Mini MBA for the Chemical Industry (Live Online)

Mini MBA for the Chemical Industry (Live Online)
January 15th, 2021


Why attend this programme?

Getting ready to move into a commercial or senior position within the Chemical Industry?

The chemical industry is increasingly faced with new competition, stricter regulations, and stakeholder pressure around societal and environmental issues. As a manager, how do you respond to these challenges? What skills and competencies you need to face and respond quickly to the ever-changing business environment?

Get all the business and management skills you need to succeed in making your next step in your career!

The Mini MBA for the Chemical Industry (Live Online) is an intensive chemical training course focused on hands-on learning where you will practise everything you learn. Our senior associates come from the business world and understand your challenges. They will make sure that you get instant feedback on your progress and will guide you to find effective solutions.

Your immediate takeaway:

  • Get a general overview of strategy, people management, leadership, product development, marketing, sales, finance and supply chain in the Chemical Industry
  • Understand the particularities and business logic(s) of the Chemical Industry
  • Use your knowledge to analyse and make commercial decisions confidently

After participating in this programme, you will have a better management overview of the Chemical Industry. You will be able to face disruption in your industry, and perhaps create it, and you will how to maximise your successful contribution in the organization.

Who should attend?

If you have been working for the last 5 years or more in the Chemical Industry, most likely in technical, scientific or specific roles, and now you are moving into a commercial or management position, this programme is right for you.

How will you benefit?

After participating in this chemical training programme, you will grow your management and business skills and be able to:

  • Understand how the different parts of the business come together and what role you can play in the organization 
  • Translate the changes in the chemical industrial environment into more competitive strategies for a sustainable growth
  • Develop insights into how managers in the chemical industry can effectively lead people and align teams to implement the new strategy
  • Become an active contributor in this change process for your own company 
  • Gain more insight in how to develop a sharper strategy definition
  • Understand the importance of the financial aspects in your company
  • Increase your business know-how with the best management methods and tools for your current and future career
  • Make better business decisions and improved contribution to your organization
  • Implement the new strategic goals from your top management faster and more effectively 
  • Understand the importance of innovative management and leadership as crucial element for competitive growth

During the programme you will:

  • Network and learn with a diverse group of peers from different industries and countries in an international environment
  • Develop a personal action plan to implement back at work
  • Learn and practise new skills using real-business-world examples and exercises over 12 interactive online sessions

Programme Details

What will you learn and practice?

The Mini MBA for the Chemical Industry (Live Online) is a hands-on training programme, highly interactive with exercises and role plays. The programme is led by an experienced facilitator with former management experience in international companies.

Mini MBA for the Chemical Industry (Live Online) Course Outline:

Topic 1: Global Mega Trends and Strategy Execution
Understanding the global trends and learning to think strategically in order to be able to set clearly the direction of your company over the long term.

  • Evolution of the Chemical Industry and major global trends
  • The new geopolitical repartition of chemical industry 
  • Mergers and acquisitions and control of industries by financial groups 
  • Growing sustainability concerns and lobbies influence 
  • Sustainability and Circular economy as new potential innovation drivers
  • Creating the right mission, vision, strategy and business plans
  • Building the “Strategy House”: the MCE Strategy Execution model
  • Alignment of organizations to new strategy and business models 
  • Implementation of the strategy

Topic 2: Inspired Leadership, Marketing & Sales Excellence
Becoming an inspired leader is essential in getting the organization aligned. 

  • Management versus leadership 
  • The leadership action plan 
  • Leadership styles and you as a leader 
  • Leading multi-national and multi-cultural teams 
  • Leading Joint ventures, Alliances, Post-merger integration 
  • Change management: Leadership in a changing environment 
  • Organizational structures: Matrix, Business Unit, Divisions, Global, Regional, Local and combinations
  • Understanding and meeting customer needs: Building the Customer Value Proposition 
  • Product market positioning
  • Value-based pricing
  • Managing Global key Accounts 
  • Managing Sales portfolio and the sales funnel
  • Customer centricity: Alignment with Multi-Functional account teams

Topic 3: Operational Excellence and Compliance
Learning to fully utilise resources and finding the right balance between people and technology.

