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What is Supply Chain Management/Operations Management?

Supply-chain management is the “design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally.”

SCM practice draws heavily from the areas of industrial engineeringsystems engineeringoperations management, logistics, procurement, and information technology, and strives for an integrated approach.

The supply chain manager coordinates the logistics of all aspects of the supply chain which consists of five parts:

1) The plan or strategy
2) The source (of raw materials or services)
3) Manufacturing (focused on productivity and efficiency)
4) Delivery and logistics
5) Reverse logistics (for defective or unwanted products)

The supply chain manager tries to minimize shortages and keep costs down. SCM is not only about logistics and purchasing inventory. According to supply chain managers, “make recommendations to improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of operations.”

 3 Things you need to know before planning for Operations Management 

1)  Career opportunities available after MBA in SCM/ Operations:

  1. Supply Chain Manager
  2. Operations Manager
  3. Sourcing & Procurement Specialist
  4. Materials Manager
  5. Quality Assurance Manager
  6. Logistics Manager


2)  A Pitch for B-schools on your interest for Operations as a Career

The best way to show interest in supply chain management would be to quote the examples of companies that are the pioneers in the field of supply chain management. Candidates can quote the example of Walmart for it has achieved an integrated supply chain to achieve and everyday low cost. Another example that they can quote is that of Zara and how it has achieved the industry leadership position on the back of its superior supply chain.

Another thing that really helps in this scenario is being aware of any recent developments in the field of supply chain. This would help in actually portraying your interest to the panel.


3)  Things you need to keep a check on before the  Interview

  1. Ask questions at the end of the interview if you have a genuine query
  2. Be well groomed
  3. Do not feel intimidated
  4. It is okay to not know certain answers


How to crack NITIE after Cracking CAT

 Frequently asked interview questions 

  1. The first question every student faces is: Introduce yourself?

This question is asked not only to gather information, but also to assess your poise, style of delivery, and communication ability. Briefly, cite recent personal and professional work experiences that relate to the stream that you’re looking to pursue. It would also help if you prepare a personal branding statement that quickly describes who you are. If you want your interview to go into a particular direction this is the time to mention that.


  1. Why do you want to pursue MBA after engineering?

This is a standard question that every engineer pursuing MBA will face. The answer can be in terms of scope i.e. The scope after under graduation is very limited and you realize that to climb the corporate ladder faster an MBA is required. The opportunities that you get after doing an MBA from a top B-School are substantially more that those an engineer gets. Also, an engineer does more of technical work, but business acumen gets required to progress in any organization, which one develops after doing an MBA.


  1. For Fresher’s, Final Year project based questions are also very common. Relate your final year project with management.

You should know your final year project well. Here while drawing a comparison between your final year project, you can say that like any business project has various stages of development like planning, organizing, executing and finally verifying, your project went through all these stages. Also like any business, you learn how to work at your best.


  1. Current Affairs based questions will be there. Describe the Digital India initiative. Prepare for follow-up Question on SCM knowledge
    1. GST
    2. Internet of Things
    3. Basic Knowledge of SCM & Operations

This can be answered simply by reading the newspapers for current trending topics as GST and students should be prepared to face questions on the same. Digital India is a campaign launched by the Government of India to ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology.


5.  For people with work ex, there are questions from their domain. ( E.g. textile people get questions like how is tension maintained in looms, IT People are questioned on Algorithms)

In answering questions of these type, you should know the work that you do thoroughly. Prepare for any questions that can be asked related to your work experience. Go through previous years Pagalguy Interviews for the same.


  1. Why NITIE?

You have to align your interest with NITIE, if you want to do supply chain management then not much justification is needed. But other profiles need to present a well-versed answer, detailing your interest and passion towards the specialization.


  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This is where you have to answer by telling your goals. This can be answered by telling about your aspirations and how NITIE will help you get there. You can say that you will be a Sr. Manager who would be leading a team to 10 people, or a consultant devising a strategy for big multinational. Aligning your interest with your goals is important here.


About the Author

Sangeet Thapa was a student of NITIE. He has done his summer internship in Schlumberger as Sourcing & Procurement Specialist. He likes playing Badminton & is an omnivorous reader.

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