Supply Chain Warehouse Operative

Level: 6

Duration: 48 (Excluding EPA)

Apprenticeship Overview

Supply Chain Leadership Professionals are involved in procuring, producing, moving and delivering a product or service from a supplier to a customer or end-user. They have an important role in integrating the functions and processes of customers, distributors, manufacturers, partners, regulators, sub-suppliers and suppliers.

They are both globally and domestically capable with an ability to lead effectively, facilitate trade productively and execute a supply chain successfully. To do this, supply chain leadership professionals are effective at working collaboratively with organisations and people and in the use of information and resources.


  • Principles of inventory, supply and demand planning and associated metrics, such as on-time,
    in-full, error-free and on-shelf availability
  • Value of targeted research on supply chain dynamics
  • Principles of supply chain strategies, delivery models and modes and their impact on business performance
  • Specifics of budgeting, profit and loss reporting and cash flow forecasting in complex supply chains
  • Value chain, end-to-end and multi-channel supply chain trends in cross-border sourcing
  • Different commercial, environmental, ethical and social contexts of manufacturing, storing,
    distributing and selling across an extended supply chain
  • Value of alternative solutions that impact positively on time and cost, on end users and all parts of the supply chain
  • Nature and scope of technologies that can drive supply chain behaviour including virtual


  • Determine benefits of in-sourcing off-shoring or outsourcing
  • Develop differentiated supply chain strategies aligned to relevant business unit or function to achieve long-term sustainable growth
  • Leverage, and capitalise on, supply chain assets to deliver financial targets
  • Apply relevant inventory control techniques and tools
  • Implement change in the supply chain in response to changes in production, scheduling and demand
  • Manage distribution and logistics networks, inbound and outbound
  • Identify next-generation software and manage potentially disruptive technologies
  • Give guidance on meeting environmental and legal requirements and maintain a high regard
    for risk identification and reduction, and safety management
  • Introduce innovative distribution, delivery and return methods while managing risk
  • Maintain the competitiveness of the supply chain
  • Agree, communicate, collaborate and coordinate supply chain and network imperatives with finance,HR, IT, sales and marketing functions and with key partners


  • Be flexible to changing business requirements with a desire for achieving supply chain optimisation
  • Adopt cross-functional/cross-company working to enhance supply chain connections and dependencies
  • Promote an inclusive approach to a safety-first culture in the workplace and across all tasks in the supply chain
  • Champion new opportunities for business growth and pro-actively reduce the supply chain related risks
  • Be a persuasive negotiator and approachable by all partners and stakeholders in the end to end supply chain

*The End Point Assessment duration for this Apprenticeship is 3 months