Neeraj Verma, MBA 2016
Emirates Global Aluminium
- From Jamshedpur, India,
- Based in Dubai UAE for over 20 years
- Senior Manager of Business Intelligence, Enterprise Mobility & Innovation Program at Emirates Global Aluminium
Tell us about what you are currently doing and what you find most enjoyable about your work?
I am currently working in Dubai managing the Business Intelligence, Mobility and Innovation program for Emirates Global Aluminium which is the Fifth largest producer of primary aluminium in the world. The main aspects of my work are business transformation and providing technical solutions for process improvements using. The work gives me space for innovation which is the most enjoyable aspect of my job. I have opportunities and space to explore and implement innovative solutions which would help the organisation achieve competitive advantage directly or indirectly.
How has your Bradford degree and University experience helped you get to where you are now?
My role requires me to work with all areas of an Enterprise. Our department is responsible to develop and support all analytical objects and dashboard for all areas. The KPI analysis helps the area owners take informed decision as decisions are based on factual trends and behaviours. The MBA program helped me better understand the operations performed by all areas, the relationships and the inter dependencies of the processes. The program helped me appreciate the need for strategic planning. The usage of strategic planning tools like SWOT Analysis has helped us plan in a structured way. I am now in a better position to understand business processes and their financial implications.
Why did you decide to come to study at Bradford?
The program at the University of Bradford was attractive because it was so relevant to me and the timings and structure of the course fit well with my overall plans. Additionally the course duration was well spread out and offered the flexibility of both in-class and online provision – blended learning in its truest sense!
What advice would you give current or future students?
Enrolling for this course was the easiest thing to do; I did not realize what I had committed to till I attended the lectures and was faced with the challenge of completing the assignments within stipulated deadlines. The commitment is long drawn and may bring in fatigue and desperation at times. It is important to have a work life balance but there are times when we have to make some sacrifices. I would recommend to all students to be patient, stay focused, do not get in the vicious circle of delaying the assignment submissions, stick to the timelines. It is very important to constantly stay in touch with one or two likeminded course mates. This helps in encouraging each other and maintaining a momentum which will help you sail through smoothly. You will have your lows and highs in this journey; it is this group which helps you spring back when you are low. Enjoy the classes; it’s like getting back to school. When I could do my MBA at the age of 50, I am sure you all can do it.
Tell us what motivates you and your ambitions
My aspirations are to contribute within my circle of influence and to make this world a better place to live for future generations. I have a passion to teach and I know I am good at it. I am equipping myself to be a good teacher one day. There is a constant urge within me to educate myself; it is this desire that has helped me pursue academics. I have been on the learning path throughout my professional career. I am a Master’s degree holder in Computer Applications; I am a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Internet Webmaster, Sun Certified Java Programmer and now an MBA. I am 50 years old but I am already scouting for my next venture. All this education has helped me perform well in my profession and remain competitive. I am sure it will help me be a good educationalist.
Published November 2017