Jacob Murphy

University of Melbourne
APAC South PPM Manager - Supply
Jacob studied Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at University of Melbourne

Where do you work?

I work for AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer which brews some of the most iconic beer brands in the world such as Corona and Budweiser as well as market leading brands in Australia including Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught.

What’s your job about?

I work in the APAC South Supply and Logistics PPM team. Our team manages the performance and planning of the supply chain across the region. We work closely with the vice presidents of supply and logistics to implement their strategic agendas in conjunction with the technical experts in the breweries.

Our region includes the Australia (Carlton & United Breweries), India and South-East Asia businesses with team members based in Australia, India and Vietnam. My responsibilities include managing the capital expenditure process across the zone, implementing KPIs, setting targets, budgeting and also then tracking and monitoring the performance of the supply and logistics functions against targets.

A significant part of the job is analysing the performance of the supply chain to identify risks and opportunities to hitting the desired targets and presenting findings to key stakeholders in order to drive the action towards delivering positive results.

What's your background?

I am fortunate enough to have grown up in Melbourne and like many Melbournians I have a strong passion for sport, in particular cricket and Australian football.

I attended the University of Melbourne where I completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). I completed my honours year in finance and wrote a thesis focusing on P2P lending as an example of a financial innovation. The honours year was a great challenge but also a terrific learning opportunity. I was very excited to recently have a version of my thesis published in an academic journal. During my degree I also completed a subject abroad at the Zurich University of Applied Science, which was a fantastic experience.

When I was considering where to begin my career, I wanted to learn more about how large successful businesses were run and managed to deliver positive results. I was interested in working in a business and a role where I felt I could make an impact and be involved in driving positive change. This led me to apply for the Carlton & United Breweries finance graduate program. I was attracted to the quality of the graduate program as it offered real learning and development opportunities in a global business at the beginning of my career.

After eight months as a graduate I was promoted to the role as APAC South PPM Manager – Supply for the beginning of 2017, a great challenge but an incredible opportunity I am really excited about.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

I believe that people of many different backgrounds could do my job; this is evidenced by the varied backgrounds of my team members. At AB InBev, when people deliver results they are provided with great opportunities regardless of their background. I think some of the important skills to help people perform well at AB InBev are the ability to focus on results and never be completely satisfied; the ability to see the bigger picture of what we are trying to do; and the ability to communicate clearly and efficiently.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

The coolest part of my job is the opportunity to work across different countries and markets in our region. The beer market is very different in Australia compared to India or South-East Asia and hence the challenges and opportunities for our business vary greatly across the region. This provides a lot of unique learning opportunities and also challenges us to use best practices from around the world to overcome obstacles in specific countries to deliver positive results.

What are the limitations of your job?

AB InBev is a very large company which provides many fantastic opportunities and exposure. However, a large global company also comes with challenges such as ensuring that communication is clear and efficient so that important ideas, issues and solutions get delivered across the company and do not get lost in unnecessary complexity. This can become more difficult when collaborating with colleagues across multiples time zones and also when you may not share the same first language as some of your colleagues. Communicating clearly helps to prevent inefficient processes but it is a constant challenge in a global company.

What advice would you give yourself as a student?

University is a really unique period of your life and one to be enjoyed. I have thoroughly enjoyed the start of my career, however working full-time is a big change to the university lifestyle. I would encourage all students to embrace everything that university offers. Study the subjects that you are most interested in and passionate about and get involved with as many aspects of university as possible.