Financial Analyst, Euro-Pro
"I entered the Full-Time MBA program as a career-changer, and...the curriculum in the core MBA gave me a strong understanding of the basic metrics that are relevant to the team. I was able to deliver starting on day one."
Q: What do you do in your current job? What are your responsibilities?
A: I am a Financial Analyst at Euro-Pro, creator of the Shark and Ninja brands. In this role, I work predominately with the infomercial and digital teams, analyzing the profitability of product add-ons (such as cookbooks or vacuum accessories). For example, a free shipping offer, even though it decreases per-unit profit, might increase sales enough to justify the change. I also work with our supply chain team to examine how trends in upsell purchases will affect future weeks of supply.
Q: What skills did you build in the D'Amore-McKim MBA that you are applying at your current job?
A: My current position emphasizes analyzing data to drive business decisions. Working on business cases helped develop my ability to approach abstract issues with creative solutions. It also increased my comfort level with making estimates. OTen, I do not have the exact number that I need for a model, but I can come up with an approximation with rationale.
Q: What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the Corporate Finance Concentration?
A: Honestly, it depends on the colleague’s role, expectations, and goals for career growth. I was new to finance coming in to the program, and I built a solid foundation to shift into a financial role.
Q: Why did you choose the D'Amore-McKim MBA?
A: As a career-changer, the opportunity to complete a 6-month Corporate Residency was extremely important to me. I was also impressed with the commitment of the Career Services department to host networking events and lunches with business professionals. I wanted as much information as possible about various industries and professions to make the right decision for my next career move. Part of this is the relatively small cohort size at Northeastern, which enables the Career Center to get to know each individual’s goals.
Q: What was the best thing about your Corporate Residency?
A: The best thing about my Corporate Residency was gaining confidence that a financial analyst role was a great fit for me. In interviews for full-time positions, I was able to clearly articulate the type of projects I enjoyed in the past and the type of projects that I was looking to undertake in my next position. In my Residency, I also worked on a number of abstract, independent projects, which improved my ability to interpret and present data, as well as significantly improved my Excel skills.
Q: What was your biggest take-away from earning your MBA at Northeastern?
A: I entered the Full-Time MBA program as a career-changer, and an advantage of the program that I hadn’t fully understood before being on campus was the core MBA classes: supply chain, operations, marketing, and information systems. Understanding the way various teams within an organization approach problem solving has been extremely beneficial. In my current role, I am starting to work with the supply chain team. The curriculum in the core MBA gave me a strong understanding of the basic metrics that are relevant to the team so I’m able to deliver starting on day one.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I enjoy my current role, especially working in the consumer goods industry, and in 5–10 years I hope to be leading a team in a management role.
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"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." — Ian Poh, MBA'16
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