Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Course Summary

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is an overview course, appropriate for experienced professionals, as well as those new to the field and seeking an understanding of what everyone else does in the supply chain.

Event Details

24 hours

Six 4-hour SCM sessions

Available virtually via Zoom or on-site at your organization



Well-run supply chains enable revenue generation, reduce risk, and increase innovation in both the operations as well as the product/service development areas of an organization. It is imperative that everyone speaks the same supply chain language in order to get maximum results.

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is an overview course, appropriate for experienced professionals, as well as those new to the field and seeking an understanding of what everyone else does in the supply chain. Training is designed to provide: an introduction to your internal and extended supply chains; insight into how supply chains work; information about what tools to use where, when, and how; a primer on current methodologies and processes such as Lean, forecasting, and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP); and an introduction to what digital technologies can do for your supply chains.

Immediately following SCM’s six 4-hour sessions, participants will be able to successfully communicate and pose questions in supply chain meetings; work with tools in various functional areas; understand how changes in one area of a supply chain affect the operations in another area; perform basic problem-solving skills; and be ready to take an official supply chain certification prep course.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for professionals working in and supporting supply chains. Typical company attendees include people new to supply chain, those in supply chain who want a more understanding of how they work, and those transferring into supply chain from another career area or industry.

Learning Objectives

Through training, participants will learn:

  • The basics of forecasting and demand planning
  • How to read an inventory grid, a bill of material, and other supply chain documents
  • Savvy ways strategic sourcing is advancing supply chain capabilities
  • Proven ways to link sales, marketing, and operational data
  • Methodologies used in manufacturing to achieve strategic goals
  • Technology use in logistics and warehousing that are creating shining company images
  • How to use a combination of tools to solve supply chain problems

Course Outline

Session 1: Strategic Supply Chains

  • Integrating culture into supply chain performance
  • Process, quality, and problem-solving – concepts/methods carried through course
  • Supply Chain performance and performance mix
  • Introduction to hands-on exercises for case study application of course concepts

Session 2: Procurement Today

  • Supplier scorecards and performance
  • Trade-offs
  • Demand and forecasting, part 1

Session 3: Linking Procurement and Manufacturing

  • Demand and forecasting, part 2
  • Product lifecycle
  • Integrating tech when needed
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Introduction to inventory grids

Session 4: Manufacturing

  • Categories of manufacturing and what they mean for procurement
  • Capacity
  • Planning
  • Job shop & warehouse routing
  • Manufacturing scheduling
  • Linking inventory, design, and bills of material
  • Integrating technology

Session 5: Internal Logistics and Warehousing

  • Inventory classification
  • Inventory costs and trade-offs
  • Inventory ordering and safety stock
  • Shipping and handling overview
  • Integrating technology

Session 6: External Logistics and Warehousing, Company Methodologies

  • Global supply chains
  • Transportation styles
  • Distribution requirements planning
  • Documentation overview
  • Company-wide methodologies: Risk management, Lean
  • Integrating technology




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