Apprenticeship Standard for Supply Chain Practitioner Level 3

Our full Standard fact sheet can be viewed here: Supply Chain Practitioner

Occupational profile

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.

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Key Facts

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.

For further information please contact our Engagement team