Q&A with Jinjing Qian, MSCM '12
What made you decide to pursue an MSCM?
Before joining the program, I was working at A.P. Moller-Maersk, an international shipping and logistics company in Shanghai, China. I had been there for nearly three years and gained solid operations knowledge in Shanghai, but felt like I needed a broader understanding. At that point, I decided I wanted to go to the other side of the world to see how things operate in the U.S., with the goal of becoming an international supply chain professional.
Why did you choose Ross?
I did a lot of research about top programs in the U.S., and the Ross MSCM is very highly ranked. In addition, the Tauber Institute summer project was appealing to me, as it's essentially a guaranteed internship. Not many universities can offer that.
What did you do during your Tauber summer project?
I interned at Grainger in Chicago, which is wonderful because they're very focused on the supply chain – the whole company essentially revolves around supply chain. My team of three analyzed Grainger's total cost of ownership, which involved evaluating unit cost, inventory holding cost, transportation, and more. The goal was to find the total real cost for each supplier and each product. In my former position, I had a lot of experience with international shipping and logistics. But my experience with Grainger exposed me to the intricacies of sourcing.
Did you have a mentor on the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC)?
Actually, I was responsible for coordinating the relationships between other MSCM students and various CAC members, so I had a lot of exposure to each of them. It's a privilege to be able to interact with supply chain leaders of their caliber. Because they're active in industry, they can provide relevant, cutting-edge insights.
Did you utilize Ross Career Services during your time here?
I started working with them as soon as I got here. As an international student, they helped me acclimate to American culture, refine my presentation and speaking skills, polish my resume, and become confident in negotiation techniques. In just the past year, I have developed so much more confidence than I had when I arrived, and Career Services has been a huge part of that.
What's in store for the future?
After graduation, I'll be moving to Seattle to work for Microsoft as a global supply chain manager. It's such an exciting opportunity — one that I wouldn't have if I didn't come to Ross.