  • Operational excellence in chemical manufacturing
  • Selecting and implementing the right KPIs 
  • Portfolio management and product mix optimization: Implications for commodity and specialty chemicals
  • Strategic sourcing options
  • Procurement and Logistics
  • Implementing a high efficiency supply chain system to support your product/service mix
  • Regulatory Compliance: Basic testing requirement, REACH, compliance with other chemical regulations

Topic 4: Financial Management and Control
Mastering the essential business skills in finance and accounting is a must to run a company

  • Accounting and finance 
  • Financial statements 
  • Analytical tools for financial performance: Selecting and implementing financial KPIs 
  • Investment and projects appraisals 
  • Costing and pricing methods 
  • Financial planning 
  • Budgets as management tool 

Topic 5: Financial Management and Case Study presentation

  • Financial risk management and control: Market, customer credit, currency 
  • Regulatory requirements and compliance
  • Presentation and discussing of the business case by the participants.
  • Conclusion and recommendations by the Senior Associate

Practical Information

How many sessions will I attend? How long are the sessions?

Depending on the programme, you will attend 3 or 4 sessions which will each be a few days apart.

The sessions are 3 hours long, with a 15-minute coffee break.

What do I need to do in order to connect to the sessions?

We want you to feel completely comfortable and ready to go, so we’ll email you before your scheduled course and give you all the information you need about the simple set-up process.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the programme?

After successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded an MCE Certificate. In order to qualify for this certificate, participants must register for and attend the programme using their individual log-in ID for the entire duration of the sessions. Speaking in the sessions via individual VoIP connection and participating in all of the chat, polling, and breakout exercises is required. Archived recordings or groups attending through one computer/connection do not qualify for the certificate.


View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Live Online programmes.

The MCE Team is ready to answer any questions you have. Please contact us by phoneemailcontact form or even website chat. We would be happy to talk to you!


“ It is a perfect possibility to connect with people from different industries, who are dealing with the same issues.”

Agata Kulik, Product Manager Special Salts, Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH, Germany


“ Facilitator, content, tools, methods, room were very good and fitted to the participants and their needs.”

Andreas Armenat, Head of Production, GO Generics & Standard Solutions, Fresenius Kabi AG, Germany


“Very interesting topics, international and multicultural environment. Very professional coach.”

Alessandro Foresio, Vice President, Logic S.p.A., Italy


“The subjects covered were extremely relevant and gave input to my personal development.”

Rosa Karen Schmidt, Senior VP-Assistant, Novo Nordisk, Denmark



What are MCE’s Live Online programmes?

MCE’s “Live Online” programmes, powered by AMA, are live, interactive, trainer-led courses that are completely user-friendly and accessible from your office or home PC. They’re the perfect time-saving alternative when you want training but can’t get away from the office. Live online sessions use Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology and Adobe® Flash® Player which means facilitator and participants communicate over the internet using a USB Headset with microphone to speak and listen to each other during the sessions.


Who facilitates MCE’s Live Online programmes?

A member of our expert faculty of business professionals will lead your programme. Beyond our course leaders’ experience in business training, they are specially trained to present our high-quality content in an engaging, live online format.


What will I do during the Live Online sessions?

During the Live Online sessions, you will interact with the facilitator and with other participants using voice (VoIP) and text-based chat, as well as a range of sophisticated, yet easy to use, audience participation tools such as polls, whiteboard, etc.

Throughout the programme, you will engage in discussions and experiential activities based on realistic workplace scenarios, including practical exercises and role play in breakouts, as well as individual and group debriefs.

During the breakout exercises, you will have a unique opportunity to discuss challenges and apply skills in concrete practical situations, while receiving significant feedback from others.


