Business Process Management

 

Quick Facts

2014 Median Salary
$57,000 (Bachelor)

A Business Process Management student has an acumen for analytics and thoughtful business decisions.

2014 Top Hiring Employers
Hitachi Consulting
Hormel Foods
CNA Insurance
Deloitte
Milwaukee Tool
Norfolk Southern
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Sears Holdings Corporation

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What do Business Process Management majors do?

The Business Process Management (BPM) major develops concepts and skills for crafting innovative ways to deliver a firm’s goods and services. A process management major typically combines a thoughtful, goal-oriented approach to projects with the business skills necessary to manage systems, people, ideas, and capital. Graduates might start as an operations or strategy consultant, a project manager, a supply chain analyst, or a quality management professional.

What kinds of jobs do BPM majors get?

 

General ManagementSupply Chain ManagementConsulting
Professionals in this field oversee the day-to-day operations of goods, services, and employees. Managers are in charge of executing company goals. Most new hires will enter into a management training program that will last between 18-36 months.

Sample Management Full-Time Posting
Business Analyst at Belvedere Trading
The Business Analyst is responsible for working directly with traders and software developers to identify improvements and issues with our proprietary software. After issues and improvements are clearly identified, the business analyst defines the requirements of the project, prioritizes an effective workflow, and assigns the project to the correct development team. The Business Analyst is involved with each project from inception to completion by communicating daily with the software development team to ensure each project is successfully deployed to the traders.
Sample Management Internship Posting
Business Analyst Intern at Country Financial
Analyst duties may include test case writing and execution, reporting testing metrics, analysis documentation, participating in gathering data, performing data validation checks, and communicating results clearly, both orally and using various data visualization techniques.

Professionals with a BPM degree frequently work in:

  • Procurement – The contracting of goods and services with an emphasis on supply source development/analysis, goal setting, bidding, negotiations, and ethical considerations.
  • Logistics – Responsible for performing market analysis of vendor competitiveness, support analysis for contract negotiation and review, tracking vendor performance, executing modal analysis, analyzing cost, risk, and service, analyzing transportation asset utilization and optimizing distribution networks.
  • Supply Chain Analysis – Work with third-party suppliers and contractors with emphasis on supply/demand market analysis, supply source strategy development, management information systems, financial analysis, bidding and negotiating, contracting, supplier relationship management, and performance management.
Sample Supply Chain Full-Time Posting
Account Manager at Coyote Logistics
As an Account Manager at Coyote Logistics you will focus on the brokerage aspect of our business, helping our customers move their inventory in the most cost effective way by identifying and providing logistics solutions. You will create and manage your individual portfolio of accounts while working in a team environment. Business is generated through inside and outside sales by way of industry referrals, prospecting and business to business selling. You will be addressing concerns and implementing solutions for both established, as well as prospective customers.
Sample Supply Chain Internship Posting
Inventory Management Intern at Abercrombie and Fitch
Inventory Management is responsible for planning and distributing millions of dollars of merchandise to stores throughout the world every day. The Inventory Management team oversees the development of store level sales plans down to the size and color for every item in their product category in order to maximize profitability. Day-to-day responsibilities include reviewing daily sales reports, analyzing and modeling data using spreadsheets and databases, and making and implementing critical inventory decisions based on identified business trends. Inventory Analysts work closely with Merchandise Planning, Merchandising, and Brand Senses in order to execute product strategies and ensure brand integrity across all stores.
Consultants perform database analysis, financial modeling, general business analysis, research, and generate reports for the client or project team. In addition, consultants are actively involved in the application and transfer of specific skills and knowledge to the client.

Sample Consulting Full-Time Posting
Consulting Analyst at Huron Healthcare
Analysts gather data, organize ideas into actionable tasks, structure documents and electronic data, create financial models, and perform both qualitative and quantitative analyses; respond to basic client inquiries and develop working rapport with clients; build consulting skills and analytic techniques through client experiences and by taking advantage of opportunities to attend relevant training sessions, conferences, and pursue professional certifications.
Sample Consulting Full-Time Posting
Project Manager/Implementation Consultant — Epic Systems
Project managers develop creative strategies to achieve a common end goal while collaborating with smart and innovative colleagues from all roles. Customers will see you as the face of Epic, and you’ll form long-lasting relationships with your teams. No two days are the same – you’ll never stop learning and growing. You’ll have the autonomy to make important decisions while receiving support and guidance along the way. Epic’s environment is one of continuous learning; you’ll have access to opportunities to expand your skill set and share your knowledge with others.
Sample Consulting Internship Posting
Process Intern at Protiviti
Process Interns work in dynamic, team-oriented environments where they define internal business process issues, compile information and analyze data in order to present solutions to our clients. Process Interns develop an understanding of business processes, build technical skills in general risk areas, and help our clients review, document, evaluate and test controls, remediate and develop or implement action plans to improve efficiency and effectiveness of business processes.

