Level 3 – Manufacturing Production and Operations

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The Level 3 qualification in Manufacturing & Production is designed for students with a minimum of 2 years experience in a supply chain related field, who wish to develop key knowledge in business and leadership at supervisory management level. Students can acquire skills in specific areas of the manufacturing and the production processes to support career development.

*Through completion of the IoSCM Level 3 – Manufacturing Production and Operations you will receive certification from IoSCM and also a regulated qualification, Level 3 in Supply Chain and Operations, via our partnership with SFEDI Awards as the Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation.

Course Delivery

By enrolling with IoSCM, you’ll gain access to a customised learning platform in which you can take mock tests, utilise a huge library of resources and interact with other students across the globe. As well as unlimited first-class materials, there is self-assessments available online show the results immediately to give you direction on what you’re doing well and what you might need to take another look at.

You can take and retake the practise self-tests as many times as you like. By doing this, we’re increasing your confidence in your ability to succeed and therefore, also ensuring you pass the first time.

Because IoSCM qualifications can be studied entirely online, you can study in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. You can revisit materials and resources as often as required, simply log in to your personal learning platform.

We do, however, offer free monthly face to face or online workshops for you to attend if necessary. We understand that every individual is different, so we encourage you to learn at your own pace and in a way that suits you.

Course Requirements

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

Core Units

  • Organising production: Batch Production, Flexible Manufacturing, Continuous Manufacturing, Intermittent Manufacturing, Custom Manufacturing, Production in relation to the Cost
  • Level of Demand: Demand Management, Data capture, Dealing with day-to-day customer orders, Managing the demand, Order point System, Periodic Review Systems
  • Competitors: Competitive Advantage
  • Sales forecasting: Time Series Analysis, Exponential Smoothing, Linear Trend Line, Executive Judgement, Composite of Sales force Opinion, Expert Opinion, Fixed Order Quantity Systems
  • Production planning: Materials Requirement Planning, Just In Time (JIT), Preventive maintenance, Flexible work force
  • Planning using Buffer Stocks: Inventory as ‘waste’, Advanced Planning and Scheduling APS, Rough Cut Capacity Planning RCCP, Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP), Shop Floor Scheduling, Kanban
  • Productivity: Measures of Output, Financial Value, Labour, Cost of labour, Capital, Intermediate Input, Productivity Indicators, Labour Productivity, Capital Productivity, Automated production techniques
  • Quantity of Inputs: Manufacturing Resource Planning, Monitor Waste and Rejects: Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Total Quality Management (TQM), Quality Benchmarking, BS5750/ISO 9000, Customer Satisfaction
  • Materials Development: Product Lifecycle Management
  • Analysis tools: PESTLE Analysis, SWOT Analysis
  • Lean: Total Productive Maintenance, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Make to order, Streamlined flow, Smaller lot sizes, Doing it right first time, Cellular or group manufacturing
  • Range of Business: Types and Purpose of Business, Trader/Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Not for profit Company, Structure of Management
  • Business Functions and Departments: Research and Development, Production, Service Delivery, Business Finance, Human Resource, Sales, Public Relations, Information Tech Support, Quality Support, Logistics, Purchasing, Brand management, Advertising, Customer Service, Organisational charts, Organisational Roles and Responsibilities, Business Planning
  • Quality Management Systems: Quality Assurance, Performance management, SWOT Analysis
  • Communication: Business communication, Communication flows between functions, Techniques of Communication, Corporate communication, Electronic and Non-electronic Communication Methods
  • Legislation: Employment Law, Consumer Protection Law, Competition Law
  • Health and safety: Risk Assessments, Risk Assessment Recording, Risk Assessment Methodology and Methods
  • Marketing: Marketing Mix, Marketing Segmentation, Analytical Methods, Advertising Methods, Networking, Applying the Marketing Mix

