Emily Ostler – Operations manager.
Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance), RMIT University, 2014
Master of Strategic Studies, The Australian National University, ongoing
I have had the opportunity to live in both the country and the city. I grew up in a small country town near Tamworth and went to the local schools for both primary and secondary education. I moved to Melbourne for university, which exposed me to a range of different cultures and experiences. I started an internship with Deloitte while at university and before moving to Canberra. I always wanted to work in the defence industry and was excited when I obtained an entry-level role with Northrop Grumman Australia.
I began at Northrop Grumman Australia as a project officer, helping deliver complex cyber capabilities to the Australian Defence Force. Early last year, I was offered my current position running the operations of my business area. It has been a very exciting opportunity to gain exposure to the different functions in the broader global corporation.
I initially chose to study economics because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and it was a good general degree. I added in studies of finance, including business statistics and mathematics. While I was at university I discovered the military history, strategy and capabilities. I fell in love with all of the exciting technology like the F-35 planes and autonomous aircraft like the Global Hawk. I more recently decided to study for my masters in strategic studies because this enables me to learn more about the defence industry and further develop my skills.
When I was interviewed by Northrop Grumman it was a different and more professional process than any interview I had done before. The first contact I had was with the recruiter from the Human Resources team. They asked me a range of questions to determine my fit for the company. I then had a panel interview with the manager that I would be reporting to and another director in the business. I was asked a wide range of questions on the program and technical management. They also asked me about my understanding of the concept of program profitability, which was something I hadn’t previously thought about or had a lot of knowledge or experience of. Another question that I remember being asked was to discuss what books I had read recently in the area of project management in defence. Once I got through those rounds, I then had reference and background checks before being offered the job.
Northrop Grumman is a leading aerospace and defence company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, logistics and modernisation to customers around the world.
I am responsible for ensuring that the day-to-day operations of our Cyber and Intelligence team run efficiently and effectively. This involves undertaking a diverse range of activities, from scheduling reviews with our US counterparts to assisting in the development and execution of our business operations strategy, and everything in between.
I am an early riser and like to start my day with coffee and breakfast while reviewing the emails that I received overnight from the US. I review the meetings that I have scheduled for the day and prepare information for the day’s work. International meetings usually kick off in the morning, so I work on completing tasks during the middle of the day and have local meetings in the afternoon.
I really enjoy working for an international company. It’s interesting to work with people across the globe on a daily basis. Operations are really exciting because it is a great way to be involved in and support a range of technology and engineering activities. There are so many opportunities because Northrop Grumman is a large business with cutting-edge technology that it’s constantly developing, from cyber to aircraft to space to maritime. The potential is endless.
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I enjoy working with world-class technology and innovative people to develop the best defence capabilities. I am proud to help support the men and women who are serving to protect our nation and its interests.
Every job has its challenges. Sometimes I find the restrictions on sharing information across different countries to be challenging. However, there are a lot of people who support me in finding solutions so that I can be effective in my job.