Supply Chain Management
What gets you the job?
A good selling point is mastering the fundamentals of supply chain management. This means that you can fill a broad variety of positions. Your understanding of global supply chains means that you can enter any link in a supply chain and design, manage and optimize it. You have both ready-to-use knowledge, specialized knowledge and strategic understanding, which is a rare combination for a specialist graduate.
The essence of your study program is to take a “supply chain” in addition to “firm” perspective. Therefore you are enabled to consider the consequences of decision making all the way between raw material extraction, production, wholesale, retail, and final consumption. Supply chain managers are experts in tearing down the functional silos that separated finance, procurement, production, marketing, logistics and sales, and in orchestrating end-to-end value creation. This is what supply chain management is about.
Supply chain management is currently undergoing a massive shift. It used to be a collection of jobs related to procurement and logistics. But these functions are consolidated by many companies within high-level leadership. Indeed, companies like Apple, General Motors, Intel and Lego have pushed supply chain positions up the executive ladder, e.g. by establishing Chief Supply Chain Officers roles or promoting a supply chain manager as CEO. In the light of emerging technological trends such as machine learning, additive manufacturing and process automation, supply chain management is about to play an increasingly important role in today’s changing business environment. The service economy, circular economy and digitalization make the role of supply chain managers even more strategic. The supply chain management concentration will meet such developments by relating them to economic, ecological and social context. Don’t miss the chance and become part of the supply chain journey!
Many graduates work as analysts in corporations or consultancies, work with the strategic elements of supply chain management or process integration and optimization. Other rewarding jobs in SCM are related to logistics, sales, IT, humanitarian operations, among others. This could also entail developing new service solutions and business models, or working with corporate social responsibility (CSR) to improve the sustainability of supply chains.
Purchasing and procurement are also exciting jobs. Your responsibilities could include, for instance, strengthening relationships, obtaining the best combination of quality and price, searching for and managing strategic suppliers, or analyzing supplier markets. You could also become a key account manager to secure effective customer services, or work with logistics in scheduling, inventory control, or finding out effective ways of reaching the customer on time.
No matter which practical task you handle, you have the overall understanding of the processes and can point out when there is a better way of doing things.
In the academic profile you can find more information about the various competences you achieve on the programme: