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Ian Poh, MBA'16

Ian Poh

MBA'16, Supply Chain Management Track

"I chose the D’Amore-McKim MBA program primarily because of the corporate residency program and the strong ties the MBA program has with major companies in the region."


Q: What do you do in your current job? What are your responsibilities?

A: I am currently an MBA Corporate Resident at State Street. About 90% of my time is spent working on projects driven by Global Procurement Services. Usually, these projects also involve other departments within State Street like Strategy Consulting, Global Human Resources, Corporate IT, and Corporate Finance. My role is similar to an outside consultant that is brought in to bring improvements to a department. This has allowed me to work on a wide variety of projects including a vendor management system RFP, creating pricing structures models for State Street’s Contingent Labor Program, redefining and negotiating service level agreement metrics, designing an executive level dashboard and validation of business intelligence data. My on-going responsibilities include running Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) checks on new vendors and assessing the financial viability of State Street suppliers on an annual basis.

Q: What skills did you build in the D'Amore-McKim MBA that you are applying at your current job?

A: The skills I gained in the MBA program that I use most in my current job are my ability to create and give presentations, to know how to be successful within the organizational structure of my unit, and to work effectively in a team. I also use the skills that I’ve learned in classes, specifically strategy and supplier relationship management when negotiating with suppliers, accounting when assessing a supplier’s financial viability, and finance when presenting the ROI and capitalization methods of a project.

Q: What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the Supply Chain Management Track?

A: Supply Chain Management is an interesting field of study with many ways to apply the learnings outside of traditional manufacturing industries. Each day is exciting because there are no fixed solutions to any supply chain problem so creative problem solving is important.

Q: Why did you choose the D'Amore-McKim MBA?

A: I chose the D’Amore-McKim MBA program primarily because of the Corporate Residency program and the strong ties the MBA program has with major companies in the region. I also chose this program because of the reputation of the Supply Chain Management program.

Q: What was the best thing about your Corporate Residency?

A: The most valuable aspects of my Corporate Residency were the opportunity to work and network at a large firm across different business functions and gain experience in the evolving industry of contingent workforce management. I was given responsibilities to shape the entire contingent labor program at State Street, which was an invaluable experience.

Q: What was your biggest take-away from earning your MBA at Northeastern?

A: I have two significant takeaways. I learned that an MBA is just the beginning and that the foundation it provided will help me to learn and grow as a supply chain management professional. I also learned that building your brand revolves around developing habits that reflect that brand.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A: I see myself in a consulting role either as an internal corporate consultant or at a consulting firm working with clients.


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