Alumni Profiles

Ahtasham Khan

Organization Information

The Savola Group is a Saudi Arabian industrial company. The group’s major holdings supply Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa &Turkey n countries with edible oils, sugar, fresh dairy products, and restaurants serving fast foods. The group also owns the largest grocery retailing chain in the Middle East, Panda supermarket.

It is ranked as number 9 among top 100 companies in the Saudi Arabian market and ranked as number 2 among the industrial sector after SABIC. Savola group has recently listed its Oils and Fats division in the Saudi Stock market under the name Afia International

Describe the work that you do in your role

Full P&L responsibility of Hyper marketS in Madina.

Accountable for planning, managing, controlling and establishing the tactics and activity programs for the stores and the people who work at the store, with the purpose of promoting sales while keeping focus on positive margins and actively improving the profitability of the store.

Drive the implementation of agreed operating model within group and champion compliance to drive sales and profitability so that store are simpler and cheaper to operate and better than competition in region

Indicate previous experience and/or areas of career proficiency/achievenments

Proficient in sales, distribution and retaiiling/wholeselling with experience in leading multinational FMCG UNILEVER, Leading appearl Retailer LEVI STRAUSS and a a big giant in Whole selling METRO PAKISTAN.

One of the pioneer members of Metro Pakistan. Got 6 Months on the job training in Bulgaria and Germany. Together with team opened first store of 9000 square meters in October 2007, led the fitting team to open Islamabad store from first Goods receiving till the opening of store with respect to merchandize ordering, receiving, space management, warehouse administration.

Implemeted Own and operated store model in levi strauss and opened first Flagshio store in Pakistan, and able to give 28% growth in units and 7% growth in margin.

Describe your success in your professional life and achievements

•Proficient in Distribution, Retail Operations, category management with experience in leading multinational FMCG Company, Managed High end Clothing retail outlets, successfully launched of Big Box Retail Giant in Pakistan.
•Obtained world class trainings on Operations, category management from Bulgaria and Germany.
•Pioneer member of METRO Cash and Carry, led the Store Fitting teams to open Islamabad and Karachi stores.
•Certified Trainer and also worked as a Central trainer for Metro CC, localized all training material as per requirement and together with team trained store resources.
•Have had the excitement of confronting new challenges and building on self- esteem, love for others & faith in Allah.

Write your activities and achievement if you were member of any club or society in UMT?

Got Best performance AWARD.

Part of the team which organized MUSAHIRA and CRICKET GALA

What do you remember about your time in ILM / IMT /UMT?

The UMT always keeps the traditions of education alive. These have been handed over to us by a generation of good teachers and students at UMT and we will keep transferring them to the future generations. These traditions are like lamppost which guides us to prosperity, peace and progress,”