Supply and Value Chain Management for Engineers | AIChE

Supply and Value Chain Management for Engineers

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This online course explores the principles of supply and value chain management. You’ll examine the strategies, best practices, risks and opportunities of this discipline that is critically important to companies that want to optimize manufacturing costs and maximize profits.    

Sustainability expert Dr. Jeffrey Seay begins with an overview of what a supply chain is, how it works, the importance of matching supply and demand and stumbling blocks within the supply chain to keep on your radar. You’ll also address supply chain management—its different features and principles, key issues that drive sustainability, and customer/supplier relationships.

This course may be taken as part of the AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals (ACSP). More info

After taking this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the components of a supply chain
  • Examine the key features of supply chain management
  • Discuss the linkages between supply and demand
  • Identify the key issues for sustainable supply chain management
  • Describe the risk and opportunities found within the supply chain
  • Discuss how supply chain management is linked with sustainability

Any chemical engineer who would benefit from a more thorough understanding of the basic principles of supply chain management, especially those working in: 

  • Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Management 

Module 1: Introduction to Supply Chain Management

  • What is Supply Chain (SC)
  • SC Terms and Definitions
  • Overview of Supply Chain Management (SCM) Topics
  • Key Issues for SC Design and Management

Module 2: Understanding Supply and Demand

  • Understanding Customer Demand
  • Matching Supply with Demand
  • Inventory Management
  • Optimal Product Availability

Module 3: Distribution Networks

  • Distribution Network Design
  • Network Frameworks and Decision Making
  • Design Models
  • Transportation Decision Making

Module 4: Supplier Relationship Management

  • Definitions
  • Supplier Performance Measures
  • Supplier Selection Methods
  • Supplier Performance Criteria
  • Supplier Performance Management

Module 5: Customer Relationship Management

  • Customer relationship management as a SCM process
  • Strategic customer relationship management process
  • Operational customer relationship management process
  • Customer service management

Module 6: Establishing Partnerships

  • What is a partnership?
  • The partnership model
  • Applications of partnership model
  • Institutionalizing the partnership process

Module 7: Supply Chain and Sustainability

  • What is Sustainability?
  • Energy and the Supply Chain
  • Sustainability and Supply Chain Management
  • Key Characteristic of a Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Efficiency

Module 8: Implementing a Supply Chain

  • The Seven Steps to Implementing a Sustainable Supply Chain
    • Culture
    • Educate the organization on sustainability
    • Complete a sustainability audit of our company’s supply chain
    • Determine goals and objectives for the sustainable supply chain
    • Determine what actions need to take place in order to meet the objectives
    • Measure the sustainability progress
    • Benchmarking
  • ​Obstacles to Implementation

​Final Exam

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