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“Broad does a good job of making the program very intensive in terms of relationships; it’s a smaller program, you get to know the professors and students very well, and you really build those relationships,” Murray continues. “That’s a skill you need to be successful at Broad and I’ve found it’s a skill you need to be successful at Mars.”

Justin Murray

Sales Strategy Manager
Walmart

Following the completion of his Broad MBA, Justin Murray joined Mars Inc.’s 3-year rotational graduate leadership development program. He started in commodity procurement, buying dairy ingredients and traveling the U.S. and to France. Currently, as Sales Strategy Manager on Walmart’s sales team, his responsibilities include operations, forecasting work, and relaying information to headquarters with the leadership team.
Nearing the end of his second rotation, Murray is looking forward to his final year, which he will spend on Wrigley’s marketing team. At the program’s end, his goal is to be promoted into a sales or marketing role managing people and the P & L, before ultimately moving into a general management position.
Murray stays involved with MSU as the campus lead for Mars recruiting. This entails coordinating who across the country goes to campus, deciding which events to attend, working with HR to determine how many spots are available, interviewing, and running the budget and hiring process. He believes, “Broad’s reputation opens up doors for a lot of companies to come check out the talent.”
Entering Broad’s MBA program, Murray left a finance position at Plante Moran, determined to exit the service industry in favor of manufacturing and switching career paths. He gained valuable experience serving as VP of Sales for Spartan Consulting, MSU’s student-run consulting firm. He explains, “That taught me a lot about running a business and generating new sales. We had a strong sales year, left the organization in good hands, and it still lives on.”
Case competitions also proved beneficial to Murray, who fondly remembers carpooling to Carnegie Mellon, where his team performed well. He concludes, “It’s stressful, but fun. In the working world there are a lot of time-sensitive projects of very high importance, so the ability to take information, analyze it, and come up with a solution quickly and effectively is something you learn in case competitions that you need for the high-paced, high-value decisions you make in business.”
Out in the business world, Murray appreciates Broad’s relationship-driven environment. He divulges, “You build a network of friends and it just so happens that they all have very good jobs at very good companies. It builds your professional network far beyond what you ever thought going into the program.”
“Broad does a good job of making the program very intensive in terms of relationships; it’s a smaller program, you get to know the professors and students very well, and you really build those relationships,” Murray continues. “That’s a skill you need to be successful at Broad and I’ve found it’s a skill you need to be successful at Mars.”
Murray believes Broad instills characteristics that make its graduates stand out among peers. He explains, “The personality traits you develop at Broad—which are very hardworking, very collaborative—aren’t what you always see in the business world. Broad MBAs are willing to get things done and put egos and agendas aside to do the right thing.”


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