December 6, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - Selected Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees completed another year of Leadership SRR, a year-long program designed to grow the next generation of leaders.
Beginning in the Fall of 2015, eleven SRR employees with a variety of professional expertise were nominated for Leadership SRR, a program formed by members of the SRR Senior Staff to identify, develop, and motivate new leadership within the company.
The class of participants recently presented their final group project to a room of management from SRR and from parent company AECOM. The participants were divided into two teams and were tasked with conducting a mock press conference for made-up scenarios in the liquid waste facilities at the Savannah River Site. Each team member had to act in an assigned role, which was different from their everyday jobs, to address an audience of mock media.
Tambra Craven, SRR Electrical Engineering Manager and Leadership SRR participant, said the scenario challenge taught her team what it was like to handle high-stake situations in a stressed environment while forcing them to learn roles outside of their comfort zones.
“The roles we played taught us the expertise needed for different areas in the Company we may not be exposed to during our careers,” Craven said. “This challenge gave me a sense of appreciation for how the SRR leadership team works together to handle real-life situations.”
Other lessons the employees learned from the challenge included communication skills, time management, and emergency preparedness and response skills.
Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, said both the employees and the Company benefit from Leadership SRR.
“Our employees consistently look for opportunities to grow as leaders,” Foster said. “Leadership SRR is another tool we use both to invest in the professional development of our employees and to build a well-rounded, skilled workforce to continue the liquid waste mission at the Savannah River Site.”
Other Leadership SRR courses for the participants included basic leadership skills, change management and innovation, and effective communication. Participants are also assigned leadership books and mentoring from SRR senior level managers.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and URS Professional Solutions.