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icholas Talty is currently the demand
manager at AB Mauri. Nick holds the
APICS CPIM certification and is a long
time member of apicsAU. In this interview,
Krish Alahakoon, contracts support manager
at Woolworths and apicsAU NSW committee
member, talks to Nick about his supply chain
career, the influence of apicsAU on his profes-
sional development, and his predictions for the
future of supply chain.
Krish: Who are you and what motivates you?
Nick: I have been working within the supply
chain for ten years. Finding my feet as a produc-
tion planner, dealing with all ranges of business-
es, from large retail customers down to individual
small businesses. I have found that I enjoy the
fast-paced world of the supply chain. Personally,
I am motivated by process improvements and
being able to make a difference.
I believe that a formal and robust sales and
operations planning process can make a differ-
ence to a business’s bottom line. This is partic-
ularly relevant in the current business climate,
where scrutinising your spend is as important as
Krish: What made you become a supply
Nick: In 2008, I was encouraged into a
production planning role. Without experience,
I looked online to see what was the position
entailed. The number of positions that were
advertised that considered an APICS qualifi-
cation as ‘well regarded’ was surprising. That
indicated to me that this was the correct course
I enrolled in the CPIM accreditation and found
it enormously relevant. I remember that each
Wednesday evening I would attend the face-to-
face study component. Come the very next day
at work, I was able to implement aspects of what
I had learned the previous evening.
Kirsh: How has apicsAU helped you with your
Nick: apicsAU has been instrumental in the
development of my career. I consider myself an
active member and enjoy attending the monthly
meetings. These are great knowledge hits and
contribute to keeping the basic principles and
best practices front of mind.
Krish: How can a supply chain professional
inspire and share their knowledge and experi-
ence with the people working around them and
the wider industry group?
Nick: I find it interesting that each business
is faced with similar issues, yet the way each
business deals with constraints, opportunities
and technology is unique and relevant to their
situation. Networking supports creating an
arsenal of analysis tools; building a cohort of like
minded peers contributes information; and dif-
ferent perspectives from which better decisions
can be made.
Krish: How do you think the supply chain
industry will change in the next 5-10 years?
Nick: I believe that technology will play a more
prominent role in the supply chain industry in
the future. Coupled with strong processes, tech-
nology will be recognised as a minimum require-
ment for businesses to meet strategic objectives.
Consider inventory - the days of high
seasonal peaks are being replaced by stra-
tegic inventory management and supported
by a process of inventory record accuracy.
Understanding demand and using forecasts
to predict stock will provide stronger financial
control and generate predictable results. Utilising
technology that is available and relatively inex-
pensive can support and manage this area of
business capital investment.
Krish: How can apicsAU help the industry
and its members?
Nick: I hope that apicsAU continues to
provide the service and the avenue for education
that it has become renowned for. It has certainly
contributed to and continues to add value to my
David Sheather, head of supply chain, Sanofi
Australia and New Zealand was our Member of
the Quarter in March. Visit the articles section of
our website to read more about David, why he’s a
member with apicsAU, and what he sees as key
challenges and opportunities for supply chain
managers going forward.
APICSAU MEMBER OF THE
QUARTER: NICHOLAS TALTY
The APICS CPIM designation has been earned by more than 100,000
practitioners worldwide, and demonstrates professional knowledge and
understanding of production and inventory management. Traditionally,
apicsAU has supported students wishing to obtain this internationally
recognised certification by offering instructor-led, classroom based
tuition. To address the needs of students who are either constrained by
scheduling or geographic factors from attending instructor-led sessions,
apicsAU is now offering a distance learning option.
The distance learning package includes all the resources and support
a student needs to prepare for the APICS CPIM exams and achieve
certification. It includes official APICS student material, additional study
notes, prescribed texts as well as individual tutor support.
Contact apicsAU to find out more.
CPIM WITH A DISTANCE
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