Supply Chain Leadership Apprentice – Logistics and Clinical Supply

February 6, 2024

Job Description

Job title: Supply Chain Leadership Apprentice – Logistics and Clinical Supply

Company: AstraZeneca

Job description: Supply Chain Leadership Apprentice – Logistics and Clinical Supply

Cambridge, UK

Starting Base salary £21,000 + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We’re deeply committed to our strategy of being a great place to work. For us, that includes fostering an environment where everyone can be among inclusive, supportive individuals with curious minds.

A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore.

Make the start of your journey a life changing one!

As part of our Early Talent Programme, you’ll be involved in projects and learning opportunities that have real impact from day one.

Being part of our journey and helping us to provide life changing medicine to patients all over the world and transform lives for the better. Making important contributions and embracing our values to deliver on our purpose. Because regardless of role or level, we all have an important part to play in making a positive difference.


Cambridge is one of the most exciting bioscience hotspots in the world. The Discovery Centre (DISC), located at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, is designed to play a central role in our mission to deliver life-changing medicines to patients. As our largest research and development centre in the UK, it will have more than 2,000 people working across therapy areas and drug discovery and development once fully occupied.

About the Apprenticeship Programme

We are offering an apprenticeship within our Logistics and Clinical Supply (LCS) team to be based at the newly built global research headquarters in Cambridge. The LCS team support the manufacture, labelling and delivery of investigational medicinal product (IMP) for human trials at hospitals, universities, and private clinics around the world. A successful candidate will assume responsibilities for design, planning and delivery of clinical trial supply. As part of the role, you will develop an understanding for how the supply of medicines within clinical trials are controlled and regulated, how information technology is used to manage the medical supply chain and how the delivery of trial medicines fits into the broader clinical trial process and the wider pharmaceutical industry, from discovering a new medicine right up to launching a medicine on the market.

You will be trained to contribute actively to multiple project teams in addition to providing support across the department. You will ultimately be expected to assume responsibility for tasks such as:

Creating supply requests and distribution plans to prepare for new clinical trials.

Analysing forecasted and historical data to help develop a supply strategy.

Coordinating trial progress with external contracted companies in multiple time zones

Monitoring and managing global inventory to enable continued supply for planned and ongoing clinical trials.

Identifying, communicating, and managing opportunities and risks

Coordinating international shipment of medicine between depots and clinical trial sites

Managing documentation to ensure compliance with international regulations and departments such as the MHRA in the UK

Working independently with minimal supervision

Presenting and providing reports to senior management as required

Training and Development

AstraZeneca will sponsor you through your Supply Chain Leadership degree with Aston University; .

The apprenticeship combines working, earning a full-time salary, with fully funded part-time university learning (on average 1 day/week). This will give you the opportunity to gain a Supply Chain Leadership degree, just as you would if you went to university full-time, with the advantage of gaining relevant work-life skills and the excitement of helping to develop new medicines whilst taking your first steps towards a rewarding career.

We truly value Early Talent– their thoughts, ideas and contributions. So throughout the programme, you’ll be encouraged and inspired to speak up, have a voice and make an impact.

Skills and Capabilities

Good communication & team working skills

High organisation skills and confidence to work independently

The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgments based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner

Concerns for Standards

High numeracy, digital and literacy skills

Self-motivation & able to work on own initiative

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs Grades 9-4 including minimum 6 grade in Maths, English and preferably a Science subject or business subject

To have achieved or predicted to achieve 3 A-Levels at Grade C or equivalent

Benefits, open and close dates

To apply for this position, please click the apply link.

Opening date of advert: 22nd January 2024

Closing date of advert: 18th February 2024

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment Day on w/c 18th March 2024

Should you require any reasonable adjustments or accommodations, please let us know on your application.

At AstraZeneca, we aim to set you up for success, and we recognise the challenges that starting a new job can bring. We therefore offer a relocation package to help with the costs and process of moving for candidates who currently live more than 60 minutes from the site location for this Apprenticeship.

This is a 4 -year fixed term contract opportunity based.

Start date for the apprenticeship programme is 2nd September 2024

Where can I find out more?

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These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details

Date Posted 22-Jan-2024

Closing Date 18-Feb-2024

Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.

Expected salary: £21000 per year

Location: Cambridge

Job date: Wed, 24 Jan 2024 06:44:09 GMT

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