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Auto Industry Certificate in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Wayne State University, in cooperation with AIAG, offers the second annual non-degree certificate program designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues in the context of the global auto industry.

Vehicle industry supply chain issues are especially focused on purchasing and supplier development, risk management, inbound logistics, after-market parts management and a rather unique kind of outbound vehicle transportation. Participants will learn about a broad range of vehicle industry oriented supply chain topics including SCM strategy, SCM finance, forecasting, negotiations, procurement strategy, supplier development, risk management, production operations, quality management processes and Six Sigma, trade management, logistics and transportation management.

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The program will be held over the course of a year with separate winter and fall classroom terms. The overall program will consist of some 23 distinct classroom sessions. Sessions will be held on Thursday afternoon/evenings from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Sessions will be spread out over the course of the year with some break weeks throughout the year to allow for travel, personal weeks, etc. Most sessions will involve a combination of academic and industry faculty on the same topics. A typical session could involve an introduction to the topic, followed by a light meal break, and continuing with a more applied discussion of the topic. Sessions will be held at AIAG headquarters in Southfield, MI.

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Who Should Attend

This Certificate Program is designed for high potential candidates from a variety of vehicle industry OEM, Tier 1 and 2, 3PL, service and carrier organizations. Typical participants may be relatively new to supply chain functions, or may not have been exposed to supply chain concepts in college, or may have attended supply chain programs that were not focused on vehicle industry issues. Students are likely to come from manufacturing, marketing, engineering, purchasing, logistics, trade management, or related functions.

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Course Outline


    The program faculty will consist of a combination of supply chain academics and industry supply chain professionals. Program sessions will include a combination of lectures, classroom discussions, cases, tours, internet sessions, and simulations. Course content will be loaded on the Wayne State Blackboard course administration system. The program will include state-of-the-art SCM simulation games and a research project that participants will conduct at their respective companies. The project will focus on a problem of interest to the participant's employer and will explore an opportunity to solve a problem, reduce costs or improve operations. At the end of the year students will have learned about supply chain concepts and issues, best practices, analysis tools and industry application of concepts.

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