RWTH Certificate Course Supply Chain Manager

Designing excellent logistics & production networks

In this practice-oriented course, you will gain an in-depth understanding regarding the task areas, challenges and target variables of cross-company logistics and production networks and processes.

Study format:
Certificate Course
5 Days
23.-27. October 2023
Credit Points:
2 ECTS (50 Hrs. Workload)
Course fees:
3.900€ incl. lunch, course documents & social program, excl. accommodation/arrival & departure; discounted conditions for enrolled companies Center GMP & members of FIR e.V.
RWTH Executive Certificate

Course content:

  • Fundamentals & Challenges of Supply Chain Management and Global Production.
  • Cross-company logistics and production networks and continuous network design processes
  • Opportunities and challenges of Industry 4.0 in production networks
  • Resilience of supply chains
  • Sustainability assessment of global production networks
  • Maximum learning effect through a combination of expert lectures, interactive simulation of a supply chain, introductions to software tools (e.g. MioriNetwork Design), group workshops, guided tour of the Aachen demonstration factory etc..

Contents of the training

In addition to the basics of supply chain management, you will gain deep insights into current challenges such as the effects of Industry 4.0, key figures for the sustainability assessment of global production networks (GPN) and success factors of resilient supply chains.
You will learn about the dynamics and interactions regarding procurement and distribution within a supply chain and derive new insights into the behavior of supply chains. Strategies for continuous - also software-supported - network design processes are also part of the certificate course, as are digitization tools for inter-company collaboration and the advantages of data-based decision support in network design and control.

Day 1: Current challenges and introduction

Day 2: Planning and coordination

Day 3: Design

Day 4: Digitalization & Industry 4.0

Day 5: Resilience & Sustainability

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Basics and challenges Procurement & Distribution
  • Beergame
  • Coordination of Global Production Networks (GPN)
  • Information flows in supply chain & GPN
  • Planning & Control Supply Chain
  • Network strategy & site roles
  • Organizational anchoring of the network design
  • Tool-based network design
  • Design of logistics & production networks
  • Data-based site selection
  • Make or buy decision
  • Practical lecture: e.Volution
  • Industry 4.0 in GPN
  • External lecture
  • Digitization in purchasing
  • Practical lecture: Digital procurement via EDI
  • Guided tour: demonstration and start-up factory
  • Data-driven collaboration in supply chain
  • Supply Chain Excellence
  • Supply Chain Risk Assessment
  • Resilienz Supply Chain
  • Sustainability
  • Practical lecture: Risk management
  • Testing

Networking tip: We look forward to even better exchanges at our joint evening event!

Lecturers of the course Supply Chain Manager

Scientific management

Scientific director Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Günther Schuh

Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Günther Schuh is director of the FIR, the Fraunhofer IPT and the WZL Machine Tool Laboratory at RWTH Aachen University.
His research focuses on innovation management, technology management, production management, factory planning and corporate development.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Boos is managing director of the FIR at RWTH Aachen University. His research focuses on business engineering, corporate IT and information logistics.

Target group

  • Supply chain managers and employees in strategic departments (network design, site selection, strategic issues)
  • The course is particularly suitable for people from manufacturing companies

Course Completion

You will receive the officially recognized Executive Certificate "Supply Chain Manager" from RWTH Aachen University. The achievements within the certificate course are consistently marked with the Europe-wide valid instrument "European Credit Transfer Systems" (ECTS): It is possible for these to be credited to other certified courses or even to subsequent university studies.

After the conclusion

In addition to the Supply Chain Manager certificate course, we offer a variety of other certificate courses, seminars & workshops in different subject areas - e.g. technology management, quality management, electrification & mobility as well as robotics & Industry 4.0.
We would be happy to advise you regarding your next RWTH continuing education!

Why the Supply Chain Manager Workshop at the RWTH International Academy?

  • Effective planning, design of logistics processes is crucial for the sustainable economic success of manufacturing companies, especially in times of higher demand and market uncertainties. In order to optimize the company's procurement, production and distribution processes in terms of customer requirements as well as cost and liquidity aspects, decision-makers must master and effectively apply concepts and methods of modern
    supply chain management and apply them effectively.
  • You will receive targeted expertise through specific support from knowledgeable supply chain management experts with consulting experience from the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen University and the FIR at RWTH Aachen University.
  • This is a hands-on continuing education program at one of the world's top technical universities, and you'll gain knowledge at the cutting edge of technology and science.
  • You will obtain a high-quality educational qualification through a RWTH Aachen qualification.

Overnight stay

Looking for a place to stay during your continuing education with us in Aachen? Check in at our boarding house at Elisabethstraße 13:

  • close to the City Center
  • very good connection to us in the production technology cluster
  • Room about 20m², fully furnished with kitchenette and private bathroom
Housing Elisabethstraße

Funding Opportunities

There are some opportunities for government funding of your continuing education. Financial and time support is offered, for example

  • the individual federal states (e.g. through Bildungsscheck or QualiCheck)
  • the education premium
  • the educational leave
Grant application


The course, or parts of it, would also be interesting for your entire team/your company? Then: our team for your team! We would be happy to advise you on the possibility of an in-house course. Give us a call or write to us - we will tailor your further training to suit your needs!

Tanja Lux Business Development

Martha Wirthmüller
Program Manager
Tel.: +49 241 80 97865
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Laura Noske, Business Development

Laura Noske
Programm Managerin
Tel.: +49 241 80 97758
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