How do I get a job in BPM?

Landing a great internship and full-time job in BPM is a process and preparation begins from your very first semester as a College of Business student. Your first step is to plan ahead using the charts below. Then you want to make sure you are proactively preparing yourself to secure an internship on your way to your future career. Everyone’s college experience is different, but below are typical job search sequences for BPM majors.

Traditional 4-YearTransfer (2nd Year)Transfer (3rd Year)
1st Semester Apply for BCS Job Shadow
Begin completing internship checklist
2nd Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity*
Summer Work a part-time job for experience and/or take summer classes
3rd Semester Apply for second BCS Job Shadow
Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or summer internship
4th Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship and/or
winter internship (to be done in 6th semester)
Summer Summer internship or
Part-time job or
Classes (if you will have a winter internship your 6th semester)
5th Semester Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Participate in winter internship (if applicable)
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Inspiration Consulting Summit with Hitachi Consulting
    The Inspiration Consulting Summit is a three day program that focuses on exercising problem solving skills, generating solutions from processes, counseling clients through business issues, and implementing effective organizational changes. The Summit introduces undergraduates to various Hitachi Consulting career paths through interactions with our leaders. Students will complete the program with valuable relationships and effective skills to become the leaders of tomorrow and learn how to apply key consulting concepts to their everyday projects.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Johnson & Johnson
    The Co-op Program is a six-month program focused on providing college students with practical business experience. Co-op program participant roles include financial accounting and analysis, sales & marketing finance, operations finance, research and development finance, and internal audit. Specific responsibilities may include budget support, capital budgeting, financial consolidation, month/year end closing procedures, sales reporting and analysis, account reconciliation, and inter-company accounting.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.
3rd Semester Apply for BCS Job Shadow
Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship/co-op
Begin completing internship checklist
4th Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship and/or
winter internship (to be done in 6th semester)
Summer Summer internship or
Part-time job or
Classes (if you will have a winter internship your 6th semester)
5th Semester Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Participate in winter internship (if applicable)
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Inspiration Consulting Summit with Hitachi Consulting
    The Inspiration Consulting Summit is a three day program that focuses on exercising problem solving skills, generating solutions from processes, counseling clients through business issues, and implementing effective organizational changes. The Summit introduces undergraduates to various Hitachi Consulting career paths through interactions with our leaders. Students will complete the program with valuable relationships and effective skills to become the leaders of tomorrow and learn how to apply key consulting concepts to their everyday projects.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Johnson & Johnson
    The Co-op Program is a six-month program focused on providing college students with practical business experience. Co-op program participant roles include financial accounting and analysis, sales & marketing finance, operations finance, research and development finance, and internal audit. Specific responsibilities may include budget support, capital budgeting, financial consolidation, month/year end closing procedures, sales reporting and analysis, account reconciliation, and inter-company accounting.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.
5th Semester Begin completing internship checklist
Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Inspiration Consulting Summit with Hitachi Consulting
    The Inspiration Consulting Summit is a three day program that focuses on exercising problem solving skills, generating solutions from processes, counseling clients through business issues, and implementing effective organizational changes. The Summit introduces undergraduates to various Hitachi Consulting career paths through interactions with our leaders. Students will complete the program with valuable relationships and effective skills to become the leaders of tomorrow and learn how to apply key consulting concepts to their everyday projects.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Johnson & Johnson
    The Co-op Program is a six-month program focused on providing college students with practical business experience. Co-op program participant roles include financial accounting and analysis, sales & marketing finance, operations finance, research and development finance, and internal audit. Specific responsibilities may include budget support, capital budgeting, financial consolidation, month/year end closing procedures, sales reporting and analysis, account reconciliation, and inter-company accounting.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.