Controlling Your Supply Chain

In today's world of global corporations, instantaneous communications and cost and quality conscious customers, understanding and controlling your supply chain is a critical need. Designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the today's often complex supply chains, this course is a must for anyone involved in product planning, management or procurement.

Developed for procurement professionals, supply chain managers, and sales contract professionals, this course looks at the complexities of effectively managing a multi-tiered supply chain and provides you with proven planning techniques and contracting tools to effectively monitor and control contractual relationships with 2, 3, 4 and more layers of vendors and customers.

Session 1: How Long Is Your Chain?

We look briefly at the theory behind the current initiatives and discuss some of the things every corporation must consider when deciding just how far into the chain they need to control...and how much control they need over each link in the chain.


Session 2: Supply Chain Design Means Contract Re-Design

This session looks at the principles of designing an effective supply chain management program...and what these principles mean for the procurement professional. We'll discuss ways to ensure information capture, processing and reporting becomes an integral part of the work as well as ways to push decision making to where the work is done without losing sight or control of the product.


Session 3: Contract Rights Without a Contract?

This session looks at the complexity of managing multi-tiered relationships with vendors and customers with whom you have no formal contract. You'll learn how to gain visibility and control over suppliers with whom you have no formal contractual relationship.


At the conclusion of this course, you will:

  • Understand the components of a supply chain.

  • Be able to identify the supply chain for their own company / division / product.

  • Be familiar with the basics of designing a supply chain.

  • Be conversant about key contract, management and operational issues involved with good supply chains.

  • Understand the principles of good supply chain control and management.