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Growing with intelligence: from CIA to Oracle

"We’re building something new, inventing new products; creating something from scratch appeals to me." -Andrew C.Andrew C. is a Commissioned Naval Intelligence Officer with the United States Navy (reserves). Pivoting to the private sector as a Senior Technical Program Manager in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as part of the Oracle National Security Region team, he continues to do very important work with technology by getting cloud computing up and running—not to mention that he continues to use the invaluable experience he has acquired as part of the Navy and CIA.

From CIA to Oracle

In 2018, Andrew’s wife took a job in Seattle, which led them to live apart. “While I enjoyed travelling all around the world and working on amazing projects, I knew I wanted to spend more time with my wife, so I decided to leave in 2020,” he remembers. Despite pivoting to the private sector, Andrew continues to do very important work with technology. "We’re building something new, inventing new products; creating something from scratch appeals to me."

Always something new

As a Senior Technical Program Manager, Andrew checks in with developers as they work on the coding process to get new systems and servers up and running. “It involves tracking projects and workflows, as well as presenting progress and hurdles to the most important issues,” he says. Moreover, as one of the few cleared individuals, Andrew also has the opportunity to work on hiring projects to bring in the best candidates. “There’s a real diversity to the work I do on a daily basis, which really ensures no two days are the same.”

Oracle-ready skills and experience

As an Intelligence Officer in the US Navy, as well as in the CIA, Andrew has had to lead, build teams, and work on fast-breaking projects, all things Oracle requires on a regular basis. “The training I’ve received in my career has taught me how to work with others to get projects done on time with many competing priorities. The need to work on multiple issues on any given day is very similar to some of the busiest times in my intelligence career,” he shares. “Working towards a common purpose is what has always gotten me out of bed every morning, and that’s exactly what I do at Oracle,” Andrew adds.

People make the difference

Though the work alone makes Andrew enjoy his time at Oracle, the people he works with turn it into an outstanding experience. “I’m part of a diverse team that’s both accepting and inclusive, all working towards similar goals and assisting one another when needed,” he says. “I also love the freedom I have; I can accomplish many of my tasks throughout the week at home or in the office—management encourages having a great work-life balance.”

However, as much as he counts on Oracle’s support, there are things he has to do on his own. “My biggest challenge now is figuring out what to do with all my suits and blazers I have from my time with CIA,” Andrew jokes.

Now that you’ve heard about Andrew’s experience, are you ready to join Oracle National Security Region team? If you hold a U.S. Government Top Secret SCI or higher clearance, click here to check out our latest opportunities. Once you’ve found an opening that fits your talent, passion, skills, and background, apply for us to consider you. Create the future with us.

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