|Due By (Pacific Time)
||11/27/2016 12:00 am
The report recently produced by Consultants which set out a strategic plan for increasing international revenues and profits at your company has been read by a number of members of senior management, including the Chief Operating Officer. The COO has invited you, the Global Director of Supply Chain Management, to lunch to discuss the report. At lunch, your discussion centers around the ability of your company’s current supply chain structure to seamlessly support the execution of the aggressive international growth plan. The COO asks you to prepare a report on this topic and present it at a senior management conference on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Returning to your office, you and your staff sketch out the following outline for the report:
Section 1. (2-3pages) A comprehensive review of the current supply chain structure.
Section 2. (3-4pages) An analysis of possible problem areas/bottlenecks in the current structure which could negatively impact the implementation of the international growth plan.
Section 3. (3-4 pages) An action plan with specific recommendations and time line to remedy any problem areas identified in Section 2. This includes necessary changes and/or additions to the existing structure.
There are a variety of sources available to gather information on this topic including the company’s website, its annual report, industry reports/analyses, etc. The library will also have access to various sources of information that may not be available to the general public, e.g. analyst reports. Consult the business librarian. Your report will be used by senior management to evaluate the company’s ability in the area of supply chain to execute its international growth plans. Please note that your report should be written from the perspective of a company employee, i.e. it should not be a narrative, but an actionable plan for management to use in planning/allocating resources to ensure that supply chain is aligned with company strategy. It is also important to keep in mind that as Global Director of Supply Chain Management, it is your department which will be responsible for implementing any necessary changes to the supply chain organization. Remember, less is more and you may want to identify a few very key drivers and go into depth on those rather than trying to capture the entire supply chain strategy of your company in a short paper.