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Apprenticeship training course

Senior procurement and supply chain professional (level 6)

Set the procurement and supply chain strategy.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Sales, marketing and procurement
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Category manager
  • Commercial manager
  • Head of procurement and supply chain
  • Procurement manager
  • Senior buyers
  • Supply chain manager
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Identify and apply a consistent approach to risk assessment.
  • Use impact analysis to influence the decision making process.
  • Develop category strategies and implement them.
  • Apply project management skills in order to lead projects for procurement.
  • Negotiate and challenge external stakeholders in order to create innovative commercial solutions.
  • Influence and persuade internal clients and stakeholders.
  • Create and implement intervention strategies to correct a contractual failure.
  • Identify opportunities, and lead change to continually improve the procurement function.
  • Able to align the procurement or functional strategy with the business strategy.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate findings from qualitative and quantitative research and benchmarking methods to support the decision making process.
  • Deliver sustainable solutions which include corporate social responsibility factors.
  • Lead and be accountable for due diligence in supplier selection and contract award.
  • Use horizon scanning and conceptualisation to deliver high performance strategies focusing on value and sustainable outcomes.
  • Identify supply chain vulnerabilities and opportunities ensuring the delivery of supply chain improvements.
  • Prepare and provide commercial and procurement guidance for business cases for organisational approval.
  • Apply and work within guidelines relating to sustainability, Governance and Regulatory compliance.
  • Develop sustainable procurement practices which allows the organisation to future proof themselves against changes in social, economic, and environmental factors.
  • Contribute to projects and the transformation of procurement services across organisational boundaries such as those impacted by sustainability and the UK Net Carbon Zero target.
  • Identify emerging technology and software relevant to the procurement processes.
  • Lead and facilitate learning and continuous development for their stakeholders.
  • Use quality management systems or improvement methodologies to optimise procurement spend and deliver procurement and supply chain objectives.
  • Coach and mentor individuals within their business.

Full information on Senior procurement and supply chain professional (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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