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Masters in Business Administration

In September 2016 I completed my MBA in under two years (while working and running businesses). This was a huge achievement for me as I left high school at a young age and entered the workforce without formal education. To gain acceptance into the programme I had to perform a number of apritude tests, go through several interviews as well as providing written letters of endorsement from past employers. Eventually I was accepted and maintained an “A” average and I will be graduating with distinction.

I crafted my paper choices for my degree very carefully. In addition to the core papers that form the foundation of the degree, I hand picked papers I felt would provide me with the most transferable skill sets instead of opting for a generalist specialisation. I focused on project management, consulting, international business and strategy.

Post Graduate Diploma in business and marketing

In order to gain acceptance into the MBA programme I was was first required to complete a post graduate diploma with an average grade of B+ or higher. I averaged “A” throughout and gained qualifications focusing on marketing and consumer behaviour. I felt these were formal acknowledgements that added weight to my work experience in this field previously.

AUT Board of Studies

I was invited to represent the student body on the AUT board of studies. This was a monthly commitment where I was expected to vote and contribute on behalf of students on all matters relating to education.

I was a member of the board for over a year, until completion of my degree.

Professional info

I have, over time, deliberately curated a diverse portfolio of work experience that includes sales, manufacturing, branding and design, marketing and advertising, IT and technology and consultancy. I wanted exposure to different ways of thinking and an understanding of the all the facets of business that contributed to business success. Where there are gaps in my experience I have sought higher education, for example in finance, economics and strategy. I am a big picture thinker and I am energised by the possibility the future holds.

Languages

  • English – Native

 

Skills

  • Strategy/tactics
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • People
  • Operational efficiency

Consulting & project management. IT, software and online technology

– Present

 

Responsibilities:

Sales plans, process, strategy
Conflict resolution
Consultation
Project management, with a speciality in “rescue projects”
Workflow management design, implementation and reporting
Team management and performance measurement

Achievements:

Successfully project managed “rescue projects” (the most difficult IT projects)
Won large accounts
Flexibly filled multiple roles within the business as needed

Owner. Marketing agency

2011 – Present

 

Responsibilities:

Business strategy
Sales planning
HR strategy
Key client meetings and pitches
Networking
Developing systems and efficiency measurements

Achievements:

Nominated for marketing business of the year 2015/2016
Record growth year on year
Stable staff and minimal turnover

Entrepreneur. FMCG/Grocery/Retail.

2015

 

Responsibilities:

Business strategy
Marketing/advertising/branding
Strategic partnerships
Supply chain
HR
Fit-out and merchandising

 

Achievements:

Successfully launched and met all targets and objectives
Award winning fit-out and design
Contributed to the local community

Account director/Creative director. Advertising.

2011-2014

 

Responsibilities:

Sales, cold calling, prospecting and tender participation
Strategic business development
Workflow management and delegation
Team performance, KPIs and incentives
Account management (proactively leveraging sales, not taking orders)
Team management
Managing supplier relationships and project teams

 

Achievements:

Sales in the millions
Consistently exceeded targets
Top 20 acquisition
Won business nationally and internationally

Project manager. Design, branding & manufacturing/fitout.

2005-2011

 

Responsibilities:

Co-ordination and translation of design briefs into successful outputs
Helped secure and deliver a number of high profile rebrand/fit-out contracts
Managing large-scale national projects, coordinating staff and suppliers while ensuring brand consistency

 

Achievements:

Award winning designs
Industry leading efficiency ratings
National brand recognition

Finance and markets

  • Foundations in Finance
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Macroeconomics for Business
  • Global Business Perspectives

People

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • High Performance Teams
  • Consulting

Marketing

  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Consumer Behaviour (consumer psychology)

Operations

  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Cognition and Performance (decision making methods)

Personal development

  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • Negotiation
  • Sustainability and Change

Strategy

  • Business Strategy
  • International Business Strategy and Management
  • Strategy Simulation

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