Wayne State business school courseThe Vehicle Industry Purchasing and SCM Certificate Training Program, offered by Wayne State University’s School of Business, in cooperation with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) moves into its second year. 

The course, which begins on February 19th and lasts for 23 weekly sessions, will take place at AIAG’s headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, and is aimed at employees of OEMs, suppliers, third party logistics providers, and trucking companies involved in the global automotive industry.

John Taylor, director of Supply Chain Programs in Wayne State’s School of Business said, “This programme is targeted at staff that are new to supply chain, who are looking to broaden their purchasing and logistics related skills, and who may or may not have had formal auto related SCM (supply chain management) training in school. It covers many of the big issues they face in their current jobs and that they will face as they continue to advance in their careers.”

After the success of the inaugural course last year, in which 31 students participated, this year’s course will cover a range of 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. Companies taking part in the 2014 programme included GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ryder, Cooper Standard, and Delphi. Sessions will be taught by academics as well as industry professionals to bring diversity and alternative perspectives to the course, according to the organisers. 

J Scot Sharland, AIAG’s executive director said, “What makes this programme so effective is the significant input from automotive supply chain management veterans who will not only contribute their experience and expertise, but also will provide participants with the absolute latest in trends, developments and best practices in global supply chain management.”