What are the technical requirements for my computer?

The sessions are delivered via an Internet Explorer browser session using Adobe Acrobat Connect. Internet Browser and other technical requirements are available by clicking here.


Why can’t I join on a tablet or mobile phone?

Using a desktop or laptop computer is required in order to experience all the features and interactions during the programme. We strongly recommend against using tablets or mobile phones. Click here to check the technical requirements for your computer.


Can I join on Wi-Fi?

We strongly recommend joining the sessions through a wired internet connection. Please note that Wi-Fi, Blue tooth and mobile wi-fi are all unstable and cause a deteriorated experience not only for the affected participant, but for the entire group as well, including audio drop, disconnection from the rooms and delays in the interaction.


Why do I need a headset?

An appropriate computer headset with built-in microphone is required in order to attend Live Online sessions. A headset with a microphone will allow you to hear and be heard comfortably. Connecting with the computer’s built-in audio may create echoes affecting the whole group experience, therefore we strongly recommend against it.

Your headset should have the following characteristics:

  • USB connection, with plug-and-play capability (i.e., with the software driver included)
  • A built-in microphone with noise-cancelling capabilities
  • Clear digital stereo headphone audio

A good indication that a headset will perform well for our Live Online sessions is a “designed for videoconferencing” or “designed for Skype” label. An example of a headset which has been found to work well with our Live Online programmes is the Logitech h340.

Several colleagues are attending this programme at the same time, can we all join together from the same room/computer?

Because of the various interactions taking place during the session, it is important that each individual participant joins the session on a separate computer, and from a separate room. In order to provide the best possible experience for all participants, we also strongly recommend that you sit in a quiet environment with no background noise (please try to avoid open space work areas).


What do I need to do in order to connect to the sessions?

We want you to feel completely comfortable and ready to go, so we’ll email you before your scheduled course and give you all the information you need about the simple set-up process.


What are the interactive features used during Live Online programmes?

You’ll be able to speak to and/or electronically communicate with the facilitator and other attendees. You can also share files, view the facilitator’s desktop, ask questions, tell the facilitator to speak louder, softer, slow down, etc. (through simple icons). You’ll see what your facilitator is writing, view and hear questions and comments from other attendees, and be able to work in subgroups.  A headset is required for optimal communication throughout the Live Online programme.


How far in advance do I need to register for a Live Online programme?

The earlier the better.  That way, you’ll have time to acquire your headset before the first lesson and have plenty of time to do any pre-work, downloading, pre-assessments, etc., that your programme might require. In order to experience the Live Online programme to its fullest, we recommend you register no later than one week before Lesson One.


I registered for a Live Online programme; why haven’t I heard from you?

After you register, we will always email you to confirm your registration and provide you with additional information before your first lesson. Occasionally, however, customers may not receive the emails because of their company’s email security settings, a spam blocker, or an incorrect email address. If you registered but didn’t get your confirmation email the day after registration, or an email with your access to the AMA Learning Portal, or your system readiness check email, please notify MCE Client Services at +32 2 543 21 20 immediately. We will make sure you have everything you need before your programme.


Will I get a certificate at the end of the programme?

After successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a Certificate. In order to qualify for this certificate, participants must register for and attend the programme using their individual log-in ID for the entire duration of the sessions. Speaking in the sessions via individual VoIP connection and participating in all of the chat, polling, and breakout exercises is required. Archived recordings or groups attending through one computer/connection do not qualify for the certificate.


What level of English do I need to take part in an MCE Live Online programme?

MCE’s participants come from over 90 different countries but all of our open enrolment programmes are run in English. You need to have a good working knowledge of English to be able to fully participate in the programme and engage in various interactions with other participants. If you have difficulty understanding these questions, the programme might be difficult for you too.


