An Interview with ManTech Employee, Susanne
Title: Human Resources Business Partner
Time at ManTech: 1-2 years
What drew you to ManTech?
I came to ManTech by way of acquisition. I was the Director of Human Resources at H2M Group, which became a part of ManTech in August. ManTech brought me in as one of its Human Resources Business Partners. I am grateful and glad to be part of the ManTech team. There’s a lot to learn in my new role and I appreciate the patience of my managers and team members who answer my many questions on a regular basis.
How do you balance career and home life?
When I’m at work, I keep my focus on my job and work hard. When I’m home, I leave work behind and focus on my personal life and interaction with family and friends. I try not to take personal calls at work, unless it’s important, and I try not to stay online with ManTech when I’m home. Again, unless it’s something that needs immediate attention.
What advice do you have for prospective ManTech candidates?
ManTech has a sincere desire to develop people and help them enhance their careers. They offer tremendous training opportunities through ManTech University, access to diploma level programs through Purdue University Global, and specific training through Skillsoft courses. Many companies do not have the wherewithal to offer such rich, career development opportunities and I would encourage candidates to seek out employment at ManTech. For those already here, take advantage of these offerings!
What’s your favorite place in the world?
At first, I wasn’t going to answer this question because there are so many good places. Then I realized that there is one place, above all, that is best, and that’s my home. It’s my sanctuary, the place where I rest and re-energize, the place I can truly be myself, and best of all, I can take my “home” anywhere I choose to reside.
What are you passionate about?
There are two areas. First is my faith, which is at the core of my being and can’t be separated from my daily life. I hope I display this through positive interaction with others. Second, is writing. I am an author with a published novel called “Missing the Mark, A Tale of Rescue for the Imperfect.” It’s an easy read, about a fictional time and place, similar to our Middle Ages, sporting a group of heroes, a villain, and their adventures. Also, I try to spend time writing at least once a month and have written several, unpublished short stories and vignettes.
What do you like most about ManTech?
This is an easy question to answer because it remains constant as I meet and work with a variety of people. What I like most are the people who make up ManTech. Everyone is optimistic, helpful, and upbeat. There is a genuine positive atmosphere here at the corporate office, and believe me, after working for over 25 years in government contracting, that’s not always the case.
Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Well, I would do this if I could have his same talent for that one day. It would be Peter White. He’s a fantastic guitarist, widely known in the contemporary jazz world. If I could just play like him for a day (and hope to retain even 1% of his ability), I would love it.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where you haven’t yet been, where would it be and why?
Since this is a wish, I would say Italy in the late spring, to include the major cities and the Tuscan countryside. I enjoy history and want to see all the historical sites, plus, my father was an architect, so visiting the ancient and historic buildings would be awesome. Also, it would be a real treat to explore the Tuscan countryside with its vineyards and scenic views.
What is your favorite family tradition?
Sharing holiday meals, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, at a non-traditional mealtime. We always eat around 3 in the afternoon, giving us plenty of time to prepare great meals and plenty of time to keep eating later in the day!