From Army Movement Controller to Logistics Manager
As a supply chain expert for the British military and NATO, the move to logistics management at Sellafield was a natural one for Roy Williams. Warrant Officer Class One Roy Williams left the Services in 2015, after 24 years in the Army. As a Movement Controller with the RLC, Roy was involved with British and NATO forces in Germany as a senior supply chain advisor, forecasting and controlling expenditure for transport resources.
My Army work turned me into a skilled planner and problem solver with a keen eye for detail. I found I exceled at building and motivating high performing teams – I even planned and executed an expedition to Mount Everest Basecamp for 16 military personnel, including raising £28,000 in sponsorship through organising various events.
Roy discovered a Balfour Beatty forum, which led to an interview for his current position in charge of site logistics on a multi-million pound nuclear project at Sellafield. Roy manages the local logistics depot and any relevant satellite locations. He also co-ordinates and manages plant & materials stock.
What helped me most during my transition was putting myself though university to gain a First Class BSc in Logistics Management. If I am honest, however, my biggest challenge during transition was tax! I still can’t get my head around business car tax, private health cover tax and so on.
Ex-Military people are professional, disciplined and motivated. To someone leaving the Armed Forces and seeking a new career in construction, I’d offer a quote from Sir Richard Branson which I live by: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!
This so true for anyone who been in the Armed forces. Trust me – you have the transferrable skills.