Tan Wei Qi
"What I enjoy the most about Accenture is the countless training and networking opportunities available"
As a strategist dealing primarily in the energy sector, I leverage my industrial and functional knowledge to advise organizations in this field on high-level decisions for optimizing all aspects of operations.
For example, an oil company wants to make actions to cut business costs. I identify key levers that achieve this goal across the oil value chain—from offshore platforms to refineries—and simulate the results of different proposals. Eventually, I put together solutions that generate the greatest business impact and communicate them to stakeholders.
Every day at Accenture revolves around my ability to give the best recommendations to clients. To fully understand the project objectives, I often interview the clients and pick the brains of various resources to formulate insights into the project.
Analytics is crucial to my job. I work closely with brilliant data scientists to discover the “magic” in data. I break down technical ideas to make them useful to the layman and most especially to the client. For instance, effective analytics makes it possible to translate the impacts of complex mathematical model forecasts into cost savings for the organization.
The next key step in building a strategy is storytelling: I craft stories to convey the “so what” in our findings to relevant business stakeholders. I usually work with a management consulting team and business stakeholders and create content for a project strategy workshop.
The most exciting project I’ve had so far is about cost optimization of the largest offshore supply fleet in Malaysia. Our team had to optimize the journeys for supply vessels traveling back and forth between hundreds of oil and gas facilities across the country.
We developed a route optimization model by connecting hundreds of coordinates and factoring in the operational constraints of the assets. We then converted the model into cost-saving opportunities for upstream oil and gas businesses. The solution we proposed is the first solution of its kind in the world, and I’m quite happy to have worked on it.
My project team is made up of members from different parts of the world. Some of them travel in and out of the country and some of them I have yet to meet in person, even after speaking to them for months on Skype. What’s great about working with people from different continents is the culture exchange—not to mention the never-ending suggestions for holiday destinations!
Working at Accenture taught me how to apply strategy frameworks and problem-solving techniques to conduct business cases. I learned critical skills like coding to query and manage more than one million items from client historical spend or using Accenture’s statistical analysis courses and Tableau to bring data to life.
What I enjoy the most about Accenture is the countless training and networking opportunities available. This year I had the opportunity to go abroad for a two-week training. This helped expand my network globally and gave me a platform featuring all the interesting work Accenture does outside of Malaysia.
On weekends and days off, I work out at the gym, go on trail hikes and hit good spots for diving. I’m always on the lookout for new diving buddies!
“Working at Accenture taught me how to apply the critical skills I have learned such as strategy frameworks and problem-solving techniques to conduct business cases.”
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