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“Before doing the MSc Supply Chain Management and Purchasing I had been working for seven years as a warehouse supervisor in procurement at an oil and gas company in Abu Dhabi.
I came to SKEMA to reach my career goals.
It’s been a great experience for different reasons: first of all, since my arrival, I have enjoyed the academic environment and appreciated lectures from practising professionals sharing their experience in their field of expertise.
The multicultural classes have helped me get used to working and interacting with people from different nationalities.
Not only have I acquired the expected knowledge but I also met great people among classmates and professional teachers. The friends I have met and the relationships I have made are priceless and will last a lifetime.
I’m now doing a four-month internship with Total as a purchasing trainee in the Procurement & Purchasing department."
As of October 2013, Mohammed is working as vendor registration engineer and procurement specialist for Dolphin Energy, United Arab Emirates
“This MSc has provided an excellent balance of theory and practice. This was especially evident in the Supply Chain Management 2 course where as part of a small team we undertook a supply chain audit at a local company. The organisation and execution of the audit was backed up through the application of project management techniques.
Other courses provided us with a solid understanding of very relevant subjects and how to apply the theory learned.
Through working with colleagues from other MSc programmes in a simulated business game, it was clear that supply chain managers must work as part of a wider team. At SKEMA, team working is essential, and the rich variety of nationalities and cultures participating in the different programmes provides a valuable learning experience in an international environment.
I have completed an internship at Schneider Electric in a nearby town on the French Riviera. I was working in the Supply Chain Department on a supply chain sustainability project. And I’ve now found a job as an international consultant in supply chain management issues.”
As of October 2013, Robert is working as a supply chain solutions architect at Avnet, France
“SKEMA is considered as one of the best business schools in the world according to the Financial Times ranking; this information and also many positive comments I read on the internet helped me decide where to spend my last year of studies.
The teachers have extensive knowledge and experience in international companies. They were able to teach us not only theory, but also - and I think that it is more important - they taught us practical things. The teachers are very helpful and engaged in the work they do.
This MSc has prepared me to work as a manager in purchasing, logistics and supply chain (and these courses were actually taught by professionals).
I’ve learnt a lot of new things this year at SKEMA. I also got valuable experience, improved my language skills and met a lot of interesting people.
The knowledge and experience I’ve gained here have prepared me perfectly to work in a company."
As of October 2013, Piotr is working as a logistics executive at Philip Morris, Poland.
"I decided to apply for the MSc Supply Chain Management and Purchasing at SKEMA because I wanted an international career.
It’s only once I started work, in June, at the supply chain operations level for the global American company Extreme Networks in Taiwan that I realised just how valuable the classes are.
In fact, every day at the office I am improving our business processes by putting in practice the concepts and theories learned through classes, case studies, projects or certifications such as SCOR and CAPM from the Project Management Institute.
I strongly believe that people who are looking for acquiring the best-in-class knowledge in terms of coherence for responding to the challenges faced by today’s companies should join this MSc."
"I really appreciated being able to directly re-use what we learnt in the MSc Supply Chain Management & Purchasing at work at Schneider Electric‘s supply chain department where I am an apprentice.
The diversity of nationalities and experiences among students brought added value to the class as everyone provided real work experiences to illustrate the theoretical courses. Team-work takes an important place and that forces us to deal successfully with inter-cultural management.
As regards professors, they were available to us for questions regarding classes or advice on our future careers.
We had a variety of lecturers from abroad who are experts in their field and it was great to be taught by these people. We also had presentations from people working in well-known companies in different supply chain positions. This helped us to understand the current challenges in this sector."
As of October 2013, Lesllie is working as a commodity buyer at Schneider Electric, Budapest, Hungary.
“The eight months I spent at SKEMA, as a student of the MSc Supply Chain Management and Purchasing were surely the most rewarding of my student life.
I have been trained in both supply chain and purchasing by teachers who are also working professionals in these areas and who illustrated the lessons with real case studies. They gave us many tips and relevant techniques.
