JESSICA V. FINNEGAN
Solutions-oriented HR leader and senior executive with proven success in delivering complex, multimillion-dollar projects on compressed timelines. Proven track record of 18+ years of expertly delivering HR projects from inception through completion ensuring all requirements are met. Highly skilled in creating and implementing business solutions to meet customer requirements. Verified success in integrating human capital management, operations, training, vendor negotiations and product sourcing. Consistently lead project teams of superiors, peers, and subordinates to ensure on time and under budget deliverables. Possess a working knowledge of human resource policies, compliance regulations, procurement and contracting processes, as well as International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Coordinates daily with the CEO, COO, Directors, Senior Management and cross-functional leaders to develop and improve internal processes and overall customer satisfaction. CORE LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES
Strategic & Tactical HR Planning
Team Building & Executive Leadership
Training & Operations Management
Human Resource Management
Staff Analysis & Optimization
Talent Acquisition Organizational Talent Management Combat Proven Helicopter Pilot PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Senior Director – Human Capital Management (Global Aerospace Logistics, Abu Dhabi, 7/13 – Present):
• Responsible for the successful strategic, operational and tactical management of a large-scale Human Capital Program consisting of 2,175+ employees and an annual budget of $420 million dollars.
• Senior Director and Human Capital Advisor, responsible for coordinating extensive talent acquisition including executive level recruitment, diverse sourcing and selection, training, performance assessment incentives, work assignments, salary and compensation, conditions of service including variations of health care delivery systems, recognition / disciplinary actions, and all aspects of personnel management.
• Supervise, direct, and lead cross-functional teams of up to a dozen HR Business Partners (HRBP) in multiple locations and 50 staff in the planning of numerous complex manpower multi-phase projects.
• Initiated, synchronized, and executed the central development and implementation of all civilian human resource policies, procedures and doctrine throughout the Joint Aviation Command and subordinate units.
• Designed the recruitment model and focused the talent acquisition team on large scale projects utilizing Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) as well as Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) initiatives. Program Manager – Manpower (Global Aerospace Logistics, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10/10 - 7/13):
• Plan, organize, and direct business development and contract operations supporting a UAE-owned company responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with extensive international clientele.
• Key HR leader focused on all contracting system functions especially human resources, ensuring the corporate internal contracting system successfully guarantees future business, balances current mission needs, as well and ensures company compliance with statutory and regulatory labor requirements.
• Provided analysis and research while actively coordinating a multitude of complex sourcing contracts for a company chartered to support the challenging requirements of the rapidly growing UAE military forces. Integrated human resources within several international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
• Developed extensive knowledge of relationships within the UAE government and military sectors, an understanding of talent acquisition planning, solicitation, costs or price analysis, source selection, and contract administration all validated by executing successful business in the Middle East. Director – Aviation Operations and Plans (Mission Support Element, Fort Bragg, NC, USA, 4/09 - 6/10):
• Supported current operations, aviation sourcing, exercise planning, and provided guidance regarding all aspects of aviation operations including human resource management for the Mission Support Element.
• Applied knowledge of aviation policy, flight procedures, regulations, and safety requirements to implement appropriate regulatory guidance, and coordinated waivers to maximize operational efficiency.
• Provided direct oversight over the Corps’ Flying Hour Program, Airfield Master Facilities Plan, Human Resource Management Sustainment Plan and Joint Operational Support Airlift Center. Processed hundreds of crucial requests in support of 11,000 soldiers and 1,800 aircraft. 2
G3/5/7 Executive Director (XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC, USA, 1/08 - 3/09):
• Selected in name by Corps Senior leadership for a position of increased responsibility due to proven successful operational performance, and the potential to succeed in a key staff role.
• Coordinated with over 1,250 personnel, including staff principals and 14 subordinate commands, to ensure projects, operations, and plans were fully executed and on time.
• Simultaneously managed a multi-million-dollar XVIII Airborne Corps staff budget, $768,000 government- spending program, and all human resource assets supporting the mission.
• Processed actions and disseminated critical information throughout the largest staff section to synchronize efficiency and accuracy. Built a set of enduring processes for resourcing people, money, space, and equipment. Including the negotiation of a large scale health care delivery system. G3 Aviation Operations Manager (XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC, USA, 6/05 - 12/07):
• Coordinated US Army aviation operations in the Crisis Response Corps consisting of over 11,000 troops and 1,800 aircraft. Focused on providing tactical aviation knowledge, technical and operational knowledge, and subject matter expertise to the Commanding General.
• Responsible for coordinating and synchronizing the Corps’ critical priorities: Severe Weather contingency operations, Homeland Security operational requirements, and Personnel Recovery.
• Led a highly skilled team of six Soldiers and Officers in the vital task of managing the execution of the Corps Flying Hour program, consisting of over 600 aircraft and 125,000 flight hours.
• Planned and successfully executed the critical aviation portion of Joint Task Force Katrina, a non-standard mission for the Regular Army. Displayed notable leadership and motivation in a complex and time-sensitive mission under extremely austere conditions.
Company Commander (HHC, 3-4 Aviation, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX, USA, 5/04 - 1/05):
• Selected for Command ahead of peers and senior officers. Responsible for 100% accountability and optimal company readiness to meet all wartime mission requirements.
• Directly responsible for training and maintaining the war fighting skills of 144 Officers and Soldiers, as well as $10 million dollars’ worth of mission essential equipment.
• Took the initiative and performed mission analysis for planning and coordinating complicated unit and critical property movements ensuring the Battalion’s successful ground maintenance capability.
• Cross-leveled equipment and maintained 100% accountability despite challenges of equipment reset and equipment harvest for units traveling to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Platoon Leader (E Troop, 1
Cavalry, 4ID, Iraq and Fort Hood, TX, USA, 10/02 - 5/04):
• Aeroscout Platoon Leader responsible for the safety and welfare of 19 Warrant Officers and Soldiers in decisive combat operations in any contingency, including Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
• Ensured technical and tactical proficiency of all assigned Warrant Officers and Soldiers during deployment operations with equipment valued in excess of $25 million dollars.
• Flew over 120 missions and logged in excess of 1,090 combat hours during extremely stressful conditions; 460 hours under night vision devices and 70 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC).
• Led the platoon during the destruction of numerous hostile targets while ensuring higher headquarters received the necessary intelligence in the timeliest manner in order to execute critical decisions. EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2018)
Women in Leadership Program, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Ithaca, NY (2017)
Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2015)
Bachelor of Science, Systems Engineering, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY (2001)
Aviation Officer Advanced Captain’s Career Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama (2005)
Aviation Basic Officer Leadership Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama (2002)
OH-58D Warrior Helicopter Advanced Qualification Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama (2002)
Basic Rotary Wing Flight School, Fort Rucker, Alabama (2002)