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Supply Chain Career Readiness and Coaching

By implementing a structured career readiness and mentorship program, organizations can empower supply chain professionals to achieve their full potential, drive business success, and contribute to the growth and competitiveness of the supply chain industry.

Pathways to Success: 8 Weeks OF Comprehensive Training for a Career readiness in Supply Chain Management

Time to Enroll

Enroll before May 31, 2024, 6:59 PM, and get up to a 10% discount on tuition assistance to set yourself up for professional pathways to success.​


  • $100 Registration fee $100 (Administration)
  • $150 Per module; AISCR members to receive 10% discounts.
  • $100 Building of resume per candidate (50% less than the typical cost for a professional resume)

Program Faculty

  • Prof Marcus Ambe and Augustine Enow Agbor

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Course Overview

Are you ready to forge your career path in supply chain management? AISCR provides you an opportunity to build a career in supply chain management with future-ready skills.

Supply chain management is the backbone of businesses of all sizes, ensuring goods and services are delivered, and keeping supply operations running smoothly. Pursuing a career in supply chain management is a strategic move for those seeking a dynamic, impactful, and globally relevant profession. This field not only offers diverse roles—from logistics to procurement and beyond—but also places you at the heart of global commerce, directly influencing companies’ efficiency, sustainability, and bottom-line performance.

Take advantage of this intensive training program designed for individuals aspiring to start or accelerate a career in supply chain management. The course provides a deep dive into the supply chain ecosystem, essential skills, emerging trends, and strategic guidance on career advancement. Participants will benefit from expert-led sessions, interactive workshops, real-world case studies, and networking opportunities, setting the stage for a successful career in this dynamic field.

Who Is This Program For?

This 8-week comprehensive training is designed to provide fresh insights into a rapidly changing supply chain ecosystem—and help translate those insights into action. This program is ideal for individuals at various junctures in their professional lives:

  • Recent graduates considering a career in supply chain management.
  • Individuals seeking to transition into supply chain management from other careers.
  • Early-career professionals in supply chain or related fields aspiring to climb higher in their roles

What You Will Learn

Prospective students who registered for this course will benefit as follows:

  • Gain a foundational understanding of supply chain management principles and practices.
  • Develop key competencies required in various supply chain roles.
  • Explore the impact of global trends and technology on the supply chain.
  • Be able to set and achieve pathways to success in their supply chain career goals.
  • Establish networking opportunities with professionals in the field.

Course delivery method

The program utilizes a blend of teaching methods organized into 8 modules. The features and experience during the 8-week course include:

  • Interactive virtual live sessions, guest speakers, case studies, group discussions, and hands-on projects, all designed to offer a holistic learning experience.
  • Root Beer Game, decision tree, and simulation.
  • Additionally, mentorship from experienced professionals and networking opportunities will provide participants with industry insights and connections that are invaluable in advancing their careers.


  • Participants will be assessed through a combination of practical assignments, participation in discussions, and a final presentation or project.
  • Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate to acknowledge their skill development and participation.

Program Duration

  • This is an 8-week intensive program, with weekly 4-hour sessions over the weekend (Fridays/Saturdays and Sundays).


  • Participants will be assessed continuously through project work, participation, and a capstone project. Upon successful completion, they will receive a certificate that serves as a testament to their enhanced competencies in supply chain management.

Why Choose Supply Chain Management as a Career Path?

The global supply chain industry size is currently valued at $15.85 billion as it is in high demand. It is also expected to experience a CAGR of 11.2% from 2020 to 2027.

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects demand for Logisticians (those who manage supply chains) to grow by around 4% between now and 2029.
  • According to, supply chain specialists earn $59,250 per year, on average. Salaries for early-career supply chain professionals range between $39,000-75,000 per year, with an average of $56,339 within the first three years of their careers.
  • According to, the average supply chain manager salary in the U.S. is $121,170 as of May 01, 2023, but the range typically falls between $107,100 and $137,255.

Career Options

  • Supply Chain Specialist/analyst
  • Procurement Specialist/analyst
  • Buyer or Purchasing Agent
  • Logistics analyst/specialist
  • Sourcing specialist
  • Demand planner
  • Inventory control Specialist/analyst
  • Transportation planner
  • Supply chain manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Purchasing clerks
  • Purchasing assistants
  • Inventory planner
  • Commodity manager
  • Merchandiser


The program for this eight-week course is scheduled as follows:

1Module 1:
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
• Fundamentals of supply chain management
• Overview of supply chain functions and roles
• Importance of supply chain management in various industries
• Current Trends and developments in Supply Chain Management
2Module 2: Core Competencies in Supply Chain• Inventory management
• Logistics and distribution
• Procurement and supplier management
• Demand forecasting and planning
• Compliance and risk management
3Module 3: Technology in Supply Chain

