Executive Certificate in Supply Chain Management

The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University

The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University

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Who should attend

The certificate program was designed for mid-level managers and functional experts with at least three to five years of professional experience, and who are interested in gaining new knowledge and skills for success in Supply Chain Management and Operations-based positions.

About the course

By providing a better understanding of value chains, logistic systems, demand and supply chain planning processes, operations, quality systems, and supply networks, Lehigh’s 8-day Executive Certificate in Supply Chain Management enables participants to create competitive advantages for their organization and their career.

Description

Intense global competition has created a competitive environment that demands reduced costs, shorter cycle times, enhanced revenues, and a constant search for new ways to provide competitive value. By providing a better understanding of value chains, logistic systems, demand and supply chain planning processes, operations, quality systems, and supply networks, Lehigh’s Supply Chain Management Certificate enables participants to create competitive advantages for their organization and their career.

HOW DO I EARN A SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE?

The certificate is awarded when six one- and two-day programs are taken within two years, but it may be completed in as few as four months. Certificates will only be granted to those who complete all six programs:

  • Utilizing Supply Chain Management for Competitive Advantage
  • Effective Planning and Forecasting
  • Cost and Financial Management
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Integrated Logistics and Transportation Management
  • Capstone Experience

Programs do not need to be taken as listed (although the Capstone Experience must be completed last), but they are designed to build on each other in this order

Participants in this program will

  • Demonstrate and apply your knowledge on integrating supply chain management, demand management, cost and risk management, lean management, and logistics and transportation management
  • Apply your strategic management skills to formulate and implement effective strategies in competing supply chain environments
  • Identify a specific process or current strategies in your company that could benefit from the application of supply chain management tools and techniques
  • Develop an implementation plan for improving the identified issue, and present your plan during the program

Session Information

Utilizing Supply Chain Management for Competitive Advantage

It is every company’s ultimate goal to develop and sustain a competitive advantage—but that goal is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. A growing influx of new competitors, and pressure to lower costs and increase customer value mean even if you are able to create an advantage, it’s likely to be short-lived. But there is a source of sustainable competitive advantage ready to be tapped in your organization right now: by better managing your existing supply chain, you can reduce costs and provide greater value for your customers. In Utilizing Supply Chain Management for Competitive Advantage, you will discover the principles of supply chain excellence, identify potential areas for improvement in your company, and develop ways to address them. Taught by the Director of Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research, this hands-on program is based on the latest data, standards, and best practices from multiple industries. You will leave with a plan for applying what you learned to make your organization’s supply chain process a sustainable source of competitive advantage.

IMPACT & BENEFITS:

  • Develop a common understanding of the principles of supply chain excellence, supply chain terminology and definitions, and supply chain best practices that you can share with your team
  • Identify opportunities in your company and begin creating supply chain improvement initiatives
  • Discover how supply chain strategy is created, how it relates to your current process, and how it can be used to increase customer value
  • Create performance metrics to measure progress on the improvements you identified
  • Learn unique supply chain characteristics and solutions for managing uncertainty and risk
  • Share ideas with fellow participants about supply chain improvements and challenges

Effective Planning and Forecasting

Planning is a critical process in every company. It drives many of the processes that are the foundation of the supply chain. Without effective demand and inventory planning, companies would need to react to constantly changing market trends leading to operational uncertainty, poor customer service, and, ultimately, weakened financial performance. This one-day program provides you with the tools and methods you need to define, develop, and manage efficient and effective planning processes that balance demand forecasts with existing supply and inventory, leading to significantly reduced costs.

IMPACT & BENEFITS

  • Link strategic planning goals with competing perspectives from suppliers to final customers
  • Manage customer demand relative to capacity, and manage and reduce client order gaming
  • Reduce risk associated with inventory shortages and other service-level threats
  • Reduce excess inventory to capture costs savings and match required, cost-efficient service goals
  • Maximize returns on inventory held and understand costs associated with inventory at various service levels
  • Identify alternative service strategies in addition to retaining inventory

Cost and Financial Management

Although they are inextricably linked, supply chain management and cost and financial management aren’t considered together in many companies. In fact, supply chain finance often is not even given much thought beyond “the cheaper, the better.” Because there are so many ways in which the supply chain affects profitability, this lack of attention can mean missing opportunities to improve supply chain decision making and cost management. This innovative two-day program helps you gain a thorough understanding of the financial topics related to your supply chain. You will learn how to perform financial analyses that provide deep insights into your suppliers and customers, how to frame certain supply chain activities and expenses as investments, and how to manage working capital correctly. By learning best practices and the tools and techniques you need to apply them, you will be ready to increase your company’s profitability by improving existing processes, strengthening relationships with suppliers, and even occasionally choosing a higher price option.

