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Rosman Lamat

Career Path: Contract Management Engineer at Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd (Pvt Ltd)
Location: Brunei

I am a finance professional with a strong passion for process improvement and business excellence. I am currently working with Brunei Shell - one of the biggest companies in the country with its contribution of 90% to the country's economy. This translates back to "what can I do for my country?".

From all the roles I have been on, it was not an easy route. I strongly believe that development starts with yourself and you own it. If you are not developing yourself, you are in the wrong environment. Persistence is key to ensure you get to achieve that, so whenever issues arise, it should not stop you from moving forward. Always take a step back, re-evaluate, learn and move on.

I started off as a Requisition to Pay Analyst for 4 years looking after process improvements in doing service entries for payment to vendors. I moved onto the next role as a Reporting & Budgets Analyst looking at Brunei Shell Petroleum business performance scorecards and manpower cost reporting. My latest role is Business analyst for Assets specifically relating to project delivery and central operations maintenance team where I am looking at financial month end processes.

What are you doing now?

As part of my eagerness to learn about the business, I took on a challenging role which is outside of my finance skill pool which is Contract Management overseeing the operations contract. This role enables me to move forward and test my ability outside of my comfort zone. Part of the role is to look at improvements and optimization of processes and contracts in the business itself. This experience will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to bring back to Finance to ensure what we do is align to the understanding of the operational needs. 

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

Northumbria was the chosen university due to its modules being more interesting in terms of topics they cover. I remembered in one of of the modules we had, we did a market analysis where if you make a certain decision you will be able to see the results of it. I feel like its more of a hands-on approach than theory-based approach, which I really like. 

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Lectures and Seminars were well balanced. The lecturers have different backgrounds of knowledge thanks to their diversity. Modules were well-thought-out and are updated to current standards and environment. 

How connected was your course with industry?

A few modules I had were relevant to the current industry I am in where we look at Business Performance Management and Strategic Management and leadership.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

The topics covered in each module and the explanation by lecturers helped in providing me with a solid foundation on general business environment. 

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

Business Performance Management.

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

The seminars and group work.

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

Go for it! Newcastle is an amazing city and Northumbria is building up its image as one of the top Universities in UK.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Best life experience.

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