Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship for Procurement and Supply Professionals

L7 Senior Leader Qualification for Managers and Team Leaders

Our Level 7 Senior Leadership Apprenticeship for Procurement Professionals provides managers, senior managers and leaders, with an unrivalled qualification to enable them to lead and manage their teams effectively. Apprentices will develop organisational strategy, as they also learn how to align with procurement and supply chain functions. 


L7 Procurement Apprenticeship Information

There are 3 main components:

Part 1 – Knowledge, Including CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma and Level 6 Professional Diploma Modules

Knowledge Elements
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Data Analysis and Information
  • Management
    Influencing and
  • Negotiation for Leaders
  • Organisational Value and Performance
  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Change Management for Leaders
  • Developing a High Performing Team
CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma Modules
  • Managing and Individuals (L5M1)
  • Managing Supply Chain Risk (L5M2)
  • Managing Contractual Risk (L5M3)
  • Contracts and Financial Management (L5M4)
  • Managing Ethical Risk (L5M5)
  • Achieving Competitive Advantage through the Supply Chain (L5M7)
  • Project and Change Management (L5M8)
  • Advanced Negotiation (L5M15)
CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma Modules
  • Strategic Ethical Leadership (L6M1)
  • Global Commercial Strategy (L6M2)
  • Global Strategic Supply Chain Management (L6M3)
  • Future Strategic Challenges for the Profession (L6M4)
  • Strategic Programme Leadership (L6M5)
  • Commercial Data Management (L6M7)
  • Innovation in Procurement and Supply (L6M8)
18 Piece Portfolio of Evidence

Part 2 – Professional Discussion supported by Portfolio of Evidence

Part 3 – Presentation of Strategic Business Proposal (4000 words) and
Questioning Interview

The Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship we offer has been developed with Procurement and Supply Professionals at the heart. This Apprenticeship is suitable for those that work as Managers or Senior Leaders in Procurement and Supply and coach, manager or mentor individuals and would have a need to develop business proposals.

As Apprentices will be required to provide evidence of knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB’s) suitable candidates for this apprenticeship should:

  • have senior role that includes leadership, management, or some form of support.
  • be responsible for strategic leadership, direction and vision setting.
  • be responsible for managing organisational resources.
  • be involved in strategic objective setting.
  • be involved in the development and influence of organisational culture.
  • be involved in the management of internal stakeholders.
  • be involved in managing change at a strategic level.
    carry out reporting on results relating to their responsibility.
  • be involved in market analysis and scanning.

CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Math and English Level 2 Functional Skills or equivalent GCSE’s

  • Senior Buyers with Management Responsibilities
  • Senior Category Manager
  • Strategic Procurement Manager
  • Senior Commissioning Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Category Managers
  • Head of Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Heads of Procurement
  • Director of Procurement

You will receive support throughout your entire apprenticeship from your Training Provider, your Employer, and the End Point Assessment Organisation. As your training provider our tutors and learner success team are on hand to support you throughout your journey whether that is with SEN requirements, examination support, emotional support, assignment support, assistance with study, revision or even an examination resit and much more.

Your Employer will support you to achieve your apprenticeship and assist with opportunities to practice newly learnt skills and knowledge and satisfy evidence requirements. They will also support you throughout the end point assessment period.

End Point Assessment Organisations, along with your employer are responsible for supporting you through the final stage of your apprenticeship and will provide support and guidance during this final stage.

This apprenticeship takes approximately 30-36 months to complete depending on your start date and individual progress. There are 3 main components: Knowledge (24 months), Gateway (1 month) and End Point Assessment (5-6 months).

Individuals who undertake this apprenticeship will be able to deliver high performance procurement and supply chain strategies, setting direction for procurement and supply chains, influence key procurement stakeholders, conduct market research and data analysis, drive continuous improvement in procurement and supply chains, develop and drive risk management strategies for procurement, lead on strategic procurement programmes and projects, develop continuity plans for procurement and supply chains, understand and implement corporate social responsibility and ethics for procurement departments, develop financial budgets and procurement strategies, resource management, contract management, strategic negotiation and influencing techniques, lead and manage procurement teams and supply chains whilst considering equality and diversity and develop communication strategies for procurement and supply chains plus much more.

