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Lean SCM Black Belt Project Winner 2015

26 Nov 2015
Lean SCM Black Belt Project Winner 2015 (L-R): Dermot Freeman (Black Belt Tutor – Leading Edge Group), Barry Evans (External Adjudicator/Industry Expert), Marie Crowley (Kepak),

As part of UCC’s Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Supply Chain Management (Lean SCM Black Belt), student Marie Dunne (National Account Manager Consumer Foods, Kepak Group) has been awarded the Best Lean SCM Black Belt Project Prize for 2015.

The winning project, entitled 'Lean Deployment in EU Slow Cooked Development', seeks to identify new European business opportunities and to mitigate the risks associated with the Kepak Group’s dependence on the UK market.

Commenting on her winning Lean SCM project, Marie said that: “Lean deployment for sales growth is most definitely possible. It has shown both me and the wider Slow Cooked Sales Team that structure and best practice can influence a customer decision based on factual data, which can not be disputed. This project has delivered against the set objectives, which have demonstrably benefited Kepak. CI Projects are now part of our daily routines and governance, notably as part of our face-to-face monthly sales meeting, with enhanced focus on customer value”.

The Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Supply Chain Management (Lean SCM Black Belt) is a tailored and systematic programme 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 UCC 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: Bandon Co-Op, DePuy-Synthes GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceutical, Kepak Group, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Musgrave, North Cork Co Operative Ltd, Otterbox, Pepsico and Zimmer Biomet.

The research 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 Academic Programme Director, UCC) commented “this is our seventh 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 136 excellent projects to date and pipeline of 20 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.”  He congratulated all involved and went on to highlight the merits of this UCC-led comprehensive programme, which makes part-time education accessible and useful to many people working in industry. 

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