Supply chain management and business analytics are broad domains designed to improve operational performance and certainly not reserved to a handful of production engineers, freight transport specialists, or computer geeks
Supply chain management is:
- a central concern for all the enterprises and organizations that deliver goods and services.
- a fundamental component of the enterprise strategy, which procures competitive, decisive, and inimitable advantages.
- a set of activities carried out in conjunction with all business functions and in close relationship with clients and suppliers.
- a field that is constantly evolving in order to cope with the opportunities and challenges of globalization, advanced information and communication technologies, environmental concerns, and increased efficiency concerns of organizations.
- closely connected with one of the main competitive strengths of Wallonia: in particular, the Port of Liège is the largest inland port in Belgium and the third leading one in Europe, and Liège Airport is the eighth leading cargo airport in Europe.
Business analytics allows organizations and managers:
- to cope with ever increasing amounts of data and information generated in all kinds of formats and representations, both internally and externally – so-called Big Data;
- to acquire more knowledge of their customers, of their economic environment and of their own internal operations;
- to take full advantage of available data for making smarter decisions, for creating value, and for making better use of scarce resources;
- to support business insights and to move to fact-based management by relying on data and on analytical disciplines.
Both supply chain management and business analytics rely on a common set of tools and methods, and are being simultaneously transformed by the ongoing digital revolution.
This master’s degree program aims to prepare future managers
- for careers in industrial companies and service organizations that face complex operations management problems and that deploy and interact with complex supply chains.
- with a deep understanding of the management processes put in place by enterprises and organizations in order to best achieve their most fundamental mission, which is the production and distribution of goods and services.
- with analytical skills needed for efficient and informed decision making.
- capable of analyzing data collected from a variety of sources with the aim of uncovering valuable information and insights.
- capable of making decisions informed by data analysis and supported by optimization techniques.
The master’s degree program with a specialization in Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics
- is an ideal preparation, based on a deep understanding of
- modelling, optimization, and data analysis techniques,
- advanced information and communication technologies,
- and operations management processes, for careers in industrial companies and service organizations that deploy and interact with complex supply chains;
- prepares cross-functional managers, in accordance with the quantitative and multidisciplinary education provided to business engineers;
- leads to a degree that is highly demanded both in Belgium and internationally;
- is tightly connected to the economic environment and the enterprises of its region;
- is supported by the scientific expertise of a high-level academic team;
- is offered fully in English.
Degree and specific outcomes:
The master’s degree program with a specialization in Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics prepares students for careers in organizations that face complex decision problems in their supply chain and logistics management processes.
The multidisciplinary profile leads to positions with a high level of responsibility in a wide variety of organizations, ranging from large-, medium-, and small-scale industrial companies, to consultancy firms, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.
The competencies and skills developed in the program are in high demand both in the national and international job markets, and will undoubtedly be needed even more in the future due to globalization and to the increasing importance of operational efficiency.
A non-exhaustive list of career opportunities and activity sectors reads as follows:
- Operations manager, supply chain manager, production manager/planner, logistics and distribution manager, purchasing manager, sales manager, transport manager/planner, warehouse manager, customer service manager, contract and supplier manager, quality manager, import/export manager, supply chain consultant, etc.
- ERP specialist, business analyst, data analyst, researcher and developer (R&D), etc.
- Industries: pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical, iron and steel, automobile, food and beverage, cosmetics, electronics, aeronautic, computer and communications, retailing, internet-based companies, software developers, etc.
- Services: road carriers, air carriers, sea carriers, 3rd and 4th party logistics service providers (3PL & 4PL), package carriers, hotel chains, consultancy firms, etc.
- Non-profit: hospitals, public sector (seaport, airport, railway authorities, etc.), humanitarian organizations, etc.
Examples of jobs and positions occupied by our graduates:
- Global Customer Care Manager for Selective Customers, L'Oréal
- Supply Service Manager, SCA Hygiène Products
- ERP Implementation Analyst, PFSweb
- Technology Consulting Analyst, Accenture
- Global Supply Chain Planner, Mölnlycke Health Care
- Supply Chain and Operations Consultant, Deloitte Belgium
- Associate, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
- Lead Network Planner, DHL
- Material Supply Manager, Coca-Cola European Partners