In addition to undertaking CIPS Level 5 and 6 examinations this apprenticeship is assessed throughout by our course mentors and tutors.

The end point assessments consist of two elements; a professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence (60mins) and a Presentation (20mins) of a strategic business proposal followed by a questioning Interview (40mins): 

  • Professional Discussion Supported by Portfolio of Evidence
  • Presentation (20mins) of Strategic Business Proposal
  • Questioning Interview (40mins)

The minimum duration for any apprenticeship is 12 months however, realistically it will take the 30-36 months as stated. However, depending on you and your employer’s commitment to the programme and the opportunities available to you in the workplace there maybe opportunities to fast track. Purchasing apprenticeship programmes are very individual so it’s worth asking the question. Remember, there are many assessments throughout this Apprenticeship and would recommend that adequate time is taken to complete the programme to maximise the value.

A level 7 Apprenticeship is equivalent to a Masters Degree. Different to traditional academic qualifications whereby completing an Apprenticeship allows individuals to practice theory in the workplace and utilises both “on the job” and “off the job” training, and of course with the added benefit of being paid whilst you learn! And not necessarily on an “apprenticeship wage”.

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship is developed specifically for Managers, Senior Manager and Leaders from all organisations, sectors, and departments.  Often these are tailored specially to suit differing functions and industries.

Available Learning Options


Face to face across the 9 study centres

Virtual Classroom

Live video link direct to classroom


Delivered at organisation (minimum numbers apply)

Want to learn more about the Level 3 Procurement Apprenticeship? Contact our team now

Jen Shepherd

Admin and Customer Service Manager

Jenn completed her Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 2008 and has since built upon a foundation of knowledge and skills in the administration and customer support areas.

Jenn has a degree, as well as a master’s degree, in English which have helped support her commitment to compliance and attention to detail.

Since returning to work from maternity leave in 2020, Jenn has worked in education settings and has an in-depth knowledge on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which she believes is a key part of all employees’ role when working with learners.

Outside of work, Jenn lives with her husband and two young daughters. She had her first book published in 2022 and advocates for the mental wellbeing of new parents.

michelle whalley

Michelle Whalley

Course Progress Mentor

Michelle graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2003 with a BA(HONs) in Physical Education, Sport, Dance and English, with Qualified Teacher Status. Michelle now holds 20 years’ experience of working in education. Her experience to date is hugely diverse, with a love for learning and striving for excellence across all areas of her life developed from when she was a young girl, representing her country at Athletics. It was from this platform Michelle developed a disciplined approach to every tasks set of her. During her time in teaching, she has taught a wide range of subjects, been a pastoral leader, and led ITT programmes.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to get the best possible outcomes out of people. This has been proven not only in the time she’s spent in education, but also in the set up and running of her own business.

Working in a fast-paced environment, especially becoming a Head of Year as well as teaching has consistently challenged her and ensured she’s flexible and adaptable

Lucy Eckersley

Lucy Eckersley

Administration Assistant

After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tom Himsworth

Tom Himsworth

Administrative Assistant

Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
Estelle Marsden

Estelle Marsden

Customer Support Coordinator

Estelle has completed apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer service. Her first Role after leaving school was a receptionist at a Podiatrist and that is where she found her passion for helping people and providing positive customer experiences. After 4 years she then moved into retail where her skills progressed further. Estelle has several years’ experience in a customer facing environment, which has led her to the role of Customer Support Coordinator here at SRSCC. Estelle is hoping to expand her expertise further and progress with SRSCC. Other than her passion for Customer Service. Estelle enjoys walking, Hiking, and exploring in her free time. She also enjoys going to the theatre and watching true crime. Estelle likes to spend most of her time with family and friends.

Emma Jackson

Course Progress Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

SRSCC Staff Images Ashlee Scribbins

Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

SRSCC Staff Images Declan Hemingway

Declan Hemingway

Business Development Account Manager


Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.