Career benefits

Banner image for career benefits page in MBA website “I improved the accuracy of forecasted operating costs for my business unit, making us more competitive. I’ve since been promoted.” Rob Leonard, Rolls-Royce

MBA: The mark of a top manager

All over the world, the MBA is the recognised management and leadership qualification. When business leaders search for their rising stars of the future they look for many skills and accolades, but an MBA is often near the top of the wish list.

It’s formal recognition that you have the strategic knowledge, insight and understanding to become a successful manager and an inspiring leader. 

How will it benefit you and your company?

Many MBA participants are sponsored by their employer because these organisations value the skills and qualities the programme develops, such as:

  • strategic awareness and thinking
  • confident leadership
  • presenting logical and relevant arguments
  • innovation and the confidence to challenge traditional ways of doing things
  • critical evaluation
  • understanding and evaluating business impact.

This means MBA graduates often achieve more and get recognition for those achievements. It’s a win-win situation for you and the businesses you improve. 

What did previous participants achieve?

“As part of my MBA work, I implemented a Quality Improvement Programme in my area of the NHS. The results included reduced waiting times for occupational therapy assessment and treatment, as well as improved staff morale.”

Sharman Aldridge, formerly General Manager for Specialist Services, Nottinghamshire Community Health, NHS. Now General Manager for Nottingham West, Health Partnerships, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, NHS.


“I helped integrate the Marketing and Operations functions in my organisation, Honeywell Aerospace, in order to provide competitive advantage for unique service offerings.

The initiative went well and helped bring about a major realignment of the business. I’ve since been selected to run the global engineering for Honeywell and have relocated to the company’s headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.”

Philip Alcock, formerly Director, Field Service Engineering for Honeywell. Now Senior Director, Global Field Service Engineering for Honeywell.


“I implemented the ‘Standard Work’ methodology (one of the Lean Six Sigma disciplines) into an aerospace exhaust assembly line. The results included a headcount reduction of 25% and a saving of £400,000 per annum, which improved our competitive advantage.

In my next role as an Operations Director for a global precision engineering company, I implemented change within the business, which increased output growth within the first year by 20% and delivered an operating profit of 12% (the previous year it broke even.)”

Jason Thorpe, formerly Site Operations Manager for an aerospace exhaust manufacturer. Now Operations Director for a precision engineering group. 


I implemented a new service which led to improved efficiency and patient care in nursing homes. To start a service from scratch with no forerunner and to deliver 6 months early on many aspects was a huge achievement. On top of that, after only one year it was already showing a return on investment.”

Julie Hughes, formerly the Project Lead and Service Manager for Nursing Homes Support Service. Now Primary Care Change Manager for East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.


“I improved the accuracy of forecasted operating costs for my business unit in Rolls-Royce, by developing a robust costing model and by changing mindsets. It led to significant improvements in forecasting, making us more competitive. I’ve since been asked to help other areas of Rolls-Royce perform a similar activity and I’ve also been promoted.”

Rob Leonard, Rolls-Royce employee


“There has been a noticeable change in the way my work is received since studying at Derby Business School. This has resulted in a succession of promotions. My course taught me the level of detail I need to excel at my job and enhance my career.”

Kyle Stewart, MBA graduate and Depot Manager for East Midlands Trains