Rudi is an experienced Supply Chain Manager and a CSCP-qualified supply chain professional. Originally from South Africa, Rudi commenced his career in business analysis, before moving into production management, quality management and supply chain. Rudi was previously Head of Operations and Supply Chain at New Zealand Mint, before taking up the General Manager role at NZPICS in October 2018.
What is NZPICS?
NZPICS is a not-for profit organisation for supply chain professionals and the New Zealand arm of APICS, the leading provider of supply chain, logistics and operational management research, publications and education and certification programmes. As APICS premier channel partner, NZPICS provides globally recognised certifications and qualifications.
What are the benefits of becoming a member of NZPICS and what qualifications are available?
As an NZPICS member, you will enjoy access to the world’s latest education programmes and short courses in the areas of supply chain, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, inventory control, ERP, S&OP and resource management. You can also complete courses in CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management), CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transport and Distribution), CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional). Courses are designed to suit students who are embarking on their supply chain careers, or for established supply chain professionals, offering a Principles of Operations Management course for those starting out on their career. For further details of courses and qualifications available you can visit www.nzpics.org
NZPICS offers members with networking opportunities, the chance to share ideas with other industry professionals, subsidies on events and exams, member-only discounts, access to the APICS Global Network and access to valuable industry updates and supply chain resources.
You mentioned ASCM. Who are they and what are their relationship with NZPICS?
ACSM is the Association of Supply Chain Management. ACSM offer a Global Network and Supply Chain Learning Centre bringing learning, development, networking, greater collaboration and industry knowledge together for their membership. They have big plans in place to drive innovation and impact across supply chain and make supply chain professionals more relevant for businesses across the globe. NZPICS recently attended the APICS conference in Chicago and were lucky enough to have four delegates present as the big ASCM announcement was made. You can find out more about ACSM here
What attracted you to join NZPICS as General Manager?
As a CSCP-qualified supply chain professional, I am passionate about careers in supply chain, raising the profile of supply chain professionals and supporting supply chain professionals, especially those new to the profession, to learn, develop and progress their career.
What plans do you have for NZPICS in for 2018 and 2019?
As well as continuing to offer world-class supply chain qualifications, I am passionate about bring the supply chain community together in New Zealand – through sharing ideas, arranging more events and networking opportunities and providing opportunities to learn. We recently arranged a site tour at Frucor Suntory that was well attended by our members. We are planning further tours and site visits so our members can gain valuable insights and knowledge of supply chain operations of NZ businesses and also get the opportunity to meet and network with other members.
I am also keen to reach out and connect with businesses to raise the profile of NZPICS and the qualifications and services we offer. We are looking to offer members at participating businesses and organisations subsidised, or fully supported, studies and qualifications. If any companies are interested in discussing a potential partnership with NZPICS I would be delighted to talk to them. Our members are dedicated to a supply chain career and having NZPICS members in your supply chain team brings a range of benefits and skills.
What can you expect from an NZPICS qualification?
NZPICS qualifications can be a fantastic addition to your professional experience as it can be tailored to your existing skills and number of years on-the-job. As a whole, their courses are often quite practical, presenting realistic business cases, in line with current market conditions. Dependent on your working schedule, NZPICS courses can be taken on a full or part-time basis. It’s also quite common for employers to make practical work allowances, enabling their staff to complete the qualification whilst managing work commitments.
What would you recommend to supply chain professional to aid their professional development and to progress their career?
Putting theory into practice
Although at the end of the day, it’s satisfying to have an extra qualification on your CV, the knowledge taken from NZPICS qualifications can actually make a big difference to your working day. Whichever category you specialise in, NZPICS courses allow you to stay up to date with new guidelines and the opportunity to bring best practice into the business – raising your internal profile and potentially helping you develop a number of valuable cost saving efficiencies.
Remember to market yourself
Although NZPICS qualifications can increase your employability, it is important to remember that those hiring will want to know that you can put theory into practice. After completing the qualification, you will need to tailor your CV so you can best communicate your achievements and demonstrate how you best put your new skills into practice. Outside of this, you’ll also have to practice how best to articulate this in an interview setting. NZPICS qualifications will set you up to deliver results as, uniquely in supply chain qualifications, NZPICS courses are tailored to include case studies and practical application.
How do I go about becoming a member or finding out more?
Wayne Fry is a Senior Consultant at Hunter Campbell and specialises in the recruitment of Supply Chain, Procurement & Operations in New Zealand. Hunter Campbell is a specialist recruitment business for supply chain, procurement, finance, and accounting.