FMCG Supply Chain Practitioners will work in one or more supply chain functions. They will forecast and plan customer demand; liaise with suppliers around production schedules; process orders as a Customer Service Operative and work with hauliers and distributors in areas of transport planning.
With a comprehensive understanding of the entire supply chain, they provide an impact in a responsible way on each function and strive to deliver the best value for their business and customer.
With a high number of interactions both within and outside the business, they need strong relationship building; influencing, stakeholder management and communication skills. They will also need sound analytical, information technology and numeracy skills, with an ability to work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing requirements.
Duration – 24-30 months
Study mode/frequency – Regular attendance on bespoke virtual learning environment and face-to-face meetings planned in with a dedicated tutor
Qualification – Upon completion the apprentice will receive: Supply Chain Practitioner Level 3 standard
Knowledge and Skills
- End-to-end characteristics of FMCG supply chain
- Critical supply chain KPI’s
- Key legislation, policies & procedures
- Characteristics and needs of different customers
- IT systems/data analysis used in the supply chain
- Create/develop Standard Operating Procedures
- Principles of capacity planning
- Procurement – the principles of buying, decision making, legal & consumer requirements, ethics
- Forecasting – customer demands & merchandising
- Planning & improved operational performance
- Logistics – lead times, costs, demand & networks
- Complete supply chain documents for audits
- Risk management & impact on lead times
- Safe working
- Responsive to change
- Takes pride & ownership in work
- Acts as a FMCG & brand ambassador
- Builds relationships & works collaboratively
- Tenacious approach to problem solving
- Highly effective communicator with all stakeholders
Functional Skills – Required to work towards Level 2 in maths and English, unless exempt with recognised prior learning.
Assessment – End point assessment which may include: test of knowledge; competency based interview; assessment of evidence; presentation & questioning and a professional discussion.