||During my time at University managed to secure part-time role in Scottish Water – Business stream where I covered different areas such as Customer Service, Metering, Complaints team and ultimately IT Solutions. Experience of finding ways to get the right set of skills in a workplace during the term at University.
The last year and a half, started working as Graduate GDPR Consultant for Fujitsu UK & Ireland with exposure to technical part of the job as well as the consultancy. Worked in a highly technical Payroll area but switched to Sales to a semi-legal consultancy position focusing on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Wrote my dissertation on GDPR with Josephine Bissacre and this has been instrumental in getting this position.
If you’re looking for ways to get to the company you like, I have good experience with achieving this. My job is a lot about networking as well as demonstrating thorough knowledge about the subject area I’m interested in. Arrived in the UK in 2011 with no prior experience of living in an English-speaking country. This is where I see Heriot Watt being instrumental in my achievements thanks to the dedication of professors to their field of expertise, their support and the admirable reputation Heriot-Watt holds amongst employers in the UK. I’m hoping I will be equally as helpful to a potential mentee over the course of the programme so feel free to ask away!
||After graduating from Heriot-Watt, joined a global graduate scheme working within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry; worked across multiple sites in Europe and the US. After completing the program, started working in Scotland as Global Operations Manager for clinical packaging and distribution, with a focus on clinical studies with short lead times.
Languages have played a huge role in my career, as I’ve had to work in France and Germany in predominantly non-English working environments. In addition, have significant management experience (of people, processes and projects) which has accelerated my development in terms of responsibility and business acumen.
||Currently, working as Fundraising Projects Specialist at Amnesty International. This is a high-profile role working within the Income and Engagement team to deliver various projects, specifically the development of new fundraising propositions.
Have a diverse range of experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors, both at home and abroad. Have 8 years living experience in developing and have undertaken a considerable amount of travel in others. Experiences have given me a unique insight into the complexities of how cultures and communities co-exist and have instilled in me a profound desire to work towards making the world a better place. Highly-skilled in effective communications and establishing positive relationships across language, function and culture barriers and thrive in environments where I can make my mark by interacting with, and challenging, others. Currently, I am working as Fundraising Projects Specialist at Amnesty International. This is a high-profile role working within the Income and Engagement team to deliver various projects, specifically the development of new fundraising propositions.
||Currently Analyst with Goldman Schs working for fixed income, currencies and commodities desk trading/sales desk.
||Currently Knowledge Transfer Manager with Knowledge Transfer Network. Company is a not for profit organisation where we help companies innovate. This involves talking to different audiences from academia to industry. Assist food and drink companies in finding the right partners and funding to make their projects successful. Also organise events and co-ordinate a research club on behalf of a research council.
Experience of working in academia as PhD student and also a post-doc. Research projects have always involved strong industry involvement.
Industry experience includes working for a large multinational food company. Have also worked for a small contract testing laboratory using my analytical instrument experience from PhD.
||Currently End User Productivity Portfolio Analyst with Royal Dutch Shell.
Two years experience in market research project management at M3 Global, a former Sony group subsidiary.
Gained some sales experience, both at Lovefilm (now part of Amazon) and Hilti, a world-class construction tool manufacturer.
Most recent job is at Royal Dutch Shell, where I have started a graduate scheme in business technology last year. Thoroughly enjoy my current role, the development perspectives and the culture of the company. Would recommend graduate schemes to any recent graduates as companies often invest significant time and money to develop their graduates into future leaders.
||Currently working as a Work Coach for the Department of Work and Pensions, supporting claimants across a range of benefits to take positive steps towards employment or some form of activity, depending on the individual. Work at a fast pace, managing my case load in a changing and challenging environment.
Previously, have worked in housing both working to involve tenants in the choices that affect them (Tenant Participation)and also as an advisor to a different housing company, managing cases of anti-social behaviour in partnership with the neighbourhood officers to build and maintain safer and stable communities.
I have also worked as a Business Development Executive for a multinational company, covering South and South East Scotland, promoting and defending our brands across the independent and wholesale retail sphere.
||Currently Management Consultant with Accenture. Experience in
• Consulting in consumer goods and retail industry specialising in supply chain and procurement
• Specific experience within source to pay, procurement transformation, supply chain and product lifecycle management
• Technology specialities in RPA, SAP SRM, Ariba Guided Buying, Upstream and Downstream
• Leading in the new by identifying new technology trends and seeking opportunities to bring my clients on the journey
• Managing the complexities and risks of the shipping industry such as regulation and piracy, to deliver a competitive and robust global supply chain
• Lead multiple sourcing exercises valued from $250,000 to over $1million
• Collation of market intelligence information such as benchmarking and market trends, working closely with internal customers to define a scope of work and requesting proposals from shortlisted suppliers
||Strategic Advisor at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), working on one of the biggest political challenges of our generation in Brexit. Previously worked as an aide to the Chief Executive of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), on international contract management for the Department for International Development (DFID), as well as on the distribution of capital funding for the Department of Education (DfE), all while a part of the Civil Service’s flagship graduate scheme, the Fast Stream which I graduated from in 2017.
