Introduction BAE Systems Saudi Arabia is a subsidiary of the BAE Systems Inc which is a high technology multinational firm based in the UK dealing in defence, security and aerospace services and products. Growth in this industry is predominantly driven by technological innovation and the need for enhanced global security. Developed and emerging economies especially in Asia are the major clients for what this industry has to offer. Such high technology firms are faced with a changing global environment which implies that they have to embrace and manage change effectively if they are to remain competitive in the 21st century.
This paper presents a conversation report from an interview session held on 3rd April 2012 with Naif M Al Moammer, a Senior Project Coordinator - Change Management at BAE Systems Saudi Arabia and a personal reflection on the assignment. Conversation What is your role in as a senior project coordinator in change management at BAE Systems and how long have you been at it? As my title suggests, I coordinate a number of projects carried out by a number of teams intended to bring change at BAE Systems Saudi Arabia.
I have four teams that report to me and whose projects I manage. These teams fall under four different departments. As such, some of my specified tasks are: 1) creating and executing project work plans and revising them to meet any arising requirements, 2) Managing resources in conjunction with functional managers, production and sub-contractors, 3) Managing day-to-day operational aspects of projects and scope, 4) Effectively managing project risks through mitigation planning, 5) Monitoring and reporting on schedule and cost, margins and profitability, 6) Effectively applying Project Management methodologies on the teams assigned, 7) Preparing for engagement reviews and quality assurance procedures among other roles.
Besides these formal roles, I must ensure that the teams’ efforts are in congruence with the organizational goals and objectives. I have been acting in this capacity for over four years now. I joined BAE Systems, Saudi Arabia in February 2008. Before that, I was a systems administrator at Emirates Airways, Saudi Arabia. The move to BAE systems was career uplift as I would have more managerial responsibilities in this position.
It has also been my personal desire to manage change and the benefits that accrue from it. For firms to benefit from teamwork models there must be a linking actor that manages the outputs of the teams and the organization as a whole. Most importantly, a team supervisor must ensure that the competitiveness of the teams working on the various projects is handled well. In some cases, competitiveness of teams is detrimental in the attainment of organizational goals and objectives (Kaufman, 2008). A team coordinator therefore, has to ensure that the competitiveness of teams is kept within acceptable parameters and that it is beneficial to the firm.
Mischief and sabotage are some of the risks arising out of working in teams. Furthermore, managing teams that oversee change requires one to harness the outcomes of the teams’ efforts and harmonise them in order to make them relevant and useful for the whole organisation. This will ensure that the change desired by the firm is attained in the whole organisation and that the loyalty of the teams and team members is to the organisation and not the teams per se.