Student Success in Supply Chain Management
If you are looking for a solid foundation that can drive you forward in a prestigious career in supply chain management, then look no further. While attending classes at CSUSM, the professors shared real life experience & education in the class room which equipped me with the necessary skills to be able to obtain a position in my field of study at ViaSat right out of school. Supply chain management is a Major that is in high demand, is a well-respected in all industries, and predicted to grow. CSUSM offers an outstanding program.
Entering the Global Supply Chain Management program was one of the best decisions I made during my undergraduate career and set me up for success in my professional life like no other program could have. I graduated in the Fall of 2012 with by B.S. in Business Administration – Global Supply Chain Management and shortly thereafter started working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway, CA as a Business Systems Analyst. During my time at General Atomics, I began to fully understand the importance of having the right product, at the right place, at the right time in order to fully support the warfighter and their objectives.
I am currently working at Viasat in Carlsbad as an Inventory Control Supervisor responsible for managing off-site inventory and leading a small team that runs process improvement projects and enhancements to the company’s ERP system. Being in the Supply Chain department in ViaSat, I have the opportunity to work directly with programs that are providing satellite internet connectivity to small villages in Latin America to working with large government and commercial airline customers to provide in-flight Wi-Fi. The Global Supply Chain Management program at CSUSM supported me completely during my time at school and continues to support my career today.
I recently received my M.S. in Supply Chain Management and am a member of the Global Supply Chain Management Advisory Board at CSUSM.
I am always looking toward the future, ready to take on the next big challenge and have a passion for making visions a reality. Throughout my career in Supply Chain, I have managed contract manufactures that turned engineering designs into life changing products, negotiated major contracts that have brought significant value to the company and developed logistics strategies that ensured customers received the highest level of service. The Supply Chain Management curriculum courses, Pricing and Revenue Management and Decision Models have been instrumental in the success of several of my work projects. The Operations and Supply Chain Management program at CSUSM provides students with a strong foundation for a successful career in making their visions a reality.
The CSUSM GSCM gave me the foundation to be a successful business professional in the insurance and risk management industry. While we do not traditionally think of insurance or other service industries as a supply chain, this profession has very common principles. The program taught me how to work as a team with others, evaluate how actions affect production/efficiency upstream and downstream, and how global events can impact local operations. The program also gave me confidence and prepared me to pursue graduate level studies. Since graduating from the program in December of 2012, I have earned a Master’s Degree from Boston College in Business Continuity and Risk Management and am working on earning my Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) industry designation.
Gaby Fonseca, CSCP
During the first week of my freshman year in college, I was formally introduced to the world of supply chain management, when a member of the Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) student society explained the definition of global supply chain management to me, what immediately caught my attention was the opportunity to participate in the process flow of a product or service from beginning to end, ultimately satisfying a customer’s needs or wants. Through the GSCM program, I explored a variety of courses that have helped me understand the processes in my company better such as financial reports, contract negotiations, pricing strategies, and supply and demand planning. Upon entering my senior year at CSUSM, I began to work as a Supply Chain Analyst at Watkins Wellness in Vista, California. Watkins Wellness is the world’s leading producer of hot tubs and one of the MASCO business units. Since the moment I choose the GSCM emphasis, the faculty at CSUSM have been nothing less than encouraging and motivating throughout my time at CSUSM and career development afterwards. The GSCM program has created a great network between industry professionals, students, and alumni where you can meet and share experiences, ideas, and opportunities.
As a native of Kenya, having witnessed the collapse of Business Communities in Africa due to the disruption of their supply chain, focusing in Global Supply Chain Management in the Business Administration program while at CSUSM was not an option I had to debate on rather an imperative decision I had to make. It was obligatory for me to learn about ways to fix and salvage crumbling supply chain networks in Africa. And with the knowledge I acquired in GSCM, I have been able through The Maggie Kay Foundation to not only educate African communities on ways to improve their already existing supply chains but also achieve the foundation’s objective of improving its efficiency and cost reduction.
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