Level 5

IoSCM Level 5 - Supply Chain and Operations Management

The Level 5 Supply Chain Management qualification is designed for students looking to progress to a senior management role within the supply chain management sector. The course allows students to develop management skills as well as develop knowledge in specific areas of supply chain to support career development for professionals and efficiency in operations for organisations.

*On completion of the Level 5 qualification in Supply Chain & Operations Management, you will receive internationally recognised certification from IoSCM and also a regulated UK qualification via our partnership with SFEDI Awards as the Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation.

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  • Business
    Improvements

When you study with IoSCM, you'll benefit from an innovative flexible approach that's unlike any other qualification on the market:

FLEXIBLE ROUTE SYSTEM: CHOOSE UNITS FROM ANY COURSE OR SECTOR AND BUILD YOUR CUSTOM QUALIFICATION

IoSCM's unique flexible route system allows you to gain an internationally-recognised qualification that's tailored to cover the exact skills you need to progress in your career.

Recommended unit choices for this qualification are provided in the tabs, but our qualifications are designed to allow learners to combine whichever units they prefer to create a customised training course. Take all your units within the same specialist area to build deep expertise, or combine units from multiple sectors to develop a broader understanding of a subject.

To discuss building a custom flexible route qualification, complete the enquiry form and one of our experienced course advisers will be happy to help.

FLEXIBLE STUDY OPTIONS: USE YOUR EXISTING QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE TO PASS THE COURSE YOUR WAY

IoSCM's unique delivery model means that you can use your existing knowledge and skills to complete your qualification faster. Simply review the course requirements, and if you have an existing qualification, prior experience or current workplace responsibilities that meet the required standard you can submit these as evidence to pass all or part of your course. Discounts are available for students who are able to pass large portions of their qualification using existing experience, so this path can be both a time-efficient and cost-effective way to turn your existing skills into an internationally-recognised qualification.

For remaining study areas, you can choose to follow our online learning platform, complete projects within your workplace, or conduct your own personal study and research - whichever fits your learning style best. Whichever way you choose to study, you'll have unlimited advice and support from an industry expert tutor to help you succeed.

However you choose to study, our rigorous assessment and quality processes will ensure you're getting the maximum benefit from your studies, and that you come away with a highly-regarded, internationally recognised and fully accredited qualification.

FLEXIBLE DISTANCE LEARNING: ONLINE PLATFORM AND UNLIMITED TUTOR SUPPORT

Choose to study with IoSCM’s distance learning package and you will have access to the IoSCM online learning platform which is specifically designed to enhance your learning experience and provides a unique, first-class learning environment. With the facility to create your own personalised profile, the platform provides access to study materials, learning resources and the exclusive members' network, alongside a comprehensive support package with an industry-expert tutor.

You can take complete ownership of your studies via our online platform. After completing a self assessment to identify the most suitable study route, you can monitor your progress, submit assessments and provide feedback quickly and easily.

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To discuss the best unit options and study route for you, complete the enquiry form today. One of our experienced course advisors will be happy to help you choose the best qualification, unit and study options for your needs.

The IoSCM Level 5 in Supply Chain Management can be studied to three levels, Award, Certificate or Diploma, depending on how many units you wish to study.

  • For the Award, complete 1 mandatory unit
  • For the Certificate, complete 1 mandatory unit and any 2 other units
  • For the Diploma complete 1 mandatory unit and any other 3 units

Unit choices are very flexible. While recommended unit choices are provided in the tabs above, this qualification can be customised to cover a wide range of other topics. To enquire about the full range of units available, please complete our enquiry form and one of our expert course advisers will guide you through the options. 

For the Award, Certificate or Diploma, you must complete one of the following mandatory units. To discuss alternative unit choices please contact our course advisors. 

Click to view topics covered:

Supply Chain Management

  • Effective management and control: Supply chain management, Supply chain risks and strengths, Strategic factors, Provide competitive advantage, Operations management
  • Physical and information flows: Product and information flows, Supply chain objectives, Supply chain integration and harmonisation
  • Why supply chain may not function correctly:  Barriers and risk, Forecast methods, Supply chain drivers, Strategic fit, Benchmarking
  • Strategic and operational planning: Supply chain planning decisions, Operations strategy, Supply chain improvement models, ISO 9000, Agility, The seven wastes
  • Impact of technology: Technological advances in supply chain, Data processing systems, Improvements towards agility, Information systems infrastructure, Communication

