Knowledge Resources for Supply Chain Talent Development in the Biotech Industry

Date(s) - 12 Sep 2012
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Bio Supply Management Alliance Invites You

to a Complimentary Webinar on…

Knowledge Resources for Supply Chain Talent  Development in the Biotech Industry

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Date: Wednesday, September 12 @ 8 – 9 AM PDST

This session will present the knowledge resources that can provide key support for the development of supply chain management skills in the biotech industry. Jim Kellso is a pioneering supply chain professional who created the first Senior Supply Chain Master position at Intel. He will discuss the resources used to create this completely new career path for supply chain professionals and its applicability to the biotech industry. Rick Blasgen, another pioneer at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will discuss their new certification program and resources that apply to the biotech industry. Dr. Phil Kaminsky, professor and author of a popular textbook on supply chain management, will be the moderator and represent the academic resources available for talent development. It is hopeful that this session will inspire suggestions from participants to assist the on-going research and industry initiative.


Jim Kellso, Senior Supply Chain Master, Intel Corporation, Chandler, AZ
Rick Blasgen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Lombard, IL


Dr. Phil Kaminsky, Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley


Jim Kellso has over 40 years of supply chain and industrial engineering experience. He worked for 16 years in Industrial Engineering automation and consulting and the last 25 years at Intel in a variety of automation and supply chain positions. He holds an industrial engineering degree from the University of Michigan and has been a licensed professional engineer for over 30 years. He recently retired from the position of Senior Supply Chain Master at Intel. He also earned a Senior Supply Chain Management Professional from CSCMP. Jim recently co-led the ‘Low Cost Supply Chain’ program at Intel that earned him recognition as one of the top 25 supply chain leaders for 2009 by Global Supply Chain Review. Jim’s passions include education, supply chain integrated strategy, the ability to use analytics to solve complex problems and the human side of the supply chain talent development.

Rick Balsgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, customer service, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. He became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. Rick joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics. Throughout the past 27 years, he has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of company’s supply chain management programs and initiatives. This experience has given him a solid foundation for his role in advancing CSCMP throughout the world. He has been a member of CLM’s Executive Committee and is a past president of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He was also chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee and is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee. Rick is a 1983 graduate of Governor’s State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.

Phil Kaminsky also serves as director of the CELDi Biopharmaceutical Operations Initiative and co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Before receiving his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, he worked in manufacturing operations at Merck and Co. His research focuses on the analysis and development of robust and efficient techniques for the design and operation of manufacturing and logistics systems and supply chains, with a recent emphasis on biopharmaceutical supply chains. He is a co-author of Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies ((McGraw-Hill), which won the Book-of-the-Year Award and Outstanding IIE Publication Awards, and Managing the Supply Chain: the definitive guide for the business professional (McGraw-Hill). He consults extensively in the areas of logistics control and supply chain management.


Context of the Webinar:
This is the second presentation from the Bio Supply Management Alliance’s Supply Chain Talent Management Steering Committee (SCTM) to address the supply chain competence needs of the biotech industry. It follows the findings of the industry survey conducted in the fall of 2011. The results pointed out several significant gaps in the biotech industry’s perceived knowledge in the areas of strategic, process, and industry specific skills. An abstract of the survey findings is available at the BSMA Website at

The SCTM steering committee determined that a talent development model would be useful to identify the skills and career paths in supply chain management for the biotech industry to serve as a roadmap in training and recruiting for all levels of management. It is also useful for new entrants and students preparing to enter this industry. The first Webinar, on June 20, 2012, discussed the theory and application of talent development models for this industry to follow as roadmaps for the development of supply chain management capability in both process and specialized knowledge at all levels of management. The presentations from this Webinar are available on the BSMA Web site.

Next, the SCTM steering committee focused on identifying and, if necessary, creating resources to aid in closing the identified knowledge gaps. This Webinar is to part of that effort to identify the knowledge resources available to support the model for the development of critical skills from sources such as academics, certifications, and professional organizations. The talent development committee will then recommend these resources for use and lead in the development of resources, where they cannot be found currently. A report with the details and a comparison of the certification programs of the major supply chain management professional organizations, including CSCP, CPIM, CPM, and SCpro, is available on the BSMA Web site.

About BSMA:

The Bio Supply Management Alliance, which organizes the Conference, was born of the need to create a worldwide community of operations and supply chain management leaders and professionals in the biotech, biopharma, and biomedical device industries. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to more than 400 bio firms, the Alliance provides a forum for collaboration, learning and best practice sharing of practitioners, executives and thought leaders in these uniquely demanding industries. Our advisors are senior executives from top firms, thought leaders from academic institutions such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Golden Gate University, and Pepperdine University, and organizations such as APICS, BIO, Baybio, CSCMP, ISM and WIL.

Because life depends on us, BSMA supports continuous learning and improvement of biopharma professionals.

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