tools and training to succeed as a highly specialized sales person within the Medical Device Industry.
Want to learn more about this position from a veteran’s point of view? Check out our profile of Brian Schulz, who found a career with Medtronic through Orion in 2007.
This sales development program is approximately 12-18 months in duration and is broken down into different phases of growth and development.
In the first Phase, you will learn foundational components of Spinal and Biologics Sales (including anatomy, pathology, procedures, compliance, and sales process), gain exposure to important business functions (including Marketing, Development, Customer Service, Operations, and Education), assist with sales and surgeon training labs, and provide other sales support.
In the second Phase, application of acquired learning will be emphasized in the field. You will spend 3-4 days a week in the field working alongside district sales teams and designated field mentors - Spine Sales Representative - interacting with customers, while also learning and performing the day-to-day activities of the Spine Representative.
At the end of the program and based on personal aptitude, procedural certification, proven proficiency, and territory availability, you will be given the opportunity to interview for a position in an open territory and promoted to a Spine Representative.
Salary and Benefits
- As a Sales Education Representative, you will earn a base salary of $70,000. You will also be eligible to participate in the corporate performance-based Medtronic Incentive Plan with a target bonus opportunity of 5% of your annual eligible earnings. Beginning in month ten, you will be eligible to participate in a performance-based incentive plan with a quarterly bonus opportunity of $5,000 and you will remain eligible for the corporate performance-based Medtronic Incentive Program with a target bonus opportunity of 5% of your eligible earnings.
- Top transitioning or recently transitioned Junior Military Officer
- Bachelors degree in technical, science, or engineering field
- Passion for entering the highly competitive industry of Medical Device Sales
- Technical aptitude is important because you will be learning very complex procedures and pieces of equipment
- Top notch communication skills and be able to communicate and instruct effectively
- Strong work ethic and organization and prioritization skills
- Willingness to travel. In Phase I of the training program you will travel 50%, and in Phase II you will travel 90%. You will not be required to relocate throughout the training program, but will likely need to relocate when you get your first territory after completing the program.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance policy.
- Must be able to begin training by May 19.
Locations: You can live in your current home during training, but will spend a significant amount of time in Memphis, TN. You must be somewhat geographically flexible (open to at least a 4-5 state region) when you exit the program.
Interviews will be held April 10 in Memphis, TN.
Click here to learn more or apply.
Interview in April for Careers with Michelin
We are currently recruiting for Engineer and Management positions for Michelin. Michelin is proud to provide great civilian jobs for military officers.
- Industrial Engineer
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.
- Manufacturing Department Manager
The Manufacturing Department Manager establishes and manages daily priorities of the process and direct reports, ensures production, and quality goals are met per business plan. The Manufacturing Department Manager establishes and maintains the budget, schedules employee trainings, monitors employee performances and provides team communication on business plan objectives and performances.
- Leadership Development Rotation Program
Michelin's Leadership Development Rotation Program (LDRP) is designed specifically for high-potential, high-performing Master's degree candidates who want to accelerate their development. The LDRP puts you in the middle of the action – in strategic positions with frequent exposure to our leaders, core businesses, and technologies. Our objective is to recruit and train Michelin's next generation of leaders. Participants will be placed in 3-4 diverse roles over the course of approximately 2 years.
We will be holding interviews for Industrial Engineers, Leadership Development Rotation Program, and Manufacturing Department Managers on the following dates:
Atlanta, GA - April 8th
Columbus, OH - April 14th
Positions will be located nationwide.
Careers with David Weekley Homes
Orion has partnered with David Weekley Homes, the second largest privately-held builder in America, to offer career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin a builder career with a top company. Learn more about David Weekley Homes
We are currently recruiting for Builders in Houston, TX.
To be qualified for this position, Candidates must possess very strong leadership and organizational skills as well as a proven work ethic. Candidates must have a high-attention to detail and be able to motivate teams under tough working conditions.
Click here to learn more.
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 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.)
Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.
Careers with The Hershey Company
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:
- Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Supervisor - Olathe, KS and Urbana, OH
- Operations Management Opportunities - Nationwide
- Reliability Engineer
Click here to apply or learn more.
Sales Engineering Training Program with Trane
Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in a career in sales for a Sales Engineering Training Program with Trane, a division of Ingersoll Rand that provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and services that enhance the performance of buildings around the globe.
The Trane Graduate Training Program – Sales Engineering (GTP) is a five-month program designed to prepare engineers for a rewarding career in technical sales. The program is geared toward developing Sales Engineers to sell Trane's complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products and systems to commercial and industrial customers. Upon completion of the Graduate Training Program, you will assume responsibilities of a Sales Engineer within a defined territory.
Training for the Graduate Training Program is located in La Crosse, WI, for five months. You must be willing to relocate to La Crosse, WI during the duration of the training program. Upon completion of the program, Trane has a number of openings across the country.
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering is preferred
- Possess solid teamwork skills and demonstrate confidence in presentation and written communication skills
- Must be goal oriented and internally motivated to represent industry leading products in the market place
- Possess a strong desire to sell
- Must be eligible for employment in the United States without sponsorship
- Must hold a valid state issued Driver’s License and provide proof of insurance
- Must meet background check requirement
We will be holding interviews over the next month in the following locations:
- New York City
- Sioux Falls
- Salt Lake City
Click here to learn more.
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
- Knowledge Sharing Network Specialist
- Network Analyst
- Completions Engineer
- Lead Planner
- Project Field Scheduler
- Project Planner
- Project Lead Planner
Click here to learn more or apply.
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