I met people from other nationalities and backgrounds. Doing group work in such a multicultural context was very challenging. However, from these interactions, I learned a lot about how to manage with different behaviours, opinions and cultural points of view. I really enjoyed studying in such a multicultural environment.
I appreciated the pedagogical approach, which combined theory and concrete application. We had the opportunity to run an audit project in the second semester using all the different supply chain techniques that had been learnt in the first semester. We audited the supply chain of a company, and because we were considered as SKEMA’s ambassadors in that company, we had to be as professional as possible – a great experience!
I’ve found an internship, as a supply and distribution manager assistant, in an oil and gas distribution company in Cameroon and I really feel confident because I am now skilled enough to perform this job and to compete in the job market.”
"I’m totally satisfied with this MSc. I’ve learnt a lot thanks to its content and my internship. I am confident about entering the job market, and I think that is the most important thing.
One of the “added values” of this MSc is that we had the opportunity to apply all this knowledge concretely during the second semester by doing a supply chain audit in a company. The firm was also very happy with our work and offered us a job at the end of the audit. One of our team took them up on the job offer.
What I really appreciated too is the personalised student follow-up.
The MSc director places emphasis on entering the job market and gives students a lot of help to find a job which matches their expectations.
My internship is at a private hospital in Cagnes Sur Mer, not far from the Sophia Antipolis campus. I’ve been working as a project manager there. I had to develop a logistics platform for post-discharge patients and now I am working on the management of medical purchases through an information system."
As of October 2013, Morgane is working in finance, logistics and administration at ACTED, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
"I had the opportunity to learn from skilled professionals who managed to combine theory and practice perfectly in order to prepare us for our future jobs.
Indeed, the many projects I worked on throughout the year inside real companies allowed me to improve my ability to work as part of a team and additionally posed a great challenge.
The relevance of the academic content studied in the MSc enabled me to obtain a strong and diversified background which has been significant in helping me to follow my chosen path.
Life at SKEMA has been an intense adventure, shared with students of all nationalities, united together on a very pleasant campus.
I have been working for seven months now as a V.I.E site coordinator for Rio Tinto in India."
"France has become a land of opportunity for me.
I did the MSc last year (2011-12) and I’m now working as a business developer in a dynamic software company based on the French Riviera called BeNomad that develops navigation software products.
My job is to qualify prospective clients on potential business requirements and develop partnerships with them, I deal with B2B. My mission is to develop business in India and Asia.
I was able to get this job thanks, in great part, to the interactive teaching methods on the MSc Supply Chain Management & Purchasing.
For me, the supply chain case study documents (e.g. Walmart, Lego etc) that were given for the studies were very useful and relevant to the job. The Lean Six Sigma class was great too, and the Strategic Sourcing class has proved to be highly applicable: right now I am using what was taught in the class in my day-to-day work.
This MSc has become the most important factor in the shaping of my future.
Before doing the MSc in Supply Chain Management & Purchasing, I did a Bachelor in Electronics and Communication Engineering and worked in worked in major companies like eBay, American Express and Dun & Bradstreet."
This testimonial was provided: March 2013
“Being an MSc Supply Chain Management & Purchasing student was the best opportunity I’ve had to acquire the skills necessary to start a professional career in the complex world of supply chain and purchasing.
This MSc was an excellent way for me to specialise in a dynamic field.
The knowledge provided has proven to be very useful in order to become fully operational in my new job.
I am currently working as a supplier quality specialist at Airbus GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. I’m using the skills I learned during my MSc course in my day to day activities. For instance, the ability to use the SAP system was one of the prerequisites for the position, so I am glad I could get this training during the MSc Supply Chain Management & Purchasing.
Moreover, during the MSc course I found it very useful to conduct a supply chain audit within Thales Underwater Systems. It allowed me to confront the theory learned throughout the first semester with the challenging reality that reflects the supply chain network of a major company.”
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