CHENNAI, India — Ford is developing India’s supply chain and logistics expertise by training the managers of tomorrow.
The company recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Confederation of Indian Industry to establish certificate programs in Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Logistics Management.
“This initiative is a reflection of the One Ford vision to foster functional and technical excellence,” said K. Prabhu, general manager of technical operations for the Ford Business Services Center (FBSC).
“The tremendous business growth in the region requires more resources, and at the same time we need to ensure flawless launch of best-in-class processes. This program gives us an excellent platform to do that and support growth.”
The first 27 participants from Ford’s Customer Service Division (FCSD) and Material Planning & Logistics (MP&L) department started the course in September. The training programme has been customised to include industry-specific case studies, and site visits are organised so students can see the theories put in to practice.
“This programme goes beyond the traditional text-book approach, with each session structured around the ‘knowledge sharing’ method. Industry professionals and professors from academic institutions take us through practical case-studies, giving us comprehensive insight,” said Geetha Ganesan, a student enrolled in the programme.
The on-going program has been designed to provide the participants with both theoretical understanding and practical insight, with six months each dedicated to Supply Chain Management and Logistics Management respectively. This pan-India initiative at Ford Business Services Center will collaborate with its regional counterparts for inclusion in the learning and development (L&D) curriculum, and support functional alignment among teams.
“Backed by strong support from senior management, this composite course on SCM & Logistics Management aims to enhance functional and technical skills in the region,” said M.A. Sanjeev, general manager for supply chain management and the supplier manufacturing readiness team.
“The programme has enriched competency levels, and has generated positive vibes among the students,” he concluded.