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Higher Level Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship

Babcock International
Devonport Royal Dockyard, Devonport, Plymouth, PL1 4SG
£18,809.00 annually
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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What you will do in your working day

Whether designing, building, operating, managing, or maintaining vital equipment, one thing is certain - procurement and supply chain management lies at the heart of our operations and plays a pivotal role in our business success.

From day one we will assign you a mentor who understands your business area and can guide you through your development programme. With support from your line manager and our Early Careers team, you'll get opportunities to work on interesting projects, meet key stakeholders, and deliver outputs that make a real difference.

Rotating through our materials, logistics, category management and contract functions, you'll develop a broad range of skills in:
  • Strategic sourcing and procurement
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Inventory and warehouse management
  • Transportation logistics
  • Contract development and monitoring
  • Financial tracking and reporting

On each placement, you'll interact with multiple teams and develop an understanding of how the Procurement and Supply Chain function operates at Babcock.

Your days will be varied as you carry out a range of responsibilities from placing purchase orders with suppliers, to managing supplier order books and sending requests for quotations. Everything you do will help the business and our customers deliver essential products and services around the world.

This is an amazing opportunity to work on real projects to equip the Royal Navy fleet and play an integral role in creating a safe and secure world. With mentoring and on-the-job training, the vast knowledge you'll build from these experiences will equip you with some of the most in-demand skills right now.

The training you will be getting

As an apprentice, you'll spend the majority of your time onsite at Devonport dockyard, where your training and assessments will take place. You'll spend time working across different Procurement and Supply Chain functions to gain experience in all aspects of the role.

You'll study towards obtaining a Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply from the prestigious Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

This comprehensive programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of procurement and supply chain management.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will move into a substantive position within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths and English (Grade C/4 grade or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 subjects (Grade Grade A-C) Essential

Things to consider

Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold may impact which roles you are eligible for. You must be able to achieve BPSS (Baseline security) and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.

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