Business Excellence Skillnet

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DATES: Start dateThursday 4th October 2012

TIMES: 7.00pm to 10.00

LOCATION:  Western Management Centre Galway

COST: €552.00 Member €700.00 Non Member


Programme Overview

Candidates preparing for the Basics of Supply Chain Management exam should understand the basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers. The Basics module introduces supply chain concepts and emphasises basic terminology, but it also covers relationships among activities in the supply chain. Knowledge of the material in this module is assumed as a prerequisite for the other CPIM modules, which cover similar topics but in much greater depth.




Sean Pomphrett is experienced at dealing with young managers, experienced supervisors and senior people who despite their position may have issues around anxiety in performance in public, on broadcast media and in presentation situations.

Media Skills, Presentation Skills, Pitching for Business or looking for funding. Whatever your requirements he can help develop authentic fearless communications skills for experienced managers and leaders.

Programme Content

I. Business-wide Concepts

This section of the outline covers basic business-wide concepts, including the various production environments used for the transformation process and financial fundamentals.
Also in this section, three of the more common company-wide management approaches (MRP II, JIT, and TQM) are presented together with their interrelationships.

A. Elements of the Supply Chain
1. Supplier
2. Producer
3. Distributor
4. Retailer
5. Customer
6. Service and support

B. Operating Environments
1. Definition and impact
2. Process choices
3. Impact of product design
4. Production environment

C. Financial Fundamentals
1. Statements
2. Costs
3. Analysis

D. Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II)
1. Objectives
2. Key principles and characteristics

E. Just-in-Time (JIT)
1. Objectives
2. Key principles and characteristics
3. Concepts of waste and value-added activity




F. Total Quality Management (TQM)
1. Objectives
2. Key principles and characteristics
3. A. Relationships among MRPII, JIT and TQM
II. Demand Planning

This section covers demand planning, including a basic understanding of markets and customer expectations, the definition of value, and a fundamental overview of demand forecasting.

A. Marketplace-Driven
1. Customers
2. Competitors
3. Economy and regulatory policy

B. Customer Expectations and Definition of Value
1. Order winners/qualifiers
2. Marketing strategy

C. Customer Relationships
1. Expanding product/service offerings
2. Design assistance
3. Information/communications

D. Demand Management
1. Sources of demand
2. Forecast management
3. Distribution requirements planning (DRP)

III. Transformation of Demand into Supply

This section includes design, management, and control of the transformation process itself. The first part of this section includes the design of products, processes, and information systems used for planning. The rest of the section includes fundamentals of planning systems, execution controls, and performance measures.

A. Design
1. Manufacturing feasibility
2. Planning parameters
3. Data
4. Functional responsibilities

B. Capacity Management
1. Resources
2. Measuring capacity
3. Capacity planning
4. Bottlenecks/constraints



C. Planning
1. Business planning
2. Sales and operations planning/production planning
3. Master scheduling and rough-cut capacity planning
4. Material requirements planning (MRP) and capacity requirements planning (CRP)

D. Execution and Control
1. Customer service
2. Linkages to the master schedule
3. Scheduling techniques
4. Work-in-process
5. Quality assurance

E. Performance Measurements
1. Strategic
2. Tactical


IV. Supply

This section is devoted to supply issues. These include the concepts of inventory, purchasing, and physical distribution.

A. Inventory
1. Categories
2. Functions
3. Dependent vs. independent demand systems
4. Management
5. Order systems
6. Cost analysis

B. Purchasing
1. Receiving and analyzing notification of need
2. Selecting suppliers
3. Supplier agreements
4. Order management

C. Physical Distribution System
1. Transportation
2. Warehousing
3. Distribution inventory
4. Interfaces with production, marketing, and finance


Training Company Name

Western Management Centre

Galway Business Park, Dungan, Galway. Tel 091 528777 email -



Basics of Supply Chain Management


SCHEDULE : October - December 2012



(1)                           4th  October  -  Thursday

(2)                           11th October -  Thursday

(3)                           18th October -  Thursday

(4)                           25th October -  Thursday

(5)                           30th October -  Tuesday

(6)                           1st November         -  Thursday

(7)                           6th November         -  Tuesday

(8)                           8th November         -  Thursday


NO CLASS – week of 12th November


(9)                           22nd November      -  Thursday (FINAL CLASS)


NO CLASS – week of 26th November

 NO CLASS – week of 3rd December


(10)                       11th December       -  Tuesday ( REVISION CLASS)


 Tutor:     Sean Pomphrett

TIME: 7 – 10 p.m.



Exam registration deadline:        2nd November 2012.


Exam Date:                        15th December 2012


NOTE: Exam application and membership forms are submitted directly to IPICS in Dublin. See address on forms.




The Business Excellence Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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