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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

Co-designed by 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.

Refreshed programme for 2020

Exciting changes are coming to our C-Suite programme content and structure for 2020. We are in the process of gathering data and feedback from our customers to help shape these changes, which will bring participants from across our C-Suite programmes together to build an integrated perspective on the work of senior leadership.

Dates for our refreshed programmes are yet to be confirmed, but we can’t wait for you to see our new modules and content.

About the programme

Ambitious, mid-career supply chain professionals need the skills to meet the challenges of a modern, rapidly changing world. With a focus on understanding how successful supply chains work and drive increased value end to end, participants of this highly experiential programme expand their capability to think strategically, behave collaboratively and make value-driven decisions.

The modular format blends expert faculty, industry guest speakers, active project work, site visits, simulations, online learning, case studies and peer group engagement to maximise application in role.


Time commitment

This is a module-based programme that will be delivered periodically over the year.

More details of our 2020 dates to come.



Participants should:

  • Currently be in a supply chain management, logistics or procurement role
  • Aspire to move to a senior leadership role in supply chain within the next five years
  • Have a minimum of five years of industry experience, with at least two years in supply chain, logistics and/or procurement roles


Programme content

Module themes:

  • Business and supply chain strategy and value creation
  • Networks and collaboration – the key enablers of supply chain performance
  • Supply chain transformation – performance, technology and change
  • Strategy into action – presenting the case for change across diverse stakeholders

Each module includes a mix of:

  • Interactive workshops with senior Graduate School of Management faculty or professional facilitators
  • Site visits (e.g. Foodstuffs, The Warehouse, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, NZ Defence Force, DHL, The Icehouse) to see and explore the real challenges of implementing supply chain opportunities discussed within the programme
  • Leading industry speakers
  • Business simulations and international case studies
  • Delivery of a strategic project to improve the performance of the sponsoring organisation
  • Mentoring and support from seasoned supply chain experts
  • Peer group interaction between modules
  • Readings and case studies
  • Self-directed study and reflection


Business Advisory Group

Each Executive Education C-Suite programme is designed and delivered in collaboration with an Advisory Group made up of influential business leaders. Members from the Advisory Group mentor on the programme and speak in sessions, host site visits, participate in panels and keep the programme business-focused. Additionally our Programme Director, Professor Tava Olsen, works closely with the Executive Education team to ensure the relevance, quality and rigour of the programme.

  • Gerard Morrison – CEO, CODA Group
  • Dave ChristieGeneral Manager, Commercial & Integration, CODA Group
  • Matt Casbolt – Managing Director, DHL
  • Deena Clarkson – GM Distribution NZ, Fonterra
  • James Feeney – Director, Alignment Consulting
  • Reinhold Goeschl – General Manager Supply Chain, Ports of Auckland
  • Aaron Green – General Manager, Parcels and Transformation, Toll Holdings
  • Brigadier Charles Lott (ret) – Chief Joint Defence Services, New Zealand Defence Force
  • Andrea Manley – General Manager, Strategy & Innovation, Napier Port
  • Lisa Norton – Senior Manager Resources, Airport Enablement, Air New Zealand
  • Suzanne O’Leary – Director, January Group
  • Jonti Rhodes – General Manager Supply Chain, Facilities & Sustainability, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Ian Williamson – Partner, KPMG


Individual and Organisational Benefits


Participants will:

  • Form a view of how they can progress in their career, and the capabilities they will need to do it
  • Get an ‘inside look’ at some of NZ’s leading companies and government departments and see the innovation needed to meet substantial challenges
  • Learn how the industry is changing and identify trends that will shape the future of work
  • Meet peers and leaders with whom they can form strong and lasting relationships
  • Be mentored and coached by leading practitioners and faculty members
  • Undertake a strategic project designed to make a real difference to their organisation


The organisation will:

  • Reap real benefits from guiding participants working on an initiative of strategic value to their organisation
  • Develop greater leadership bench strength that reinforces the succession pipeline
  • Have access to the diverse expertise and experience of research academics and industry and government leaders
  • Relate closely with the Centre for Supply Chain Management, which facilitates student research projects, internships and seminars with visiting international supply chain leaders


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

Daniel Vidal

Dr. Daniel Vidal

Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management


Success story

“This course will challenge your thinking, encourage you to have more strategy-based discussions and, most importantly, help you to enable your company to create or maintain a competitive advantage.”

Tara Macmillan | Senior Manager, Procurement | NZ Transport Agency



The fees for the 2019 programme are $11,500 + GST which includes attendance at all of the modules (10 days) with daytime catering, site visits, online access, materials and required reading, one-to-one mentoring and programme dinners.

We offer various terms for invoices more closely connecting the benefits of attendance with outlay.


More information

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

Felicity Lawrence

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



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