Previously worked in the Advisory section of a Big 4 firm, and for an energy company based in West Africa, as well as for a start-up based out of the University of Edinburgh.
Heriot-Watt alumnus, and graduated in 2013 with an MA (Hons) in Economics and Business Management.
||Brief time working in military encryption and digital speech, thereafter moving to broadcasting and media technology. Took up present post in 2002 as Chief Executive with ProVision Communication Technologies Ltd.
Wide management experience covering most functions of a technology company including business development, HR, finance and investment.
||Managed large organisations from 350 to over 2000 staff and have experience of handling multi-million pound budgets for Annual Revenue Spend and Capital Investment in Housing and Social Services facilities. Also have experience of setting up and managing partnerships such as Combined Housing List and Option Shop, Energy Management Schemes.
||Experience in Project and programme management. Chair of two charities. People management (responsible for up to 160 staff). Budget management and mentoring experience.
||Started and successfully built software business in the 80s - sold it to Panasonic in Dec 1999. Now concentrate on Angel investing and helping start-up technology businesses to grow.
Also a Computer Scientist (past-President of the BCS).
||Extensive experience in General Management. Skilled at putting businesses together, raising money to fund them and then running them through to either trade sale or floatation.
||Current position Development Manager, running the Development Office, events, fundraising programmes, parents social activities and a careers and business networking programme. Over nine years experience in education sector, working from administrator or office assistant to managing the Access to Excellence Programme at Erskine Stewarts Melville Schools. Have also worked in Heriot Watt and Napier University Development Offices, holding positions ranging from student caller, call room superviser and campaign administrator. Previous position, in charge of liaison with former pupil groups, fundraising and development of the careers programme. Job is all about maximising potential from the Schools existing community and pulling everyone together in the right places to provide appropriate support.
||Currently work as Head of Service Planning & Delivery with National Express Group - c2c Rail. Have worked within the rail industry for ten years, after joining as Graduate Trainee. Now running a global excellence programme for National Express Group, applying process improvement tools to support continuous improvement. Held senior positions within a number of companies and have developed a broad range of skills specifically, customer service, leadership, innovation, strategic thinking, railway operations, collaborative problem solving, coaching and career development.
||Over 30 years experience in housing associations. Last 22 years as Chief Executive with one of the Uks leading housing providers. Experience in leading organisation through major growth and transformation, building a national reputation for its customer focus.
||Currently employed as a Supply Chain Coordinator in the field for the international NGO Doctors without Borders (MSF), and based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Extensive international academic and work experience in various industry sectors. Academic background in international business, supply chain management, and humanitarian logistics. Most extensive work experiences in operations and in the management/operations consulting sector. Have covered project and programme management type roles for various clients (finance, architecture, engineering, transportation, retail and building sector etc) as part of consulting role. In addition, managed supply chain development projects for an international jewellery company. Most recently in charge of managing the supply chain activities for MSF in the post-emergency context in Nepal.
||Currently work as Contract and Procurement Committee Co-ordinator with Total E & P Nigeria.
Experience in planning, project controls, risk management/analysis, contracts and procurement and reporting.
||Have worked for both NGOs and the United Nations, mainly in post conflict environments with a focus on program management, innovation and growth. Have been the chief fundraiser for a British charity and also Partnerships and Business Development Advisor for Africa at the UN. Have worked in countries such as Angola, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Cambodia.
||Currently Team Leader Material Data Management with Norengros AS. Have been working in logistics since 2005 holding various positions within different companies. Have a broad experience in material data management, purchasing, custom clearance and supply chain management.
SAP material data management, Visma Global, logistics, purchasing, negotiation, project management, public speaking, crisis management, professional networking, Norwegian, Russian.
||FNGL Integrity Lead with Shell Upstream International Operated (UIO).
Started as a cadet at sea and worked my way up the ladder to being a Captain of a large ocean going vessel, have led multinational crews during some really challenging times and conditions. Developing them and self during the journey. Have been in this industry (Maritime, Oil and Gas) for the last 18 years and have gained a lot of experience and honed some key skills whilst being on the job. Think this is the best way to learn, networking and interacting with people teaches you what you miss in a comfortable environment.
||Director of Operations With Maxim Software Systems.
