22 January 2004 | David Arminas
Too many organisations mistakenly believe that a successful procurement professional can automatically improve total supply chain performance, according to the new MSc procurement scheme leader at the University of Glamorgan.
Dr Rachel Mason-Jones, who joined the university in the first term, said: "An increasing number of competent purchasing managers are suddenly given the task of developing the overall supply chain without knowledge of engineering processes, logistics planning or operations management.
"Functional purchasers who move up to the strategic levels should know their own strengths and weaknesses and get the right people from other departments involved in their teams."
Most students on procurement-orientated courses and college programmes wanted to appreciate the difference between purchasing and supply chain management so they could make a bigger impact on their companies' bottom lines, said Mason-Jones.
Before this post, she spent three years as supply chain process manager at Federal Mogul, a first-tier automotive component supplier based in Michigan, US.