Automotive Industry Certificate in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business, in cooperation with AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group), offers the sixth annual non-degree Auto Industry Certificate in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues in the context of the global auto industry.

In addition to exploring new manufacturing and logistics technologies, participants will learn about a broad range of vehicle industry oriented supply chain management (SCM) topics: 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.

Program faculty consists of a combination of supply chain academia and industry professionals. To provide the most comprehensive educational experience for all students, sessions include a mix of classroom discussions and lectures, a company-related project and presentation, cases, tours, internet sessions and simulations.

The program beings on Feb. 7, 2019, and is offered over 23 classroom sessions held over the course of a year with separate winter and fall terms. Sessions are held at AIAG headquarters in Southfield on Thursday afternoons/evenings from 3:30-7 p.m. with break weeks throughout the year to allow for travel, personal time, etc.

The certificate program is intended for high-potential candidates from a variety of vehicle industry OEM, Tier 1 and sub-tier, 3PL, service and carrier organizations. Typically, students perform manufacturing, marketing, engineering, purchasing, logistics or trade management functions, and may be relatively new to supply chain functions or may have previously attended other supply chain programs not focused on vehicle industry issues.

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