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Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship

Job description

Work for the world you want to live in.

Wouldn’t you want to live in a world where people, populations and the planet thrive? Where technology protects rather than threatens. Where societies feel safe and secure. Where cities and continents feel part of one global community.

We’re an international aerospace, defence and security company, with sites all-round the UK, that do loads of exciting and important things to make the world safer and more secure. We defend nations, save lives and protect communities around the globe.


For this role you will be based in the Devonport Royal Dockyard. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such desirable places to live and work.

Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.

This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training.

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help Mission Systems to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers’ mission. Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, Mission Systems employs approximately 1,600 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.

For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.

Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship

Our apprenticeship is two years in duration, offers a competitive wage and practical supply chain experience in the workplace. You will complete a professional qualification and achieve professional recognition from Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), have access to a broad range of training opportunities and have support from mentors and a buddy in your 1st year.

As part of your apprenticeship, you will also learn how to do the following as part of your day-to-day job:

  • Place purchase orders with suppliers, utilising the business ERP system
  • Issue requests for quotations (RFQs) to suppliers and collate responses
  • Manage supplier order books and expedite deliveries
  • Understand and implement lean methodology

Possible placements

During the first year of your apprenticeship, you will attend college on a weekly basis, and when not at college you will work across the 4 main areas of our supply chain business in 6-month placements.

Throughout the course of your apprenticeship, you gain experience in the following areas:

  • Planning & Inventory Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Operational Procurement
  • Logistics & Warehousing

What you’ll need

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and build strong relationships with co- workers
  • Able to communicate with others well at all levels, both verbally and through formal written correspondence
  • Adaptable to change
  • Demonstrates a strong aptitude for and interest in commercial and numerical based subject matter
  • Good organisational skills with an excellent attention to detail
  • IT proficiency
  • Resilient, determined and able to work under pressure
  • Safety conscious and show high levels of reliability, punctuality and dependability
  • The ability to act independently
  • Enthusiasm for procurement and supply chain management
  • Hard working
  • Reliable
  • Robust work ethic
  • The drive to develop and apply education gained from the training provider and Babcock
  • Willingness to take responsibility for personal, academic and vocational development
  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher (or equivalent) including GCSE English and maths at grade B/6 or higher
  • Three A Levels at grade B or above or an equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g., BTEC at Merit or Distinction
  • The ability to gain SC clearance.

What you’ll get

Generous benefits including:

  • Very competitive starting salary
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level may be available
  • Personal development training and opportunities
  • Pension scheme with employee contributions matched up to 8% of salary
  • 25 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working (by local arrangement)
  • Discounted shopping and half-price cinema tickets
  • Cycle to work scheme


Throughout the course of your apprenticeship, you gain experience in the following areas:

  • Planning & Inventory Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Operational Procurement
  • Logistics & Warehousing
  • CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Your technical training will be supplemented with in-house training courses and soft skill training to help you develop your personal and team working skills.

The aim of the apprenticeship is to prepare you for a permanent procurement and supply chain role working as an Assistant Buyer within Mission Systems.

Additional job details

 · Devonport

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at the interview.

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Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 27 March 2023

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Closing date:  27 March 2023

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