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Insights Supported every step of the way: The Navy to Project Management

21 June 2019

Sophie joined AtkinsRéalis in 2018 after serving with the Royal Navy for 12 years. During this time Sophie also completed a Business and Economics degree and with her resettlement training grant, obtained further project management qualifications. Sophie currently works as a Project Controls Officer.

image of Sophie at graduation and in army uniform

“In the Royal Navy I was a Leading Writer, which meant I had many different roles. I’ve worked with NATO, aboard the HMS Montrose and within the UK on naval recruitment, to name just a few. Looking back, there are many key skills that I feel I picked up while serving, such as teamwork, leadership, flexibility, and the ability to work under pressure and remain level-headed.

The day I had my interview at AtkinsRéalis it was the SSAFA Big Brew Up, so I walked into the office and was met with the sight of a Petty Officer in uniform! I knew from my interview research that the company supported the Armed Forces and on day one I was introduced to a fellow veteran who managed my induction and has become a great source of advice. AtkinsRéalis has a programme called Partnering with Armed Forces and as a member I am part of a network of veterans and reservists within the company. Within the network, my local group gets together monthly to share advice and support. 

image of Sophie with her Atkins team

I’m currently working within a Project Management Office as a Project Controls Officer. I work with very large sums of money, which was a little daunting at first but now I enjoy the problem-solving element of being immersed in multiple projects and seeing how they fit together at a strategic level. Being a Consultant comes with the freedom to shape my career path, by gaining experience in numerous markets and projects within AtkinsRéalis.”