Khan says he knows exactly why he was specifically selected for this position – he had the experience.
“The key reason why I was selected for the job was because I had worked with parts management before and now, with my MBA, I had a business background to go with that experience,” he explains.
An Indian national, Mr. Khan moved back to his birth country of Saudi Arabia in 2009 to take a position in parts management in the mining industry. It was this know-how that appealed to Schneider Electric’s solar business unit.
Not only did his previous experience help him with the general expertise needed to define the pilot project strategy, but it meant he spoke the right lingo, which helped when he had to coordinate Schneider employees around the world.
“Because I had worked in parts management, I could easily communicate with the people involved to make sure that we were on the same page,” says Mr. Khan. “I have a supply chain background, so that helped when talking about things like lead times and manufacturing,” he adds.