Job Titles After An MBA – Everything You Need To Know

An MBA is a lot of things for people – a chance to get big bucks, to move up in their careers, to switch their careers, or to simply show the world that they are capable of going out there and achieving something. Everyone’s reason is different. But regardless of what your reason might be to do an MBA, it all leads up to one thing – a job.

For a lot of MBA aspirants, cracking CAT and other exams and then getting into a top business school is the ultimate objective. Such a myopic vision of the future is actually very normal, considering the immense amount of pressure there is to beat 2 Lakh people for 2% of the seats at top business schools – the struggle is real.

Having spent an immense number of hours on InsideIIM just reading the stories around Summer and Final Placements, I have realised that it is very important to know what you’re getting into; what are the doors that an MBA really opens up for you.

Therefore, I have come up with this report on the various types of jobs after MBA that top recruiters offer, along with the titles you can expect to have as you progress in your career. This report may also help you in structuring an answer to the all-important – “Why MBA?“, and also in preparing your CV in just the right way for placements (if and when you get to that).

Process of establishing job titles – I was able to determine the job titles based on the career trajectory of current and ex-employees on LinkedIn. Therefore, please feel free to point out any discrepancies or errors in the job titles.

Since everyone has varying interests depending on their academic background and/or work experience and/or general inclination, I have segmented this report into 6 major functional areas, namely –

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • General Management
  • Operations
  • Human Resource Management

Sales and Marketing

Jobs Opportunities After MBA In Sales & Marketing
Recruiters Job Titles
Hindustan Unilever Business Leadership Trainee, Area Sales and Customer Manager
ITC Limited Assistant Under Training (AUT), Assistant Manager – Sales
Johnson & Johnson Management Trainee, Customer Marketing Manager
Procter & Gamble Assistant Brand Manager, Assistant Brand Manager
Reckitt Benckiser Management Trainee, Area Sales Manager
Amazon  Category Manager
Aditya Birla Group Leadership Associate, Manager – Retail Sales
Samsung Management Trainee, Area Sales Manager
Colgate Palmolive Business Leadership Programme Associate, Area Manager Customer Development
Nestle Management Trainee – S&M, Area Sales Manager

Unilever The organisation offers an 18-month Future Leaders Programme (FLP) across 7 of the major functional areas. The management training programme “includes international stints, extended leadership contact, formal training and professional development.” After completion of the programme, the candidate is elevated to the position of Area Sales Manager. Read more about FLP here.

ITC Limited ITC offers a 12-month training programme called the Assistants Under Training (AUT), wherein selected candidates are trained across the various functions and businesses of ITC before being confirmed as Assistant Managers in the functional area of their choosing. Read everything about AUT here.

Johnson & Johnson J&J offers the International Recruitment and Development Program (IRDP), the duration of which is between 12-24 months. IRDP graduates are elevated to the role of Sales Account Manager at the organisation. Read everything about LDP here.

P&G Although P&G does not appear to have any post-MBA leadership programmes like it’s FMCG counterparts, the organisations offers an “Emerging Leaders Programme” only for candidates with calls from top management institutes. After an MBA, the organisation has various internal training programmes and academies to train ABMs.

RB Reckitt Benckiser has Graduate Programmes for different domains, including Sales & Marketing. An MBA from a top management institute will undergo an 8-month management training programme, during which she/he will work with various RB ‘Powerbrands’ before being elevated to the role of Area Sales Manager.

Amazon Amazon offers a Retail Leadership Development Programme for MBA graduates, after which the candidate joins the organisation as a Category Manager.
Know more about the RLDP here.

Samsung Samsung offers a 4-month Management Training Programme to MBA graduates, after which the trainees are elevated to the role of Area Sales Manager.

Colgate Palmolive Colgate Palmolive offers a 12-month Business Leadership Programme, in which the Associate gains cross-product exposure. Upon completion of the BLP, the Associate is elevated to the role of Area Manager.

Nestle Nestle offers a 12-month Management Training Programme, during which “Management Trainees are put through a cross-functional, multi-location training program; after successful completion of the training they are absorbed in their respective functional departments.”
Upon completion, Nestle elevates the Management Trainees to the position of Area Sales Manager, who then handles one of Nestle’s product portfolios for a particular region. Read everything about Nestle’s Management Training Programme here.