Security and Data Privacy

  • Each participant uses a unique, system-generated Login ID via Internet email.
  • Customer data privacy is a key priority for MCE. Maintaining your trust and confidence by handling your personal data securely is of the highest importance to us. For more information about what information MCE collects and how it is used, please read our Data Privacy Policy.

The MCE Team is ready to answer any questions you have. Please contact us by phone, email, contact form or even website chat. We would be happy to talk to you!

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Dates & Locations

18 Jan – 27 Jan 21 (Live Online)
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22 Mar – 31 Mar 21 (Live Online)
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21 Jun – 30 Jun 21 (Live Online)
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07 Sep – 16 Sep 21 (Live Online)
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22 Nov – 01 Dec 21 (Live Online)
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18 Jan - 27 Jan 21

12 sessions of 3 hours on:
18 Jan, 09:00 – 12:00CET
18 Jan, 14:00 – 17:00CET
19 Jan, 09:00 – 12:00CET
19 Jan, 14:00 – 17:00CET
20 Jan, 09:00 – 12:00CET
20 Jan, 14:00 – 17:00CET
25 Jan, 09:00 – 12:00CET
25 Jan, 14:00 – 17:00CET
26 Jan, 09:00 – 12:00CET
26 Jan, 14:00 – 17:00CET
27 Jan, 09:00 – 12:00CET
27 Jan, 14:00 – 17:00CET

22 Mar - 31 Mar 21

12 sessions of 3 hours on:
22 Mar, 09:00 – 12:00CET
22 Mar, 14:00 – 17:00CET
23 Mar, 09:00 – 12:00CET
23 Mar, 14:00 – 17:00CET
24 Mar, 09:00 – 12:00CET
24 Mar, 14:00 – 17:00CET
29 Mar, 09:00 – 12:00CET
29 Mar, 14:00 – 17:00CET
30 Mar, 09:00 – 12:00CET
30 Mar, 14:00 – 17:00CET
31 Mar, 09:00 – 12:00CET
31 Mar, 14:00 – 17:00CET

21 Jun - 30 Jun 21

12 sessions of 3 hours on:
21 Jun, 09:00 – 12:00CET
21 Jun, 14:00 – 17:00CET
22 Jun, 09:00 – 12:00CET
22 Jun, 14:00 – 17:00CET
23 Jun, 09:00 – 12:00CET
23 Jun, 14:00 – 17:00CET
28 Jun, 09:00 – 12:00CET
28 Jun, 14:00 – 17:00CET
29 Jun, 09:00 – 12:00CET
29 Jun, 14:00 – 17:00CET
30 Jun, 09:00 – 12:00CET
30 Jun, 14:00 – 17:00CET

07 Sep - 16 Sep 21

12 sessions of 3 hours on:
07 Sep, 09:00 – 12:00CET
07 Sep, 14:00 – 17:00CET
08 Sep, 09:00 – 12:00CET
08 Sep, 14:00 – 17:00CET
09 Sep, 09:00 – 12:00CET
09 Sep, 14:00 – 17:00CET
14 Sep, 09:00 – 12:00CET
14 Sep, 14:00 – 17:00CET
15 Sep, 09:00 – 12:00CET
15 Sep, 14:00 – 17:00CET
16 Sep, 09:00 – 12:00CET
16 Sep, 14:00 – 17:00CET

22 Nov - 01 Dec 21

12 sessions of 3 hours on:
22 Nov, 09:00 – 12:00CET
22 Nov, 14:00 – 17:00CET
23 Nov, 09:00 – 12:00CET
23 Nov, 14:00 – 17:00CET
24 Nov, 09:00 – 12:00CET
24 Nov, 14:00 – 17:00CET
29 Nov, 09:00 – 12:00CET
29 Nov, 14:00 – 17:00CET
30 Nov, 09:00 – 12:00CET
30 Nov, 14:00 – 17:00CET
01 Dec, 09:00 – 12:00CET
01 Dec, 14:00 – 17:00CET


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