Certificate in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management

Wayne State University, in cooperation with AIAG, offers the tenth 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

2023 Program Overview

Program Dates

February 9 - May 11, 2023
August 31 - November 30, 2023

Program Time

Thursdays from 3:30 - 7:00pm

Program Location

Virtual via Zoom
or In Person at:

AIAG Headquarters
4400 Town Center
Southfield, MI 48075

Program Schedule

February 9 Intro/Industry Update
February 16 Globalization and Vehicle SCM
February 23 Procurement Strategy
March 2 Buyer/Seller Relations & Innovation
March 9 Supplier Development & Risk Management
March 16 Buyer/Seller Relations and Innovation
March 23 Forecasting & Manufacturing/Scheduling/Capacity
April 6 SCM Finance & Cost Estimating/Continuous Improvement
April 20 Demand Planning Six Sigma & Quality Management
April 27 Negotiation & Purchasing Legal
May 4 Plant Tour
May 11 Authentic Leadership (First half wrap up)
August 31 Global Sourcing and Total Enterprise Cost
September 7 Global Customs/Security Management
September 14 Corporate Responsibility Cybersecurity
September 21 Packaging & Warehousing/Sequencing/Cross-Dock/Pooling Str.
September 28 Global SCM and Logistics Strategy
October 12 Inventory Management Strategy Materials Management
October 19 Class Presentations
November 2 Transportation Management and 3PL’s Class presentations
November 9 Component Transportation Management Class Presentations
November 16 Finished Vehicle Transportation Class Presentations
November 30 Wrap Up/Graduation

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