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Adam Coombs

Career Path: Business Consultant, Waterstons
Location: Sunderland, UK

During my second year at Northumbria I joined P&G and worked in the Northern Europe Customer Transport Operations team. I planned and managed customer deliveries and delivered a number of projects around customer service and efficiency improvement. In my third year at university I joined Waterstons as a Business and IT consultancy. I wanted to help companies in a range of industries to grow and overcome challenges. This, as well as the fantastic culture is why I joined Waterstons.

What are you doing now?Adam Coombs

Within Waterstons I have worked as one of the Lead Consultants on a number of client projects within the manufacturing, distribution and transport, and pharmaceutical industries. My previous projects include: - Business strategy - Business process mapping and re-engineering - Business functional requirements analysis - Enterprise system selection - Project management of enterprise systems implementation - Wider project management - Mergers and acquisitions. I aim to use my knowledge and experience in project management, gap analysis and strategy to work in partnership with clients and add value.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The opportunity to work full time as well as study.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

With my course being unique, our lectures and seminars were relatively small in class size.

How connected was your course with industry?

We had a number of companies present to our course about placement opportunities.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

During my placement at Waterstons I was offered a full time permanent job.

What was the best thing about your course?

Working full time along my studies.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Self reflection and working in the real world.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The experience I gained from both the lecturers and the students.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Look early for placement opportunities and seek early advice on how to apply.

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