Michael Shepherd

BA (Hons) Business Studies with Placement

Resource Consultant (Placement Year) – JAM Recruitment

Commercial Intern (Summer Internship) – BAE Systems

In July 2016 I joined JAM Recruitment’s specialist Engineering and Manufacturing recruitment team as a Resource Consultant. The role involved working alongside a consultant, resourcing selected jobs through candidate identification, pre-screening and reference checking.

Throughout my time I helped resource a range of multi-disciplinary jobs for numerous large organisations across a wide variety of industries. I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘people’ side of the role, through the interaction with candidates, and it was a great feeling knowing I helped play a part in their next career move.

The overall experience provided an opportunity to enhance my employability, develop my skills and gain an insight into a fast moving industry.

A 12-week summer internship followed in the role as a Commercial Intern at BAE Systems as part of the Combat Air business area. My role was to assist in the commercial lifecycle management of bids for multi-national aircraft campaigns.

Hands on exposure to the commercial process of estimating and developing contracts in a dynamic bid environment was both challenging but also extremely insightful.

I was able to acquire a number of transferable skills and have the opportunity to work in a truly unique working environment. As a result of the experience, I am keen to ensure my career path leads down the commercial route within the defence industry in the future.

05 March 2018