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Krishnan Narayan

Program: Full-Time
Graduation: MBA 2017
Organization/Current title: Facebook Inc., Strategic Sourcing Manager

Q: Why did you choose the NC State Jenkins MBA program for your graduate education?

A: I chose the Jenkins MBA program primarily for the strength of the Supply Chain program. The curriculum is relevant to current industry trends and also offers hands-on experience through practicums by solving real world business challenges. The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) provides a number of industry partnerships to those wishing to pursue a career in the field.

Q: What do you miss most now that you have graduated?

A: I miss my cohort the most! I had heard horror stories about B-schools being cut-throat environments, but everyone I ever took a class with went out of their way to be supportive and helpful. I learned a lot from their individual experiences and outlook towards professional life. It also made the transition to a new country so much easier!

Q: What advice would you give for prospective and current students who are interested in your industry/profession?

A: For a supply chain professional, it is important to have the technical know-how in the field / industry you want to pursue a career in. However, good working knowledge of adjacent business areas (marketing, finance) can act as a differentiator in the workplace and help you navigate the corporate environment. Also, do not underestimate the value of effective communication, multi-tasking and MS-Excel skills!

Q: What advice do you have for prospective Jenkins MBA students?

A: These are probably the last two years of student life you will experience. Go out of your comfort zone as much as possible – be it taking difficult classes, volunteering for new activities /student clubs or leading group projects. It might get stressful at times but when you graduate, you will look back and thank yourself for all the new experiences!

Q: Could you give a brief explanation of your current line of work, and what has led you to it?

A: I am a sourcing manager at a Fortune 500 company, responsible for managing indirect spend. As part of my role, I collaborate with business stakeholders to identify their outsourcing needs, and then go to market and effectively source these services at best cost, quality and service levels. I also manage existing supplier relationships to secure productivity back to the business through cost optimization and innovation. I was interested in a career in sourcing due to the global scope of responsibilities and the mix of analytical and interpersonal skills required every day at the job.