Management and Marketing
Supply Chain Management
What is SCM?
- Strategic Sourcing - A strategic approach to purchasing an organization's needed goods and services.
- Transportation - Day-to-day buying and selling of transportation services.
- Logistics - Management of the flow of goods and services between the origin and destination.
- Distribution - Getting products when and where needed.
- Risk Management - Examination of potential risks in global supply chains.
- Inventory Management - Development of techniques to manage inventory costs and supplies.
September 17, 2014
SCM students and faculty visited Caterpillar Logistics Parts Distribution Center (Morton) and the Track Type Tractor Assembly Plant (East Peoria). One highlight of the trip was hearing from three of our recent SCM alumni; Megan Opiekun '08, Kelly Wyffels '14, and Shelby Britton '14. Field trips are such a vital learning experience for our students to be able to relate classroom learning to real-world supply chain application.
Q & A
Are scholarships available for SCM students?
Yes, there are numerous scholarships available through our program and many more available from outside trade organizations (such as CSCMP, ISM, MHI). We have approximately 10-15 scholarships available annually specifically for SCM majors ranging from $750 to $2000 each.
What opportunities will I have outside of the classroom that will help me grow in my knowledge and experience of SCM?
You will have the opportunity to get involved in the Supply Chain Management Student Association (SCMSA), attend SCM-specific recruitment events, attend numerous field trips to businesses, factories, distribution centers, trade shows, and conferences, and complete at least one internship.
What skills do I need to be successful in the SCM program?
The SCM field utilizes a wide-variety of skills including skills in relationship and team-building, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, logic and reasoning, and analysis. However, many of those skills will be learned. To be successful in the program, you must be able to apply logic and reasoning, possess some quantitative (math) and interpersonal (relationship, communication) skills.
Learn more about SCM Programs at Western Illinois University:
What is the job placement rate for graduates of WIU's SCM program?
Currently in the field of SCM, demand for SCM graduates far exceeds the supply. In other words, job placement rates are near 100 percent.
What type of jobs are graduates getting and where?
The job possibilities with a degree in SCM are too numerous to list; however, our graduates are getting jobs with Fortune 50 companies, like Archer Daniel Midland (ADM), Deere & Co., and Caterpillar, as well as jobs with many other well-known companies. See the recruiting companies list for more examples. Additionally, graduates are getting jobs regionally, nationally, and even internationally with excellent starting salaries!
Supply Chain Management Day
September 16, 2015
An annual networking event for undergraduate supply chain management majors and minors, pre-business majors, MBA students, and community college logistics degree students interested in related careers.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 marked the WIU Supply Chain Management program’s 11th Supply Chain Management Day. This year’s SCM Day was a record-breaking year with approximately 215 people registered in advance, including company representatives, students, and WIU administration, faculty, and staff. Of the 69 company representatives, nearly 40 percent are WIU Alumni (many being recent graduates from the SCM program graduating less than ten years ago). SCM Day is always a great excuse for alumni to get back to campus, and the faculty especially enjoy hearing about the career journeys of their former students. The SCM program has an advisory board that meets every SCM Day, as well as once during the spring semester. The SCM Advisory Board is made up of about 20 strategic recruiting companies, including representatives from ADM, John Deere, CAT Logistics, Monsanto, Dot Foods, Group O, and many others. In addition to regular board members, this year’s meeting also included many first-time SCM Day companies, such as Prime Inc. and Menlo Logistics.
Contact Us About Supply Chain Management
Dr. Craig Conrad, Chair/Professor
Department of Management & Marketing
Office: Stipes Hall 414
Phone: (309) 298-1535
Supply Chain Management Faculty
- Dr. Bart Jennings, Professor
- Dr. James Patterson, Assistant Dean/Associate Professor
- Vitaly Brazhkin, Instructor
- Dr. Michael Tracey, Professor
- Honey Zimmerman, Instructor