Starting with the basic building blocks of a global supply chain, the syllabus progresses through the key themes in supply chain management.
Major supply chain issues are explored, such as risk management, collaboration, global sourcing, outsourcing, sustainability and performance management.
This distance education programme delivers the tools you need to improve efficiency throughout your supply chain, showing you how best to manage the materials, information and finances flowing through it.
The first module provides an introduction to the concepts of the supply Chain and supply chain management. It addresses the question of how the supply chain differs from logistics. The question of how a business needs to be organised to benefit from a SCM approach is considered, followed by discussions of the relationships of supply chains of different companies, measurements of supply chain effectiveness and the impact of globalisation on supply chains
Module 2 concentrates on the rapidly growing demand for global supply chains. The module examines the drivers of globalisation, particularly global sourcing, and the requirements this places on supply chain design and management. Typical structures are examined, identifying key growth areas and the challenges that are brought about by the extension of supply chains.
Module 3 looks at the key elements that are required for a supply chain to function and fulfill its overall objectives. These elements include the physical aspects of logistics – storage and management of inventory, distribution and increasing range of additional physical services such as reverse logistics – along with data management elements that are increasingly incorporated in supply chain planning and execution.
Module 4 builds on themes that are key areas in global supply chains, but also have relevance in developing supply chains in other situations. In particular the demands of cultural awareness and adapting supply chain practice to cultural, compliance and legal factors are considered and the benefits of collaboration examined. Collaboration is considered alongside outsourcing and the role of service providers is evaluated.
The changing pattern of trade, notably e-commerce and the operation of multiple routes to market – omnichannel/multichannel – present new challenges for the supply chain. This module considers the development of supply chain management techniques to address the needs of these new channels and the balancing of requirements for enterprises operating multiple channels. The potential challenges from continuing changes in technology in the near future are also considered in depth.
This module examines the risks that are more prevalent in supply chains, particularly those occurring in global supply chains and supply chains for new market channels. Key sources of risk for supply chains are identified and the potential effects and mitigating strategies discussed. Visibility in the supply chain and the potentially conflicting goals of agility and resilience are evaluated.
Module 7 addresses a topic that is has become increasingly established on the agendas of many businesses – sustainable operations and corporate social responsibility. General topics are considered including those with special relevance to supply chains, such as carbon footprints and the apparent contradictions of globalisation and small unit distribution. The module also considers the question of labour exploitation in the context of global supply chains.
The final module returns to an element identified in the opening module – performance measurement in supply chains. Drivers of performance improvement are identified and discussed and means for reviewing and improving supply chain performance are examined. The module also examines the relationship of the supply chain to other enterprise functions that influence its performance, particularly the role of procurement and considers the options open to enterprises in setting up their supply chains.
Qualification: Lloyd's Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate
Start date: 28th September 2016
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 16 weeks
Fees: £1499 / US$2100 - £1649 / US$2310 + VAT if applicable. Take a closer look at fees
CPD/CEUs: 28 hours / 2.8 CEUs
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This course is ideal for anyone needing supply chain and logistics knowledge and professionals wishing to develop existing experience or progress in their role.
It is also appropriate for personnel in warehousing, transport, inventory, materials and purchasing management, as well as suppliers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
Finally, it is useful for marketing, customer services, operations and manufacturing managers to understand supply chain issues.
David Cairns has over thirty years’ experience in the supply chain sector. In 2005, David established a logistics consultancy which provides logistics and supply chain services to a variety of companies worldwide.
David has contributed sections to books on warehouse design and management, and has designed and run internal company training.
David is a Regional Chairman in the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK).
Find out more about David here.
We welcome companies placing individual students or groups on any of our publicly advertised distance learning courses, or for larger corporate groups we will deliver to your individual requirements, including instructor lead training, blended delivery solutions, customised assessments, flexible time-scales and dedicated support for learning and development managers.
Gives you the tools to build a resilient and responsive international supply chain.
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