Joe M. Olivarez Jr. is the Vice President, Operational Centers of Excellence - for Jacobs. Jacobs is a 14B business, has 55K employees and operates in over 40
countries. In fiscal year 2014, Mr. Olivarez was selected to be the first global Security Leader in this capacity in the 60 - year history of Jacobs. His role has been to build and lead the company’s integrated global security strategy. He is responsible for assessing, influencing and assisting the Company to mitigate security and resilience risks in a dynamic international business environment. The security and resilience model include establishing and maintaining effective
working relationships with the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams to operate an intelligence driven and risk-based program. Due to his leadership, in 2019 his
remit was expanded to include leading the Global Quality team and more recently the Operational Center of Excellence in 2020.
The Operational Center of Excellence (OpCOE) are an embodiment of Jacobs' commitment to excellence and a critical accelerator in our journey to be a company like no other. In this role, Olivarez is responsible for developing strategic direction, governance and assurance, research and ideation and knowledge sharing in the areas of Health Safety and Environmental, Security & Resilience and Quality. This is done through the stewardship of two of Jacobs' “hero brands”– BeyondZero (HSE and Security & Resilience) and BeyondExcellence (Quality). The team provides thought leadership, direction, and pioneering practices to allow the company to deliver impactful solutions and service to our people, clients, and communities.
Prior to joining Jacobs Mr. Olivarez spent eleven (11) years with Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI) where he held increasingly responsible roles. Manager of Investigations, Director of Security Global Operations and Vice President Enterprise Security and Crisis Management, Western Hemisphere. In these roles, he was the lead investigator for matters assigned to the Security Office globally. Investigations included, but were not limited to, allegations of violations of the Business Code of Conduct and criminal activities such as theft, fraud, workplace violence, conflicts of interest, drugs, kickbacks, and loss of intellectual property. His leadership led to the recovery/awards of over 30MUSD back to the corporation. In addition, he was instrumental in the transformation of the program to mature from a department to a function. His business approach to security led to the maturity of the team’s approach to enterprise security risk management, business planning, strategy development, resilience, country security programs, supply chain security (Customs Trade and Partnership Against Terrorism - CTPAT and Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard - CFATS, mergers & acquisitions
processes, governance, training, recruitment, intelligence acquisition and analysis, travel risks oversight, physical security and fiscal management.
Before joining BHI, Mr. Olivarez was the Vice President of an International Investigative and Security Management Consulting Company serving a variety of corporations in the Oil & Gas, Technology, Entertainment, Transportation, Real Estate and Financial Management businesses. Mr. Olivarez spent 10 years
in the government and government defense security with General Dynamics as a Security Analyst and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a Special Agent.
Mr. Olivarez received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Legal Research from Stephen F. Austin State University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston Executive Management Program. He has successfully completed leadership programs at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Yale Executive School of Management and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Domestic Security Executive Academy.