Degree Apprenticeship

Supply Chain Leadership Professional - Degree Apprentice

Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain

About us! 

You will study towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain. Supply chain leadership professionals are involved in procuring, producing, moving and delivering a product or service from a supplier (anywhere) to a customer or end-user (anywhere). They have an important role in integrating the functions and processes of customers, distributors, manufacturers, partners, regulators, sub-suppliers and suppliers within and across companies, cities, towns and countries to form an effective and efficient end-to-end supply chain.

Make it possible. Make it happen. Make it fly.

At Airbus Group, our people work with passion and determination to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

They are both globally (world-wide) and domestically (UK-wide) capable with an ability to lead effectively, facilitate trade productively and execute a supply chain successfully. To do this, supply chain leadership professionals are effective at working collaboratively with organisations and people and in the use of information and resources.

What you will be doing:

The role embraces all of the mission-critical business activities of finance, HR, IT, marketing and sales. It exists to drive company growth, increase market share and generate revenue and profit. Main duties include organisation of a company’s supply chain network of product and service delivery across the key operational functions of plan, source, make, deliver, return and enable.  All tasks aim to add value to the customer and end-to-end supply chain.

You will need to be comfortable travelling to the University partner in Leeds, the details of this are to be confirmed, but will likely involve staying in Leeds for 3/4 days (Monday to Thursday), 6 times a year. All accommodation will be organise and paid for by Airbus HR.

Types of assignment undertaken. This will vary depending on geography, business size, industry, time-scales, product, system and legislative requirements. Typical assignments will be to:

  • achieve marketing advantage through logistics superiority
  • design and implement solutions to source and deliver materials into a production facility or of manufactured products to consumers
  • explore multi-modal transport and cost-effective storage solutions
  • decide where to invest in research and knowledge exchange to bring improvements to supply chain continuity
  • optimise assets in the supply chain through continuous improvement
  • plan, build and use IT infrastructures to bring new products and services to market
  • relationship manage suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers and customers

While ‘in the office’, you will join the Supply Chain Quality Management (SCQM) team which is part of our central operations function. As a SCQM, you will be the primary interface with the nominated supplier(s) and responsible for the relationship between the supplier and Airbus.  You will be fully responsible for managing the purchase phase of the supply chain core process and delivery of hardware to projects on time, to cost and fulfilling all performance and quality requirements.

Via industrial placements you will also gain exposure to other areas of the business (equipment/spacecraft production, logistics, Product/Quality Assurance, systems engineering etc.) in order to attain a broad understanding of all stakeholder’s activities and to build a strong network.

In addition to the support provided by your line manager and University teams, you will also be assigned a ‘buddy’ who will support you through day-to-day work activities.


  • Responsibility for the On Time and On Quality (OTOQ) from suppliers of complex and high value RF equipment for Telecommunications Spacecraft
  • Day-to-day contact with the supplier and management of contract implementation (multi-project, international); timely and accurate reporting and facilitation of appropriate technical interaction between internal experts and supplier
  • Acquiring in-depth knowledge of supplier leading to effective control and improvement, identifying risks and ensuring implementation of appropriate mitigating actions
  • Management of project lifecycle; co-ordination of key stakeholders, chairing reviews, ensure drum beating and action follow up to maintain key project milestones
  • Escalation, both at the supplier or within Airbus as relevant – communication to all levels of the business


In order to be eligible for this exciting apprenticeship opportunity, you must have a minimum of:

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above or accepted equivalent qualifications.
  • A Level 3 qualification (e.g. A-Levels, BTEC National Diploma or an Advanced Apprenticeship)
  • Or equivalent qualifications

In addition, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to anticipate, assess and mitigate risks
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to persuade, influence and convince

The successful candidate will be subject to UK National Security Clearance in order to undertake related work in accordance with business needs.

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

One application: Make It Possible, Make It Happen, Make It ...Count! 


Beyond the qualifications and training you will complete as an Airbus Apprentice, you will also receive:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 Days' Holiday and Bank Holidays
  • 37 Hour working week
  • Independent, 24 hour confidential counselling service

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Job ID Number: JR10088045
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