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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Lead and influence the supply chain management environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
336700  Lead and influence the supply chain management environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Mngt 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Procurement 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  13 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will enable learners to demonstrate and understanding of the key elements of leading and influencing in the supply chain management environment.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Lead and manage the supply chain management environment.
  • Lead and influence the supply chain.
  • Develop a culture of productivity through people.
  • Lead change in the Supply Chain. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • The execution of supervisory tasks.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Lead and manage the supply chain management environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamental differences between leadership and managing are critically evaluated to determine their impact on the supply chain management environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The behavioural traits of successful leaders are critically assessed to determine their impact on the supply chain management environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A range of leadership styles is developed and judgements are made on when best to use each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Strategic leadership approaches are critically evaluated in terms of business influences. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Business influences include but not limited to Strategy, Human assets, Expertise, Control and Change.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Lead and influence the supply chain. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Models of influence are used to try to influence people in the supply chain. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different sources of power are critically assessed to determine legitimacy and acceptability when leading and influencing areas of the supply chain. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Leading and influencing activities are executed through the utilisation of specific strategies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Strategies include but not limited to managing the manager, identifying key methods for managing upwards, influencing styles for leading direct reports and teams, range of influencing styles for cross-functional leadership, range of external stakeholders (including suppliers, customers, collaborators and other third parties) and effective influencing styles and relative merits of escalation as a means of influencing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A range of tactics and definitions are developed to effectively influence the supply chain. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Rational persuasion, Inspirational appeal, Consultation, Ingratiation, Exchange, Personal appeal, Coalition, Legitimating and Pressure.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The outcomes of attempts to influence the supply chain are critically assessed to determine the impact on the supply chain. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Internalisation, compliance and resistance
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a culture of productivity through people. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for people to work effectively is explained in terms of the benefits to individuals and to work-based teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A consensus on how to work together is developed in order to identify potentials for pitfalls and conflicts within the team. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Power, Politics, Position, Lack of resource, Poor communications and Poor leadership.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Diversity issues are critically assessed to determine how they relate to the success of people and propose approaches to managing them. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ways of developing and motivating people are determined in order to try to increase their productivity and effectiveness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Team time is effectively planned to include scheduling, justifying resources, deadlines and delivery dates. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Lead Change in the Supply Chain. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An innovative vision, values and culture are developed for the future. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Vision to include justifying reasons and benefits associated with change, taking into account the relationship between transformational and transactional change.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A range of different models of change management is critically evaluated to consider the implications of implementing the purchasing function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An appropriate style for leading and managing is developed for the strategic change process that will encourage stakeholders to welcome and embrace change within the purchasing function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Justifiable objectives for change are set and prioritised and strategies for achieving them drawn up. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Resource requirements are determined for the implementation of change within the purchasing function. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Human, physical and financial.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Responsibility is delegated for the effective implementation of change. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including planning and implementation and delegating both responsibility and power to managers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Forcefield analysis is used to identify forces and barriers to change and determine what needs to be done to develop and assist change. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Bureaucracy: i.e. departmentalism, formality of management; Resources; Politics; Insecurity; Risk; Blame culture; Deference.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Difficult leadership and management situations are negotiated effectively in order for resolution of the problem. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Negotiation includes involvement in negotiating within industrial relations situations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The impact of the change process on the supply chain performance is monitored and controlled to determine its effectiveness. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Budgets, Projects measurement, Benchmarking, Auditing, Employee and stakeholder reactions; Appropriate communication programmes involving third parties regarding internal changes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Continuity of performance is managed while implementing change in order to maintain a business as usual approach for managing supply. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • Moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in both individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The roles of leadership in a purchasing function including the chief purchasing officer/head of purchasing, the purchasing council and a Purchasing Leadership Team (PLT).
  • The role of the visionary in leadership.
  • Key communication skills for leadership: including promotional, influencing and persuasion and inspirational.
  • Collaboration and how this may differ from competition, adversarialism and/or accommodation.
  • What is meant by influencing.
  • The difference between influencing and negotiation.
  • Key methods of influencing.
  • Critical individual and team roles, characteristics, competencies plus individual roles and expected behaviour patterns.
  • The merits of cross-functional teams and the role of sponsorship.
  • A range of skills and competencies for purchasing and supply that can be reliably assessed and measured.
  • The different capabilities required that comprise a purchasing project (eg leadership, planning, research, analysis, strategy, negotiation, implementation, management, communication).
  • The importance of stakeholder consultation and the identity of key stakeholders who should be consulted when leading change in the purchasing function.
  • How a leader might take corrective action and redirect activities that have been delegated. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • The strategic supply chain management plan was planned, analysed and approved. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The process of determination, evaluation and assessment of the corporate strategy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively through:
  • Establishing an effective strategy for supply chain management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information when:
  • Identifying, and evaluating suitable suppliers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Conveying or obtaining critical information with regard to supply chain management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science, technology and indigenous knowledge effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others through:
  • Complying with all relevant legislation and prescripts. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Tested against nationally approved supply chain management processes as well as international benchmarks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  74149   National Certificate: Supply Chain Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Academics Dynamics (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    3. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    4. BPL Academy 
    5. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    6. College of Production Technology 
    7. COMMERCE EDGE SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    8. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    9. KVR TRAINING AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PTY LTD 
    10. Metro Minds 
    11. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    12. School of Shipping 
    13. Skills Development Specialists 
    14. UKWAKHILE TRAINING 
    15. Y2K College 



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