Supply chain management (SCM) involves the management of materials and information across the entire supply chain. This includes raw material suppliers, component producers, final assembly and distribution, and may include after-sales service and returns or recycling. Supply chain management has gained importance in recent years as organizations recognize the tremendous advantages that can be realized through collaborative management of the whole logistics and transportation network (chain).
In a sparsely populated but geographically large country like Canada, efficient management of transportation and logistics is vital to the country's economic growth. With the emergence of global markets, the need for logistics management has become even more critical. In addition, Calgary is an increasingly important transportation hub. For these reasons, many of our graduates are likely to be directly or indirectly involved in SCM.
Students choosing this concentration will be required to take three core courses: Materials and Supply Chain Management, Transportation Systems and Analysis, and a Senior Project course. They have the opportunity to be exposed to diverse topics such as service operations management, negotiation, regulatory economics, transportation planning, services marketing, and project management. The curriculum will often include industry-based projects.
Verbal and written communication - Ability to summarize, condense and organize ideas and information; Ability to articulate, explain, and teach technical information to others; Ability to question and probe to improve business processes; Communicating Business process Improvement(BPI) Methodology and Tools ; LEAN principles
Problem-solving - Defining and solving problems; Approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; Analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; Decision making skills; Advanced quantitative abilities; Trouble shooting
Organization and attention to detail - Independent worker, ability to meet deadlines; demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; data, time and resource management;
Interpersonal - Working in a team; oversee, supervise and contribute to a project
Research - Analyze and evaluate information; interpretation of trends from results; gather and access data
Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo
Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development. These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work. Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.
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