Looking for a mentor with a background in supply chain logistics. I have a Masters in International Business and wish to become a Supply Chain Manager. I am looking to begin my career as a purchasing agent or supply chain analyst, but do not have any certifications. Does anyone know of any accredited certifications, besides PMI and Apics? (PMI and Apics require x number of years of industry experience to enroll in the certification course)
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If you have a masters in International Business, wouldn't it be a better fit to pursue a career there, or import/export? To answer your question, besides PMI and APICS, you can also look into certifications offered by Institute for Supply Management (ISM). They are as reputable as APICS, and offers two certifications that you might be interested in -- Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD). In fact, in the purchasing field, their old certification Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) would be a better fit in the procurement world than a CPIM certification.
I'm not sure how you would enter this field without an enormous amount of experience. Companies want instant results and often put individuals in these positions that already know most of the business relationships, vendors, and the operational process. Inexperience in this critical matrix postion can cost big money with insignificant mistakes. I would recommend a business education, some supply chain, procurement courses, and then shoot for an MBA with a hard focus on procurement.