Optional Units

  • Production Planning: Strategic; Tactical; Operational; Strategic Level Production Planning; Finances; Products; Markets; Constraints; Resources; Stages of production planning; Sales and Operations; Planning; Demand Management Programme; Master Production Schedule; Material Requirements Planning; Rough Cut Capacity Planning
  • Business Plan: SWOT Analysis; Competing on Quality; Competing on Flexibility; Competing on Responsiveness; Order Winners and Order Qualifiers; PESTEL Analysis; The Planning Cycle
  • Manufacturing capacity: Capacity in the long term; Capacity in the intermediate term; Capacity in the short term; Capacity constraints; Use of Resources
  • Resources: Natural; Human; Capital
  • Improvements : Total Quality Management; Benchmarking; Kanban; Ishikawa
  • Product Planning Control and Flow: Performance vs. Plan; Line Efficiency; Capacity Utilisation; First Time Quality; Customer Service Level; Variance; Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); Continuous Flow (Mass Production Flow); Batch Production; Quality Control; Job Production; Final Assembly Schedule (FAS)
  • Financial resources: Raw Materials; Direct Labour; Factory Overhead; Inventory; Activity Based Costing (ABC); The Two-Stage Cost Assignment Procedure
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): Top-Down Planning; Production Plans in relation to resources; Product Development
  • Shop Floor Control: Gantt Charts; Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Management: Manufacturing Operations Management; Supply Chain Management; Supplier Relationship Management; Customer Relationship Management
  • Process design techniques: Make to Stock; Make to Order; Lean methodology; Total Productive Maintenance; 5S; Single Minute Exchange of Dies; Poka-Yoke; Total Available Cycle Time; Unplanned Downtime; Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning
  • Components of a MRP System: Sales & Operations Planning; Master Production Schedule; Rough Cut Capacity Planning; Bill of labour approach; Resource profile; Bill of Materials
  • Components of an ERP System: Customer Relationship Management (CRM); Purchasing; Sales; Production Management; Inventory Control; Financial Resource Management; Human Resources Management; Supply Chain Management; Quality; Export; Excise; Asset Management
  • Implementation of MRP & ERP Systems: Pre-Evaluation Screening; Project Planning Phase; Configuration; Training & Testing; Going Live
  • Business implementation: Primary Reports; Secondary Reports; Exploding; Netting; Offsetting
  • Monitor MRP/ERP Systems: Control; Evaluate; Motivate; Improve; Report; Working Capital; Accounts Payable; Accounts Receivable; Inventory Turnover; Net Profit Margin; Gross Profit Margin
  • Lean techniques: Just-in-Time; Value Stream Mapping (VSM); Visual Management; Line Balancing; Total Available Cycle Time; Kaizen; PDCA cycle; Total Productive Maintenance (TPM); OEE Calculation; 5S Workplace Organisation; Single Minute Exchange of Dies; Kanban; Poka-Yoke; Total Quality Management (TQM); Root Cause Analysis; 5 Whys
  • Lean principles: Identify value; Map the value stream; Create flow; Establish pull; Seek perfection
  • Eight Deadly Wastes: Defects; Over-production; Waiting; NVA processing; Transportation; Inventory process; Motion; Employee
  • External Factors: PESTLE analysis; Suppliers; Customers
  • Internal Factors: Health & Safety; Inventory Management
  • Implementation Process: Gaining Satisfied Customers; Financial impact of Lean; Training
  • Risks and Barriers: SWOT analysis
  • Performance Metrics: On-Time Delivery (OTD); Manufacturing Cycle Time; Time to Make Changeovers; Right First Time (RFT); Supplier Quality; Capacity Utilisation; Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE); Schedule or Production Attainment; WIP Inventory/Turns; Health and Safety; Maintenance
  • Team Development: Belbins Team role theory; Hierarchy of needs; Action centred leadership model; MBTI; Stages of team development; Effective Leadership; Training and Development; Resources; Organisational support; Reward for team success
  • Effective characteristics: Sense of purpose; Competency; Cooperative spirit; Playing by the rules; Accountability
  • Issues encountered: Team dysfunctions; Fear of conflict; Lack of commitment; Avoidance of accountability; Inattention to results; Barriers to team effectiveness
  • Team building: Communication; Eliminating stereotypes; Interdependence; Trust
  • Team evaluation: Observation; Report back; Feedback; KPI’s
  • Communication: Verbal; Practical; Written; Oral; Correct communication choice
  • Environmental issues in manufacturing: What is meant by environmental issues in relation to manufacturing; Examples of environmental issues in manufacturing
  • The factors that influence environmental issues in manufacturing: Environmental Regulations and Legislation that impacts on Manufacturing; The policies within an organisation in relation to environmental issues; The advantages of an organisation having environmental policies; Key performance indicators (KPIs) in relation to environmental issues