IT, Software Development (business aspects), Logistics, Manufacturing, Warehousing and Distribution, IoT Project Management, Sales, Marketing, Negotiations and International Commerce.
||General Manager with VARD Engineering
10 years of experience in the international oil & gas and maritime industry working in all sections of design and engineering companies from engineering positions up to General Manager position.
Working in Norwegian companies has given an insight in the demand for competitiveness because of the general cost levels we are operating on. Allowing ourselves to only perform at a top international level with regards to technology and competence, no matter how big or small a company, has developed a sense of strategic thinking that not only competes on price.
Have built up companies from scratch with the basis of a patent application as the first only asset, making it into a several million pound turnover company.
As an Oil & Gas Engineer with a business degree I see many sides to technology and company development, not only the technical aspects of it.
Have hired more than 30 professional Engineers (M.Sc. and B.Sc) in the past 4 years and have a good insight into the strengths needed to be a professional in the maritime and offshore industry.
Working in a multi-national company with over 20.000 employees also gives clear insight in the complexity and possibility for development of technology as well as personnel.
||Field Based Account Manager - Shell.
During my time at University completed two years in industry working for ExxonMobil and am now currently on the Shell graduate program in a sales role. Experience in both analytical and customer facing roles and happy to provide an insight into the oil & gas industry for any students considering a role in the sector. During career have worked in project management, retail and lubricants so have gained knowledge of different businesses. Having taken two years out of university to gain experience prior to graduating am a keen supporter of internships and placements so I would support any one considering such an experience or requiring advice on graduate applications, online tests, internships, etc.
||President - Alwafi Group
Engineer who became a business man now is leading his family business. Knowledge and hands on experiences in disciplines such as: leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, governance, negotiations, strategic planning and family business management, IT solutions (software & hardware), communications. Have applied knowledge in: Setting up businesses from scratch, turning business around and leading our family businesses. Also, provide some consultations to selected companies.
||Programme Manager with Catholic Agency for International Development (CAFOD).
Main experience is in the humanitarian and relief sector, mostly involved in Program Management-Planning, organising fieldwork for staff and partner organisations, conducting partner organisation selection, staff recruitment, evaluations and staff training, Budget forecasting. managing budget lines, Taking lead in the conceptualisation and development of project proposals, Ensuring full compliance with donor regulations and terms of signed contracts; ensuring the application of financial procedures
Key skills include but not limited to:
-Program Management -Grant Management
-Project Reporting -Proposal Development
-Emergency Preparedness -Research and Development
-Financial Management -Monitoring and Evaluation
-Coordination and networking -Strategy design
-Business development -Staff Training and Development
||Regional Corporate Manager - Caribbean Region with Honeywell International.
Been employed with various fortune 50 companies in roles within the Caribbean and US for the past twenty plus (20+) years. The last 12 of these have been in management and executive roles for various regions. Management and consulting experience primarily within the Energy, Oil, Gas and Industrial Distribution channels within the Caribbean and South US regions. Of this management experience, it is primarily related to marketing, sales, corporate functions and overall growth management for these firms. Networking extends to these markets within the Caribbean, Houston and Alaska regions for the Oil & Gas markets that exist here.
||Development professional with an international profile, more than 17 years of experiences both in Africa and Asia. Experience working with a wide variety of international development as well as UN agencies, implemented wide range of programmes including; promoted various rural agribusiness enterprises, renewable energy enterprises technologies, tourism value chains, youth employment innovation fund and market based approach. He is MBA graduate from TU Nepal and MSc graduate from EBS/Heriot Watt University, UK on Strategic planning. Has contributed development and dissemination (including publishing) of various best practice models of private sector and youth entrepreneurship development at local and international levels.
||Divisional Head - Technologies, Financial Services & Retail Division.
Strategic Business Leadership, Business Planning, Corporate Governance, Systems and Organisational Structures set up, Banks and Tax Authorities Stakeholder Engagement, Risk Management, Change Management, Internal and External Audit, Talent Development, Corporate Finance Management & Reporting, Human Resource Management, IT Management, Facilities Management and Procurement Process Oversight.
||Finance and Administration Manager with Wazalendo Sacco.
Accomplished seasoned professional with wide experience in public sector finance. 18 years experience with concentration in the national army (UPDF).
Currently pursuing a Doctorate in business administration from EBS.
Worked in key departments of the army rising from a private to a Major at the moment. Commanded a platoon to a company before moving to finance.
||Currently Lecturer with University of the West Indies School of Business and Applied Studies.
Also on-air Radio presenter with Trinidad and Tobago Radio Network.
