Center for Supply Chain Innovation | Student Information

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What is supply and value chain management? It is about getting the right product to the right place at the right time for the right price.

Supply chain professionals have an increasing role in a corporation's strategic decision making. They need both analytical skills, leadership skills, ability to understand the "big picture", and be able to communicate both vertically within the organization and horizontally across supply chain participants.

TCU's Supply and Value Chain management undergraduate program is ranked 19th in the nation for producing highly capable leaders in the high demand field of Supply Chain management.

Undergraduate Degree
The Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the Neeley School of Business offers a major in Supply and Value Chain Management.

Graduate Degree
In response to today's competitive marketplace within and across firms in a supply chain, Neeley full-time and professional MBA students have the opportunity to pursue a Concentration in Supply and Value Chain Management or a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management.

Student Organization for Supply Chain Studies
The Student Organization for Supply Chain Studies gives Neeley students the opportunity to further their personal and career development. The organization works with the Center for Supply Chain Innovation to co-host career development events, facility tours and other student-focused events.

Careers in Supply and Value Chain Management

Carries out the purchasing  activities for a commodity or service for a company, government agency, or organization. Responsible for identifying sources of materials, evaluating suppliers, arranging contracts, and managing relationships. Coordinates with materials management and manufacturing to ensure timely delivery of the proper materials.
A consultant is an experienced individual that is trained to analyze and advise a client in order to help the client make the best possible choices. Supply chain management consultants work with companies to efficiently align its supply chain and maximize profits.
Inventory Planner
Develops plans to optimize inventory cost and customer service goals at the plant, distribution center, and/or retail levels. Responsible for forecasting needs, analyzing movement patterns, product deployment, performance reporting, and resolving accuracy discrepancies.
Logistics Services Sales Person
Sells transportation, warehousing, and specialized services to other companies. Develops business relationships with potential and existing customers. Identifies potential contract logistics services that would benefit client companies. Integrates logistics systems, computer systems, and capacity to satisfy customer needs.
Logistics Software Manager
Manages components of distribution technology including warehouse operations systems, electronic communication and order taking systems, and support systems. Designs analytical tools to increase and measure productivity. Develops decision support systems to analyze and optimize logistics and transportation systems. Also requires information systems background.
Logistics, Supply Chain or Purchasing Analyst
Uses analytical and quantitative methods to understand, predict, and enhance supply chain processes. Responsible for assembling data, analyzing performance, identifying problems, and developing recommendations which support the management of the supply chain.
Materials Manager
Manages raw materials and/or components inventory needed for manufacturing. Responsible for inbound inventory levels. Coordinates with purchasing, manufacturing, and suppliers to ensure reliable, cost efficient delivery of the raw materials.
Transportation Manager
Directs the effectiveness of private, third party and contract carriage systems. Manages operations to assure timely and cost efficient transportation of all incoming and outgoing shipments. Plans and assures adequate equipment for storage, loading, and delivery of goods. Responsible for scheduling, routing, budget administration, freight bill presentation, and contract negotiations.
Warehouse Operations Supervisor
Directs the efficient and cost-effective operation of commercial or industrial distribution centers or warehousing facilities. Manages inbound activities related to the receipt and storage of goods, inventory management, and claims. Oversees outbound activities related to order-filling, stock replenishment, and shipping. Responsible for budgeting, customer service, facility and equipment operation.

Just a few of the companies who have hired our students:
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Alumni Spotlight
The Supply and Value Chain Management alumni are doing some great things and have great jobs throughout the country and the world! To find out what these two 2010 alums are doing in their careers, please click on their profiles below.