CDP Class of 2004 – 2006
Master of Business Administration
In my job, I spend a lot of time talking with members of the business team about profit and loss forecasts.
The CDP program is really what attracted me to Air Products. It offered three opportunities to try different things; the length of each assignment was enough for me to decide if I liked what I was doing.
For my first assignment, I performed an operational audit of a new order-to-cash business process. It was interesting work, but when the assignment was over, I wanted to see what else was out there. So I moved to another part of the Finance organization, where I worked with business area managers to build up profit and loss forecasts—and explain monthly variances against the forecasts. I also performed cash flow analyses to support asset management decisions. I liked this work so much that I chose the same position, supporting a different business area, for my third assignment.
While I was still in my second assignment, the company suffered significant storm damage loss caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2006. I was asked to coordinate the insurance recovery effort. It turned out to be a fairly high-profile role; the leadership team anxiously watched to understand how much recovery we could expect—and how soon. It was a great experience.
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