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Vlerick Business School Executive Education

Supply Chain Finance

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Given the complexity and uncertainties inherent to today’s businesses, executives are now actively looking at options to lower their costs, increase their product and customer profitability, and improve their company’s overall profitability.

You will learn in detail how supply chain, operations, procurement and sales/marketing decisions impact the overall financial performance of the organisation. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to maximise your (operational) profitability through the use of key financial and operational analyses and effective business strategies.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME?

After this ‘Supply Chain Finance’ programme, you will:

  • Work with results from Activity-Based-Costing, Cost-to-Serve and Cost of Goods Sold analyses and present the outcomes to your management
  • Know how inventories and (customer/supplier) payment terms impact your company’s working capital need and other financial performance metrics such as Return on Assets or Return on Capital Employed
  • Segment customers based on their profitability, and improve distribution channels to these customers
  • Evaluate and rationalise product portfolio’s and develop skills in product pricing and revenue analysis
  • Learn about financial modeling to support key decisions in the area of Operations or Supply Chain Management, e.g. changes in production capacity, changes in the production process, changes in technology, plant rationalisation programmes, et cetera.
  • Reap the benefits available through effectively managed distribution channels and evaluate your Total Landed Cost
  • Integrate views from operations, supply chain, finance and marketing/sales and develop a realistic and executable action plan

You will apply methods, tools and knowledge to an intensive real-life case study. Moreover, you will learn from the latest research on operational finance and controlling, and walk away with a perspective on supply chain finance trends so you can anticipate upcoming challenges.

DETAILED PROGRAMME

In this ‘Supply Chain Finance’ programme you will work at the interface of operations/supply chain management and finance, i.e. studying profitability improvements through cost management, working capital reduction, product portfolio rationalisations, value-based customer segmentation and revenue management. You will apply methods, tools and knowledge to an intensive real-life case study.

Module 1: Drivers of Financial Value Creation

  • Learn how operations/supply chain and finance interface (cross-disciplinary team nature of supply chain finance)
  • The power of bringing data to the table
  • Study profitability improvements through cost management, working capital reduction, product portfolio rationalisations, value-based customer segmentation and revenue management
  • Translate to the language of the CFO/CEO/Board

Module 2: Supply Chain Finance & Controlling Deep-Dive

  • Experiential Learning: concretely apply the methods, tools and knowledge gained to a real-life case study
  • Build an integrated view on the total supply chain and your business’ financial management
  • Discuss and present recommendations and its potential impact on financial value creation

Experiential Learning Method

Experiential Learning is a very effective method of adult learning for developing tacit knowledge in order to improve your performance in the workplace. A real-life case study is combined with structured reflection and specific excercises designed to take your learning forward.

After this programme you will:

  • Work with results from Activity-Based-Costing, Cost-to-Serve and Cost of Goods Sold analyses and present the outcomes to your management
  • Know how inventories and (customer/supplier) payment terms impact your company’s working capital need and other financial performance metrics such as Return on Assets or Return on Capital Employed
  • Segment customers based on their profitability, and improve distribution channels to these customers
  • Evaluate and rationalise product portfolio’s and develop skills in product pricing and revenue analysis
  • Learn about financial modeling to support key decisions in the area of Operations or Supply Chain Management, e.g. changes in production capacity, changes in the production process, changes in technology, plant rationalisation programmes, et cetera.
  • Reap the benefits available through effectively managed distribution channels and evaluate your Total Landed Cost
  • Integrate views from operations, supply chain, finance and marketing/sales and develop a realistic and executable action plan

Who should attend

This ‘Supply Chain Finance’ programme is targeted to experienced operations, supply chain, finance, sales and marketing professionals or managers who seek hands-on knowledge, insights and best practices on how to manage factors that improve a company’s financial performance.

It can be beneficial for delegates from different functions in a company to attend this programme, to ensure consistent and supportive management action.

Experts

Kristof knows “how to be in control” by showing when and how strategic management accounting systems may assist suppliers in improving their performance. Kristof Stouthuysen is Doctor in Applied Economic Sciences (KU Leuven, Belgium). He currently works as Associate Professor of Accounting and Co...
Ann advises you on the supply chain that best fits your strategy and your products. Ann Vereecke is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Vlerick Business School and Ghent University. She is Partner and Faculty Dean of Vlerick Business School. She graduated as an engineer at Ghen...
Improving your Operations and Supply Chain Management to achieve superior bottom-line performance. Robert Boute is Professor Operations Management at Vlerick Business School. He teaches operations and supply chain management in the degree programs at Vlerick (both full time and executive MBA). F...

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