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Supply Chain Leadership Professional

Supply Chain Leadership Professional

On a supply chain leadership professional apprenticeship, you’ll help procure, produce, move and deliver a product or service from a supplier to a customer or end-user.

Supply chain leadership professionals are in charge of procuring, producing, transferring, and delivering a product or service from a supplier to a customer or end-user.

Customers, distributors, manufacturers, partners, regulators, sub-suppliers, and suppliers all play critical roles in integrating activities and processes inside and across businesses, cities, towns, and countries to build a successful and efficient end-to-end supply chain.

They can effectively lead, facilitate commerce, and successfully execute a global and domestic supply chain. To do so, you’ll need to be adept at working with groups and people, as well as using information and resources. 

In this job, you’ll be in charge of all mission-critical business activities, including finance, HR, IT, marketing, and sales. One of your main tasks will be to organise a company’s supply chain network of product and service delivery across various operational operations. Your whole job will revolve around bringing value to the customer and the entire supply chain.

A bachelor’s degree in supply chain management will be yours upon graduation.

What you’ll learn

On a supply chain leadership professional apprenticeship course, you’ll learn:

  • Determine the benefits of insourcing, outsourcing, and offshoring.
  • Acquire, analyse, evaluate, and use data throughout the supply chain to propose and make effective decisions.
  • Identify and plan the best modes of transportation.
  • Build distinctive supply chain strategies integrated with relevant business units or roles to ensure long-term sustainable growth.
  • Improve cost efficiency and service standards throughout the distribution network.
  • Control the flow of information and supplies to ensure they arrive on time and in good condition.
  • Use the correct inventory control methods and tools.
  • Identify ways to save costs and improve service while using Lean ideas.
  • Across the entire supply chain, adopt inventory management and rationalisation strategies
  • Change the supply chain to adjust to production, scheduling, and demand changes.
  • Achieve quality, timeliness, and consistency objectives, collaborate with production divisions.
  • Ensure supply dependability and continuity create alternative supply networks.
  • Create actions for receiving, storing, refilling, ordering, and dispatching.
  • Hunt down next-generation software and stay on top of potentially disruptive technologies
  • Synchronise IT innovation with business needs, such as global sourcing and the global trade environment
  • Tackle the problem of technology selection, development, implementation, and application
  • Give guidance on meeting environmental and regulatory requirements and premium risk assessment, mitigation, and safety management.
  • Provide unique distribution, delivery, and return methods while limiting risk.
  • Maintain the competitiveness of the supply chain

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods: 

  • A major work-based project report followed by a project presentation to The Panel.
  • Viva examination, carried out by The Panel based on the apprentice’s evidence portfolio.

Duration and level

  • Duration: 48 months
  • Level: 6 – Degree Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 2, 2022

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