01 August 2009
After BYU, I joined Raytheon, a Fortune 100 company in aerospace and defense, and was offered a position in their Contracts Leadership Development Program. They liked that I was comfortable working with attorneys and I liked that I could work with every other part of the business in preparation for starting my own company one day.
Preparing to graduate from BYU, I emarked on a wide search for a good job. I ended up getting persuaded to join Raytheon, a Fortune 100 company in aerospace and defense, and was offered a position in their Contracts Leadership Development Program. With my work experience at a law firm during college and my experience in the Scottish Parliament, I was a good fit for the position. I had experience working with attorneys and legal documents (which they liked about me), and I really wanted to learn everything else about running a business–and working in contracts meant I helped developed the financial models, put together proposals, found the right people for the work, and had to understand the engineering enough to be able to negotiate with our clients. My first position was in El Segundo, working in the F-15 Fire Radar business. Our clients were mostly international trade companies in Japan and South Korea, though I worked with the Saudis and the United States Air Force as well.