Paul began work as an apprentice engineer where he was successful in obtaining company sponsorship for an OND and HND in Production Engineering. On completion of the courses it became apparent that career opportunities with the company were limited and he joined BAE Systems as a direct entry graduate.
After working in Production Control as a Project Engineer a career development opportunity to run and develop the company Suggestion Scheme was awarded following which he decided to make a career change and he joined the BAE Systems Management Training organisation running skills courses and residential executive development programmes. He created a Business Development programme to improve the business awareness of senior executives using Action Based Learning techniques; a Competency Framework based on the business lifecycle was also developed.
A rare opportunity was earned to undertake a company sponsored Masters degree in management learning at Lancaster University with a chosen dissertation on Management of Change.
Paul was appointed into the international resourcing organisation which he subsequently managed, this role included developing recruitment techniques to attract over 1000 recruits per annum to support the Royal Saudi Air Force in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he made numerous business visits to the Kingdom to meet with senior customer representatives.
Following this he was appointed as HR Manager of a small recently acquired consultancy company with a brief to align the terms and conditions of the organisation to those of BAE. He was then appointed as HR Manager for the Military Aircraft business at the Chadderton Site, during this time the site was undergoing a period of restructuring and numerous redundancy programmes had to be managed, also the first BAE support contract to maintain RAF aircraft was acquired, this required considerable HR input
In 2003 he joined the Hawk Support and Training business and became Head of HR, in addition to leading a team providing HR generalist support to a business operating in 5 countries, 5 RAF locations and 4 BAE sites, he was responsible for the HR elements of business winning supporting multi-million pound bids within the UK and Internationally. This period involved developing International Employment propositions, substantial ER activity including salary negotiation, restructuring, site closure, redundancy, TUPE transfers both in and out of the business and setting up operations on new sites and bases. A highlight of this time was winning the RAF Hawk Support Contract to maintain the RAF fleet of Hawk aircraft, requiring a new operation to be set up at RAF Valley. This contract was followed by support contracts for maintenance of the RAF Tornado and Typhoon fleets, awarded to other businesses within BAE Systems.
Paul left BAE Systems under a voluntary redundancy programme to spend more time on personal projects and to work as an HR Consultant.