Operation Management Processes

  • Operations management: Inputs and outputs, Volume, variety, variation and visibility, Managing operations and operations functions, Performance objectives, Planning and control, Macroeconomic factors, Implementation of business strategy, Judging performance against competitors, The operation’s contribution
  • Operations processing: Operations management four generic processes, Process mapping, Materials requirement planning (MRP), Supply and demand, Supply network, Outsourcing, Process technologies
  • Relationship between operations management and strategic planning: Strategic decisions, The balanced scorecard, Operations strategy, Quality, Speed, Dependability, Flexibility & Cost, Performance measurement systems
  • Operations improvement techniques: Cost leadership strategy, Focus strategy, Value chain, Performance measurements, Performance standards, Benchmarking, Lean manufacturing, Agile manufacturing, Total quality management, PESTLE analysis, Business excellence models
  • Organisational challenges: Globalisation, Social responsibility, Environmental responsibility, Technology

For the Certificate, you must complete two other units in addition to the mandatory unit. For the Diploma, you must complete any three other units in addition to the mandatory unit. To discuss alternative unit choices please contact our course advisors. 

Click to view topics covered:

Optional Units A

Warehousing

  • Warehouse policies: Benefits of warehousing, Types of warehouses, Warehouse policies and procedures, Warehouse exit strategy – in house, Warehouse exit strategy – outsourcing
  • Requirements: Warehouse activity, Storage system design, Warehouse layout, Product layout, Material flows, Resource planning, Material handling, Warehouse personnel
  • Inventory strategy: Integrated supply chain, Supply chain management, Supply chain measurement, Performance evaluation, Quality management, Supply chain performance measures, Supply chain strategy, Product life cycle, Service levels, Transportation, Inventory and planning control
  • Legislation: Health and safety legislation, Prevention, Risk assessment, Manual Handling Regulations, Licencing and permits, Training, Insurance
  • Technology advances: Warehouse Management System, Materials Requirement Planning, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Information Communications Technology, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, Conveyor systems, Barcode technology, Radio Frequency Identification Technology, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS), Key performance indicators, Inventory reduction
  • Financial systems: Budgeting, Performance measurement, Warehouse costs, Activity based costing (ABC), Payback period, Rate of return, Performance indicators, Balanced scorecard

Risk Management

  • Risk Management Roles and Responsibilities: The meaning of Risk, What is Risk Management, What does Risk Management mean to an organisation, Risk Management Roles and Responsibilities, Risk Management Methods
  • Risk assessment process and the management of risk: Risk Management Criteria, Risk Management Assessments, Components of the Risk Management process, Assessing High Risk Business areas
  • Risk Management Strategy: Risk factors in Business, Elimination, Mitigation, deflection and acceptance of Risk, Risk Management Strategy, Communicating Risk Management Strategy in Business

Purchasing Management

  • Key roles of management: Purchasing management, Purchasing cycle, Market analysis, Porters Five Forces, Stakeholder analysis
  • Impact of legislation: Breach of contract, Consumer law
  • Working relationships with suppliers: Supplier risk management, Supplier appraisal, Risks and barriers in supplier relationships, Supplier Relationship Spectrum
  • Effective negotiating skills: Tools and techniques for effective negotiating, Supplier management

Movement of Goods

  • Principles and Practices in relation to the Movement of Goods: Definition of the movement of goods, What is Logistics, Modes of Transport used to move goods (Air, Road, Rail, Sea)
  • The characteristics of goods and the impact on their handling: Types and characteristics of Goods, Handling of different types of goods, Safety and Security measures relating to the different types of goods, Unitisation of goods
  • The considerations that influence the flow of goods: Supply and Demand, Variations in Demand for goods, Load planning, Resource planning, Modal planning and Scheduling, The use of Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Logistics

  • Logistical requirements of a supply chain: What is logistics?, Who is the customer?, The supply chain, The large player, Integration, Networks, Deregulation and privatisation
  • Customer needs: E-logistics, Electronic data interchange (EDI), Scheduling methods & issues, Planning framework, PESTLE analysis, Planning
  • Optimise use of logistics: Inventory management systems, Factors in the use of resources, Measuring and managing logistics performance, The balanced scorecard, The Supply Chain Operations Reference Model, Key performance indicators
  • Modes of transport: Rail, Road, Air, Sea
  • Technology, Information & communication technology, Evolution of technology, Improvements in technology
  • Quality: Outsourcing, Reverse logistics, Green logistics, Total quality management, Quality inspections, Continuous improvement strategy

