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1 Kick-off Meeting Fall Semester September 7, 2011 “Where theory meets practice.”

2 Agenda Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 2

3 Executive Board Chris Nguyen President Previous Work: United Parcel Service MBA Internship: Giant Eagle, Inc. Sylwia Dabrowka VP of Events and PR Previous Work: Philips Lighting MBA Internship: Tsudis Chocolate Co. Amey Pradhan VP of Education Previous Work: Larsen & Toubro MBA Internship: Tsudis Chocolate Co. Diansyah Putri Handayani VP of Professional Development Previous Work: Schlumberger MBA Internship: Schlumberger Business Consulting Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 3

4 Faculty Adviser and Career Services Liaison Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! Dr. Prakash Mirchandani Professor of Business Administration PhD, MIT Sloan School of Management | MBA, Indian Institute of Management | ME Indian Institute of Technology Courses taught: Statistical Analysis Decision Technologies Global Supply Chain Management Recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Katz FT MBA students 1999, 2001, , 2006, Shaina Tsupros Assistant Director, Operations and Strategy at the CSC of the KGSB MEd, University of Pittsburgh | BS of Journalism, Ohio University Previous experience: Staffing Associate, City Staff Production Assistant of Larry King Live, CNN Library Assistant, CNN 4

5 Why Operations? “In this depressed economic climate, operations and supply chain professionals will likely be in higher demand as companies seek to maximize their efficiency and reduce costs. Sectors like health care that had been less receptive to cost reduction/operations improvement services are now reconsidering in light of this tighter economy.” -from Vault, industry overview Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 5

6 What we bring to the table Strategic thinkers, tactical doers ▫Analytical problem-solvers ▫Objective decision-makers ▫Ability to see both the “big picture” and “moving parts” of an organization Not limited to engineers and the manufacturing industry ▫Consulting ▫Analytics ▫Project management ▫Business development ▫Entrepreneurship The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the daily operation of the company. Routinely in large organizations, the COO is the heir apparent to the CEO. 6 Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved!

7 Salaries in Operations Job TitleMedian25 th Percentile75 th Percentile Production Scheduler$60,065$52,140$69,995 Operations Analyst$61,475$53,082$70,387 Process Engineer$74,510$67,130$82,577 Distribution Manager$80,438$69,077$94,448 Operations Manager$87,307$74,268$104,778 Logistics Manager$92,514$77,985$108,371 Supply Chain Manager$96,140$82,332$111,470 Total Quality Manager$96,197$83,885$111,881 Senior Process Engineer$103,810$93,377$114,993 Supply Chain Director$129,651$111,875$149,861 Distribution Director$130,179$111,570$150,489 Quality Assurance Director$131,132$116,049$152,600 Operations Director$145,009$122,264$176,033 VP of Total Quality$171,081$137,974$215,826 VP of Logistics Management$180,001$146,274$229,464 VP of Supply Chain Management$215,704$171,699$278,578 7 *** From Salary.com, 2011

8 Operations Concentration at Katz The Operations specialty at Katz ranked 2 nd among public U.S. institutions by recruiters - Bloomberg BusinessWeek Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! ConcentrationAverage Starting Salary Other$81K MIS$79K Operations$78K Finance$67K Marketing$67K * KGSB Class of 2011

9 The Importance of Defining Your Career Path Student Engagement 9 Job Placement at Graduation Focused students78% Unfocused students35% Job Placement at Graduation Very engaged80% Somewhat engaged61% Not engaged40% Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! * KGSB Class of 2011

10 Mission Statement To provide MBA candidates in the Katz Graduate School of Business the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to be successful in the operations management field. Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 10

11 Goals of the Club Align our goals with the goals of the MBA Office and Career Services, with the student perspective in mind Pool knowledge and experiences of students following similar career paths Provide relevant and valuable academic and career resources Become the premier club at Katz Advance the Katz Graduate School of Business Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 11

12 Benefits of the Operations Club Professional organizations Conferences Case competitions Site visits Networking events Academic and career guidance 12 Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved!