  • The importance of organisational infrastructure requirements for environmental issues in manufacturing: Infrastructural requirements in dealing with environmental issues within an organisation; The importance of infrastructural requirements; The equipment requirements in order to deal with environmental issues within manufacturing; The importance of equipment requirements
  • Monitoring and controlling the impact of manufacturing on the environment: The importance of monitoring performance in relation to environmental issues in manufacturing; Techniques to monitor performance in relation to environmental issues in manufacturing; The benefits of effective operational performance in relation to environmental issues
  • The need and application of business improvement: Introduction to Business Improvement, The need for improvement, Business Improvement Techniques, How to apply Business Improvement Techniques, Lean, How to apply Lean in a Business
  • Improvement Activities: Improvement Activities, Terms of Reference, Roles and Responsibilities, Skill and Knowledge Gaps
  • Improvement Activities Resources: Resource Requirements, Timescales, Impact on organisational performance, Performance measures in Improvement activities
  • Communication: Communicating the Improvement activity, Promoting business improvement activity results within the business, Promoting business improvement activity results to stakeholders
  • Warehouse Departments: Receipts, Replenishment or put away, Stores, Picking, Packing, Housekeeping, Despatch
  • Bridge Between Supply and Demand: Staging Areas, Cross-docking, Keeping Goods Safe and Secure, Gathering, Temporary Storage
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS): (ERP) systems, Radio Frequency Identification, Human Memory Systems
  • Types of Warehouses: Ambient warehouses, Climate-controlled warehouse, Automated warehouse, Private warehouse, Public warehouse, Distribution centre, Bonded warehouse
  • Warehouse Location Factors: Proximity to customers and suppliers, Building, Floors, Structure, Doors, Receipt and Dispatch Docks, Offices, Lighting, Heating, Extensions, Materials Handling, Mezzanine Floors
  • Health and Safety: Health and Safety Policy, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, Reporting of Injuries, Manual Handling, Fire Risk, Loading and Unloading Vehicles, Pedestrian Safety, Site Visitors, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Shift Work, Lighting, Workplace Temperature
  • Industrial Equipment: Industrial trucks, Charging Batteries, Platforms on lift trucks, Conveyors, Mechanical Handling of Waste Materials, Racking, Using Flat Pallets, Loading Pallets
  • Housekeeping: Safety, Loss Control Rules, Orderliness Principle Maintaining warehouse equipment: Equipment Maintenance, Examination of Industrial Trucks, Scheduled Maintenance, Drivers Maintenance Logs
  • Receiving Goods: Goods Receipt Process, Vehicle Arrival, Assigning the Carrier to a Bay, Loading Bays, Relative quantities of goods
  • Contingency plan: Stock and Risk Management, Buffer Stock
  • Role of Transport: Categories of Goods, Perishable Goods, Dangerous/Hazardous Goods, Bulk Liquids/Powders, Livestock
  • Transport: Transport modes, Infrastructure, Vehicles, Operations, Modal Transport, Intermodal Transport, Multimodal Transport
  • Principles of Transport Planning: Linear, Hub, Spoke, Customs, Payment of Charges, Packing and Warehousing, Insurance, Security
  • Legislation & Regulations: UK Central Government Structure, UK Civil Aviation Authority, Overseas Legislation, International Commercial Terms
  • Health & Safety measures: Road Transport, HGV Driver Hours, Air Transport, Transport of Dangerous Goods, UK Health & Safety Legislation
  • Transport Equipment: Conveyors, Cranes, Industrial Trucks, Importance of Standardised Transport Equipment, Multimodal/TEU/ISO Container
  • Transport planning: Optimum use of Fleet, Driver Productivity, Route Planning Optimisation, Benefits of Transport Planning
  • External Influences: SLEPT Analysis
  • Demand Types: Direct, Indirect, Consumer Demand, Seasonal Demand, Fashion Demand, Supplier Demand, Product Demand
  • Planning with regard to modal choice: Timing, Damage avoidance, Security, Distance, Degree of control
  • The Supply Chain: Upstream and Downstream, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Warehousing, Transportation, Demand planning, Supply planning, Suppliers, Retailers, External Supply Chains, Internal Supply Chains
  • Relationships: Vertical Relationships, Horizontal Relationships, Transactional Relationships, Collaborative Relationships, Strategic Relationships, Customer Satisfaction
  • Supply Chain Components: Customer, Planning, Purchasing, The Supplier, Inventory, The Manufacturer / Production
  • Logistics: Forward and Reverse
  • Integrated systems: Direct Product Profitability (DDP), Materials Requirements Planning (MRP), Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP), Just in Time (JIT), Material Requirements Planning, The Master Production Schedule, The Bill of Materials, The Inventory File
  • Risks to a supply chain: External Drivers, PESTEL, Demand Risk, Supply Risk, Business Risks, Physical Plant Risks, Mitigation and Contingency, Cultural Risks, Environmental Risk, Assigning values
  • Supply Chain Performance Measurement: Productivity, Utilisation, Balanced Scorecard (BSC)
