Supply Chain Management Professional
Short Description: Our Supply Chain Manager program introduces the core concepts and components of supply chain management, including supplier evaluation, logistics, inventory management, and other supply chain practices. As the supply chain grows in complexity, and companies increasingly source products and services from a more diverse and global set of suppliers, the job of managing the processes that ensure the steady and reliable flow of components and inputs has never been more difficult. This program explores lean basics and describes the core concepts and central principles practitioners will need to successfully understand and apply Lean strategies to organizational operations. The program provides instructional material that explains the underlying philosophy and theory of effective Lean implementation. Students will then review essential skills for the practice of management in an international business context. We will cover practical applications of management including: setting a mission and vision for the global business enterprise; developing a global business plan; conducting research in an international environment; understanding the nuances of cultural, legal, political, and regulatory differences; and using technology to support global trade as well as practical applications of marketing including: assessing the external environment; performing strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats (SWOT) analysis; conducting international market research; developing a marketing plan and budget; determining the global marketing mix (product, price, placement, and promotional strategies); and conducting competitor analysis and practical applications of trade finance including: political and economic risks, foreign exchange tactics and risks, credit and payment risks, optimal terms of payment, arranging financing, and setting the business’s overall financial plan. With this program, students will learn project management skills that will provide them with an advantage when working in the supply chain field. Upon successful completion of the training material, students will participate in a project management simulation where they will play the role of a project manager on a highway construction project in the small city of Allerton. This project is considered to be a “major project” by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which means it has a budget of $500 million or more. Students will be asked to make a series of decisions during the simulation that will impact the project in different ways. The goal in the simulation is to optimize positive scores in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing the project.
Instructor Description: This program is supported by an expert mentor. Expert mentors are subject matter experts who have years of experience in their field as well as the necessary educational training and credentials to work as an expert. The mentor is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and even industry questions.
Certification: The CSCP certification takes a broad view of the supply chain management field extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain – from supplier, through the company to the end consumer. The CSCP provides you with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company’s value chain. Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.