Detailed Programme

The programme ‘Excellence in Supply Chain Management’ comprises 4 modules:

Module 1: Strategy and planning for an effective supply chain (April)

As globalisation and competition amongst suppliers increases, the spotlight on supply chain management is shining like never before. This module will show you how to turn your organisation’s strategy into an effective supply chain design. You’ll be guided through a business simulation to introduce the dynamics of supply chains and gain insights into the strategic role of the supply chain manager. We’ll investigate inventory management and integrated supply chain planning, covering multi-echelon safety stock optimisation, forecasting techniques and capacity planning.

  • Understanding supply chain dynamics
  • Using your supply chain to create a competitive advantage
  • Supply chain segmentation
    • Aligning the supply chain to your customer segments
    • Designing efficient, flexible and adaptable supply chains
  • Planning and managing inventories in a supply chain
    • Balancing inventory costs and customer service
    • Benefits and risks of inventory pooling
    • Managing uncertainty: securing your safety stock in a multi-echelon system
  • Integrated supply chain planning
    • Gaining practical knowledge of demand planning, forecasting and inventory optimisation tools and techniques
    • Understanding the value of data analytics in the supply chain
    • Matching supply and demand

Module 2: Structuring the global supply chain (June)

You as a supplier – how does your organisation fit in the chain? We’ll discuss supply chains from the perspectives of distribution, global network design, contract management and the use of technologies in the total supply chain. You’ll identify challenges in international distribution and understand and analyse the cost of distribution. We’ll explore outsourcing and service contracts in the context of international supply chain collaborations - applications include service level agreements, gain sharing mechanisms, global partnerships and alliances.

  • Developing a strategy for distribution logistics
    • Identifying challenges in international distribution
    • Learning the strengths and weaknesses of different network designs
    • Understanding and analysing the cost of distribution for the purpose of distribution network decision-making
  • Global integration and local responsiveness
    • Decision-making in international manufacturing
    • Recognising the strategic role of the plant and identify potential lead plants
    • Using value-adding technology in the supply chain
  • Service level agreements (SLAs) for outsourced services
    • The benefits and drawbacks of outsourcing in a supply chain
    • Learning the principles of ‘intelligent’ SLAs
    • Increasing value by applying gain sharing principles

Module 3: Managing cross-functional supply chains (September)

This module focuses on collaborating with areas like sales, marketing and finance – and how to use collaboration into a competitive advantage. First you’ll learn what effective sales and operations planning is and how it links to revenue management and performance management. Then we’ll explore the impact of supply chain management on cost control and financial performance, addressing topics such as cost-to-serve, working capital reduction and cash management. Finally we’ll discuss the supply chain organisation model and the roles and responsibilities of a supply chain department and a supply chain manager.

  • Integrated sales and operations planning (S&OP)
    • Synchronising forecasted demand with supply resources
    • S&OP as a mechanism for communication and collaboration across functions
    • Applying revenue management methods to increase supply chain profits
    • Defining relevant S&OP performance indicators
  • Understanding supply chain cost and financial performance
    • Understand the impact supply chain management can have on financial performance
    • Identify the drivers of cost in the supply chain
    • Carry out a cost-to-serve analysis
    • Recognise the mechanics and various accounts that make up a firm’s balance sheet
    • Learn how to manage the various trade-offs that firms face when dealing with working capital
  • Organising for supply chain management
    • Understand your organisation’s supply chain maturity
    • Learn the roles and responsibilities of the supply chain manager
    • Identify the best design for supply chain excellence

Module 4: Managing agile and sustainable supply chains (October)

We’ll provide hands-on insight into how to identify and analyse supply chain risks. You’ll learn how to build resilience into your supply chain through reviewing global sourcing options and mass customisation. As a result you’ll be able to mitigate uncertainty and generate higher margins. The second part of this module will show you how to orchestrate supply chain sustainability. You’ll learn key sustainability principles and know how to implement them in your firm and extended network.

  • Understand and manage global supply chain complexity and risk
    • Understand the challenges of global sourcing
    • Use total landed cost to identify the most cost-effective global networks
    • Learn how to identify, analyse, manage and mitigate risks in the supply chain
    • Explore and apply simulation techniques for risk related decision-making
    • Highlight capabilities that allow a firm to anticipate and overcome disruptions
    • Learn how mass customisation strategy helps companies achieve higher levels of flexibility and lower costs
  • Supply chain sustainability
    • Learn how to create and protect long-term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders and understand the principles of sustainability
    • Build a business case for supply chain sustainability
    • Master practical tools to engage with suppliers on sustainability

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When you come to Vlerick, you step away from your usual routine and gain a wider perspective. You discover how to tackle challenges, turn your knowledge into action and apply your skills in your workplace. You learn from faculty who are experts in their fields – and from a diverse group of peers. All these things help you become a confident, skilled professional, ready to succeed in business – and in life.

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Ann Vereecke
Prof Ann Vereecke Vereecke is programme director of 'Excellence in Supply Chain Management'

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