Dynamic supply chains are at the heart of any successful organisation. With an increase in the pace of change and the Volatile Uncertain Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment, organisations are feeling the pressure to rethink operations and improve their supply chain efficiencies.
The University of Cambridge Sustainable Supply Chain Management online short course focuses on the technological and environmental aspects of supply chain management to prepare you for future challenges. You’ll learn how to leverage industry changes and disruptions to improve supply chains and build sustainable and resilient business processes. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of how supply chain processes and disruptions impact the broader environment.
Drawing on innovative business models, integrated analytics, KPIs and the latest technology, this course will expose you to transformations that are already occurring in supply chains. You’ll be equipped with the tools to implement meaningful change in your role and organisation.
This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.
Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.
What will set you apart
Designed for professionals, from a wide range of industries, looking to support their organisation in creating future-focused supply chain strategies, this course empowers you to:
Gain key skills and knowledge in building a sustainable and resilient supply chain
Draw from innovative business models to equip you and your business with the tools required to implement change and rewire existing supply chains
Discover the role of technology in facilitating integration and the opportunities for increased traceability in supply chains
Go a level further from supply chain optimisation and learn how to leverage sustainability and value creation within your supply chain and organisation
Become a member of the CISL global alumni network and collaborate with like-minded business leaders around the globe
Is this course for you?
This online short course is designed for professionals looking to support their organisation in future-focused supply chain strategies. It’s beneficial for professionals within all levels of management who want to understand how to incorporate agile and resilient sustainable mechanisms into their supply chains to benefit their organisations and beyond. It’s also highly relevant for professionals such as operations managers and consultants, as well as those looking to shift career focus to supply chain management.
Learn to build a future-focused supply chain, informed by disruptive tech and other VUCA factors, as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online short course.
- Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
- Module 1 Essentials of supply chain management
- Module 2 Managing supply chains in a changing world
- Module 3 Practical implications for supply chain management
- Module 4 Designing efficient, resilient supply chains
- Module 5 Supply chain analytics
- Module 6 Innovation and supply chain technology
- Module 7 Supply chain collaboration and partnerships
- Module 8 Rewiring your supply chain
Design efficient and resilient supply chains
This University of Cambridge online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you build on your supply chain management knowledge and create a resilient and sustainable plan of action that aims to withstand disruption.
Your Course Convenors
The design of this online short course is guided by University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership faculty as well as industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.
Director of Digital Learning, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Roberts helps companies with a global reach to derive value from embedding innovative approaches to sustainability across their organisation and their supply chains. He has extensive experience working with companies and NGOs on sustainability challenges, with particular expertise in the food, agricultural, utility, tourism, and extractive sectors. He has lived in several African countries working with governments and the private sector to tackle the resource challenges of today and the future.
Senior Associate, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Ellison was previously the head of sustainability at Jaguar Land Rover. He has worked in various director-level roles in the aerospace and defence sector, focusing particularly on sustainable development, procurement, and eco-efficiency. Ellison is educated as a chartered engineer, management accountant, global accountant, and IT professional. He also holds a master’s degree in sustainability and a Post-Graduate Certificate in sustainable business.
Technical Lead – decisionLab
Global Head of Sustainable Development & Corporate Responsibility | Co-chair – Responsible Steel
Senior Project Manager Drive Sustainability – CSR Europe
Dr Cath Tayleur
Senior Programme Manager – CISL
Co-founder – DSE consulting and decisionLab
Senior Associate – CISL | Independent Consultant – Supply Chains
Director of Regenerative Business Models Programme, IfM | Fellow – CISL
Dr Emily Shuckburgh
Director - University of Cambridge Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative | Reader in Environmental Data Science – Department of Computer Science and Technology
Senior Vice President – International Relations – de Beers Group
CEO – Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Dr Jemma Green
Co-founder and Chairman – Power Ledger
Retail and Supply Chain Consultant
Professor in Sustainable Business – Lund University
Responsible for Primark’s Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability Team
Dame Polly Courtice
Founder and Director – CISL
Senior Manager – Ethical initiatives – de Beers Group
Senior Associate – CISL | Sustainability and Public Affairs Director – Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
Global Head of Supply Chain Program – CDP
Executive Director & Facilitator of Drive Sustainability – CSR Europe
Managing Director, Supply Chain – BSR
Environmentalist | Fellow – CISL
Sustainability Advisor – PwC | Fellow – CISL
Associate Director – CISL
Earn a certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership – and use it to set yourself apart as a future-ready sustainable supply chain manager.
Your certificate of completion will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.REGISTER NOW
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WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.
If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.
WILL I HAVE THE TIME?
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
CAN MY EMPLOYER ASSIST WITH PAYMENT?
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.
Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.
WHAT IS THE ONLINE CAMPUS?
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.