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Aggregate Supply Chain Planning

Coordinated control of making supply meeting demand

Global manufacturing has increased the complexity of companies supply and distribution structure. Companies today hardly operate independently rather in an integral chain of operations, which involves different actors such as suppliers, forwarders, consumers/customers etc.

The concept of supply chain is about managing: coordinated information and material flows, plant operations and logistics. The fundamental premise of this philosophy is synchronisation among multiple autonomous business entities represented in it. That is, improved coordination within and between various supply chain members.

Objectives: The purpose of this course is to provide you with basic skills and insights into how to coordinate the supply, production and distribution functions in an integral chain of operations, meeting the customers´ needs.

Participants: This course is for you, who need a basic introduction to the subject supply chain management. It is suitable when you are working or are about to start working with logistic issues in the company related to the flow of materials.

Qualifications: No previous knowledge is required, but it is preferable if you have some work experience from areas related to supply, production or delivery functions.

Training Method: Aggregate Supply Chain Planning is a Premium course and is studied over the internet via our e-learning platform Instant education. Read more about the training method E-learning - Premium courses.

Course Length: Approximately 15 hours active study time, depending on previous knowledge. Each student has access to the course for 6 months.

Price: 339 Euro / student
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Course contents:

Part 1

Managing the Operation

Planning for and controlling the resources used in the process to get the most value out of them.

Defining Management

Management is the process of an organization by which the goals are achieved.

The Operations Management System

Operations management is part of a production system of several functional areas within an organization.

Cross-functional Coordination

Operations managers need to build and maintain solid relationships both internally and externally.

Internal and External Efficiency

Measuring the ability to be efficient.

Supply Chain Management Concept

SCM seeks to synchronize the functions of a company and of its suppliers to match with customer demand.

Supply Chain Principles

It is a set of linkage between a company’s suppliers that spans the activities of making and delivery.

Supply Chain Dynamics

Disruptions in demand can spread through the entire supply chain causing significant swings in demand.

Part 2

Developing Integrated Supply Chains

Successful supply chain management requires a high degree of functional and organizational integration.

Supply Chain Links to Operation Strategy

The nature of demand for a company’s products is a key factor in the best choice of a supply chain design.

The Concept of Manufacturing Strategy

The strategy seeks to ensure that the right things are being done and that the right things are done well.

Competitive Priorities

To gain competitive advantage by developing selected capabilities.

Interfaces in Distribution Chain

Physical distribution provides a bridge between marketing and production

Objectives of Inventory Management

The objectives a company should have if it wants to maximize profit.

Part 3

Demand Management

Demand management is the function of recognizing and managing all demand for products.

Characteristics of Demand

There are some characteristics of demand that influence the forecast and the particular techniques used.

Demand Forecasting

Forecasts depend upon what is to be done.

Collection and Preparation of Data

Forecasts are usually based on historical data manipulated in some way.

Managing Uncertainty

Managing uncertainty and estimating future demand as basis for short and long term decisions.

Estimating the Demand Distribution

Finding the appropriate reorder point and safety stock requires estimating the demand distribution for the lead time.

Aggregate Production Planning

The aggregate plan specifies how the company will work for the next year within existing facility constraints.

Preparing Aggregate Plans

Preparing the aggregate plans is dynamic step by step process new information becomes available.

Making the Production Plan

Production planners must devise a plan to satisfy market demand with available resources.

Developing a Master Production Schedule

The plan must satisfy customer demand, be within the capacity of manufacturing and be within the guidelines of the production plan.

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