Alumni Spotlight: Tarang Jain, MBA ‘09

Tarang Jain, MBA ‘09 Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Colgate-Palmolive Company,  Brand Manager

Tarang Jain, MBA ‘09
Brand Manager
Hill’s Pet Nutrition,
Colgate-Palmolive Company

I currently work as Brand Manager with the Hill’s company. Brand Management is like general management in the sense that one is responsible for every aspect of the product, and not just the brand. I currently manage the Ideal Balance line of pet food and my job is to manage each and every aspect of this brand. This includes new product development, talking to big retailers, and getting them placed in-store. I determine the products’ pricing, promotions, and in-store signage. I need to understand the competition and find ways to outshine them in-store and out, managing the entire line to provide one cohesive brand experience.

Before I decided to go to business school, I had worked in consulting for 3 years. I was looking for a strong, thorough education that would introduce new and complicated concepts to me. At the same time I wanted to minimize my resources (time and money) as much as possible. I chose Simon because they offered the best value to me in terms of its curriculum – the variety and the professors’ reputation, depth of knowledge, flexibility of how I could plan my semesters, and how fast I could get through the full-time MBA program.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
Learn as much as you can – in class and outside! For most people who embark on an MBA, it’s the last time they truly can ask questions and learn in a safe, supportive environment. Sure, business school can be competitive, but it’s truly a learning ground for the rest of your life. Don’t work hard just to get an A, invest in understating concepts and its application. Don’t always do group assignments with your friends, use it as an opportunity to see how you can learn to interact with people who think differently, have other ideas, or frankly you don’t like because that will happen in real life. You might as well get some practice while you can!

Invest in knowing your classmate beyond assignments. These people are a huge future professional network for you, across industries, cities, and even countries. They could potentially provide you the information, contacts, job leads, and honest perspectives that are invaluable.  Also, chances are some of these people may end up being your closest friends for life! 

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