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APICSAU MEMBER OF THE QUARTER
Craig Abraham is
an APICS CSCP
of SCOR Professional
certificate (received from
the Supply Chain Council),
validating knowledge of
the SCOR model and Supply Chain Excellence
Improvement methodology. He has just been
certified with PMP (Project Management
Professional) by the Project Management
Institute, and is also a trainer and coach. On
top of being a supply chain consultant and
project manager, Craig finds time to share his
knowledge with fellow practitioners delivering
guest lectures at apicsAU and Australian
Institute of Management. In this profile, Craig
shares his supply chain journey and his thoughts
on the future of the supply chain industry.
Who you are and what motivates you?
I am a supply chain consultant and project
manager. I specialise in leading and managing
improvement projects for my clients through my
business, Supply Chain Project Services. I really
enjoy the challenge of defining, planning and
initiating projects, and then take a great deal
of pleasure working with people to make it all
happen. Nothing beats the satisfaction when it all
comes together and the business benefits start to
manifest. I guess I am motivated by success, really
- successful projects and the success of my clients.
What made you become a supply chain
I started my career as an engineer in
manufacturing, moved into production and
then training and development, and came to
see how very important the supply chain is. A
well-functioning supply chain brings together
people, materials and resources at the right
time to meet customer needs. It unlocks
the potential within a business and allows it
to succeed, providing profits and jobs. The
impact of a supply chain operating effectively
is enormous. Supply chain is a great field with
great opportunities to make a difference.
How did apicsAU help you?
As I worked in supply chain I found that the
managers I admired for supply chain knowl-
edge were all members of apicsAU and valued
APICS training, so I joined apicsAU also. I
learnt supply chain from the people and busi-
nesses with which I worked, but I had reached
a point where I wanted to validate what I
thought I knew, backfill any gaps, and broaden
and deepen my knowledge. The course work
CSCP met this need.
How can a supply chain professional inspire
and share their knowledge and experience?
In my career I have learnt an enormous amount
from professionals with good supply chain
knowledge who also had time for people. I
admire these leaders and try to model the same
behaviours. They would share experiences
and explain the 'why', encourage me, give me
feedback, and provide support without taking
over responsibility. In short, they were all great
coaches. I have worked to develop these skills
by undertaking training, attending monthly
apicsAU meetings and factory visits, and
meeting and talking with other professionals.
How do you think the industry will change in
the next 5-10 years?
I have worked in China over the last ten years,
and supply chain as a profession there has
grown and matured enormously in this time.
For us to compete, we need to move from
'running the supply chain' to making it 'perform
efficiently and effectively'. Aligning supply chain
strategy with business strategy and S&OP will
become mandatory. Making supply chains
LEAN will become increasingly important, as
businesses need to do much more with less.
How can apicsAU help the industry and
I understand APICS and Supply Chain Council
are amalgamating. This presents a unique
opportunity to integrate the SCOR model and
Supply Chain Excellence methodologies with
the APICS body of knowledge. It also presents
a unique opportunity to make use of the SCC
benchmarking database for apicsAU members.
OPEN FOR 2015
SUPPLY CHAIN practitioners, both new
entrants and those seeking advancement,
are invited to make application for the
Deborah Rose Scholarship.
Scholarships are awarded to eligible
students in NSW, Victorian, Queensland,
WA and SA allowing them to undertake
the first module of the internationally
accredited APIC CPIM certification at no
cost. The scholarship includes instruction,
course material, exam and apicsAU
Professional Plus Membership.
This scholarship was created in 2011
in honour of the significant work of
Deborah Rose for the apicsAU society and
students, and seeks to further her passion
for the up-skilling of supply chain profes-
sionals in Australia.
Please visit our website for more
details. Apply before 16 December.
During September, apicsAU hosted its
annual celebratory dinner with a particular
focus on recognising Australia's top per-
forming APICS graduates. Sponsored by Demand
Management Systems, the honours went to Jeffrey
Brown as the CPIM Student of the Year, and to
Farrah Delahunty as the CSCP Student of the Year.
The evening, kindly sponsored by QAD and
attended by over 80 supply chain practitioners,
also served to recognise the company that
had supported apicsAU during the year by
encouraging employees to undertake APICS
certification and training, and by participating
in a significant number of learning and
membership opportunities afforded by the
society. This continued support of the society
evidences a commitment to supply chain
excellence and continuous improvement, which
apicsAU was pleased to applaud. The award for
Company of the Year went to Thales Australia.
apicsAU would like to thank all its members
for attending the evening and supporting the
society in its efforts to improve and educate
supply chain practitioners in Australia.
Left: Lloyd Sheather (Demand Management
Systems), Farrah Delahunty (supply chain manager,
A. Menarini Australia Pty Ltd), Jeffrey Brown
(demand planner, Orica Mining Services), Peter
Lomman (president, apicsAU).
Above: The team from Thales Australia, with Peter
Goodwin, director operations, and Sharon Craggs,
general manager -- quality (centre).
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