Opera Club’s first Alumni Interaction Session of the season kick-started on 27-Feb-2010, with Mr. Rohit Deshmukh, Supply Chain Manager at Marico Ltd. sharing his insights and experiences with the club members.
Mr. Rohit Deshmukh passed out from SJMSOM, IIT Bombay in the year 2007. He was also the Placement Co-ordinator for the batch of 2007. Mr. Rohit had previously worked in the capacity of Business Applications Manager at Marico where he interfaced with the Supply Chain Team to leverage IT Systems for efficient planning and execution. Presently, as the Supply Chain Manager he is indulged in the area of Demand Planning for Marico Industries.Mr. Rohit highly praised Marico’s work culture and development plan wherein employees have the opportunity to garner cross-functional expertise. He also talked about Marico offering International exposure in upcoming markets of the Middle-East, South Africa, and Bangladesh amongst others. He stated that Marico in particular gives strong importance to the employees being “cultural-fits” in the organization. Talking about the FMCG sector, he laid stress on the fact that a lot of Operations and SCM Managers are making it to the CXO level consistently.
An MBA & APICS-CPIM certified professional with good understanding of Supply Chain fundamentals including demand/supply planning & inventory management, Mr. Deshmukh said that these certifications along with the electives offered on campus allowed him to have a good functional knowledge of Operations and SCM. Having done his summer internship at ICI-Uniqema in procurement, he said that internship in the requisite field allows you to get a hang of what suits you best.
Mr. Deshmukh suggested that apart from internships, electives and core-courses, one must make an attempt to develop an understanding of the peculiarities involved within the respective industries. This keeps one updated on the specifics involved with the upcoming career opportunities. Talking about the performance metrics for a typical Operations/SCM Manager, Mr. Rohit said that it includes a number of factors like Delivering on Stock, Forecasting Accuracy, Goal Checking and Value-addition through development work, to name a few.
The entire session was more like an informal interaction where the club members cashed on the opportunity of clearing all specific doubts they had over SCM/Operations as a career. Club President Madhavan co-ordinated the session while M. Padmanabhan and Yash Khemka did their bit for Speaker Engagement and Logistics respectively.
Club Opera extends its gratitude to Mr. Deshmukh for taking time out of his busy schedule and spending quality time with us this Saturday evening.
Watch out for more such sessions in the upcoming future!