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Strategic Supply Chain Management

Anthony Mills
Supply Chain Manager – Pfizer Global Supply
Sterile Injectables Operating Unit

“I would highly recommend this course to any mid-level supply chain professional as a way of creating a competitive advantage for their organisation and fast tracking personal and professional development.”

Strategic Supply Chain Management Programme:
Preparing Business Leaders for the C-Suite

Co-designed with the Centre for Supply Chain Management and leading NZ business executives, this dynamic programme actively develops mid-career professionals from various parts of the supply chain into strategic supply chain leaders.

Apply now for June 2021 start!

The pace of technology, globalisation and changing demographic trends means that the expectation on leaders today has shifted significantly. These changes are forcing leaders to competently balance multiple challenges, collaborate across the business and navigate through change and ambiguity.

To respond to these changes we have refreshed our C-Suite programmes to encourage enterprise-level mindset shifts and an enhanced focus on collaboration and application of learning. Participants from across our four C-Suite programmes will work together across certain ‘combined’ components of the programme, developing the strategic, whole-of-business mindset that is the platform for success in C-Suite roles.

Application Close Date: June 20
Programme Start Date: June 29

About the programme

The role of a supply chain leader is to align their organisation’s array of staff, suppliers, technology and process, and get the right products into the right hands at the right time.

In a world of increasingly dynamic and disrupted supply chains, companies need their supply chain leaders to develop the foresight, skill and agility to turn operational issues into strategic opportunities. A supply chain leader’s understanding of what is needed – and their ability to influence across the supply network – will be the key to company success in the future.

This experiential programme seeks to equip mid-career supply chain professionals to contribute at a strategic level to lead that alignment process. It is designed to be practical and relevant and give supply chain leaders the tools to contribute to C-Suite decision making, both functionally and across the business.


Time commitment

This programme is designed for busy working professionals. It is a 11-day programme set across five modules, held over 6 months. The majority of the programme will be held on-site at the University of Auckland Business School Campus.

The expected time commitment outside of the module components involves work on a strategic project, mentoring sessions, peer coaching, reflection on learning and pre and post readings.



You should:

  • Currently be in a mid-to-senior supply chain or related role for at least five years (e.g. procurement, inventory, planning, logistics or related disciplines)
  • Have been identified as having potential to progress to a senior leadership role within the next five years

*please note applications outside of the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


2021 schedule and programme content

To encourage you to think beyond Supply Chain and develop the strategic, whole-of-business mindset, some parts of Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 will be delivered in a combined cohort of all C-Suite programme participants. The remaining time will be spent in your Supply Chain cohort.

Module 1
29,30 June, 1 July
Enterprise Strategy and Leadership
Module 2
11-12 Aug
Leading Change in Complex Times
Module 3
15 -16-17 Sept
Driving Value Through Collaboration & Innovation
Module 4
1-2 Dec
Roadmap for the Future



Strategic Project

In addition to the modular content and with the support of your mentor and your organisational sponsor, you will identify a project of strategic value to your organisation. This project work aims to build leadership capability across the organisation – in particular thinking strategically, influencing and working successfully across the business.

The action learning project delivers immediate value and ensures your programme learning is embedded by applying it to real issues in your own organisation.


Applied learning

The application of learning is what defines our C-Suite programmes. You will have various opportunities throughout the programme to apply learning to your own business context and career through peer-group collaboration on participative exercises, case studies, project work, reflection exercises and online learning. In each module we will discuss how you have applied models and tools and practised new skills.

This is done through:

  • Interactive workshops with senior University faculty and facilitators
  • Work on a project that is of strategic value to your organisation
  • Cross-functional peer coaching opportunities between modules to develop coaching skills and reflect on your own development and learning
  • Mentoring from a seasoned professional to support you through the programme
  • Peer group collaboration on participative exercises, group simulation, case studies, reading materials and reflection exercises


Advisory Group

This programme is co-designed and supported by senior University faculty, in conjunction with an Advisory Group of experienced business leaders who also feature as mentors and guest speakers.​

  • Dave Christie (Director, Supply Chain Strategy, Tainui Group Holdings)
  • Deena Clarkson (General Manager Distribution NZ, Fonterra)
  • Simon Dedman (Managing Director, Kuehne+Nagel)
  • Anne Dunne (GM Supply Chain, Air NZ)
  • James Feeney (Director, Alignment Consulting)
  • Reinhold Goeschl (General Manager Supply Chain, Ports of Auckland)
  • Aaron Greene (General Manager Operations & Transformation, Toll Holdings)
  • Debbie Howarth (Director, Industry Engagement, Joint Defence Services, New Zealand Defence Force)
  • Brigadier Charles Lott (ret) (National Manager, Equipment & Logistics at Fire and Emergency NZ)
  • Andrea Manley (General Manager Strategy & Innovation, Napier Port)
  • Liz May (CEO, ShopCare)
  • Gerard Morrison (Chief Executive Officer, CODA Group)
  • Lisa Norton (Regional Supply Chain Manager, South Island, Fonterra)
  • Suzanne O’Leary (Director, January Group)
  • Boyd Piebenga (Director Supply Chain, KPMG)
  • Jonti Rhodes (General Manager Supply Chain, Facilities and Sustainability, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare)
  • Joe Schmieg (General Manager, Supply Chain, The Warehouse Group)
  • Chloe Surridge (Group General Manager, Airports, Air New Zealand)
  • Ian Williamson, Partner, KPMG
  • Louise Wood (General Manager Supply Chain, Sanford Ltd)


Our facilitators


Tava Olsen

Tava Olsen

Ports of Auckland Chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

David Robb

David Robb

Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Deputy Director, Graduate School of Management

Professor Elizabeth George

Graduate School of Management


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Participant Fee

The fee for participation in the programme is $12,000 + GST.

This includes attendance at all of the modules, peer coaching, mentoring support for projects, online engagement and hard copy materials and required reading. It also includes coffee, tea breaks and lunches on all class days, programme dinners and receptions for each participant and their organisational sponsor.

Discounts are available for self-sponsored participants, organizations sponsoring multiple students and University of Auckland staff.


More information

To talk to us about the Strategic Supply Chain Management Programme, please contact:

Felicity Lawrence

Ph: (09) 923 6350 | 021492388
E: f.lawrence@auckland.ac.nz



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