Our Meet the Hiring Manager series allows you to get to know the people who grow teams at VMware. You’ll learn about our hiring managers’ career paths and what they look for in candidates during the interview process. This week we’d like you to meet Deepak Khatri.
- Job title: Senior Manager, Accounts Receivable
- Years at VMware: 1 Year and 4 Months
- First job: My first job was at ICICI Bank as Officer Trainee managing retail and corporate branch operations.
- Fun facts:
- If I could eat one type of cuisine for the rest of my life, it would be South Indian food.
- I come from the Armed Forces background and joining the forces has always been my dream. When I was younger, I wanted to be a fighter pilot.
- I have a collection of mugs. I get a new cup in every new place I travel to.
- If I were granted 2 superpowers, I would choose to have the power to time travel & teleport in and out of places.
- Favorite fun activity: Spending quality time with family and connecting with close friends virtually, seeing my plants grow, picking up a good read, helping my wife with household chores burn some fat with my playlist in the background.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date.
Deepak: I started my career in banking and later moved on to spend a significant portion of my career in Order to Cash and Finance transformation roles with companies like IBM, Microsoft, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, and CDK Global. I joined VMware in October of 2021 as Sr. Manager of Global Accounts Receivable and since then it has been an enriching experience to work with some of the greatest minds and contribute to VMware’s continued success.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for in the past?
Deepak: I believe that it isn’t the perks or the freebies that drive the culture of an organization, but the people – the ones who build our culture, lead the work, drive the impact, and create opportunities to learn and grow. I am sure there are other great companies out there, but some of the factors that make VMware stand out are great culture based on EPIC2 values (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customer, and Community), transparent leadership, fantastic training/certification programs to upskill, community service & ESG initiatives, wellness benefits, flexibility to operate from anywhere, value diverse thoughts, promote an inclusive culture, good work-life balance along with good growth opportunities.
Finally, I can’t help but give credit to the supportive senior leadership I work under and the privilege I have to lead an amazing team like mine.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson(s) you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Deepak: I strongly believe that every next level in one’s life and career demands a different version of “you” and here are a few things that picked along the way as I shaped my career.
· The only way to lead is to empower your teams, give clarity and get out of the way. Inspire a shared vision, communicate regularly, and let them create magic!
· Always have respect for people working in the shadow of your success. Recognize and give due credit
· Getting a job done is a given, how you get it done makes all the difference
· Curiosity is underrated sometimes, those who keep learning stay “young”
· Have clarity in what you do not want to do in your career and be open to everything else
· Don’t be afraid to fail and admit mistakes. We are human!
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
Deepak: You will be part of a high-performing Global Accounts Receivable team that rolls up to the Global Accounting Operations Org. The team is responsible for driving robust cashflows for the company, building strong customer relations, mitigating financial risk, driving automation/transformation projects, critical reporting, and ensuring a smooth “customer first” service delivery model.
The leadership team strongly believes in outcome-based open & inclusive work culture. Work-life balance and well-being are of paramount importance.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow what interview tips would you give them?
Deepak: Relax and be authentic, seek clarity on why you want the job and what value you bring onboard, and do not hesitate to ask thoughtful questions about the role, the team, or the company. Demonstrate relevant experience and be honest in your responses. “I do not know” is an acceptable answer. Consider the interview as a mutual discovery discussion.
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