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Create and run optimised manufacturing processes that are integrated with all business functions.

As a young engineer you understand the technicalities of turning raw materials or components into intermediate or final products – but are you equipped to be a well-rounded operations manager who can run a factory like a successful business?

This programme is designed to refine and deepen young manufacturing engineers expertise to create and run optimised manufacturing processes that are integrated with all business functions.

This programme will place a strong emphasis on what is practically required for the day-to-day operations of a facility and aims to provide delegates with the fundamental business acumen and technical aspects needed to be an efficient and effective operations manager.

How you will benefit:

This programme will teach you how to integrate the manufacturing function into the wider business by:

  • Understanding maintenance philosophies and strategising accordingly;
  • Having a practical working knowledge of basic HR principles and how to manage union and labour relationships;
  • Knowing what your leadership style is and where you need to hone it;
  • Understanding the wider, business environment and how it impacts the business of your factory;
  • Using a systems-thinking approach for decision making;
  • Making good financial decisions – e.g., calculate the optimisation between production inventory and more capital investment;
  • Coming to grips with your cognitive decision making style;
  • Learning how to manage change; and
  • Understanding how to be both a leader and manager of projects.

Key focus areas

This programme will teach you how to refining your technical expertise by:

  • Discovering the best way to conduct detailed calculations for plant operation optimisation;
  • Calculating whether or not you make money on every product that leaves the factory;
  • Discovering how to work around or elevate a constraint (apply the Theory of Constraints to your decision making);
  • Making informed decisions on production and inventory levels – work in progress;
  • Understanding how to create flow throughout the supply chain – mass customisation, replenishment of raw material, metrics; and
  • Calculating the optimal run length for specific SKU’s.

Who should attend

Young engineering professionals currently in or moving to a mid-level management position and responsible for manufacturing processes that encompass:

  • Process design;
  • Factory floor supervision and management e.g. logistics and people management; and
  • Integration of the operations function.
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