Initial Lean Supply Chain – Strategic

Course Description:

Students completing the Initial Lean Supply Chain – Strategic course will learn how to apply lean strategies, lean principles, and best practices to synchronize the supply chain with upstream and downstream partners.

Students will Learn:

  • To effectively manage the supply chain by focusing on the 4V’s: variety, velocity, variability and visibility
  • To streamline the supply chain
  • To improve efficiency
  • To reduce lead-time

Course Modules:

Module 1 – Supply Chain Overview and Strategy

  • Learning Objective: Define Supply Chain management, identify the components of a Supply Chain, the various Supply Chain models, and the Supply Chain “Controller,” explain the importance of the 4 VL Framework, analyze how Toyota manages the extended Supply Chain, and identify the roles of suppliers.

Module 2 – Supply Chain Strategy and Planning

  • Learning Objective: Define Logistics, identify what should be considered when designing logistics for a Lean Supply Chain, explain how to optimize distribution to reduce lead-time, list types of applications used in supply chain operation, define and assess Product Planning, S&OP, and Mix Planning, and analyze how “silo-thinking” can impede cross-functional cooperation.

Module 3 – Supply Chain Integration, Roles, and Processes

  • Learning Objective: Identify how Supply Chain Strategy is linked to Processes and Systems when driving Supply Chain operations, describe how information flow is used to trigger production, list the roles and responsibilities of the supply chain participants and of the Production Planning and Control, and analyze the components involved with the various Supply Chain processes.

Module 4 – Supply Chain Processes and Supplier Management

  • Learning Objective: Assess the Supplier Tier structure, analyze how Toyota implements a Network Logistics model and the important role that manufacturing has in Toyota’s Supply Chain operation, identify the vision, concept, and strategy of Toyota’s Fulfillment, list what Toyota considers important factors in managing and selecting suppliers, and explain what the key elements are to foster a relationship with suppliers.

Module 5 – Supply Chain Improvement and Metrics

  • Learning Objective: Prepare to identify wastes across the extended supply chain, analyze how Toyota has implemented strategic improvements and eliminated wastes on the supply and sales sides, identify what some of the critical metrics are that Toyota uses to manage the supply chain, and recap the main learning points and information covered in the previous four badges.

Recommended Background:

  • Professionals including graduate students currently working in management
  • Professionals including graduate students looking to transition into a management role

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