Supply chain managers are responsible for the movement and storage of inventory—both raw materials and finished goods—from the point of origin to the point of consumption. They are also often responsible for reverse supply chain management, which includes returns, recycling or disposal of products.
These positions are in high demand as businesses place greater emphasis on supply chain expertise in order to maintain competitiveness in their industry. The proficiency of Anderson students as supply chain managers provides them an advantage in the job market after graduation. Students will be prepared for careers as buyers, inventory managers, materials analysts, purchasing agents, as well as top-tier positions, such as director or vice president of supply chain management.
Supply chain managers also enjoy increased opportunities for career advancement as they take on responsibilities for new product development, manufacturing, budgeting and even managing strategy for an organization.
Supply Chain Management, Accounting and More…
Our concentration in Supply Chain Management is one of several concentrations from which you can choose when you enter AU's Bachelor of Science in Business program. In addition to coursework in supply chain management you'll become fluent in many aspects of business, including accounting, finance, economics, human resources, marketing statistics, information technology and law.
The Supply Chain Management concentration offers specialized classes to delve deeper into logistics, operations management and business-to-business procurement. Some of the courses supply chain management students will take include:
- Operations Management. Students will learn about scheduling and planning, inventory control and quality management. For example, to ensure quality, managers must balance the need to test products and reduce costs. Students will learn how to apply Christian ethics when making decisions about protecting consumers as well as company interests.
- Supply Chain Management. Professors teach the management of inventory inside and outside the organization, international trade, new product development and price negotiation. As buyers and suppliers, supply chain managers must negotiate the best deal for their company. Students will consider the ethical dimensions of these negotiations through the lens of Christian values.
- Logistics and Distribution. Students explore the specifics of how items are moved physically through a supply chain, including shipment over land, air and sea, warehousing, and distribution. Students will consider how to accomplish these goals as trusted stewards of time and capital.
Business careers provide extraordinary avenues for Christ-like people to pursue. Business professionals come into contact with others from all walks of life, including Christian and non-Christian, entry-level jobs and CEOs, Americans and people from every culture.
Students concentrating on supply chain management have the opportunity to live out Christ's teachings in the way they make ethical and meaningful business decisions through the exchange of products and services with companies all over the world.