As a forces-friendly employer, we value ex-military experience and all transferable skills.
Ex-military engineers have a unique skill-set. At Osprey, we are always keen to hear from individuals with military experience who are making plans for their post-forces career. It’s the unique mix of problem-solving attitude, determination, and diligence that appeals to us – that and an appreciation of family values. Teamwork. Getting the job done.
Scott Kilding joined us after serving with the British Army for 12 years. First with the Scots Guards, then with the Royal Logistics Corps as a movement controller. Even before signing off, he was exploring his options with a positive outlook on life after the Army – making the most of using his transferable skills.
When Scott was looking for jobs, he was searching logistics management, operations management or project management. He found several options in those areas, but when it came to a career choice that would offer him growth and appreciate his skillsets, it was Osprey’s values that won the day.
SCOTT: “Compared to other companies, Osprey was clearly invested in developing staff, and in helping them reach their full potential through a new career. From the off, I got the impression I’d be supported to do more qualifications, and to work my way up through the business. It felt like the senior team was really invested in people on the ground and wanted to know what they’d be doing to progress personally as well as training up on professional skills.”
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Scott continues: “I’d been working as a movement controller, so I was applying for operations roles and jobs in logistics management, operations managements and project management. The trouble was, even though I had the experience and military qualifications, I didn’t have the recognised civilian qualifications that so many companies wanted. During the interview, it was clear my experience was something Osprey valued. I became the Yard Equipment Auxiliary Manger – it’s a role that plays to my strengths, because I can grow into it while Osprey’s making the most of my hands-on experience. Coming from armoured vehicles, ships and moving to cranes, there’s always going to be more to learn. But the equipment is always changing too, so that’s the way it should be for everyone.”
“The interview process was easy enough, Osprey were even willing to wait the full 12 months for my release if needed. It was reassuring, being contacted by HR about the Armed Forces Covenant. It shows their commitment to the Armed Forces community and it’s clear they recognise the skills and qualities service personnel possess.”
Throughout our applications and onboarding process, we’re conscious that individuals need us to work with them – to be mindful we’re all working as a team – and to make it a smooth transition from a career in the forces into a new, civilian post.
“I don’t have a bad word to say about my time in the Army, but I know a lot of men – and women – who aren’t sure how that life transfers to a new job in civilian life. Doesn’t matter what trade, cap badge or rank you are, there’s so many skills that ARE transferable, people just don’t know it.
What’s important, is that application. Giving employers a chance to recognising your transferable skills and the value you bring. Osprey’s definitely one of those few companies that DO value military experience and are keen to tap into the UK’s largest skilled workforce.”
Osprey is proud to be forces friendly, and welcomes applications from individuals with a broad range of military experience. Check out current vacancies and bear in mind, we always consider transferable skills.