Supply Chain Apprentice

At Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains we offer a 36 month, Supply Chain Apprenticeship Programme, which will tap into your passion and determination to win, giving you a real opportunity to contribute to our success story. Based at our state of the art Research and Development Centre in Northamptonshire, we are responsible for the design, manufacture, testing and racing of the Eight– time World Championship winning Formula 1 hybrid Power Units used by the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 team. We are also proud to supply Power Units to the Aston Martin, McLaren and Williams Racing teams. In addition to this, we are leading the transfer of state-of-the-art Formula 1 technology into the revolutionary Mercedes AMG Road Car “Project One” and vision EQXX.

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Job no: 497080
Work type: Student
Location: Brixworth
Department: Programme Management (Div)

Background on the role;
Supply Chain is at the heart of every business – it is a system of organisations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving products or services from supplier to customer; a lot more than just moving parts from A to B! You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the entire supply chain, consider your impact on each function, and strive to deliver the best value for the business. Due to the high number of interactions across multiple functions within the business, you will need strong relationship building, influencing, stakeholder management and communication skills alongside sound analytical, information technology and numeracy skills, with an ability to work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing requirements. You will directly be adding performance to the car, by creating a faster and more dynamic supply chain, which enables a higher rate of development and facilitates compressed build programmes. Achieve more, in less time.

Our apprentice programmes will commence in September 2022 and during the 3-year scheme, you will spend time rotating into other supply chain functions, to gain a full understanding and appreciation of the entire supply chain process. This will likely include, but not exclusive to, the following functions:

• Hardware Coordination
• Programme Planning
• Manufacturing Scheduling
• Purchasing
• Internal Logistics
• Transport
• Finance

As an apprentice in the business you will be working towards and completing the Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard which has the Supply Chain & Operations – Level 3 Diploma (IOSCM) embedded within. Further details of the specific modules that will be studied as part of the embedded diploma can be found further below; 4 modules over 2 years, worth 10 credits each. There is an opportunity to extend this to an Advanced Diploma in year 3, with various module options available, to suit each individual’s needs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a thorough and well-rounded understanding of our Formula 1 supply chain, from design release through to component delivery, understanding the shortfalls and identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders across different areas of the business, including both Operations and Engineering functions.
  • Demand forecasting: provide long term order strategies and coverage for the supply chain to manage
  • Financial transparency: clear segregation of source demand between programmes is critical, to optimise our effectiveness in a cost cap environment, ensuring we maximise the budget for adding performance
  • Be the ambassador for enforcing supply chain best practices, creating a wider understanding of planning efficiency and adopting common approaches
  • Control obsolescence; through heightened sensitivity to specification volatility, offering possible obsolescence and re-use use-up strategies
  • Be able to develop our planning-based tools and MRP system (SAP), creating bespoke code and transactions to implement automation opportunities, thus improving overall supply chain efficiency
  • Implement cost-effective shortage elimination strategies, especially for high-consumption consumable items, whilst minimising the possible impact on obsolescence


Key Behaviours

  • Responsiveness and willingness to change; demonstrates and encourages curiosity, to foster new ways of thinking and working, to ensure economic benefits are maximised
  • Demonstrate exceptional levels of organisation, working at a significant pace, without compromising on outstanding attention to detail
  • Pride in work; aims for excellence, extraordinary time management, adherence to deadlines
  • Have courage/conviction in their decisions and demonstrates ownership of work
  • Builds strong relationships with others, works collaboratively, contributes ideas and challenges appropriately, leads by example
  • Tenacious approach to problem-solving by working to identify and ensure root causes are resolved, to ensure supply chains remain flexible and agile
  • Highly effective communicator, with all levels of stakeholders: always acting with integrity and respect


Our Benefit Package Includes:

  • A starting salary of £18,500 increasing periodically dependant on performance.
  • Performance bonus
  • Podium bonus based on F1 results
  • Company lease car scheme
  • 36 days annual leave
  • Access to private healthcare and generous pension scheme
  • A variety of other benefits and staff discounts.


Prior Qualifications:

  • GCSE Grade 4 or above /Level 2 functional skills in Maths, Science & English are desirable

Year 1: Supply Chain & Operations – Level 3 Diploma (IOSCM)

Supply Chain Operations (10 Credits)

  • The Supply Chain: Upstream and Downstream, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Warehousing, Transportation, Demand planning, Supply planning, Suppliers, Retailers, External Supply Chains, Internal Supply Chains
  • Relationships: Vertical Relationships, Horizontal Relationships, Transactional Relationships, Collaborative Relationships, Strategic Relationships, Customer Satisfaction
  • Supply Chain Components: Customer, Planning, Purchasing, The Supplier, Inventory, The Manufacturer / Production
  • Logistics: Forward and Reverse
  • Integrated Systems: Direct Product Profitability (DDP), Materials Requirements Planning (MRP), Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP), Just in Time (JIT), Material Requirements Planning, The Master Production Schedule, The Bill of Materials, The Inventory File
  • Risks to a Supply Chain: External Drivers, PESTEL, Demand Risk, Supply Risk, Business Risks, Physical Plant Risks, Mitigation and Contingency, Cultural Risks, Environmental Risk, Assigning values
  • Supply Chain Performance Measurement: Productivity, Utilisation, Balanced Scorecard (BSC)
  • Lean: Value and Waste as a Concept, The Creation of Value, The Supply Chain Value Stream, The Lean Supply Chain, Hoshin Planning, Takt Time, Kaizen, Jidoka, Just in Time (JIT), Heijunka Box, Poka Yoke, Muda, 5S, Total Productive Management (TPM)
  • Benchmarking: Functional Benchmarking, Best-in-class Benchmarking, Operational Benchmarking, Process Benchmarking, Financial Benchmarking, Performance Benchmarking


