Published in the January/February 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Ana Ximenes, president of RLG Defense U.S. Operations, finds success in helping others succeed. “When we help an organization do something better, cheaper and/or faster then we have found success,” she said.
For RLG that means sending personnel to where the action is. When the company is awarded a contract it sends its personnel to the place where the company, government entity or other organization is. Often, RLG moves an employee’s entire family to the new location for the duration of the contract. In some very remote areas – say an oil rig in the North Sea, for example – the company rotates personnel with two weeks on station and then two weeks home.
“RLG can narrow down where it’s best to use our coaches and send them to the site to live and work, building relationships at the site with the people who work there,” Ximenes said. “We don’t want them to just jet in and out.”
Founded in 1983, RLG has delivered successful performance improvement implementations around the world. The firm focuses on workforce transformations to improve the operating and financial performance of its clients. RLG has operated in 15 countries with over 175 clients on 1,000+ man-year project implementations in a wide range of industries, including energy, forest products, aerospace, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, engineering and sales.
Ximenes said the jobs they do are challenging, but that it often helps that they come from outside the organization they are trying to help. “Clients often miss what’s getting in their way,” said Ximenes, who has worked at RLG for 15 years. “We can ask the dumb questions, and then take the answers and mix them with our experience to piece things back together in a way that improves what the client needed.”
RLG is currently in a hiring mode, looking to hire globally and long-term. “We’re also seeking those intangible leadership qualities that come with veterans,” Ximenes said. “But what we really need are employees who can figure out what the client really wants, and produce quality results. Veterans are really good at solving problems and helping people and companies. That’s one reason why we value them so much.”
High on the company’s wish list are people with at least four or five years work experience, but not necessarily consulting experience. An advanced degree – or the equivalent such as Navy nuclear training – is also desired.