Shatara Garrett was hired into V2X, the company formed by the merger of Vectrus and Vertex in the summer of 2022, as a supply technician who inventoried material and equipment, from pencils to tires. She was promoted to Logistics Manager, where she managed two programs with over fifty sites.
She says that when she was first hired, she asked for an accommodation. “I asked for time to answer questions and to allow me to stand and move around and not have my back facing the door.” She adds that V2X can help people with seen or unseen disabilities by listening and learning about these different types of disabilities.
She explains, “The feeling of acceptance is most satisfying to me. I struggle with meeting new people in person and positioning myself in a room to feel comfortable. Working with people that ask me how I am doing and if they can help in any way helps me tremendously.”
Garrett came to the company with a bachelor’s degree in business with a supply chain certificate and spent six years in the military as a supply sergeant. “My background helped me acquire the position I have now.” It was the military that helped her in finding a job, writing her resume, and coaching for interviews. She was originally hired into Raytheon and transitioned into Vertex, which then became part of V2X. “I heard about the company through recruiters at a job fair and loved the benefit program and the ability to still work with soldiers.”
Currently, Garrett is Logistics/Fleet Manager and Compliance Officerat V2X, a leading provider of critical mission solutions and support to defense clients globally. The logistics portion of her job she uses V2X’s asset management tool for its programs. For the fleet section of her job, she is the liaison for the 153 outsourced fleet companies and oversees the purchase and maintenance of vehicles. She also does internal audits on programs and subcontractors to make sure they remain in compliance with government regulations.
Her role now is a managerial one but she recalls, “When I was in a technical role for logistics, I studied to get my certifications from the National Property Management Association (NPMA) while taking college courses for my bachelor’s degree.” She says that having both helped her advance in her career at V2X.
Find open positions at McLean, Virginia-based V2X at www. https://gov2x.com/careers/ and connect with V2X on LinkedIn.