Dmitrii Gavrilov
Senior lecturer
Dmitrii Gavrilov is a talented graduate of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, a certified specialist in the field of supply chain management, a member of APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Technology Entrepreneurship. In an interview, Dmitrii shared his formula for success, impressions of working with students and his expectations from the Winter School of Masters.
Dmitrii Gavrilov
Senior lecturer
Dmitrii Gavrilov is a talented graduate of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, a certified specialist in the field of supply chain management, a member of APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Technology Entrepreneurship. In an interview, Dmitrii shared his formula for success, impressions of working with students and his expectations from the Winter School of Masters.
- Dmitrii, tell us about your life path?
In 1991, after graduating from our University, I started my career as a teacher. Now many of my former students teach and work in St. Petersburg Polytechnic University: Sergey Salkutsan, Vladimir Shchegolev, Alexey Efimov, Dmitrii Tikhonov, etc. Since 1996, I have been advising industrial enterprises, conducting thematic seminars and workshops, practicing in the field of production and supply chain management. I am currently teaching and practicing in production and supply chain management.
- You are a member of APICS. How did you become a part of American Production and Inventory Control Society?
In 2003, my friend from Otis Elevator Company recommended an international certification program in production and supply chain management. I was interested, so I bought English-language theoretical materials and started studying. During the year I passed 5 exams and received the first certificate CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management). Next, I received several other certificates, including CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional), SCOR-P (The Supply Chain Operation Reference Professional) and CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution). Now I am the only master-level APICS instructor in Russia with a full bundle of certificates.
- What qualities do people need to succeed in their careers?
You should be "fanatically" devoted to work in a good sense of the word. It means to be constantly interested in new things, to keep abreast of the latest events and trends. That is why every year I attend international conferences; talk with colleagues from all over the world. This year I attended a conference in Las Vegas (USA).
- What do you like most about your job?
I like to share knowledge and thoughts with people, bring benefits and see real changes in organization's activities. Recently, I have been communicating with companies about the specific activities. Nowadays the business is more interested in the medium-term perspective, conceptual issues of production planning, inventory management, building relationships with partners in supply chain.
- Could you please share your impressions about teaching at the Graduate School of Technology Entrepreneurship.
I have been working at the Graduate School of Technology Entrepreneurship since September 2018. We use interactive teaching methods, particularly much attention is given to the practical part, initiative and creativity. We try to avoid boring and long lectures. GSTE implements a modern model of education — practice-oriented. I use a teamwork- and project-based approach and different business simulations to engage students in the practical part as much as possible. It is important that theoretical knowledge is given with real examples and simulations.
- What subjects do you teach?
I teach three master's courses at GSTE: Fundamentals of Manufacturing Organization, Innovative Supply Chain Management and Product Lifecycle Management. From 2-3 semesters, students use business simulation as part of their studies. The simulator is exciting, students work in groups, compete with each other, the best teams get bonuses for the exam.
- Can you tell us more about the business simulator?
The Fresh Connection is an innovative web-based business simulation developed by Inchainge company. It engages participants in making strategic and tactical decisions in the management of a manufacturing company. Working in teams of four, participants will represent the functional roles of sales, purchasing, supply chain and operations. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University is the only partner of Inchainge in Russia. The simulator will be used at the Winter school in the program "Technology entrepreneurship" from January 30 to February 1, 2020.
- How will workshops conduct in Winter school?
Workshop consist of 6 rounds 2 hours each. Participants will be divided into groups of 2 to 4 people. The team works together to increase the Return on Investment (ROI). Before each round there's a 10-15 minutes introduction with an explanation. After each round we will analyse the results, and focus on key typical errors.
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- How are TFC winners determined?
The winner is the team which got the best score of the Return on Investment (ROI).
- At the end of our interview, could you tell us what you want to share with students?
I want to share experience and enthusiasm, give real knowledge. I love my profession and try to make its clear for students. My classes will not be boring!
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