Business Operations, Manager
ZS Career Path
Business Consultant (2009-2012)
General Analytics Associate Consultant (2007-2009)
General Analytics Associate (2005-2007)
ZS was unknown to me when I started interviewing. I had offers from two IIMs and another firm in Bangalore. The choice was difficult, but ZS's interview process itself helped me make the decision. I met interesting ZSers, heard about some of the client problems they solve using data and analytical findings, and a grand vision for ZS in India. In retrospect, I made a great decision and got more than what I hoped for. I am part of many office-wide initiatives, have experienced a range of projects, had client interaction early in my career and, most importantly, implemented some of my ideas as internal initiatives.
My Favorite Project
My most recent engagement with a relatively new biopharmaceutical firm launching a new drug is turning out to be quite exciting. We are helping our client understand how one of their biggest potential customers, a large dialysis chain in US, operates. The project involves a new therapy area (read - lots of research papers to examine), challenging hypotheses to analyze (read - different statistical approaches to explore) and helping our client build their brand (read - growing the business) is exceptional on this project. A recent reference to one of our analyses in the poster presented by our client in a national clinical meeting was indeed a fitting reward for work that we did so far.
My After-Hours Engagement/Activities
A recent activity that I have picked up is watching the sunset from my new flat's terrace with my wife. It’s a great stressbuster. In recent past, I have been involved with different NGOs where I taught school kids on weekends and organized a two-week summer camp focused on creative learning in 2010. I am also an avid fan of board games. My favorites being - "Ticket to Ride," "Carcassonne," "Settlers of Catana" and "Acquire." Someday I aspire to design my own board game.
My ZS Values Story
My extended stay of around 6 months in New York was a unique experience which strengthened my belief in ZS values. Support that I got from the whole office was amazing and they did everything possible to make the experience a valuable part of my professional growth. I was entrusted with responsibility to manage three different client contacts and oversee work of my team in Pune. Everyone including my project principal and manager helped me get acquainted with US culture, client requirements and I was able to become productive in just a few days. Whenever I faced challenges, no matter whom I approached and when I approached, they always had time and ideas to help me. This extraordinary sense of camaraderie and open door policy makes ZS a unique place to work and grow. You can reach out to anyone for help without any second thoughts.
My Advice for Potential ZSers
ZS culture is a unique blend of a collegial and competitive environment. It gives you opportunity to work with some of the best people in the industry and learn from them. Now, since your peers are best, the expectation is also high. So be ready to go beyond those expectations. Fulfilling the expectations is a norm at ZS.
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