Inventory

  • Purpose of inventory management: Inventory, Inventory management, Competitive advantage
  • Fixed period & fixed quantity models: Plan inventory requirements, Forecasting, Qualitative & quantitative techniques, Fixed order or continuous review system, Order quantity models, Economic Ordering Quantity
  • Effect of inventory management on supply chain   : A-B-C approach, Economic Ordering Quantity model, Fixed order or continuous review system, Quantity discount model, Continuous inventory systems, Periodic inventory systems, Quantitative and qualitative forecasting
  • Modern inventory systems: Inventory control systems, Contemporary logistics strategies, Performance indicators, Increase operational efficiency, Increase customer service satisfaction
  • Minimising stock level: Inventory allocation, Material requirements planning, Distribution requirements planning, Single period / multi period inventory systems

Humanitarian Logistics

  • The principles of Humanitarian Logistics: What is Humanitarian Logistics, The principles and Values of Humanitarian Logistics, Humanitarian Supply Chain Relationships, Disaster Management, Concepts of Disaster Management
  • The nature of emergency situations and what is involved: Emergency Situations – Examples, Situations when humanitarian logistics is required, Humanitarian Aid requirements, Emergency Response strategies
  • International humanitarian system: Sphere standards, Applying Sphere Standards, Humanitarian Charter, Applying the Humanitarian Charter, Preparing Humanitarian Supply Chains, Improving Humanitarian Supply Chains

Optional Units B

Transport Management

  • Nature and purpose of transport planning: Demand for goods movement, Demand for travel, Types of transport, Journey planning and modal choices, Access and mobility requirements
  • Land use: Land density, Transport infrastructure, Brown field developments
  • Sustainability: Planning strategy and process, Environmental issues in transport provision, Sustainability, The role of central Government, Four stage transport plan
  • Transport demand: Demand for movement, Demand for travel, Demand drivers, Warehousing, Hazardous goods, Forecasting demand, Future of transport planning
  • Movement of freight: Freight operations, Environmentally sustainable transport, Conventional and emerging issues in transport

Quality Management

  • Quality management systems: Definition of quality, Quality management techniques
  • Advantages of quality management systems: Total quality management, Organisation wide processes, Achieving customer satisfaction
  • Tools and techniques: Quality control, Flowcharts and diagrams, Available resources, Standardisation, Troubleshooting, Failure modes, Effects analysis, Six Sigma
  • Improve organisational performance: Continuous improvement, Steps to quality improvement, Standardisation, Total quality management, Suggestion schemes, Communication and barriers to communication

Port and Shipping Management

  • Shipping and international trade: Ships and the shipping system, Tramp & liner service markets, International trade patterns, International maritime passages
  • Business strategy in shipping: Corporate strategy for shipping, Financial strategy for shipping, Costs, Bargaining power of buyers and suppliers, International shipping law, Regulation and finance, Maritime laws
  • Port operations management: Terminals, Physical flows in a port, Product and information flow, Terminal performance indicators, Productivity, utilisation and service measures
  • Agile ports: Characteristics of an agile port, Lean logistics
  • Port development: Containerisation, concentration, collaboration and competition, Emerging trends

The Level 2 qualification in Supply Chain and Operations Management is suitable for those currently working in, or aspiring to work in, roles like the following:

Operations Manager£27,000 - £44,000
Business Operations Manager£30,000 - £46,000
General Operations Manager£19,678 - £64,436
Customer Supply Chain Manager£46,000 - £58,500
Logistics and Stores Manager£40,000 - £45,000
Supply Chain Manager£32,000 - £49,000
Demand Planning Manager£32,000 - £45,000
Logistics First Line Manager£30,000 - £ 38,000
Distribution Manager£35,000 - £50,000
Business Operations Manager£30,000 - £46,000

By developing employees' knowledge and skills relating to supply chain management, businesses can improve the performance and efficiency of their supply chain. 

Some of the business improvements this qualification can help deliver include:

  • By understanding re-order levels, Inventory can be optimised and thereby avoiding stock outs
  • Increase Inventory turnover rates and turn inventory into revenue
  • By measuring Quality, Cost and Delivery, a business will ensure that resources are not wasted. This can lead to increase in quality, redcue costs and higher priced products
  • Reduce inventory holding periods, increase turnover rates and increase profits
  • Understanding how to reduce scrap levels will help minimise waste, increase production, increase quality and thereby, increase profitability
  • Reduce the risk of not having the right products, in the right place at the right time
  • Understanding the financial impact of holding inventory and increase the space utilisation and reduce inventory holding costs
  • Ensure that your organisation never runs of of inventory, by ensuring that buffer stocks are held

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