Veteran Perspectives

Vincent Pernice

The ability to successfully meet the expectations of PPD’s clients, stakeholders, employees and community depends largely on the knowledge, skill, integrity, imagination and diversity of our employees. Thus, we strive to hire and create a diverse employee group that allows many perspectives and backgrounds to influence and succeed at PPD.

Military service members bring strong foundations in collaboration, teamwork, and adaptability, which are values essential to PPD’s success. Learn more about PPD’s commitment to veteran hiring and the experience of veterans at PPD.

Katharine Barrack, associate community affairs specialist, leads military and veteran recruitment at PPD.

Interviewer: Why is it important that we hire veterans at PPD?

Katharine: Veterans have sacrificed for our country and they deserve dynamic, civilian opportunities when they separate from the military. PPD offers that and much more. For PPD, veterans bring strong foundations in leadership, teamwork and integrity to their civilian roles. PPD shares these values and actively seeks them in all new hires. Veterans make a great fit!

Interviewer: Why should veterans consider PPD as a potential employer?

Katharine: PPD is an industry-leading contract research organization. Our awards and accolades speak to our success in the industry and as an employer. In particular, PPD excels at providing training and professional development opportunities. Competitive job seekers want to know they will have opportunities for growth in their careers and PPD meets and exceeds those expectations. Most importantly, everyone at PPD is working towards a greater purpose — to improve health. Every employee contributes to PPD’s mission of helping our clients deliver life-changing therapies. The chance to have that impact is one everyone should consider.

Interviewer: What is PPD’s plan for the future in veteran hiring?

Katharine: At PPD we are working hard to grow our relationships with military installations and other veteran groups across the country, as well as to increase our participation in veteran hiring events. We constantly search for new opportunities and avenues for PPD to be involved with veteran support and recruitment.

J.D. Martin, a manager of process improvement, has been with PPD for more than two years. Before he came to PPD he served in the Marine Corps for 23 years.

Interviewer: You could have worked for any number of organizations after separating from the military. Why did you choose — and continue — to work for PPD?

JD: When I retired from the Marine Corps it was important to me to find an organization that was mission-based. That’s why I’m here. It is solely about the mission to me. That was my number one requirement, with people and culture as number two.

In my role as a process improvement manager I get to touch many parts of the company. By helping multiple departments I feel that I help the mission indirectly, and that’s why I work here. It’s about the mission and the people.

Interviewer: How did your military experience prepare you for your career at PPD?

JD: I am a huge advocate for the intangible skills that come from military experience. Some examples of these skills are leadership, pride, flexibility and a sense of belonging that results from high stress situations. Also, in the military you are not always provided with a solution, which results in excellent problem-solving skills. These real-world and hands-on experiences prepare service members to be successful at PPD or other civilian organizations.

There were some challenges transitioning into my civilian career. The multiple roles I held in the military, in addition to my leadership skills, global knowledge, process improvement training and education prepared me well for the corporate world.

Interviewer: Understanding the value of military experience can be challenging for civilians. Why is it important for recruiters and hiring managers to take the time to understand military experience when reviewing resumes?

JD: Recruiters might look for a specific set of skills that a person in the military does not have, but the intangible skills that military personnel bring are invaluable. Because people with military backgrounds are highly adaptable, there are advantages for an organization that takes the time to train them. Another fact that recruiters may not know is that there are many jobs on military bases that aren’t related to combat. For example, I worked as a recruiter, a judge, and was responsible for professional development schools on base.

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