IMPACT & BENEFITS:

  • Appreciate the language of finance, including key terms, concepts, tools, techniques, and applications
  • Understand through hands-on learning how to use financial tools and techniques to support better supply chain decision making, cost management, and risk management
  • Discover how supply chain initiatives affect corporate performance indicators
  • Apply an innovative set of price and cost analytic techniques that can provide immediate benefit to your organization
  • Learn how and when to frame certain supply chain activities and expenses as investments

Lean Six Sigma

In an environment of ever-increasing competition and customer expectations, the need for improved organizational performance has never been greater. Instead of applying an intuitive approach to streamlining and enhancing existing processes, Lean Six Sigma principles provide a powerful structured, quantitative method to optimize performance by eliminating waste, improving revenue and providing greater customer satisfaction. This two-day program combines the quantitative analysis of Lean Six Sigma with Kaizen, continuous improvement, and standardization. Using a blend of lecture, individual and small group work, and a role-playing simulation, you will learn how to successfully define improvement projects, analyze work flows, identify improvement opportunities, improve process flows, and control process-quality levels, while increasing responsiveness and reducing inventories. You will leave this hands-on program ready to apply Lean Six Sigma principles in your organization.

IMPACT AND BENEFITS:

  • Develop an understanding of lean six sigma concepts and how to apply them in your organization
  • Learn a systematic approach for increasing profits, decreasing costs, improving efficiency and effectiveness, and boosting customer satisfaction
  • Gain practical experience with quality management practices including lean purchasing, operations, transportation, distribution, and design
  • Collect and develop value-adding insights from quantitative data

Integrated Logistics and Transportation Management

As consumer demands and markets continue to grow and create challenges in every industry, successful companies are taking a strategic approach to logistics and transportation management. This approach allows them to both lower costs and create greater value for customers. Logistics and transportation management helps companies get the right item to the right place at the right time by applying an overall supply chain strategy and adjusting key processes within the supply chain. Integrated Logistics and Transportation Management will help you better understand how to use logistics and transportation to provide both internal and external value. Taught by the Director of Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research, this hands-on program is based on the latest data, standards, and best practices from multiple industries. You will identify areas for improvement in your organization during the program, and leave with insights and ideas for how to implement those improvements.

IMPACT & BENEFITS:

  • Create value for your customers by streamlining supply chain practices
  • Apply powerful techniques for efficient transportation management
  • Harness your extended supply chain for competitive advantage
  • Incorporate supply chain management strategy across logistics and transportation

Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience requires participants to apply the supply chain knowledge they have gained from the other programs in the Supply Chain Certificate Program. This course will specifically focus on identifying opportunities to reduce costs both within a firm and for companies upstream and downstream to a firm. In addition to working with cases that involve the latest issues in supply chain management, the Capstone Experience will use topics such as global supply chain management and e-commerce to identify different supply chain strategies. You will identify a problem in your organization that can be solved through the application of a specific supply chain strategy.

IMPACT & BENEFITS:

  • Demonstrate and apply your knowledge on integrating supply chain management, demand management, cost and risk management, lean management, and logistics and transportation management
  • Apply your strategic management skills to formulate and implement effective strategies in competing supply chain environments
  • Identify a specific process or current strategies in your company that could benefit from the application of supply chain management tools and techniques
  • Develop an implementation plan for improving the identified issue, and present your plan during the program

Experts

Robert Trent

Robert Trent teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and holds a B.S. degree in materials logistics management, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in purchasing/operations management. Prior to his return to academia, Professor Trent spent seven years with Chrysler Corporation. His industrial experi...

Zach Zacharia

Dr. Zach G. Zacharia is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research in the College of Business and Economics, Lehigh University where he teaches Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Supply Chain Operations Management and Logistics and Tr...

Phillip Coles

Phillip Coles has an undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University, an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Lehigh University and an MS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. In addition to his formal education, he also studied lean and continuous improvement a...

Executive Certificate in Supply Chain Management at The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University

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