Shreya Snehil

Supply Chain Business Analyst, ND.

  • What was the most challenging moment in your career?

    After nearly 2.3 years in my first job as a senior Engineer, when I ( like most of the engineers) was preparing for MBA and aiming for IIMs, I got an opportunity to move into the corporate cell of my company in Mumbai with an early promotion option. That moment was challenging for me as I had to decide whether I want to go for PGP, I had prepared for, or to explore the new opportunity, which was offering me a new role, a new place and a totally new environment. After days long of brainstorming, I finally decided to take the opportunity, which had knocked at my door, and moved to Mumbai. Now, today when I reflect back I can say with confidence that it was one of the best decision I have ever taken as it didn't only help me in my professional life but lead to my overall personality growth as an individual.

  • How has your job evolved over the years?

    Like many of the engineers around, I also started my career as a maintenance engineer in the power area. After around 1 year of experience I also started keeping a track on the inventory. This background helped me to move to Corporate Procurement and Planning role. After nearly 3 years of experience in the role I got an overall idea of the business and Supply Chain. To add into my experience I did my MBA in supply chain . My Master's in Supply Chain thus led me to the present role as a Business Analyst in Supply Chain Management.

  • How did you rise in your role as a business-analysts, what career hacks can you share?

    I kept on exploring the opportunities that came to me and accepted those that suited my interests. If you have a clear mindset, in which direction you want to go, then things are easier. If you are not clear of the path just start moving because either you will like it and accept that path or you will get an idea that surely this path is not leading to where you want to go.

  • Describe a typical day at work for you?

    As per my current profile, I am working for UK location so there is time difference. Our office hour is uptill 5 PM Indian time and for them it will be 10:30 PM Indian time. So, at first I check the mails to see any communication from the client. During the first half, I coordinate with our team and during the second half I coordinate with the client. The discussion with client generally includes their problems, their processes, the issues etc and discussion among team is about the strategise to tackle the client issues.

  • How do you see your job evolving in the future?

    We are in an era where digital transformation is happening rapidly and to stay in the race one has to transform digitally. For an organisation to move forward in this direction they need business analysts/ product managers to guide them through the transformation like studying their present system, the need of the hour, the strengths, the weaknesses, the loop holes, competition, budget and many more things which can't be done in solitude.

  • What are the 3 things every successful business-analysts must-have?

    Analytical Mindset, Inquisitiveness and attention to details

  • What is your biggest concern at your job? How do you manage it?

    I am afraid of doing non value adding activities as it seems demoralising to me. I make sure that I am not involved in any project/tasks just for the sake of involvement and I get involved only when I can have something out of it.

  • What role did your educational background play in your career?

    Actually, if I will take a pause and look back, I can connect the dots. Being an engineer by profession, I was campus placed in a manufacturing setup. But the thing I always possessed was a zeal to avoid stagnation and move forward. I always tried to come out of the conventional setups and hence going along that patch came here.

  • What's the advice you would like to give to an aspiring business-analysts?

    The answer depends on the stage at which you are. For a very beginner, one should start building an analytical Mindset ( attention to details, investigative, curious etc). For one who has entered the domain, I would consider he/ she is already having the analytical Mindset, so for them one should focus on learning analytical tools, reading business scenarios etc

  • How was your experience with your first job?

    The first Job is something that gives you the most happiest moments. I was extremely happy when I got campus placed as Graduate Engineer Trainee in my first company even with the thing that CTC was on a much lower side but that experience did not repeat even after getting larger packages, bigger firms. What I think was the reason : at that time, I had no tension of future career growth, peer pressure, domain selection, profile selection etc. I went with the flow and hence enjoyed to the fullest until the peer pressure thing came.

  • What are the 3 things every successful business-analysts must-have?

    Analytical Mindset, Inquisitiveness and attention to details

  • What motivated you to choose this career?

    In the long run, one should choose a career that is a fundamental fit to the individual. Yes for the shorter run one can explore to find out where one fundamentally fits.By fundamental fit, I mean a role that suits your interest as well as where your personality traits can be an asset. I have a good attention to details ( I don't miss things, don't make errors frequently), I have an analytical approach to problems ( I keep on thinking the problem until I find a path), I like to know the overall things not just what my task is etc. So, these personality traits make me fit for an analyst kind of role and hence this path.