Jonathan Cohen

"Enter the marketplace as a learner, not assuming that qualifications will be recognised or lead to seniority. Be humble, listen a lot, learn a lot and approach every situation as a learning opportunity."
About my career

I completed my Executive MBA, on a sponsored basis, meaning that I had to balance day to day between MBA requirements and my work activities.

The support and advice, to set short-term objectives and celebrate mini accomplishments was welcome as there are significant demands of MBA assignments and reading.

The Executive MBA has provided a wider perspective of understanding across business functions, in turn enhancing my day to day value and execution of activities.

My academic background was in Chemical Engineering, developing new formulations and taking them into full-scale manufacturing. This experience opened the door to the world of continuous improvement.

I since gained over 20 years of experience working with some of the largest organizations, across different countries in multiple sectors, manufacturing, service, automotive and chemical. The underlying principles of each position have been in the application of Lean and Six Sigma.

Lean Six Sigma, in a nutshell provides a holistic model, where the customer is put first, and all elements of waste and variation in processes are identified an minimized in order to ensure a consistent product, in a cost efficient and highly productive, standardized manner.

My top tip for students is…

Enter the marketplace as a learner, not assuming that qualifications will be recognised or lead to seniority. Be humble, listen a lot, learn a lot and approach every situation as a learning opportunity.

Leave each day having learnt something new, and make time to reflect and adapt, having fun along the way.

I’m inspired by…

Patricia Rees was a key part of the completion of my dissertation, her support and guidance was invaluable and helped me balance a dense work diary with ensuring my dissertation was correctly structured.

I would recommend every one of the tutors I had, and they all had different talents. Some were better orators, others gave better course material and others had different skills…they’re all experts in their field so keeping in touch with them was a must!

Why I love Manchester Met

The people. From cohort colleagues through to the academic staff. The trips were awesome, and gave once in a lifetime chance to see UK and overseas organisations, especially in emerging regions. Who can say their University trip away was a week in China? Me!