Chemical Industry Leader

Chemical Industry Leader

From Aberdeen to Chemical Industry Leader - Babtunde AdefaratiBabatunde Adefarati

MBA, 2013
From Aberdeen to… Chemical Industry Leader

Your Time at Aberdeen

I applied for my MBA at a time when I was a business development manager looking for creative and extraordinary ways to help grow the business. Studying at Aberdeen did not just give me what I needed; it was a gateway to a world of opportunities. Aberdeen provided me with high-level skills in all the functional aspects of business such as marketing, operation, strategy, supply chain management and human resources. 

My time at Aberdeen was a perfect mix of multicultural exposure and credentials needed to compete against the best anywhere.

Why did you choose to study at Aberdeen?
I chose to study at the University of Aberdeen because of its artful balance of the traditional and modern innovation, practical and theoretical modes of study, which I found extremely fascinating. It is one of the most diverse universities in the UK, which provided a welcoming atmosphere to students from around the world.

Aberdeen is a beautiful, historic and cost effective city that offers a wide range of activities that students can engage in away from their studies. The city's rich culture and the chance to be a member of the University's impressive alumni were bonuses too good to pass up.

Why did you choose your particular course?
The University of Aberdeen's MBA offers a wealth of advantages - getting higher pay after graduation, landing a management position, developing a strong professional network; these are just a few of its advantages.  My main reason for studying this course was to force myself out of my comfort zone whilst exploring the latest international business trends, apply the newest management tools and techniques, and challenge myself to improve my business acumen. Improved leadership, people management skills and new connections established were additional perks. 

What did you most enjoy about your time at Aberdeen? Did you have any particularly memorable student experiences?
Interaction with different people from different backgrounds and cultures both during group projects and social activities aided my understanding of international businesses. The museums, galleries, amusement parks and exciting nightlife with new friends from different backgrounds are memories that will stay with me forever.

If you were involved in any clubs and societies as a student, what did you enjoy most about them and what benefit do you think they have for students?
I was actively involved in the Afro-Caribbean society where I helped to organize various social events. The society gives international students a community away from home, a sense of belonging in a new territory whilst providing support to new and existing students. As new students, especially international students, having a community of fellow international students really helps you transition easily into a new environment.

If talking to a group of prospective students, what advice would you give them to help them make the most of their time at the University of Aberdeen?
There is an abundance of knowledge and extra-curricular activities vying for your attention. From the rich Scottish culture you’re surrounded with to the exciting nightlife, the endless exposure to new information, access to top industry professors - there are so many things to keep you occupied at every time. The goal is to strike an artful balance that ensures you are able to soak up all Aberdeen has to offer whilst staying focused on your studies.  

Plan your time wisely and you’ll leave Aberdeen feeling fulfilled! 

Your Time After Aberdeen

What was the title of your first job after graduating from Aberdeen?
Owing to previous experiences and my newly acquired MBA, I was promptly promoted to Chief Operations Officer at Falcon Chemicals Nigeria Limited.

What did your first role involve?
As the COO, I handled the company's internal affairs, focusing on executing the company’s business plan in accordance with the established business model. I was tasked with overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the business while delivering results. 

What is your current job title?
Managing Director at Falcon Chemicals Nigeria Limited.

What is your current role?
As MD, I create and report on business plans, monitor their efficacy and progress, manage resources, ensure employees move in the same strategic direction to achieve the company’s mission and keep all relevant stakeholders informed of developments in line with the company's objectives. I also have to continuously monitor the annual budget and ensure that revenue/sales targets are met, manage and report on the effective implementation of a marketing strategy to sustain market relevance and promote products and services to increase sales.

Please briefly describe the journey from your first job after graduating to where you are now.
Before Aberdeen, I was the business development officer with the responsibility of increasing business opportunities for the business. After getting my MBA, I had developed superior strategic and analytical skills that made my job easier and also put me in the running for higher positions. I was first promoted to the position of Chief Operations Officer where I continued to display innovation, creativity and leadership skill, which eventually earned me my current position of Managing Director at the same organisation.

Was your degree at Aberdeen essential for getting to where you are now? If so, in what way?
My MBA from Aberdeen broadened and deepened my knowledge of international business strategies and helped me develop a strong skillset in business intelligence and organisational management. I truly believe I owe my professional and personal growth to Aberdeen.

One Top Tip

Always keep an open mind! You have chosen one of the best universities in the United Kingdom - all you have to do is stay curious, keep an open mind and let Aberdeen mould you into the best version of yourself!