Level 6 – Supply Chain and Operations Strategy

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The Level 6 Supply Chain and Operations qualification is designed for students who wish to move into senior management positions within the supply chain. The online supply chain qualification develops understanding of key issues within the field and develop the strategic supply chain management skills required to succeed in a senior role.

*Through completion of the IoSCM Level 6 – Supply Chain and Operations Strategy you will receive certification from IoSCM and also a regulated qualification, Level 6 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

The IoSCM Level 6 in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy can be studied to three levels, Award, Certificate or diploma, depending on how many units you wish to study.

  • For the Level 6 in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy Award, you are required to complete 1 elective unit
  • For the Level 6 in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy Certificate, you will be required to complete 1 elective unit and choose 2 optional units
  • For the Level 6 in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy Diploma, you will need to study your chosen 1 elective unit and 3 further optional units
  • For the Level 6 in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy Advanced Diploma, you will need to study your chosen 1 elective unit and 6 further optional units

Unit choices are very flexible. While we recommend certain unit choices for each of our supply chain qualifications, each of our distance learning courses 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 or call us today on 0800 1422 522.

Core Units

In order to achieve an award, certificate or diploma in supply chain management, you must choose one of the following elective units to study.

We’re flexible with our supply chain courses, in order to build a professional qualification that is customised to you. If you’d like to study a specific unit, but don’t see it listed below, please contact our course advisors now on 0800 1422 522.

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  • Strategic Management: Concepts of strategic management, Process of strategic management, Values, vision and mission statement, Influences of strategy formation, Porters five forces
  • Formulate organisational strategy: Business and corporate strategy, Business and corporate level strategy, Competitive advantage, Influence of markets, Suitability, feasibility and acceptability
  • Strategic effects of organisation plan: Organisational strategic plan, Statements, values and objectives
  • Communicate organisational plan: Stakeholder analysis and engagement, Communication
  • Understand the development of a strategic business plan: Planning, Strategic management, Business planning, Innovation and creativity, Components of a business plan, Strategic objectives, Risk, Delegation
  • Develop a strategic business plan: Establish a clear vision and strategic objectives, Risk assessment, Market developments in own sector, Customer base needs and expectations, Market analysis, Colleague and stakeholder expectations, Consultation, Resource allocation, Monitor achievement of objectives
  • The concept of quality management: What is Quality, The concept of Quality Management in a business, The importance of quality within an organisation, The theories of Quality Management, Quality Management Tools and Techniques
  • Embedding quality management: Teamwork in Quality Management, Training and development in Quality Management, Embedding quality management into the culture of an organisation, Promoting continuous quality improvement within an organisation’s culture
  • Systems that support quality management: Monitoring Quality Management, Controlling Quality Management, Evaluate quality standards that support Quality Management
  • Objectives for a procurement strategy: Strategic procurement, Collaborative procurement, Supplier Relationship Management, Procurement principles, Public and private sector, Ethical implications, Best practice, Legal and statutory requirements
  • Effectiveness of a procurement strategy: Responsibility procurement, The value chain, Supply chain mapping, Contract documents, Long term strategic sourcing documents, Measuring success, Value analysis, value engineering & value management
  • Selecting effective procurement methods: Procurement methods, Tendering process, Evaluating supplier performance, Cost effectiveness, Achieving results, Risk, PESTLE analysis

Optional Units

For a certificate, you must complete two optional units in addition to the elective unit. To achieve a diploma, you must complete three additional units in as well as your chosen elective unit. We’re flexible with our supply chain courses, in order to build a professional qualification that is customised to you. If you’d like to study a specific unit, but don’t see it listed below, please contact our course advisors now on 0800 1422 522.

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  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics Operations: Supply chain management, Product, information and financial flow, Strengths of the supply chain, What is logistics?, Operational and strategic plans
  • Objectives of Operational Plans: Operational plans, SMART objectives, Key performance indicators, Delegation, Resources
  • Risk Management and Contingency Planning: What is risk management?, Risk mitigation, Contingency planning, Development and implementation of operational plans, 8 disciplines of problem solving
  • Developing Operational Plans: Stakeholders and colleagues, Corporate governance, Effective communication, Management information systems, Using information, Decision making
  • Implementing Operational Plans; Integral factors to implementation, Stakeholders and colleagues, SAMIE model, Performance indicators, Monitoring performance, Evaluation
  • The relationship between management and leadership: What is Leadership, What is Management, Leadership and Management Styles, The impact of different styles of Leadership and Management on staff
  • Effective leadership: The relationship between leadership style and leadership behaviour, The importance of context on leadership styles and qualities
  • Theories of management and leadership in organisational contexts: Leadership and Management Theories, The impact of leadership in an organisation based on Leadership theories
  • How to advise on the management and leadership skills required for selected roles in an organisation: Methods to identify the skills required for leadership of a given role in an organisation, Styles of leadership that are suitable to the role and appropriate to the culture in an organisation, Evaluations of recommended leadership skills required for a given role in an organisation
  • The enterprise culture and the characteristics of different entrepreneurs: The enterprise culture in a business, Advantages and Disadvantages of developing an enterprise culture in a business, The key attributes, decisions, business achievements, public personas and approaches to enterprise culture that have defined prominent entrepreneurs, and their effects upon the business, The concept of intrapreneurship and its effect upon the business, The factors which militate against an enterprise culture, The role of information and communications technology (ICT) in supporting entrepreneurship and business development
  • Philosophies and approaches: Types of research; Validity and relevance; Research paradigms; Research philosophy; Research approaches
  • Plan project reports: Business reports; Topic selection; Approaches and strategies; Literature reviews; Formulation; Project specifications
  • Research: Research ethics; Research process
  • Compare research outcomes with specifications: Types of evaluation
  • Present report: Style and structure; Structure of report; Presentation

Job title & Salaries

The Level 6 qualification in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy is suitable for those currently working in, or aspiring to work in, roles like the following:

Area Manager£45,000 – £56,000
Retail Area Manager£29,000 – £45,000
Merchandise Planning Manager£37,000 – £76,000
SAP Consultant£28,838 – £69,880
Senior Demand Planner£35,000 – £75,000
Quality Lead£55,000 – £65,000
Senior Demand Planner£35,000 – £75,000

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

Business Improvements

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:

  • Implement Safety Performance indicators to reduce the Risks associated with the working environment
  • Develop an understanding of People Productivity in order to reduce the impact of staff changes and increase productivity and efficency
  • Improving productivity and reducing work-in-progress are two activities that can increase production and business performance
  • Reduce lead times, carrying costs and optimise inventory levels
  • Reduce inventory costs and generate higher profits and increase working captial.

“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 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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