Specialist in New Business Development, Operations Management and Professional Leadership Development
I grew up in a small town in Nepal, surrounded by the Himalayas. I have always aspired to be a mechanical engineer to design and create products to make people’s life easier. After completing my undergraduate studies in 2012, I entered into the world of manufacturing as a mechanical engineer in deep East Texas. That was my first in-depth exposure to high volume production environment, and I was entranced by it. Being a rather small company with about 40 employees, I had ample opportunity to be a part of various aspect of the business operation. Apart from product design, I technically contributed to multiple sales, procurement, service, quality control, production and many other departments within the company as much as I could. I pay particular attention to detail and very passionate about continuous improvement, both personal and professional level.
In 2014, I was designated to lead the first ever ISO certification at West Craft. I realized that managing people and assigning right person to the proper role is vital to the success of a team and organization. Our group was successful in developing and acquiring ISO certification which opened up more opportunities in upcoming years.I have learned a lot from experience I had with several customers, vendors, leaders, and colleagues at several companies. Being in hydraulic cylinder market allowed me to see the business model of many industries including oil and gas, mining, auto industry, heavy industries and aerospace industry; However, I felt that I need more technical expertise to gain more specialized knowledge in the manufacturing world. With that in mind, I started my graduate career in 2014 while being employed full time.
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By then, I was lead mechanical Engineer at West Craft, and our size had doubled to 80. With the rapid growth of the company came the expansion problem. We had a tremendous opportunity ahead of us and were getting the opportunity from lots of large OEM manufacturers. However, to scale the company is a very complicated problem. Unlike working on a large company where all these infrastructures are already in place, we have to create one and grow on that. It’s been the biggest challenge for us.
My education so far has developed me in technical terms. In addition to being ambitious and motivated, I am also extremely organized. This characteristic of mine has always been admired. I pay explicit attention to detail, which I believe has contributed to my achievement thus far. I take pride in my work, and I look at it as a representation of myself. However, I would like to sharpen my managerial skills. I have found that I need to overcompensate for my “soft” appearance to get my point across. I hope to improve my negotiating skills and to gain more experience in getting group members to carry their weight. At the same time, I do not want to become a tyrant. To be effective, it is essential for a manager to maintain the proper balance of power and compassion. Only in this way, will I be able to lead a team of people to realize the goals of a firm. Upon graduation from May’s School, I would like to excel in my managerial role and increase the efficiency of engineering, production, and operations team in the company.
In 3-5 years after I have become adept at new business development, Operations Management, and Professional leadership development, I see myself as VP of engineering at West Craft Mfg. In approximately 10 years, I will have acquired necessary experience and skill in higher management level to lead engineering, operations management, and procurement in a large manufacturing company in a more senior management position. I am confident that an MBA degree from May’s Business School will complete my professional education, and allow me to ameliorate an ongoing expansion problem in West Craft Mfg. I want to be able to define the company structure and improve areas of manufacturing operation from technical and business perspective. My most significant contribution to the business program will be my international perspective, my experience with working with West Craft Mfg. moreover, my passion for using my abilities to help others and excel collectively as company.