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Supply Chain Management Student Wins the 'Best Lean SCM Black Belt Project Prize' for 2016

Posted on: 24 Nov 2016

Supply Chain Management Student Wins the 'Best Lean SCM Black Belt Project Prize' for 2016
(L-R): Dr Seamus O’Reilly (SCM Programme Director, CUBS), Dermot Freeman (Black Belt Tutor – Leading Edge Group), Eilís Mahon (Bandon Vale Cheese), Maria Coakley (Coakley Project Services) & Barry Evans (External Adjudicator/Industry Expert)

As part of Cork University Business School’s Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Supply Chain Management (Lean SCM Black Belt), student Eilís Mahon (Commercial Director, Bandon Vale Cheese) has been awarded the 'Best Lean SCM Black Belt Project Prize' for 2016.

The winning project, entitled ‘Deployment of the Bandon Lean Commercial Model’, seeks to implement a Lean Commercial Model that will contribute to sustaining Bandon Vales current growth levels in areas of Sales, End to End Supply Chain (inc. Supplier Management, Commodity Management, Procurement) and NPI.

Commenting on her winning Lean SCM project, Eilis said that: “The use of lean principles and tools has enabled us to craft something very special; a focused and problem solving team satisfying the business needs and key strategic objectives. By developing our people, using our strategy, changing our culture and utilising lean tools and principles of continuous improvement, we have established a Commercial Department that is result driven and capable of supporting growth. A comprehensive review of our end-to-end supply chain has resulted in a Lean Commercial Department supporting key business needs with the Customer Experience at the Core of all we do".

This postgraduate SCM programme is designed to improve global supply chain processes through cost reduction and value-add. The Lean philosophy promotes a systematic approach to eliminating process waste and non-value-add activities and hence increases sustainable profitability

The programme attracts career-minded practitioners from a wide range of industries, such as: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and drinks, electronics, utilities, distribution and services.  Participating companies in this cohort include: AIB Bank, Arris Communications, Bandon Vale Cheese Ltd., DePuy Synthes, Dell/EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Janssen, Vistakon Ireland, McAfee Ireland Ltd., Merck Sharp and Dohme, and Novartis.

The Black Belt projects presented by the students are the culmination of their Lean studies. These ‘Black Belt level’ projects are awarded to those students who demonstrate not only a competency in lean techniques but also the ability to lead change initiatives within the workplace and achieve continuous and sustainable improvements.

Dr Seamus O’Reilly (SCM Programme Director, CUBS) commented “this is our eighth consecutive year of Black Belt presentations and the level of improvement introduced, in terms of both value added and cost reduction, across many sectors and numerous companies is most impressive from an educational perspective and encouraging from a global competitiveness perspective. Indeed in total we have had 156 excellent projects to date and pipeline of 24 to come to fruition next year.  The winner was selected on the basis of progress made within the organisation during the course of the project”.

For further information: PG Dip/MSc Supply Chain Management (Lean SCM Black Belt)