Soma Bharatiya

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

Soma Bharatiya

Are there any other notable experiences from your time at Monash you’d like to share?

Monash provided a unique experience for me as I moved over from Perth to Melbourne specifically to attend this university and study engineering. I was drawn to this university due to the facilities located at the Clayton campus including numerous chemical labs, computer rooms and even a selection of halls for me to reside in. Let’s face it, the Clayton campus does have its own postcode!

If you could tell your graduate self-one piece of career advice what would it be and why?

Give it a go! Live life with no regrets. Perseverance is key.

What are the top 3 skills you need in your role as a Principal Quality and Analysis?

Influencing, communication and analytical skills

Tell us about your experience since leaving Monash: how has you career progressed to date? Any professional achievements you’d like to share?

Since graduating from Monash, I took 6 months off to enjoy all that Melbourne had to offer before moving back to Perth to pursue a Master of Chemical Engineering and spend time with my family. During this time, I worked at a Metallurgical Testing facility focused on gold processing to gain exposure into the mining industry.

The Iron Ore industry was booming in WA and I was offered a 3-month vacation program at Rio Tinto based in the coastal port town of Dampier. I enjoyed my experience at the Metallurgical Evaluation centre and decided to accept the 2 year graduate program offered to me however I postponed it for 6 months as I was determined to complete my masters with my thesis based on the LNG Gorgon Project on Barrow Island, WA. I worked at various roles across mines, ports and in the head office.

In 2017, I accepted a specialist role at BHP based in the head office to gain Supply Chain exposure and experience how different organisations operate. I carried out various leadership roles across the mines and the port working closely with our customers, marketing, technical marketing, engineering, and operational teams.

To develop my leadership skills further, I accepted a role leading 69 team members at FMG as the operations superintendent at a mine site. The team consisted of onsite operators as well as the controllers based at the remote operational centre in the head office. The controllers remotely control equipment in the ore processing facilities and even trucks in the mining pits.

My most recent role is a Quality and Analysis Principal in the Integrated Planning department based in FMG’s head office. This role governs quality processes across mines and the port.

What are some of your passions and interests?

I have a keen passion for travelling and exploring this world of ours!

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