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Andrea Walbert


Please tell us in which company and position you started your APICS certification(s)? What was your motivation to complete the certification(s)?
"My first contact with APICS was in 2003. At that time I was a consultant at BearingPoint and involved in IT and SCM implementation projects. I held the position of process expert for Demand Management and Forecasting, but I very often experienced a lack of knowledge in how to design and implement cross-functional end-to-end solutions and processes. Together with my colleagues, I started looking for an English spoken internationally recognized education program as this was required to uphold and continue working with our international customers. We decided to go with APICS and I started my APICS CPIM  (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) certification in 2003, CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) in 2006 and CLTD  (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution) in 2016."

How did your certification(s) help you to achieve the position you are currently in?
"From all my certifications I gained substantial and valuable knowledge for my career. I obtained a broader understanding for problems and challenges within the entire supply chain. Despite my position as managing director of PMI, I hold almost all certifications which we offer. This intensive study of the respective certification program content empowers me to establish and develop a structured understanding and knowledge in the respective subject areas. In this way, I am able to discuss issues eye to eye with the client."

Please give us a concrete example, where you have applied the APICS knowledge in your career.
"A lot of the content was able to be applied very quickly at the beginning of my career as a consultant. I successfully applied this newly gained CPIM content as part of the process reengineering it into a new IT project. I was now using the processes, best practices and content learned in the APICS education. Without lengthy discussions we quickly implemented a stable new process to which everybody was fully committed and which was understood by everybody."