  • Lean: Value and Waste as a Concept, The Creation of Value, The Supply Chain Value Stream, The Lean Supply Chain, Hoshin Planning, Takt Time, Kaizen, Jidoka, Just in Time (JIT), Heijunka Box, Poka Yoke, Muda, 5S, Total Productive Management (TPM)
  • Benchmarking: Functional Benchmarking, Best-in-class Benchmarking, Operational Benchmarking, Process Benchmarking, Financial Benchmarking, Performance Benchmarking
  • Supply Chain Integration: Internal integration, Systems Integration, Relationship Integration, Upstream and Downstream Linkages
  • Organisations involved in the purchasing role: Manufacture, Distribution, Transport, Warehousing, Inventory Control, Materials Handling, Procurement
  • Relationships: Internal, External, Remote, Cooperative, Partnership
  • Markets: Demand, Competition, Monopoly, Natural Monopoly, Oligopoly, Monopsony, Trade Protectionism, Porter’s Five Forces
  • External factors: PESTLE Analysis, Local, National, Global, Public Sector, Private Sector, Third Sector, Financial, Reputation, Environmental, Health, Safety, Welfare, Lost opportunities
  • Purchasing: Five Rights, Ethics, End to end cycle, Supplier Relationships: Adversarial, Arm’s Length, Transactional, Closer Tactical, Single Sourced, Outsourcing, Strategic Alliance, Partnership, Co-destiny
  • Sourcing suppliers: Planning, Sourcing, Tendering, Contract Award, Contract Management, Receipts & Invoicing, Request for Quote (RFQ)
  • Suppliers Requirements: Capacity, Facilities, Finance
  • Performance: Supplier Scorecards, Weighted Average Supplier Scorecards, Supplier Performance Information, Correcting Poor Performance
  • Law: Common law, Equity, Statute law, European Union laws, Contracts, Sale of Goods Act 1979, International Laws and Global Purchasing, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977, Export Administration Act 1979, Customs Laws, Foreign Laws, International Laws, INCOTERMS, Breach of Contract
  • Types of Ports: A fishing port, An inland port, A dry port, Cruise home ports, Cargo ports
  • Port functions: Transport (circulation) function of ports, Commercial function of ports, Industrial function of ports, Distributional function of ports
  • Seaport connection and transhipment: Maritime access, Maritime interface, Infrastructures and equipment, Land access, Port service (full-service), Tool port (service), Land lord
  • Maritime network considerations: Frequency of service, Fleet and vessel size, Number of port calls, Shipping Conferences, Shipping Alliances, Containerisation
  • Port considerations: Location, Depth, Land availability, Labour costs, Hinterland access, Ownership
  • External factors: Demand Forecasts, Location, Competition, Coastal Shipping, Resilience
  • Infrastructural requirements: Warehousing, Value Added Logistics (VAL), Logistics Centres, Berths, Container Terminals
  • Challenges: Conservancy, Dredging, Navigation aids, Congestion, Customs, Immigration, Port Safety, Marine Safety
  • 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: Raw Materials, Work-in-Progress, Maintenance, Repair and Operational, Anticipation inventory, Investment inventory, Manufacturing Organisations, Service Industries, Military
  • Purpose of Inventory: Variation in Production Demand, Unexpected Customer Demand, Seasonal Demand, Price Discounts, Avoiding Price Increase
  • Inventory Control Process: Goods Receipt, Put-away, Audit Trails, Inventory Accuracy, Training, Monitoring for Compliance, Accuracy Tracking, Lead Time , Inventory Identification and Tracking, Inventory Location and Storage, Inventory Numbering, Safety Inventory
  • Alternatives to holding Inventory: Just-in-Time, Material Requirements Planning, Master Production Schedule (MPS), Bill of Materials, Inventory status, Distribution Requirements Planning, Vendor Managed Inventory
  • Stock: Finished Goods, Stock-outs
  • Customer Service: Competing on Flexibility, Competing on Responsiveness, Fast Delivery, Reliable Delivery, After Sales Service, Supplier Appraisal, Service Level Agreements
  • Describe the alternatives to holding Stock: Direct Ordering, Drop Shipping
  • Financial: Balance Sheet, Assets, Profit and Loss Account, Inventory Trade-offs, Holding Costs
  • Inventory systems: Stock Cover, Backward Scheduling, Forward Scheduling, Pareto Based Ordering, Variable Order Quantity or Periodic Review System, Rolling Schedule, Economic Order Quantity, Fixed Order Quantity, Safety Stock , Average Deviation, Vendor Managed Inventory, Kanban, Reserve Stock (or Brown Bag) System, Perpetual Inventory Systems , Inputs, Outputs, Adjustments, Push and Pull Systems
  • Role of freight: Freight contextualised, Road, Rail, Sea, Air
  • Transport: Intermodal Transport, Combined Transport, Local transport movement, International movement
  • Route Plan: Linear, Hub, Spoke system
  • Environmental: Air pollution, Water pollution, Waste and Recycling
  • External influences: Swot analysis, Pestle analysis, National and international Perspectives
  • Legislative: Customs, Licenses and Permits, Transport documentation, Invoices, Carnet, Certificates of origin, Bill of Lading, Certificate of Insurance, Dock Receipt, Airway Bill, Dangerous goods
  • Freight performance: Key Performance Indicators, SMART, TQM

