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"I get to look at the big picture and work on massively complex issues." -Rick Ernst, Principal Technical Program Manager, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

It’s not every employee that has a background in the US Intelligence Community, but when you join the Oracle National Security Region (ONSR), holding a US Government Top Secret Clearance is a prerequisite. Why? OSNR is a division of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with a very unique mission: Building a new class of cloud for the mission-critical systems that protect America.

Sounds intriguing right? We thought so too, so we caught up with Rick, Principal Technical Program Manager, to learn more about what his life is like in OSNR.

“Technical Program Managers (TPM) come in a few different flavors,” he begins. “My focus is on readiness requirements; making sure they are coordinated across teams, and that they’re performed in a timely manner. I have experience in multiple technology-related fields which helps me provide insight. I can identify and mitigate unforeseen roadblocks before they impact our ability to provide the final product for our customers.”

Rick’s background in the intelligence community is also of major benefit to him in his day-to-day work. “A large part of my life has involved working in this kind of environment. It poses some unusual operational restrictions that can appear to be excessively cumbersome for no good reason to an outside observer,” he reveals.

“I can help mediate conflicts between established business practice and those mandated by the environment. In many cases they are conflicts that have already been solved, and  I’m able to reduce the time needed to work past the conflict, by bridging knowledge and experience from both realms.

What made Rick want to get into this line of work? “I’m a problem-solver at heart. I grew up tinkering; taking things apart to see how they worked and (sometimes) getting them back together. This led me to various technology-related work, including PC support, avionics (aircraft electronics), and internet networking,” he recalls.

“Each step along my path provided the opportunity to solve bigger and more complex problems.  Now, as a TPM I get to look at the big picture and work on massively complex issues. It’s a great feeling when you can say to yourself ‘I was part of making this better.”

While Rick’s innate skillset meant he was naturally drawn to the technology sector, he had very specific reasons for choosing Oracle as an employer. “Multiple folks that I previously worked with and respected were migrating to Oracle. The technical challenges, working environment, and opportunity for contributing to positive change were enticing enough for me to hop onboard too.”

Given the importance that Rick places on the people he works with, it makes sense that the people are his favourite thing about Oracle. “It sounds a bit trite, but it’s true. Technical challenges across different companies can be similar, but having a group of caring, cooperative, people you can rely on makes it much easier to accomplish your mission—and sleep better at night,” he reveals.

Then there’s the flexibility to work from home. According to Rick, only Oracle can truly provide the resources to do this efficiently and effectively. “Oracle is the only company I know that not only allows some form of remote working, but is actually built for it. We have the infrastructure and procedures in place to support it as a normal part of business.”

Want to join Rick’s team and help build a new cloud for the world’s most important work? Explore the career opportunities in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

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  • John Tate Friday, October 23, 2020
    Great read! I would like to become part of Rick's team. So, I've submitted my resume - via the career portal - for consideration.
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