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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Santhosh Kamath
Designation – Lead Project Manager
OrganisationScania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd.
Age – 38
City – Bangalore
Work Experience (Years) – 15

Under-Graduation – B.E, Vishveswaraya Technological University

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started as a Technical Graduate Trainee at Bosch India in Purchasing Quality Management. My main focus was on improving the supplied parts quality through proper problem-solving techniques for the root cause, take appropriate action and implement solutions to stop recurring problems. I was there for 3 years. Later, I joined Toyota India in Purchase Engineering Dept. It was mainly to develop suppliers to the level of requirements of quality, delivery and management systems. The scope involved auditing of suppliers and identify areas of improvement, plan for improvement actions and implementation. I had to do periodic reviews and audits to confirm the progress and ensuring management involvement in overall company development in their quality, delivery and management systems. I worked for Toyota for 6.5 years. Now, I am in Scania CV for the last 5.5 years. I started as supplier quality, then sourcing and now, I am in Project Management.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as project Manager.

My current job responsibilities entail visualizations of all project timelines, working level, and management level meetings for status, escalation, suggestion, and decisions. I have to involve all stakeholders at the beginning of the project charter and also give them the later periodic reviews of progress. There are global cross-functional interactions, local needs, and support planning, etc. internal and external stakeholder management that need to be looked after by me. I have to make product launch plans, make sure of the readiness of launch, operations readiness, logistics readiness, supply chain readiness etc. Finally, I make the project experience/ lessons learned report and closure of the project. Thus, all aspects of the job have to be looked after by me.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, being a Project Manager, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work as a project Manager require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Technical/Engineering Graduation followed by MBA, PMP, Quality Management Certificates should be the way of entering the profession as education does matter a lot in this profession.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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Importance of Education in being a Project Manager

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Post-Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful Project Manager?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on few tasks at a time
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
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What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Project Manager?

I have mixed profile experience of supplier quality, supplier development, and project management. For people who like to travel and sit less at the office, supplier development is the profile. You travel to many places, meet new people, see different manufacturing processes and technologies, learn a lot from suppliers. On the other hand, project management may have fewer travels (depends on the company and project profile and project managers’ responsibility). As a project manager, you will have better access to management. You learn a lot about stakeholder management.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Project Manager?

Travel may look interesting at the beginning of the career. However, it may become a less interest as you grow. Based on project timings and need, sometimes, it may be hectic traveling which may affect your work life balance, especially for people who are married and have children.
Being a Project Manager, you may handle multiple projects, some maybe interesting,  some may not (depends on your interest and scope of project). In some cases, you may not have any travel. Mostly manage everything in-house, again, depending on what kind of a personality you have.

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Neutral
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Very Difficult
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Maybe Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

Considering the current trend and future of electric vehicles, I would choose Electrical and Electronics Engineering. 

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