Vice President of Human Resources, DCS Corp.
Jack Jackson joined DCS Corp. in 2018 and has led improvements in multiple areas including talent acquisition, HR technology, and employee engagement that have enabled the company’s record growth. Specifically, headcount has grown from 1,100 to approaching 1,500 during Jackson’s tenure.
Jackson’s prior experience with helping other organizations meet their growth targets has proven invaluable. The success in the talent acquisition area has been a result of building a strong team and providing it with the necessary tools and technology to be successful.
“Our talent acquisition director has done a phenomenal job implementing a new applicant tracking system and developing her team with the skills necessary to recruit in a difficult labor market,” Jackson said. “Focused improvements have also occurred in the area of employee engagement, which has improved retention.”
As DCS continues to expand, it is emphasizing scaling the HR organization to meet the growing needs of the business without losing focus on its employee-owners.
And because DCS is an employee-owned company, its culture is collaborative and customer mission-focused.
“We hire experts in a multitude of advanced disciplines,” Jackson said. That includes cybersecurity, systems engineering, electronic warfare, software engineering, modeling and simulation, weapons systems test and evaluation, and program management.
“Most of our employees are working side by side with our customers on the development of new technologies which improve our national security,” Jackson said. “By supporting our employee’s development, we are able to provide added value to our customers.”
And personally, Jackson’s prior military service in the U.S. Navy has aided him in supporting DCS’ mission. He started his career as a naval officer in the Naval Supply Corps before transitioning to various HR positions with General Electric and leadership positions with several other Fortune 500 and government contracting companies.
Throughout his career, Jackson has developed his leadership skills with an emphasis on employee and team development. He has mentored many HR team members and enabled their success by giving them opportunities to succeed and impact the organizations they support.
As DCS continues to win new work and expand its geographical footprint, its HR processes need to evolve to support a broader workforce.
“We are focused on improving our employee engagement through a redesign of our onboarding process as well as implementing new technologies for improved efficiencies and user experience,” Jackson said. That includes mobile technology and improvement of the company’s internal and external websites.
DCS is also continually looking to enhance its benefits and employee ownership rewards. It conducts an employee engagement survey annually, and combined with DCS senior leadership site visits, DCS hopes to improve the connection to its mission and employees attaining their personal and career goals.