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Managing Supply Chains in the ‘Real World’

Jose Carlos Maya MBA '07

Global Supplier Manager, Schlumberger

France

“As a supply chain services manager, I saw that logistics and procurement were far from monotonous when I dealt with radioactive sources, explosives, chemicals, and lithium batteries in exotic locations like the Amazon Jungle.”

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Jose Carlos Maya was scanning his list of the top 20 MBA programs in the nation when he decided to call Kelley, his first choice, for more information.

His phone call was quickly returned by Clinical Associate Professor Carl Briggs, who, along with Clinical Professor Roberto Garcia, devoted an hour and a half to chatting with him about supply chain issues. Maya was sold.

“The amount of time they gave me, without even knowing me, was incredible. That personal consideration and attention to my questions were the things that drove me to my [Operations & Decision Technologies] degree—not to mention that at that point, Kelley was my program of choice and the next step was to find a backup,” Maya remarked.

He entered Kelley as an industrial engineer with a degree from Catholic University in Lima, Peru, where he served as the supply chain services manager for Schlumberger, a technology firm working in the gas and oil industry.

In that position, he worked with customs brokers and transport companies to move equipment from the port across the Andes mountain range and rivers, eventually reaching a chopper that brought the equipment to a well in the middle of the jungle.

"I am a believer that supply chain is the heart of the company,” says Maya. “As a supply chain services manager, I saw that logistics and procurement were far from monotonous when I dealt with radioactive sources, explosives, chemicals, and lithium batteries in exotic locations like the Amazon Jungle.”

His first position after graduation was Strategic Procurement Manager for North America at Emerson Process Management. In this role, Maya managed global suppliers for North America, coordinated the parts supply for new products, worked with buyers to ensure items were delivered on time, and oversaw quality control.

Since then, Maya has returned to Schlumberger and is now working as a Global Supplier Manager.  He is primarily responsible for managing key suppliers, which includes creating communication plans, leading supplier performance reviews, and ensuring supplier development and engagement.

"ODT classes prepared me to understand the different points of view from every internal customer that strategic procurement has,” he said. “The tools I learned in Decision Models (K507), Spreadsheet Modeling for Finance (K508), and Spreadsheet Modeling for Marketing (K509) are invaluable. Spreadsheet modeling involves considering the risk factor in calculations—and this is how the real world works.”

Published April 15, 2011