Supply Chain Management Professional Designation Program
This program leading to SCMP accreditation is the most comprehensive in the field
of supply chain management. It is balanced to deliver advanced supply chain management
knowledge and high-level business skills. The Supply Chain Management Professional
(SCMP) Designation Program is competency-based and participatory in nature with
a focus on analysis, strategic perspective and decision-making.
- To develop a professional with the knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to
the needs and expectations of the marketplace
- To develop a professional with a unique and distinctive competence to differentiate
the SCMP from others practising in the field of supply chain management
- To build a critical mass of quality supply chain management professionals capable
of surpassing customer expectations, and demonstrating throughout their careers,
the competencies of strategic supply chain management professionals
Modules deliver functional skills that emphasize the technical foundation of the
profession of supply chain management in an integrated manner.
The Modules contain significant participatory elements. They include individual exercises as well
as participation in discussion forums. Business case studies are used extensively
throughout the program. Readings are drawn from current literature and are continuously
updated to include leading-edge concepts.
There are eight Modules in total. These include a combination of 13-week Modules
and 7-week Modules.
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Module 1: Supply Chain Management
The goal of this Module is to have candidates appreciate the big picture and recognize
the critical, strategic and dynamic nature of SCM. This Module develops the functional
and institutional aspects of SCM, and lays the foundation for the remaining Modules
and Workshops. The focus is on matters of strategic significance, from defining
supply chain management for an organization, to assessing supply chain risk and
conducting a supply chain social responsibility audit. The issue of fit between
organizational goals and supply chain design is an overarching theme in line with
our strategic approach that there is no "one best way" to manage supply
chains. You will leave equipped to analyze supply chains and make recommendations
to improve supply chain performance.
Module 2: Procurement and Supply Management
The Module breaks down the distinctions between purchasing, procurement and supply
management. In providing a comprehensive grounding in the differences between strategic
and tactical aspects of purchasing, it covers the procurement process and the role
of the procurement function within the organization. This Module gives you the tools
to determine "make or buy decisions," and to conduct effective price and
cost analysis. Critical issues in supplier selection and evaluation are addressed
as are emerging and established technologies in e-procurement. The characteristics
of services procurement that differentiate it from product procurement are also
Module 3: Logistics and Transportation
This Module explores the vital role that logistics plays in strategic supply chain
management and its links to procurement. You will develop an understanding of the
primary logistics activities of transportation, warehousing and inventory management.
The Module includes a consideration of a variety of analytical and technological
tools such as activity-based costing, total cost of ownership and warehouse management
systems. Issues in transportation from modal choices to industry regulations are
discussed as is logistics outsourcing through 3PLs and 4PLs. The Module will prepare
you to chart a customized logistics strategy for your organization and make strategic
logistics decisions, based on the most current concepts and transportation options.
Module 4: Operations and Process Management
The nature of operations and the transformation system whereby an organization and
an entire supply chain add value to a product or service is the starting point for
this Module. You will learn to use a variety of tools to manage and improve supply
chain processes. Just-in-time (JIT)/lean production, process flow analysis
(capacity, bottlenecks) and quality management are specific topics of interest.
You will acquire a 360-degree view of planning and control requirements such
as master scheduling, material requirements planning (MRP) and yield management.
Project management fundamentals are also covered. This Module situates operations
management within the strategic context of global operations and the exploitation
of operations capabilities.
Module 5: Knowledge Management
Knowledge management is the process of capturing and making use of collective expertise.
It includes three overlapping factors (people, technology and processes). An organization
can achieve competitive advantage through reusing applicable knowledge and using
newly created knowledge (i.e. innovation). This Module examines the technical and
behavioural aspects of knowledge management, prepares you to assess knowledge management
systems, and equips you with the techniques to make improvements in knowledge management
systems. Key considerations such as security, privacy, audit, project management
and organizational change management are addressed. You will also learn to manage
issues of information quality, sharing and overload.
Module 6: Global Sourcing
A critical component of any procurement strategy, global sourcing is the focus of
this Module. It is especially important today to integrate global sourcing decisions
with inbound logistics and to consider total cost implications of global vs. domestic
sourcing. The Module examines low-cost country sourcing both from the point of view
of barriers and facilitators. From Africa and Asia to Europe and Latin America,
you will learn about sourcing around the world, including NAFTA sourcing in the
U.S. and Mexico. This Module also deals with types of intermediaries (customs brokers,
3PLs and trading companies) as well as freight and payment terms. You will gain
the ability to evaluate global sourcing alternatives and to communicate in a cross-cultural
Module 7: Supply Chain Management for the Public Sector
The unique characteristics of procurement in the public sector are explored in this
Module. The Module examines a variety of public sector settings, including the federal
government, provincial and municipal governments, as well as health care and education
sectors. You will learn how to undertake competitive bidding in a public sector
environment and evaluate alternatives such as sole sourcing and negotiation. The
Module will explain the different forms of purchasing co-operatives and consortias.
Ethical issues in public sector procurement are also examined. At the end of this
Module, you will be able to understand the special supply chain challenges and opportunities
in the public sector and make recommendations for performance improvement.
Module 8: Supply Chain Management for Services, Capital Goods and Major Projects
Service sector supply chains can differ significantly from those that have a product
focus. This Module looks at the importance of demand, capacity and yield management,
as well as services spend analysis with a view to crafting or enhancing a services
purchasing strategy. There is an emphasis on retail and wholesale operations where
collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment are addressed. Using financial
analysis, the Module also pays special attention to acquiring and disposing of capital
goods, including leasing. You will also gain an understanding of how to manage procurement
for major projects, such as building construction. Throughout, the steps in taking
a green approach to supply chain initiatives are stressed.