Ready, Aim, Hire! NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Recruitment Readiness Team Wins Hiring Challenge

By Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support

The NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) Recruitment Readiness Team tied for first place in the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command-sponsored hiring challenge which culminated at a hiring summit in Norfolk, Virginia. The team’s innovative ideas were selected over 46 other entries from six systems commands and the Office of Civilian Human Resources.

Teams were challenged to redesign the hiring process to reduce hiring cycle time to a goal of 45 days or less, from the time a request for personnel action is initiated to the time a candidate is onboard. Recent figures showed the average hiring time was approximately 88 days.

When the challenge was issued in July 2018, 46 teams applied to be part of the competition. Through a series of status checkpoints required in the challenge, teams were eliminated based on progress. As teams and ideas were narrowed down, NAVSUP WSS was among an elite group of seven semifinalists. From there, four teams were selected and advanced to the finals.

From left to right: Jane McMullen, Rita Hughey, Jennifer Malone, Kacey Lorson, Mandy Fanus, Jeff Grunigen, Dawn Miller, Catherine Spinner and Jenae Jackson.


Finalists were invited to attend a hiring summit in Norfolk, Virginia, November 7 and 8. The NAVSUP WSS Recruitment Readiness Team presented a new and innovative strategy to aggressively lower the hiring process time to less than 45 days Navywide through the implementation of an automated dashboard, fingerprint technology and transparency throughout the new process. They tied for first place with a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) team and are eager to push through barriers to get qualified candidates in ideal positions in a timely fashion with their motto “Ready, Aim, Hire!”

Winter 2019