Confused about your career? Not sure where to go once you graduate?
The Institute for Supply Management – Northern Virginia (ISM-NVA) is a progressive, not-for-profit organization that exists to educate, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply management profession. In other words, we like to buy “stuff” also. The only difference is that we are involved in the sourcing, purchasing, and shipment of items that every business needs rather than our own personal items.
We provide our membership with:
Our Meetings: Your time is valuable. We want to make our meetings productive and relevant, with start and end times that are respectful of our membership’s busy schedules.
Meeting Location: We know the last thing many of you may want to do is commute a long distance in rush hour traffic in this area. While we can’t guarantee that we will always be able to be close to your home, school or work location, we are open to alternative venues for meetings so that we can be close to your Northern Virginia location at least part of the time. We are also open to having meetings at your school or corporation if you have the space and facilities to accommodate any of the meetings throughout the year.
Social Events: Separate from our regular educational meetings, we have social events that will allow you to network with established professionals in the industry in a casual environment where you can ask questions, get advice, and where you can develop contacts that will be useful to you throughout your future career.
Open to Suggestions: One of the fundamental principles of our organization is to be open to the suggestions of the membership. We encourage you to be vocal in what you need from our affiliate.
Value: Most of all, we want an organization that will increase your value by providing you the education and networking that it takes to become a really good Supply Chain Professional. We all know when landing a job WHO you know can make a big difference. Get started on the ‘who’ part with us!
What’s the catch? No catch. Our mission is based on a “play it forward” philosophy. Membership is free to full time students and faculty. Professional membership once you graduate and have begun your career is ~$280.00US.
For more information, please visit our JOIN page: or contact the Director of Membership, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We Look Forward to Seeing You at an Upcoming Meeting!
What types of work will I be doing if I become a Supply Management professional? The great thing about becoming a supply management professional is that no two days are ever the same, you meet a diverse set of professionals daily, and you can find a portion of the professional that fits your personality.
Are you an introvert? Perhaps comparing prices for goods and/or services or doing industry research to find the best suppliers would be good fit.
Are you a geek? There are lots of behind-the- scenes data programming, development, and interfaces that are required.
Are you an extrovert? You would be a great person to have in front of the clients to help establish their supply requirements.
Are you detail oriented? You would be great at making sure that the requirements and contracts reflect what the clients want. Asking a lot of questions in this role is key.
Are you a “broad brush” individual who works best at “big picture” level versus working on details? These skills are needed too as global interfaces, systems, shipping, warehousing, and relationships matter in this industry.
Supply management professionals are involved with everything that every business would buy. If you have a niche interest, you can usually match it to the business that might also buy items relative to what interests you also. Interested in travel? You may want to get involved in buying travel services. Interested in fashion? You may want to be involved in sourcing the fashions sold at major department stores. Interested in IT? Companies need you to purchase their IT services.
Best of all, ALL corporations and businesses need people with supply management skills, including, depending on the role: