Leadership Lessons from A Career in Engineering Management - “What they didn’t teach me at university and I wish they had”

  • When:
    Wednesday, 03 July 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Where:
    Ernst & Young - EYU Room 2, 安永 EYU Room 2(上海环球金融中心43楼)
    43/F, Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
  • Price:
    RMB 100 including two drinks and snacks. Members only.

Ask most senior leaders in companies today what are the most important skills they look for in their future managers and most likely soft skills will top the list in many countries.

Even at Google, a company that embodies the notion that hard technical skills like coding and mathematics are what truly define success, STEM expertise finished last among the top eight characteristics of Google’s best employees. The top seven were all soft skills.

And yet, whilst industry looks for individuals who can collaborate, inspire, problem solve and communicate effectively, often this is not a strong focus of education systems around the world which mostly focus on hard skills. Many people still believe that you either “have it” or you don’t. However, the truth is, many of the required soft skills can (and should) start to be developed during student days, or even earlier.

The British Chamber Shanghai's Chinese Returnee UK Alumni and Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing focus groups invite Professor Peter Mott, Faculty of Engineering and Design at the University of Bath, to share his own experiences and reflections learnt from a career in engineering management, as well as to discuss how he is trying to help the next generation of future industrial leaders to be better prepared.

If you are a young professional getting to grip with your own skills development, or a leader in industry or education wrestling with soft skills gaps, this is the event for you. 


6.30-7.00pm Registration & Networking
7.00-7.05pm Opening Introduction
7.05-8.00pm Presentation with Q&A
8.00-8.30pm Networking

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Speaker Introduction

Professor Peter Mott

Faculty of Engineering and Design, University of Bath

Peter Mott, Professor of Practice for Engineering Business Management, joined the University of Bath in the summer of 2018 after 27 years in Industry. Having held a number of senior roles in Research & Development and general management positions in Europe, the Americas and Asia, he is now bringing his experience to teaching postgraduate masters students who are looking to build a career leading Research and Development, Operations or Technology Management organisations. 

After studying Mechanical Engineering at Bath, he spent his first 13 years at Ford Motor Company in the UK, Europe and the USA. Initially in technical roles, he moved into management positions including responsibility for new car development programs on Ford’s global small car range. This involved leading large multi-disciplinary teams from product inception to launch, and the development of a strategy for the next generation of small cars together with Mazda in Japan.

In 2004 he moved to Tetra Pak, the global food processing and packaging leader, as Director of Product Development based in Italy. Relocating to Sweden and becoming R&D Vice President two years later, he took responsibility for their Product Creation and Technology organisation. 

After six years in Sweden, Peter moved into general management roles in 2012, leading the Technical Service organisation and business for Tetra Pak. Firstly as Vice President for North America and then for the Asia region, working out of Dallas, Texas and subsequently Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In his final role before returning to the UK as Professor of Practice, Peter took responsibility for the global Technical Services organisation for the Processing Division as Global Vice President.

Event contact

Nathalie Xu