Job title & Salaries

Production Planner (Manufacturing)£18,001 – £32,826
Junior Production Manager£25,000 – £ 30,000
Production Co-ordinator£21,000 – £26,000
Production and Operations First Line Supervisor£15,320 – £39,326
Assembly Line Manager£20,071 – £46,544
Production Controller£18,026 – £33,426
Production Supervisor (Manufacturing)£16,956 – £38,439
Production Supervisor£15,782 – £34,049
Assembly Line Leader£18,000 – £28,000
Process Engineer£24,577 – £49,737
Process Technician£18,879 – £39,433
Quality Assurance Engineer£25,000 – £36,000
Quality Assurance Inspector£18,000 – £28,000
Quality Assurance Technician£15,813 – £27,592

*Salaries are based on national averages and may vary depending on location

Business Improvements

  • TAKT is an essential part of ensuring that the organisation has the right systems and processes in place to meet customer demand
  • Inventory waste can be reduced by improving production processes, machinery quality and purchaisng better quality products
  • Efficent Inventory ordering quantity will ensure that the organisation has sufficient inventory to meet the demands of the customer
  • Ensure that your organisation never runs of of inventory, by ensuring that buffer stocks are held

“I have been in the Oil & Gas Industry for the last 25 years and have had no formal qualifications so I considered it important to develop my skill set to enhance my career options.

Based in the UAE I have a very busy job in Sales & Marketing with travel in the Middle East, Asia & Africa and with a family, it can be difficult to make time for any studying. The IoSCM course gives me the option to study anytime or location and also the chance to study at my own pace. I am currently working my way through the first part of my course but have found all the info online very informative and all my questions/problems have been answered very promptly.

I would recommend the IoSCM courses to anyone who has a busy lifestyle and wants to have a good industry recognised qualification at the end of the course.”

Scott Macpherson

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