 MBA Finance Jobs – Titles
Recruiters Job Titles
Yes Bank Associate, Manager, Senior Manager
SBI Management Trainee, Assistant Vice President
Standard Chartered International Graduate, Associate
Avendus Capital Associate, Associate Vice President, Vice President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banking Analyst, Associate
Goldman Sachs Analyst, Associate, Vice President
JP Morgan Investment Banking Analyst/Credit Risk Analyst, Associate
HSBC Associate Vice President, Vice President
Citi Bank Analyst, Associate

Strategy & Consulting

Type of Jobs After MBA – Strategy & Consulting
Recruiters Job Titles
Accenture Strategy Business Strategy Analyst, Strategy Consultant
McKinsey & Company Junior Associate, Associate
Bain & Company Associate Consultant, Senior Associate Consultant
A.T. Kearney Senior Business Analyst, Consultant
The Boston Consulting Group Senior Associate, Consultant
Roland Berger Consultant, Senior Consultant I
Alvarez Marsal Manager, Associate, Senior Associate
EY Consultant
PwC Senior Associate, Management Consultant
Deloitte Consultant, Senior Consultant

General Management

Jobs Opportunities After MBA In General Management
Recruiters Job Titles
Tata Administrative Services TAS Manager
CK Birla NextGen Management Trainee, Senior Manager
Aditya Birla Group Leadership Associate, Manager
Mahindra & Mahindra Mahindra Group Management Cadre (GMC), Manager
RPG Group Management Trainee, Manager
Reliance Industries Ltd. Management Trainee (Reliance Emerging Leader), Manager

Tata Administrative Services TAS offers an extensive leadership programme which consists of 12 months of 4 cross-functional rotations across the different horizontal businesses of the Tata Group. Read everything about the life of a TAS manager here.

CK Birla CK Birla offers the NextGen Management Trainee Programme, a 12-month leadership development programme which “packs in multi-functional project experiences for inculcating deep business understanding to this young leadership talent pool. The programme also includes learning interventions that address, both, the functional and behavioural requirements of promising young professionals. Read everything about the NexGen Programme here.

Aditya Birla Group ABG offer the Aditya Birla Group Leadership Programmes (ABGLP). The flagship programme is the Leadership Associate Programme (LEAP), a 12-month leadership programme which involves “3 stints of 4 months each in sales, operations and functional and cross-functional areas across businesses”. After completion of the programme, employees are elevated to the role of a Manager at one of ABG’s many businesses. Read everything about LEAP here.

Mahindra & Mahindra The Mahindra group offers the Group Management Cadre (GMC) program for MBA graduates of top business schools. “The GMC is a fast-paced, challenging programme that grooms high potential managers for leadership positions over a 12 to 15 years time horizon.” Take a look at the lives of GMC interns here.

RPG Group RPG offers the Group Management Resource Programme (GMRP), a 20-month long Management Training programme for students of top management institutes. Read about GMRP here.

Reliance Industries Ltd. Reliance offers the RELP programme, a management training programme that begins in the month of June and offers cross-functional exposure to an MBA graduate from a top business school. After completion of the programme, the candidate is elevated to the role of ‘Manager’.


Types of Jobs After MBA In Operations
Recruiters Job Titles
Asian Paints Management Trainee – Supply Chain, Manager
Deloitte Consultant – Strategy & Operations, Senior Consultant – Strategy & Consultant
EY Consultant, Senior Consultant
Tata Motors Management Trainee, Senior Manager
Ultratech Cement Leadership Associate (LEAP), Manager
Marico Management Trainee – Supply Chain, Buying Manager
Samsung Management Trainee, Assistant Manager

Human Resource Management

Jobs Opportunities After MBA In HR (Human Resource)
Recruiters Job Titles
Airtel Management Trainee, Assistant Manager, Manager
Nestle Management Trainee, Assistant Manager – Employee Relations
Aditya Birla Group HR Leadership Associate, Manager
EY Consultant, Senior Consultant
TAS TAS Manager
Samsung Assistant Manager HR, Manager – HR
Accenture HR Analyst, HR Specialist
ITC AUT – Management Trainee, Assistant Manager – HR
Unilever Unilever Future Leaders Programme – Management Trainee, Project Manager
Asian Paints Management Trainee, HR Manager

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