13 Professional Organizations OrganizationNo. of Members Certifications APICS Association for Operations Management 43,000 CPIM CSCP ASQ American Society for Quality 85,000 Lean Certification CSSGB CSSBB CMBB PMI Project Management Institute 340,000 CAPM PMP PgMP Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 13

14 Conferences LocationDates 3 rd Annual NAAMBA Leadership Conference and Expo New York, NYSep NAWMBA Conference and Career Fair Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Sep NBMBAA 33 rd Annual Conference and Expo Atlanta, GAOct 4-8 NSHMBA 22 nd Conference and Career Expo Anaheim, CAOct APICS International ConferencePittsburgh, PAOct ASQ Lean and Six Sigma ConferencePhoenix, AZFeb Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 14

15 Case Competitions 3 rd Annual Katz Internal Case Competition ▫Helps students practice analysis and presentation skills to prepare for ntl/int’l case competitions ▫Co-sponsored with the Consulting Club ▫Late Fall Semester or early Spring Semester 2012 John Molson International MBA Case Competition ▫Jan 3-8, 2012 ▫Last year, 36 b-schools from around the world competed ▫Held in Montreal, Canada APICS Mid-Atlantic Case Competition ▫Operations-based case competition ▫Middle of Spring Semester MIT OpsSimCom ▫Simulation ▫Late Spring Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 15

16 Site Visits Giant Eagle, Inc. ▫$8 billion regional food retailer ▫RIDC Park, Pittsburgh, PA ▫November 4 th or 11 th Marcellus Shale ▫Unit of marine sedimentary rock found in the Northern Appalachian Basin ▫Attractive site for energy development Honda of America ▫The world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines ▫Columbus, OH ▫Spring 2012 Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 16

17 Networking Events Alumni Breakfast for Operations ▫Sept 15, 2011 ▫7:15am – 8:45am ▫WPU Lower Lounge ▫RSVP on Career Connection > Events Spring networking event ▫Feb 2012? ▫Operations alumnus ▫Passing the torch ▫University Club? Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 17

18 Academic and Career Guidance Course Selection ▫Lunch and learn right before registration for Spring 2012  Global Supply Chain Certificate  Benefits  Course scheduling requirements  Six Sigma Green Belt Certification  Course Description Professional certifications ▫CPIM (Production and Inventory Management) ▫CSCP (Supply Chain Professional) - Katz has books! ▫CAPM (Associate in Project Management) ▫PMP (Project Management Professional) Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! 18

19 Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved! David Chen National Chenchi University – Advertising Previous Work: Marketing, Chinese Gamer International Corp. MBA Internship: Supply Chain, Ting-Tong Logistics Co., LTD. Iysha Evelyn University of Pittsburgh – Political Science | History Previous Work: Program Coordinator, Coro Pittsburgh MBA Internship: Project Management, Ariba Samantha Renfrow University of Pittsburgh – Industrial Engineering Previous Work: UPMC, Student Fellow MBA Internship: Industrial Engineer, Walmart Logistics Heather Snyder University of North Texas – Film Studies Previous Work: Aircraft Parts & Avionics Coordinator, Landmark Aviation MBA Internship: Operations Planning, Texas Instruments 19

20 How to get involved Sign up after this meeting Interviews for open positions will occur next week. ▫TBA ▫If you are interested and willing to commit, we will have a role for you! ▫This is an opportunity for us to get to know you. We will provide thorough training while empowering you to provide input, share ideas, and make decisions. 20 Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved!

21 Available Positions PositionDescriptionWhat we are looking for Approx. time commitment Officer of Communication Maintain meeting minutes Send s news and updates to Ops Club members Update and maintain SharePoint site and calendars Maintain line of communication with the MBA Office Organizational skills Responsibility Dependability 1-2 hrs/wk Officer of Professional Organizations Update the club on upcoming news and events Strengthen connection with professional organizations Establish and maintain contacts Professionalism Networking skills 1 hr/wk Officer of Social Media Update and maintain Facebook and LinkedIn pages Facilitate discussions about career and academics Enthusiasm1 hr/wk Officer of Alumni Relations Strengthen connection with operations alumni Update and maintain Operations Alumni Directory Networking skills Professionalism 1 hr/wk Special Projects Committee Spearhead new initiatives to advance the Operations Club and the Katz Graduate School of Business Leadership Creativity Doers TBD 21 Introductions Why operations? Upcoming Events 2 nd Year Panel Get involved!

22 Concluding thoughts “Help me help you!” -- Jerry Maguire Questions? 22

23 The Next General Body Meeting Thursday, Oct PM 117 Mervis 23 Sign up for the APICS PDM Next Wednesday,  The Ops Club will pay for up to 4 APICS members to go for free!  To become APICS student member, visit


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