Career in Supply Chain Management - options and opportunities

Career in Supply Chain Management - options and opportunities - Introduction, options, opportunities, courses, institutes, exams etc.
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  • RE: Career in Supply Chain Management - options and opportunities -Rajni Sharma (11/23/11)
  • Career Options in Supply Chain Management


    Supply Chain Management is a process used by companies to ensure systematic and strategic management of various business functions such as procurement of materials, transformation of materials into finished products, and the distribution of these products to the end users or customers. Typically, there are 5 stages in supply chain management: Planning, Development, Making, Delivering and Returning. In planning stage, strategy is developed to meet the needs of the customers. In development stage, strong relationship is built with suppliers of the raw
    materials. In making stage, product is manufactured, tested, packaged and delivered to the customers. In the final stage, defective products are returned by the customers to the company. These processes of Supply chain are used within a particular company and across businesses to improve the performance of the companies and the supply chain as a whole. Coordination between the various functions of the supply chain is very crucial for the proper supply chain management. Supply chains exist both in manufacturing and service industry.

    Performance and growth of industry in India

    Indian economy is growing rapidly with a significant growth in domestic consumer market which has profound implications for supply chain management. To survive in a globalized economy it has become necessary for the industry to provide their customers good quality products at the right place at the lowest cost. In order to achieve its goals every company needs to implement supply chain management effectively and for this more professionals are required in this field.

    Options and Opportunities

    A career in Supply Chain offers exciting challenges, travel opportunities with excellent
    remuneration. It provides various job opportunities in clearing, freight forwarding organizations, couriers, forwarding companies, third party logistics industry. A degree in supply management gives the candidates job opening not only within the industry but also in the companies in the outside sector as Customer Service Manager, Fulfillment Supervisor, Supply Chain Analyst, Consultant, Transportation Manager, Warehouse Operations Manager, Shipping Coordinator, Export Executive, Expeditor, Purchasing Manager, Supply Chain Software Manager, International Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Managers.

    Courses Available

    The courses offered in Supply Management are generally in the part time, certificate, graduate, post graduate diploma, post graduate degree modes.

    Bachelors degree in Supply Management

    -BBA (Logistics and Shipping)
    -BBM (Logistics and Shipping)
    -B.Com (Logistics and Shipping)
    -B.Sc (Logistics and Shipping)

    Masters degree in Supply Management

    -M.B.A Logistics and International Transport
    -M.B.A. Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    -M.B.A. Logistics and Port Management
    -M.B.A. Logistics and Shipping

    Diploma and Certificate course in Supply Management

    -Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management (P.G.D.S.C.M)
    -Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics Management (P.G.D.L.M)
    -Post Graduate Diploma in Materials and Logistics Management (P.G.D.M.L.M)
    -Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Shipping
    -Diploma in Retail Supply Chain Management
    -Diploma in Logistics and Transport
    -Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Shipping
    -Certificate course in Supply Chain Management

    Qualification required

    To pursue Graduate degree, Diploma or Certificate course the candidate needs to pass senior secondary exam (10+2).

    To pursue a Masters degree in Supply Chain Management the candidate must have at least 50% marks in aggregate in Graduation from any recognized institute or university.

    Some good institutes

    There are lots of institutes which provide bachelors and post graduate degrees in supply chain management:

    -Indian Institute of Materials Management
    -Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISCM)
    -Institute of Logistics & Aviation Management
    -Management Development Institute
    -Indian Railways Institute of Logistics & Materials Management
    -Logistics Knowledge Park (L.K.P.), Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
    -I.P.S. Institute

    Entrance exams

    In order to join the Graduate or PG programme in supply management there are few important exams:

    -Tata Institute of Sciences MBA entrance exam,
    -Maharastra common entrance test
    -University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Management Entrance Test
    -ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test,
    -Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test,
    -IIM-Joint Entrance Exam,
    -The Trichy Anna University Supply Chain Management Entrance Exam