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Nate Jolliff, CSCP
Sr. Program Manager
Material Logistics Engineering, Detroit, Michigan


“Even with more than 15 years of experience in supply chain management/logistics/operations, it’s never too late to earn a credential.”



Why did you decide to pursue the APICS CSCP certification?

In between jobs during a career transition, I decided it was time to elevate my game and earn the elusive professional certification in my chosen field of supply chain, that I never seemed to have the time to complete. Taking the CSCP exam was a humbling experience; however, very rewarding once I passed. The experience helped me grow professionally.

How did you prepare for the APICS CSCP exam?

An instructor-led course through the APICS Greater Detroit Chapter.

What was your biggest takeaway from APICS CSCP training?

Even with more than 15 years of experience in supply chain management/logistics/operations, it’s never too late to earn a credential. A certification adds credibility to your supply chain expertise. Taking the CSCP classroom instruction and passing my exam also prompted me to become a big supporter of APICS and to get involved with my local chapter.

Have you implemented a supply chain initiative at your organization as a result of your APICS CSCP training?

Using APICS principles like “Design for Logistics” that I learned as part of the earning the CSCP, we captured key data on our extended databases process for racks and containers design/build which helped minimize transportation and storage costs by 15%, saving $2.3M to our bottom line.

What are other benefits of APICS certification?

I have taken the initiative within my company, a large automotive OEM, to educate our Material Logistics Management and other organizations on the excellent benefits APICS offers in the form of professional development. It’s all about workforce engagement and leveraging supply chain as a business enabler.


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