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Friday, August 22, 2014

Eight-Part Supply Chain Management Certificate Course at N.J. College

The Institute at Middlesex County College, in Edison, N.J., will begin an eight-part certificate course in supply chain management on July 8 that runs through Aug. 15. The 120-hour program, called Expanded Fundamentals of Materials Management and Supply Chain Concepts, is designed to teach the most current information and concepts in supply chain management for professionals who are in the job market and want to upgrade their knowledge and skills. Students receive a Certification in Supply Chain Management upon finishing the course.

The eight segments of the program are:

1. Understanding the Management of Materials and Other Resources, which discusses objectives, responsibilities, skills, and knowledge requirements of purchasing, sourcing, supply management, inventory control, logistics, warehousing, forecasting, performance measures, and other areas. Students will look at quality principles, just-in-time operations, and technology in materials management.

2. Supply Chain Management Principles, which defines the hierarchy of levels, silo management, supply chain drivers, impact of Six Sigma, strategic sourcing, and lean principles. This segment will look at the relationship of supply chain management with finance, marketing/sales, regulatory, safety, legal, and engineering.

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3. Product & Service Supply Chain: Structure & Models, which explores different models that organizations are using to set up their supply chain links. Participants will discuss designs and flexibility to support organizational growth as well as outsourcing, integration, supply/demand management, supply chain networks, knowledge management, and risk management.

4. Taking the Supply Chain Global, which will increase students’ knowledge of doing international business, managing global suppliers and risk, performing a country study, and opportunities and challenges in the global supply chain. Specifics will include Customs & Border Protection Agency security issues when importing and exporting, and other regulations.

5. Technology’s Role in Supply Chain Management, which will look at e-enabled supply chains, enterprise software, electronic data exchange, customer- and supplier-managed software, and warehouse and transportation management software. Participants will examine e-commerce and cloud computing, as well.

6. Best Practices and Supply Chain Excellence, which will review best practices and measurement processes, the SCOR model, Richter award winners, Malcolm Baldridge quality metrics, lean principles, Six Sigma, and case studies. Students will learn the benchmarking process and sources of best practice information.

7. Case Studies in SCM & Managing the Supply Chain, which will cull the information learned in the six previous segments to solve case-study challenges, find solutions for matching supply to demand, meet security challenges, and others. Participants will gain practice in identifying, analyzing, improving, implementing, and managing re-engineered supply chain processes.

8. Looking for Cost Reductions in the Supply Chains – The New Frontier, which will look at ways to reduce costs, generate additional revenue, and increase profits. This segment will look at measuring performance throughout the supply chain and capturing market opportunities. It will also explore the future of supply chain management, technology, knowledge management, and collaboration.

Total cost for the course is $1,500, including tuition and fees. The course is being taught by IMT Procurement Journal contributing writer Marilyn Gettinger, owner and principal of New Directions Consulting Group. Gettinger is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and member of the Institute for Supply Management and the American Production and Inventory Control Society.

For more information, call the Institute at Middlesex County College at (732) 906-4681.


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