More about Jennifer Clare
Since leaving Nottingham Business School, I’ve had so many opportunities at Rolls-Royce to develop my career both in terms of progression to more senior roles but also, to get breadth and work in different types of roles. I started with a couple of Buyer roles in Purchasing on different types of materials used in our engines, then had a stint in Programme Management in Engineering where I ran projects developing new components for our engines or new technologies to use in future products. After that I returned to Purchasing to run a team of 20 people looking after the Quality, Delivery and Cost of a group of components for our engines, and the relationship & performance with the relevant suppliers. I am now in a role with global responsibility which has given me a really good opportunity to understand how the company runs and makes decisions at a macro level.
I was really keen to do a course that gave me good work experience and the BABM course at NBS, offered this a year quicker than a traditional sandwich degree. I was also keen to minimise the cost of going to university, so the combination of a paid placement and 2 years work experience, to assist with getting a job was a big attraction.
I really enjoyed creating and running our own business in the first year which was a great opportunity to test and develop so many skills, including presenting back at the end. The reflective/skills assignments helped you to understand your strengths and development areas, something that is key to being successful in the world of work.
Describe your experience at the Nottingham Business School in three words: Fun, engaging and character forming.