V02002 - Supply Chain Apprentice BAE SYSTEMS PLC

As a Commercial procurement and supply Apprentice your role can extend to a huge range of activities such as supplier management, financial analysis, contract law, and developing strategy to deliver goods and services. You'll be on the contracts exciting journey from conception through to delivery and payment.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    We offer a competitive salary with annual increases throughout the apprenticeship and a range of employee benefits including, free higher education as well as access to the Company pension and Share Incentive plan.

  • Working week

    Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

Having high quality, good value products available at the right time for our build programmes is critical to our ability to meet business deadlines.

Supply Chain Higher Apprentices will have the opportunity to gain skills in every area of the function. The projects and placements undertaken by our Supply Chain Higher Apprentices are diverse.

You'll be rotating every 6 months into a new placement experiencing everything from: Procurement, Logistics & Transport, Strategy and Risk to Governance and Capability. These placements will also provide the apprentice with experience within different platforms such as Dreadnought, Astute and In-service.

During this three-year Higher Apprenticeship you will be responsible for researching, sourcing, buying, storing, maintaining and delivering equipment that goes onto our submarines. Moreover, this must all be delivered at the right time, for the right cost and to the right quality standards.

You will be part of a growing network of stakeholders within Integrated Combat Systems Supply Chain which is nearing 90 professionals strong and includes an early careers community. Working with many different stakeholders such as suppliers, legal, commercial, engineers, project managers of all grades and responsibilities will enable you to grow in confidence and capability.

Everyday skills you'll develop with be broad, from placing purchase orders for multi-million pound contracts, helping to improve policies and procedures, to figuring out how to store the hundreds of thousands of items needed to build our submarines.  

As a result, trainees develop an in-depth understanding of Supply Chain activities and processes, plus all the expertise needed to become an integral member of the future Supply Chain function.

The training you will be getting

Commericial procurement and supply Level 4.

Qualifications: Prior to the end-point assessment there is a requirement to achieve:

L4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Blended on/off the job training and location to be confirmed.


What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Around 95% of apprentices choose to stay on with us. And as a global business there are a world of opportunities – whether you decide to stay in the UK, or explore an overseas role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs Including Mathematics, Science and English (Grade A*-C or 9-4 (or equivalent)) Essential
Other 96 (Grade UCAS Tariff points) Essential

About the employer

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 93,000 people in around 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.




BAE Systems

Lyon Way


GU16 7EX


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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Commercial procurement and supply (formerly Public sector commercial professional)

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: today