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Important Career Advice for Professionals in Supply Chain Management


Talking specifically about IIFT programme, it offers Certificate Programme in Strategic Supply Chain for Business Excellence (CPSSCBE) which is focused on strategic business issues, Competitive aspects and other supply chain issues.

Earlier, Supply Chain professionals struggled to get their fair share in boardrooms. This was because they were playing more of supporting than starring roles. But, present is a great time for someone who wants to be a supply chain professional. Infact, emerging technologies are facilitating this positive change for supply chain professionals. Things like Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality are creating new opportunities along with challenges for supply chain management professionals. And, with rising real time technologies the line between planning and execution is vanishing with every passing day.

With this technological shift happening and improvement of the processes, the complexity of supply chains is also growing. As such, the required strategic thinking and problem solving skills to handle this growing complexity in supply chain management are facing serious shortage. This shortage of required talent in supply chain management is offering great opportunities to those who want to upgrade or make their career in SCM (supply chain management). In present scenario, this shortage of supply chain professionals makes them very valuable within their organizations and in the broader market.

With this background and involved dynamics, following are a few tips for the fresher to middle management Supply Chain Management professionals on taking their career to the next level.

Look at the Supply Chain Holistically – Don’t Limit Yourself to Your Current Role
Yes, if you want to grow in an organization in supply chain management, you need to look at the supply chain holistically. You need to look at SCM in an end-to-end manner, without restricting yourself to the traditional functional domains such as logistics, procurement planning etc. For instance, an upcoming promotional campaign for your product may need to be executed in conjunction with production and logistics planning or else you run the risk of stock outs along with incurring the added cost of promotion. This is becoming more and more important in supply chain management.

However, if you want to prepare yourself for such roles, you need to think beyond functional silos as mentioned earlier and build deep supply chain domain knowledge.

But how can you gather such knowledge? That brings me to my final point.

Leverage self-paced learning programs in supply chain management from recognized institutions
In order to master supply chain management in a holistic manner and gain expertise, consider doing certifications offered by professional and reputed institutions like the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) etc. Such professional certifications in Supply Chain Management are designed for professionals, with self-study synchronous learning mechanisms. These certifications are usually offered at an affordable cost and are actually worth it. Moreover, employers usually reimburse for such certifications as part of career skills development.

Talking specifically about IIFT programme, it offers Certificate Programme in Strategic Supply Chain for Business Excellence (CPSSCBE) which is focused on strategic business issues, Competitive aspects and other supply chain issues.

Hope you find this advice on better prospects in supply chain management helpful.