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Ever Onward

By Elizabeth Rennie | July/August 2013 | 23 | 4

Denise Hansen says studying for her APICS CSCP exam was “an enlightening look into the brave new world of the supply chain. I began to understand the puzzle and how all the pieces fit together.”Going beyond personal development to advance the entire industry

Rajiv “Raj” Tiwari loves meeting new people, so this is one of the elements of APICS affiliation that he appreciates most. “APICS is the only association that has members from such a diversified background,” he says. “For example, [I have encountered] professionals in supply chain, operations management, project management, and much more … APICS is a great platform for education and networking with professionals not only in the United States, but also internationally.” 

Tiwari is an SAP America solution subject matter expert in the field of supply chain and operations management with more than 18 years of international experience. In fact, his career has spanned 13 years of diverse functions, during which time he has been a team leader, solution architect, manager, and consultant with myriad global companies. He is an expert in order-to-cash, master data, transportation and logistics, third-party interfaces, and more. In addition, he brings to his clients considerable business process modeling knowledge. 

During his six years with SAP America, Tiwari has worked on multiple global projects, including five full-cycle implementations and rollouts in the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions. His clients include companies in pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, retail, and electronics. For these global implementations, he does everything from creating the business blueprint to performing integration testing, gap analysis, post-implementation support, and employee training. 

“As a solution architect, I serve numerous Fortune 500 clients internationally to help them optimize and modernize their supply chains, business processes, technology advancement, and interfacing and consolidation of multiple information technology systems,” he explains.
Tiwari has worked with Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Pfizer, Merck, and many other leading businesses. Because of his knowledge of serialization, he achieves results for these clients by helping them better understand, design, select, and configure the right enterprise solutions for their particular businesses.

Advancing the profession
Tiwari says the APICS body of knowledge helps him stay competitive and serve his customers in a more efficient way. In addition, he believes APICS plays a significant role as he works to optimize his clients’ supply chains, reduce operational costs, and gain competitive advantage. “APICS played a major role in helping me develop these rare skills and advancing my career,” Tiwari says. 

He is currently working toward his APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation, which he believes will make it possible to assist more clients in meeting their goals. “CSCP certification is very important to revitalize and advance my career,” he says. “The courseware is very helpful for providing solutions to your clients. On top of that, APICS continues to work with industry experts to add more value.”

A member of the APICS South Jersey chapter board of directors, Tiwari volunteers as a director and speaker for professional development meetings. “Volunteering and active involvement with APICS make a huge difference in my career, not only with networking, but also because of the close interaction I have with industry experts,” he says. “I highly recommend others to volunteer.” 

Tiwari adds that, after working for nearly 20 years on his own personal career advancement, he now is interested in promoting the supply chain profession as a whole. He wants to take the field to “the next level” and provide opportunities for professionals to meet existing and future challenges. 

“I was looking for an association where I can share my experience, and I found APICS,” he says. “APICS has a future vision … It is the right platform and a true global association with great members.”

Elizabeth Rennie is managing editor for APICS magazine. She may be contacted at editorial@apics.org.

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