The Danish Ministry of Defence (ministerial department) deals with a wide range of functions and assignments - from serving the Danish Minister of Defence to the overall management of our agencies.
The Department has two main functions:
We serve the minister of defence and establish the basis for the minister to create a visionary Danish policy in the field of defence, security and emergency management. The ministry’s functions are therefore of a distinctively political nature.
We head and supervise the combination of the Ministry of Defence. We ensure the execution of the policy of the minister of defence. We also supervise responsible planning of the economy and activities in the agencies within the politically stipulated framework.
To ensure optimal performance, the Department is organised into different units with each their areas of responsibility. The combination of civilian and military employees contributes to a generally positive dynamic and boosts the opportunity for professional interaction.
Conclusions of the recent audit suggested that spending is too high and processes should be optimized. However, the Ministry of Defence (MoD group) operates under conditions, where most of the items purchased are custom made per our request thus making traditional supply chain and purchasing optimisation practices much more complex.
As a result, the Supply Chain Optimisation Programme was established to recommend the best practices for the organisation in terms of strategic supply chain initiatives for optimisation.
In the MoD group, we use Supply‐Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model, which provides a framework for characterizing supply‐chain management practices and processes that result in optimal use of resources and gives transparency to the organisation. The SCOR model is a process meant to assess waste, establish standards, and continuously improve. Also, metrics in the supply chain are important in demand forecasting and inventory management to assess inventory in use or reduction.
The challenge we face is to prepare the organisation for the future. Technologies (Big Data, AI, IoT) and other forces will inevitably change the way supply chain will be conducted. We want to be prepared for the future so we would like you to look into the future logistics practices through the lens of SCOR or other recognized models and suggest how to transition. We expect you to:
- Analyse our practices within the supply chain using SCOR model (or other models).
- Look into future practices (SCOR) of supply chain and analyse how it will affect MoD group.
- Suggest Change Management initiatives that would help MoD group to transition smoothly towards future practices.
To help you answer these questions you will have a mentor who will supply the necessary documentation and contacts to conduct analysis. At the end of our collaboration, we expect you to deliver a report and presentation corresponding to the analysis of our current and future practices.
Master Thesis students within Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Logistics and similar studies from leading universities/academies in Denmark. The ideal candidate should have previous experience in the public sector, preferably from the Federal Defence. Danish language is a must.