Alberto Gutierrez

Football Industries MBA, 2010

Before I started my MBA studies, I was working as a Key Account Manager for Tetra Pak Chile. Prior to that, I worked as a Category Manager for a convenience store chain. My main background is business and commercial aspects of them.

Why did you choose the Football Industries MBA?

I wanted to study something related with sports. Given my passion for football, one day I googled “Football MBA” and I found this program. I read everything about it, and the fact of being in the UK, home of the best football league in the world (according to me), was a huge plus! Also, the chance to meet important figures from industry, through the MBA Guest Speaker Series, was another key factor to choose this MBA.

How did you fit MBA study into your life?

I took the full MBA and I moved to Liverpool with my wife —my son was born at the end of the first semester! The structure of the lectures, gave me the chance to spend time with my family and Liverpool is a very friendly city, so I was able to adapt quickly to my studies and family life.

Did you undertake a work based project?

I did a range of work on match days, with family experience assessment and with foreign team coordination, all of which gave me an insight into areas for development by clubs.

Which aspects of the MBA course do you think will be most beneficial to your career development?

The deep knowledge of the industry and the chance to acquire in-house experience of how football clubs are run in a big league. The combination of lectures and visits also gives you a broad comprehension of the industry.

Can you describe your current role?

I secured my dream job by joining the football team I support in Chile: Colo Colo. My first position was Football Development Manager and now I am the Academy Manager.

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