The once relatively straightforward purchasing function within business has developed into an increasingly important process as more organizations have turned to “just-in-time” inventory and similar practices to reduce costs and improve performance. At the center of this change are supply chain managers who possess the technical savvy and knowledge to design and maintain processes to reduce inventory and provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
A new program at County College of Morris (CCM), the Certificate in Supply Chain Management offers individuals the opportunity to take advantage of the strong job-growth field in supply chain management. Positions held by those certified as supply chain managers include supply chain analysts, procurement managers, fleet managers, inventory specialists and more.
Through the program, students will learn how to synchronize supply with demand, conceptualize and build infrastructure to service business needs, and measure supply chain performance, as they also gain insight into the global impact on supply chain technology and practices.
Students who complete the full seven-course program will receive a Certificate in Supply Chain Management. Those courses are: The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management Sourcing, Suppliers and Supply Chain Strategy, Answering Demand in Supply Chains, Lean Production and Six Sigma Issues in Supply Chains, Using Information Technology Strategically, Measuring Supply Chain Performance, and Creating Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage. Individuals also can sign up for single courses if they wish.
The program will take place over the course of two semesters. The first set of four courses begins Thursday, February 3, and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at CCM’s Randolph Campus, 214 Center Grove Road. The second set of three courses will be offered during the Fall 2011 term.