Production Planning & Control (10 Credits)

  • Production Planning: Strategic; Tactical; Operational; Strategic Level Production Planning; Finances; Products; Markets; Constraints; Resources; Stages of production planning; Sales and Operations; Planning; Demand Management Programme; Master Production Schedule; Material Requirements Planning; Rough Cut Capacity Planning
  • Business Plan: SWOT Analysis; Competing on Quality; Competing on Flexibility; Competing on Responsiveness; Order Winners and Order Qualifiers; PESTEL Analysis; The Planning Cycle
  • Manufacturing Capacity: Capacity in the long term; Capacity in the intermediate term; Capacity in the short term; Capacity constraints; Use of Resources
  • Resources: Natural; Human; Capital
  • Improvements: Total Quality Management; Benchmarking; Kanban; Ishikawa
  • Product Planning Control and Flow: Performance vs. Plan; Line Efficiency; Capacity Utilisation; First Time Quality; Customer Service Level; Variance; Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); Continuous Flow (Mass Production Flow); Batch Production; Quality Control; Job Production; Final Assembly Schedule (FAS)
  • Financial Resources: Raw Materials; Direct Labour; Factory Overhead; Inventory; Activity Based Costing (ABC); The Two-Stage Cost Assignment Procedure
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): Top-Down Planning; Production Plans in relation to resources; Product Development
  • Shop Floor Control: Gantt Charts; Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Management: Manufacturing Operations Management; Supply Chain Management; Supplier Relationship Management; Customer Relationship Management
  • Process Design Techniques: Make to Stock; Make to Order; Lean methodology; Total Productive Maintenance; 5S; Single Minute Exchange of Dies; Poka-Yoke; Total Available Cycle Time; Unplanned Downtime; Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning


Year 2: Supply Chain & Operations – Level 3 Diploma (IOSCM)

Manufacturing & Production (10 Credits)

  • Organising Production: Batch Production, Flexible Manufacturing, Continuous Manufacturing, Intermittent Manufacturing, Custom Manufacturing, Production in relation to the Cost
  • Level of Demand: Demand Management, Data capture, Dealing with day-to-day customer orders, Managing the demand, Order point System, Periodic Review Systems
  • Competitors: Competitive Advantage
  • Sales Forecasting: Time Series Analysis, Exponential Smoothing, Linear Trend Line, Executive Judgement, Composite of Sales force Opinion, Expert Opinion, Fixed Order Quantity Systems
  • Production Planning: Materials Requirement Planning, Just In Time (JIT), Preventive maintenance, Flexible work force
  • Planning using Buffer Stocks: Inventory as ‘waste’, Advanced Planning and Scheduling APS, Rough Cut Capacity Planning RCCP, Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP), Shop Floor Scheduling, Kanban
  • Productivity: Measures of Output, Financial Value, Labour, Cost of labour, Capital, Intermediate Input, Productivity Indicators, Labour Productivity, Capital Productivity, Automated production techniques
  • Quantity of Inputs: Manufacturing Resource Planning, Monitor Waste and Rejects: Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Total Quality Management (TQM), Quality Benchmarking, BS5750/ISO 9000, Customer Satisfaction
  • Materials Development: Product Lifecycle Management
  • Analysis Tools: PESTLE Analysis, SWOT Analysis
  • Lean: Total Productive Maintenance, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Make to order, Streamlined flow, Smaller lot sizes, Doing it right first time, Cellular or group manufacturing


MRP / ERP System’s (10 Credits)

  • Components of an MRP System: Sales & Operations Planning; Master Production Schedule; Rough Cut Capacity Planning; Bill of labour approach; Resource profile; Bill of Materials
  • Components of an ERP System: Customer Relationship Management (CRM); Purchasing; Sales; Production Management; Inventory Control; Financial Resource Management; Human Resources Management; Supply Chain Management; Quality; Export; Excise; Asset Management
  • Implementation of MRP & ERP Systems: Pre-Evaluation Screening; Project Planning Phase; Configuration; Training & Testing; Going Live
  • Business implementation: Primary Reports; Secondary Reports; Exploding; Netting; Offsetting

Monitor MRP/ERP Systems: Control; Evaluate; Motivate; Improve; Report; Working Capital; Accounts Payable; Accounts Receivable; Inventory Turnover; Net Profit Margin; Gross Profit M

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