• Introduction to supply chain technologies (e.g., ERP systems, AI, IoT, blockchain)
• Impact of digital transformation on supply chain operations
• Future trends and innovation in supply chain technology
4Module 4: Strategic Supply Chain Management• Developing strategic thinking in supply chain decisions
• Sustainability and ethical considerations
• Navigating global and cultural challenges
• Crisis and change management
5Module 5: Career Development Strategies• Understanding various career paths in supply chain management
• Resume workshops: sessions on crafting resumes that stand out and LinkedIn profile
• Effective job search strategies and networking
• Interview preparation, feedback from SCM professionals, and salary negotiations
6Module 6: Real-world Insights and Case Studies• Real Game simulation on supply chain management
• Analysis of successful supply chain strategies in leading companies
• Guest speakers sharing insights and experiences
• Discussion of real-world scenarios and decision-making
7Module 7: Personal Branding and Continuous Learning• Importance of personal branding for career growth
• Utilizing professional associations and certifications
• Commitment to continuous learning and development
8Module 8: Personalized Coaching and Networking• Provide individual coaching sessions to review career goals and action plans (preparation of resumes and coaching for interviews)
• Strategies for effective networking within the industry
• Finding and working with a mentor
• Networking skills: techniques for effective networking and leveraging professional platforms.
• Participating in industry events and conferences

Program Faculty

The instructors for the program are Prof Marcus Ambe and Augustine Enow Agbor.

An esteemed professor, and scholar-practitioner with well-rounded leadership, academic, practical, and managerial skills comprising 21 years in directing sustainable procurement and supply chain management solutions. Dr. Marcus Ambe is a Certified Procurement Professional and an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Jackson State University. Prior to relocating to the United States, Marcus advanced and developed his career as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and tenured Professor (2015) at the University of South Africa. He has taught at various universities in South Africa, Africa, and the United States of America.  Between 2010 and to date, Dr. Marcus Ambe has published over 100 research outputs (scientific research papers in reputable, conference papers, book chapters, and industry reports) including three (3) prescribed textbooks. He has been recognized with various awards and accolades for his contribution to procurement and supply chain research, capacity building, and awareness campaigns.

Marcus served as the Chair of the Department of Applied Management, managing 52 faculty. He is the Founding President and Chief Executive of the African Institute for Supply Chain Research (AISCR). He is a member of the American Purchasing Association, the National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP), the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Management (CIPS), and the International Purchasing and Supply and Research Association (IPSERA).

Originally from Cameroon, Augustine Agbor started his career in Procurement and Supply Chain Management with the transportation, logistics, supply chain and storage company Exel Logistics, now DHL Supply Chain in 2008. He later worked in the chemicals, engineering, Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM), and packaging industries where he had responsibilities for procurement, global supply planning, and inventory management.

He is excited to join forces with AISCR in training, developing, and mentoring members who are new to the field or those considering switching careers to take advantage of the huge opportunities in the supply management ecosystem. Augustine has lived in South Africa, Austria, and currently the USA, together with his wife and daughter. He has a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) and attained the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) in 2017.

He enjoys reading current geopolitics, coaching, mentoring, and engaging in nonprofit events. In his free time, Augustine likes to spend time with his family, travel and get to know other cultures.


1. Who is this program intended for?

This course is designed for a wide audience, including early-career professionals who want to establish themselves in the field, mid-career professionals seeking to advance or pivot their careers into supply chain management, and individuals from other sectors wishing to transition into this dynamic field.

2. What will I learn from this program?

Participants will gain end-to-end knowledge of supply chain management, including core concepts, advanced strategies, the impact of technology, sustainability considerations, leadership skills, and career advancement tools. The program combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills and real-world case studies to prepare participants for success in the supply chain industry.

3. How long is the program?

The course duration is 8 weeks every weekend. Please refer to the program schedule for more details.

4. Is there a certification upon completion?

Yes, AISCR will provide participants who successfully complete all course requirements, including attendance, and participation will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging their competency in supply chain management.

5. How is the program delivered?

The program utilizes a blend of teaching methodologies, including instructor-led virtual lectures, interactive workshops, simulation games, case study analyses, and mentorship sessions, all to ensure a comprehensive learning experience.

6. Are there any prerequisites for joining the program?

There are no strict educational prerequisites for this course. A basic understanding of business management concepts and a strong interest in supply chain management are recommended for the best experience.

7. Who are the instructors in the program?

Our instructors are experienced supply chain professionals led by Prof Marcus Ambe and Mr Augustine Enow Agbor. They bring practical insights from academia and industry and are committed to providing personalized guidance to help participants achieve their career goals.

8. How much does it cost to enroll in the program, and are there any funding options?

The program cost is $150 per module including a $100 once-off registration fee. We strive to make education accessible, so there are AISCR registered members will receive 10% discount towards tuition assistance.

9. How can I apply, and what are the key dates?

You can apply through our online using AISCR weblink. The course begins on February 02, 2024, and the application deadline is January 31, 2024, for the first intake. See the program brochure for other intakes. We encourage prospective students to apply early as spaces are limited.

10. What career support does the program offer?

The program includes sessions on resume building, interview preparation, and job-hunting strategies. Additionally, our strong industry connections provide participants with networking opportunities and potential job leads. Our dedicated career support continues even after course completion.

11. I'm currently employed. Is this program suited for working professionals?

Absolutely, the course schedule is designed to accommodate working professionals. Classes are held in the evenings during the week and on Saturdays to ensure that you can manage work and study effectively.

12. Are international students eligible to join the program?

Yes, international students are welcome to apply. Since the course is delivered online, you can participate from anywhere in the world.

Established in 2019, the African Institute for Supply Chain Research (AISCR) provides supply chain research, education, outreach, and networking solutions for a better Africa.





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