Senior Vice President, Science & Space, KBR
Q: Tell us about your company…
KBR provides science, technology, and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. We employ nearly 29,000 people globally with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. I lead the Science and Space business unit of Government Solutions U.S., which provides solutions for NASA, federal civilian agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as commercial customers.
KBR’s in-depth portfolio spans defense modernization; military, civil and commercial space; intelligence; cyber; advanced logistics; and base operations. Capabilities include monitoring Earth’s seismic activity, weather, and landscapes, as well as biological, chemical, and nuclear threats.
Q: What would you like the community to know about your team?
KBR is NASA’s second largest pure-play support services provider, deployed at every NASA center and headquarters. We are the largest service provider to the U.S. Geological Survey and proudly support the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Special Forces Command, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the DoT, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. KBR also provides key training for military pilots and astronauts, contributes to intelligent systems research on quantum computing, manages autonomous unmanned air vehicle traffic flow, and develops electronic systems for spacecrafts and healthcare.
Q: What is one of the challenges your company encountered during the pandemic?
We’ve found positive benefits of flexible working for most of our team, but one challenge that will continue post-pandemic is the war for talent. As work became increasingly flexible, job opportunities grew exponentially as geographic boundaries dissolved. KBR recruitment teams have gotten creative to include sponsoring the Huntsville Havoc and Rocket City Trash Pandas to highlight our hiring needs, which further drive the community economically. In fact, if anyone is looking for an opportunity where they can grow, develop, and change the world, visit kbr.com/careers.
Q: What would you say to other companies considering an investment in the Chamber or HREGI?
Dive in! But remember: You only get what you put in. We are honored to be a part of the Huntsville family and know that our chamber and its economic growth initiatives are part of the engine that drives our city’s success. A rising tide raises all ships, and by working together, we will continue to see the Rocket City rise to new heights!
This article appears in the April 2022 issue of Initiatives magazine, a publication of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.