Certificate in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management

Wayne State University, in cooperation with AIAG, offers the eleventh annual non-degree certificate program designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues in the context of the global auto industry.

Wayne State University - Mike Ilitch School of Business

This certificate program is designed to provide participants with an in depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues in the context of the global vehicle industry. In addition to exploring new manufacturing and logistics technologies, participants will learn about a broad range of vehicle industry oriented supply chain management (SCM) topics: SCM strategy, SCM finance, forecasting, negotiations, procurement strategy, supplier development, corporate responsibility, cybersecurity, risk management, production operations, quality management processes and Six Sigma, trade management, logistics and transportation management.

WSU/AIAG Certificate Program

2024 Program Overview

Program Dates

February 22 - May 9, 2024
September 5 - December 5, 2024

Program Time

Thursdays from 3:30pm - 7:00pm

Program Location

Virtual via Zoom
or In Person at:

AIAG Headquarters
4400 Town Center
Southfield, MI 48075

Program Schedule

February 22 Kickoff/Industry Update
February 29 Globalization and Vehicle SCM
March 7 Procurement Strategy
March 14 Improving Supply Chain Performance
March 21 Buyer/Seller Relations & Innovation
March 28 Forecasting & Manufacturing/Scheduling/Capacity
April 4 Supplier Development & AI/Predictive Analysis
April 11 SCM Finance & Negotiations
April 18 Quality Management & EV / Electrical Grid Infrastructure
April 25 Risk Management & Purchasing Legal
May 2 Plant Tour
May 9 Authentic Leadership (First half wrap up)
September 5 Global Sourcing and Total Enterprise Cost
September 12 Global Customs/Security Management
September 19 Corporate Responsibility & Cybersecurity
September 26 Packaging & Warehousing/Sequencing/Cross-Dock/Pooling Str.
October 3 Global SCM & Logistics Strategy
October 10 Inventory Management Strategy & Materials Management
October 17 3PL Logistics & Class Presentations
October 24 Transportation Management & Class presentations
November 7 Aftermarket & Class Presentations
November 21 Future of EVs & Class presentations
December 5 Wrap Up/Graduation

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