Over 25 years teaching at High School level. Over four years teaching at tertiary level. Fifteen years as an on-air media practitioner (radio and television). Over five years consulting independently for companies in the areas of Strategic Marketing and communications, and Human Resource Management.
||Currently Global Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain Manager with Goldman Sachs International.
Financial services professional with over seventeen years experience in strategy development and driving change, project management, strategic sourcing and supply chain management. Work internationally, including significant periods in Bengaluru, Dubai, Singapore and London. Passionate about leading, development and supporting diverse teams and empowering disadvantaged women through education to break the poverty cycle.
Currently focused on ethical and sustainable procurement and supply chain practices.
||Project Management Analyst with Quintiles.
Previously taught Biology and PE at a boarding school in London.
Undertook six month project with Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
||Currently Program Buyer with Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies.
Day to day contact with suppliers to get quotatations in order to make sure the customer deadline is met.
Work closely within the purchasing team and program team to have a cost and design efficient part.
Source parts according to the purchasing strategy.
Work within a provided budget.
||Project Manager with Vilnius Business College.
Project Management Project management, coordination and administration skills and experience implementing EU scale projects in cooperation with international partner institutions.
Business Relationship Management Strong experience in developing relationships with international partner organisations with a demonstrated ability to networking with institutions and various stakeholders to enhance project-based business development and partnering opportunities.
Customer Relationship Management Possess extensive customer service and customer management experience with excellent communication skills and proven competence in delivering customer service solutions.
Mentoring - experience and skills gained while working in education sector delivering entrepreneurial training sessions to international students within the framework of the project HighTech Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Application for Transforming Education in High Technologies(http://ideate.me/)
||Currently Business Consultant Implementation - Financial Sector with SimCorp.
Business Developer - sales
Project Management - MS Project, Project Management Methodology
Business Analyst - Implementation of Project
Financial Software - Software implementation for the financial sector
||Currently Procurement Manager with Audi AG.
Responsible for purchasing volume of some 120 Mio. Euros p.a.
Lead in sourcing and negotiating new car projects.
Student Management Consultant during undergraduate studies.
Member of several consulting projects (eg rebranding, developing new business models, creating white papers and studies).
Giving prsentation trainings to business and law students.
Several internships in stretegic purchasing and in the quality/warranty department in the health and automotive sector (OEM + supplier).
Soft skills: presentation skills, negotiation skills, intercultural competences, enterpreneurial and analytical thinking.
||Currently Associate Director Marketing Insights with Kantar Health.
Delivering key insights to drive business decisions.
Tracking and analysing KPIs for insights generation to develop the brand strategy
Responsible for budgets of more than 1 million CHF
Cross functional activities:
Provide strategic guidance to key affiliates
Leading a cross-functional team of 18 to foster cohesiveness and collaboration in a business unit
Developing a business case for new inhalation devices and updated formulation for a CF drug
Designing a four day training course including content generation for new starters in my department
||Currently Junior Bid and Business Development Manager with Bombardier Transportation.
Working towards securing million to billion dollar transportation projects.
1.5 years international trainee program at Bombardier Transportation
Exposure to and working for company leadership team.
Mentee and mentor in several formal and informal channels.
Experience in Project Management, strategy, business development, general management and consulting.
||Currently Senior Customer Service Advisor (ASB) with Scottish Borders Housing Association.
Experience in B2B marketing, building and maintaining professional business relationships, customer management, brand advocacy, product promotion and marketing analysis. Customer service and providing a professional service, sometimes in challenging conditions. Working independently and flexibly.
Working in Social Housing in both an administrative and customer facing role, involving tenants in the workings of the Business.
Working in Credit Control for a large knitwear company.
Have skills in Teamwork, Communications, Training, Planning, Sales, Marketing and Relationship Management as well as a good experience of working in a number of environments, from the Hospital to the Office.
||Currently working as Directorate Manager with 16 years experience of working in the voluntary sector for district, county and national organisations. This involves co-designing services from inception to implementation and securing the resources to deliver the services with income generated from the following: Home Office, Big Lottery, Grant Making Trusts, European Social Fund, Learning and Skill Council, District and County Councils.
In addition to my practitioner experience my work based practice is supported by considerable theoretical learning e.g. BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care, MBA and Doctorate in Business Administration.
Key areas of experience include:
- Strategic planning
- Change management
- Service operations
- People management skills, supervising, staff training
- Problem solving and improvement
- Project management and strategic planning
- Risk management
- Human resource management
- Social enterprise
- Supporting and advising directors and board members on related business issues
- Quality marks and gold standards e.g. ISO, IiP, CHAS, AQS