Newcastle University Business School

Iwan Bowen Rees

Alumni profile

About Iwan

Current job: Data Consultant at Jarmany
Current location: London
Nationality: Welsh
LinkedIn: Iwan Bowen Rees

About Iwan's career

Since graduating, what have you gone on to do?
In my role at Jarmany, I am currently leading a team in charge of the data analytics for a client’s UK division, who are one of the most successful global tech companies. I am responsible for ensuring we are meeting the needs and asks of our client surrounding data analysis which broadly is being able to manage large amounts of data and visualising it in a meaningful way. Currently, the most interesting and challenging part of my job is managing five individuals to ensure they are on track to complete the task assigned, but also to aid their career development. 

Is the above what you planned to do before starting university?
I'd planned to go into management consultancy, but with businesses becoming more reliant and dependent on data, I thought that data consultancy would be an interesting alternative. Similarly, I was interested by the Jarmany graduate scheme which would develop my technical skills as well as my commercial skills. 

About Iwan's Newcastle experience

What was your favourite thing about your course?
Writing an in-depth dissertation on the impact mobile banking had on young people allowed me to do a full research project and deep dive into an interesting area of technology. 

Did you complete a placement year/study abroad/summer internship during your time at Newcastle?
I completed a study abroad year at ESSEC Business School (Paris) in my penultimate year of university which was a great experience and allowed me to make friends globally whilst also improving my cultural awareness. The exchange year was a great opportunity for me to further enhance my education by studying interesting modules such as ethics within global companies, as well as improving my French to a business level and travelling regularly. Similarly, I was able to work with some very driven and inspiring people on group projects, such as increasing sustainability within French supermarkets, and resulted in us presenting our idea to a Director of a major French supermarket. My study abroad year made me think more about the career I wanted to go into.  

What extra-curricular activities were you involved with during your time here?
I was Sponsorship Officer and played for the 1XV Rugby team in my final year of university. I loved being a part of a university sports team who were very professional in training with very experienced coaches, whilst also thoroughly enjoying my Wednesday night socials. 

About the future

How do you see future technologies and new ways of working (future of work) affecting your sector?
AI is the hot topic in data currently and we are beginning to see more and more companies embracing the technology in different ways to help make data informed decisions. Currently, there is little AI implementation in the retail sector, but forward thinking and data savvy companies will begin to use AI for simple tasks, such as managing inventory and sales forecasting. Similarly, there is going to be a huge emphasis on developing AI models which can help us predict how successful promotions and offers will be, which in turn will allow companies to tailor their offers more specifically to individuals.

Profile uploaded: 01/05/2019