2015 Team Project Pfizer

The Challenge:
This project aims to develop strategies to integrate a standardized clinical supply chain forecasting method into Pfizer’s next generation ERP system.  The project evaluates current forecasting methodologies relative to alternative IT solutions, providing recommendations on how to improve data standards, reduce risk in supply continuity, reduce material spend, and enhance forecast effectiveness and efficiency.
Student Team:
Archis A Awate – Master of Supply Chain Management
Davin Rautiola – EGP (MSE Pharmaceutical Engineering)
Rico Zhang – Master of Supply Chain Management
Project Sponsors:
Linda Burk – Director, Global Clinical Supply
Scott Lennon – Supply Chain Lead, Global Clinical Supply, Daily POC
Jason McKinley – Director, Global Clinical Supply, Project Supervisor
Faculty Advisors:
Jun Li – Ross School of Business
Henry Wang – College of Engineering

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2015 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $500 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $14.3 million per project over 3 years.

Each 2 to 3 person Tauber Team consists of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
Access Spotlight! 2015 Guidebook for project details.
2015 Pfizer Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations