Q&A With Scott Tobin
Scott Tobin is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Q: Name, Title, Position, Undergrad School, MBA School
Scott Tobin; Director, Lincoln Product Development; Undergrad – Michigan State University; MBA School – University of Michigan.
Q: Describe your role at Lincoln
I lead the organization in research for new products, product enhancements and product redesign, along with evaluating the potential and practicality of products in development.
Q: Why did you get your MBA?
After receiving my bachelor's in mechanical engineering, I realized that if I wanted to obtain a leadership role in my career I need to hone my finance skills and gain better business acumen. It was important to have the ability to understand the many areas of business that would be involved in product development so I could work better in cross-functional groups.
Q: How did your MBA help you get the job you want?
Getting my MBA helped me immensely in getting into a strategy-and-planning position, which was pivotal in my life.
Q: How does your MBA help you in your day-to-day role at Lincoln?
My MBA has given me the ability to create innovative solutions to challenges and opportunities, to take a strategic view and isolate key issues, to analyze, disseminate and effectively communicate complex information, enhance my negotiation skills, and properly develop my verbal and written communication skills.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
Developing a new product and integrating it into production and moving it through to becoming something people can purchase is the most fun part of this business. It allows me to be at the cutting edge of technology and involves me in new elements every day.
Q: What insights would you share with other students trying to get their MBA?
The combination of a technical degree and an MBA is powerful!