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Supply chain management is becoming increasingly important for organisations and, at the same time, more and more challenging for the individuals responsible. Globalisation is leading to lengthening supply chains, often associated with greater vulnerability to interruptions and delays. 

This programme led by award winning faculty Professor Richard Wilding OBE and Professor Martin Christopher delivers you the latest thinking in supply chain management, support with the issues that occur in the current dynamic environment and will increase your confidence and ability to manage complex issues within your organisation.

The Supply Chain Management Programme from Cranfield University School of Management has been endorsed by The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and has been awarded 30 hours' Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The benefits to Cranfield’s Supply Chain Management Programme?

  1. World-renowned industry Cranfield Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management faculty members including:
    • Professor Richard Wilding OBE brings a wealth of expertise and experience with his significant contribution to Supply Chain Risk Management. In 2013, Richard was recognised for his outstanding achievement to logistics and supply chain management, he was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order to the British Empire (OBE)
    • Professor Martin Christopher work in the field of logistics and supply chain has gained international recognition. He has published widely including recent bestselling books such as Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Marketing Logistics. Also regularly contributing to conference and workshops around the world
  2. Expert guest Speakers from industry
  3. Endorsed by The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and has been awarded 30 hours' Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  4. Exposed to the latest thinking in supply chain management, strategy, planning and execution from a variety of sectors
  5. Experiencing diverse ideas and issues from delegates, who are from different industries and nationalities
  6. Learn and understand all supply chain management elements, the vision beyond this with your own organisations and developing strategies to implement
  7. Take time out of the business to create Action Plans for leveraging supply chains to enhance competitive advantage.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 30 Oct - 03 Nov 2017
    • 12 - 16 Mar 2018
    • 18 - 22 Jun 2018
    • 01 - 05 Oct 2018
  • Duration5 days, residential
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£5,800 + VAT Concessions available
Cranfield Supply chain management programme

What you will learn

You will gain:

  • New insights into developing supply chain to achieve competitive advantage
  • An increased understanding of the impact of supply chain management on costs and financial performance
  • Appreciation of approaches and frameworks that can be applied to different market segments
  • Reviews of the latest thinking on supply chain strategy, planning and execution.

Your organisation will gain:

  • Appreciation of how competitive advantage can be achieved within dynamic market places
  • Understanding of the impact of enhanced supply chain performance on the overall profitability of the organisation
  • Ability to address the management of supply chain risks
  • Recognition of the value of working across functions
  • An Action plan to enable improved supply chain performance.

Core content

What knowledge will delegates gain:

  • Developing supply chain strategies within volatile environments
  • New approaches for improved supply chain performance
  • Supply Chain Risk Management and creating resilient supply chains
  • Supply chain segmentation – tailoring supply chains for different environments
  • Understand the impact of supply chain strategies on Planning, Sourcing & Procurement, the manufacturing environment, the delivery operations and reverse logistics
  • Specific discussions on Global Sourcing, Inventory, warehousing, Demand planning and forecasting, Performance measurement Customer profitability analysis and cost-to-serve, supply chain strategy in the boardroom.

How the delegate will develop

  • Taught by a world-renowned  faculty including Professor Richard Wilding OBE, Professor Martin Christopher and Cranfield faculty contributors
  • Learn from our visiting academic and industrial thought leaders
  • Gain 30 hours' Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport
  • The latest thinking from supply chain influencers (Professor Richard Wilding OBE was recently rated No 1 Supply Chain Power Influencer on Twitter)
  • Learn and understand all supply chain management elements, the vision beyond this with your own organisations and developing strategies to implement
  • Global sourcing and a supply chain management simulation workshop to implement your learnings, ideas and elements into strategies
  • Delegates are also encouraged to bring their specific supply chain challenges and these are address during Action Planning and Issues workshops.

Who should attend

Our programme has run for over 20 years, attracting experienced professionals who wish to broaden and update their skills and knowledge to the latest thinking and help enhance and influence the management of their organisation's supply chain.

  • C-Suite executives
  • Senior Supply Chain Managers and Executives looking at thought leadership of their own supply chain as well as other delegates experienced and methods
  • Junior Supply Chain Executives, helping to bring them up to speed with the latest thinking, frameworks, tools and implementation
  • Marketing, customer service and manufacturing managers and directors who are seeking supply chain integration or who need to understand the impact of supply chain decisions upon their company's performance
  • Those wanting to create Action within the supply chain to increase value and reduce cost.

It is extremely beneficial for delegates from different functions in a company to attend this programme, to ensure consistent and supportive action in supply chain management.

Previous delegates, who have just taken on responsibility for supply chain, have also found this a very useful orientation for their new role.

Programme Directors

Professor Richard Wilding OBE

Professor Martin Christopher


25% discount for Cranfield School of Management Alumni.

Accommodation options and prices

Tuition, course materials, full board accommodation and lifelong access to Alumni Membership benefits are included in the price of this course.

Location and travel

Cranfield School of Management is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. 

The School is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield Management Development Centre 
Wharley End
MK43 0HG

This course is provided by Cranfield Management Development Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University