Alberto Pasa, Sr. Global Indirect Category Manager, Xylem


Alumni Service

9 May 2022


In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Alberto Pasa, Sr. Global Indirect Category Manager for Xylem in Nottingham (UK). USI Degree: Master in Economics and International Policies, 2011.


How did you start your career?

My internship during the MEPIN took place at Artsana SpA Purchase Department HQ in Como. I was then hired by the company and began my career in Purchasing and Supply Chain. In the end of 2012 I was transferred to their Chinese branch and started working for Artsana Asia Pacific Branch in Shenzhen (Guangdong, China), as a Vendor
Management Manager. After two years in China, I changed company to gain more experience and improve my skills. I received a very interesting offer from Autoneum.

Why did you choose a career in Xylem?

Leading a global team responsible for development, implementation and exceution of global procurement category startegies: Travel, fleet and packaging. Market analysis, Supplier negotiation, international framework agreement, alternative sources, suppliers performance evaluation, global savings target, relationship with internal stakeholders.

What positive aspects and qualities meant most to you during the study programme you attended?

At USI one can find an international environment. The mandatory internship at the end of the Master is the best way to approach the business world and a good way to start being acquainted with the labour market. I was very lucky, because in Artsana I had the chance to gain experience.

What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?

The economic analysis approach in the evaluation of a country or specific area. It is an important aspect in outsourcing purchasing process. In particular it was interesting to focus on emerging markets. Contracts negotiation and all courses about rights and law gave me a clear idea on how the principles of law work and which are the most important international institutions. The economic courses on interest rates, debt, banks, etc, are helping me in the many aspects of the analysis of purchasing scenarios.

What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?

The internship is very important. It is crucial to pick the right one, because it is the very first step for your career.