Devin Wathen

Director of Operations

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As the Director of Operations for EM Key Solutions, Devin is responsible for providing support to Human Resources, Recruiting, Project Management, Quality Management and Project Control by helping orchestrate their effort. The primary focus of his role is to aid functional managers in overcoming obstacles that may negatively impact their success by empowering them and enabling them to effectively and efficiently do their job. His contributions to leadership, strategic planning, daily operations, and his expertise in project management will be key to the company’s growth and success. 

Devin's Past Experience

Prior to joining EMKS, Devin served as the Department of Defense (DoD) Account Manager/MCRISS Project Manager for Buchanan & Edwards (BE) where he managed a business unit which contained IT programs supporting the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.  Prior to his dual-role assignment at BE, Devin served in management and analytical roles at Harmonia Holdings Group and Alion Science and Technology where he focused on DoD contracts supporting modernization, full-scope software development lifecycle programs, and maintaining large scale data accuracy. 

Devin’s civilian career is complemented by a 22-year career in the Marine Corps where he worked within the Strategic Planning and Operations community at distinguished posts and commands. He proudly served at the highest Marine Corps commands for the Atlantic and Pacific Joint Commanders. While at those commands, Devin was heavily involved in deliberate and crisis action planning events for exercises and real-world contingencies. Earlier in his career, Devin was critical in establishing the formal school for the Marine Corps’ exclusive operations planning and execution community and personally responsible for training the preponderance of enlisted Marines responsible for planning and executing military operations. He developed or approved all schoolhouse training materials and worked with Manpower for strategic global personnel placement of graduates.

Devin’s passion for operations was born from his military and civilian operations experience and galvanized by his holistic approach to empowering personnel.  After obtaining his certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), Devin focused intently on learning, implementing, and mastering the leading Agile, DevOps, and Lean Management methodologies.  His focus ensures that the entire scope of business operations revolves around sound principles and processes which support emerging technologies and rapidly changing customer needs.  Devin is a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and reinforced his Project Management education with several professional certifications from industry-leading organizations such as the Project Management Institute, Scaled Agile, and Scrum Alliance.