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Skills for Logistics

Skills Specialist

JOB TITLE:                           Skills Specialist

£27-£34k depending on experience

REPORTS TO:                     
Relevant Programme Manager

Milton Keynes based with UK travel





Under the strategic direction of the Chair, Board, and Chief Executive, and in response to our successful bids for EIF and National Skills Academy funding, Skills for Logistics (SfL) is reorganising and building capability better to serve logistics employers and achieve sustainability by 2014.


Key to the reorganisation is the intention to embed disciplines associated with project and programme management into SfL culture and practise. The delivery of each Programme will be through a number of projects – sometimes running in parallel, sometimes sequentially, through the life of that Programme. Each project will need a multi-disciplinary team to deliver it and these teams are likely to differ between projects.


To meet this challenge, we will run with a pool of in-house technical specialists in each of the following four functions:

  • Skills
  • Research
  • Implementation
  • Administration

One person from each project team will be designated the Project Manager for the duration of the life of that project, according to the main specialist focus of that project.


Job Outline:  

To work within the parameters set by the Programmes to ensure the effective delivery of their skills content. Preparing, monitoring, reviewing and maintaining an overview of Occupational Standards for training and development in the UK Logistics sector; to develop and promote the use of Skills for Logistics National Occupational Standards as the basic building block for qualifications in the sector.


Key Responsibilities and outcomes:


  • Developing and implementing within timelines and budgets, new programmes and products to meet changing industry needs as identified by the Craft Skills Groups and other employer groups.
  • Within set timelines and budgets, designing, developing and gaining approval for apprenticeship frameworks across the UK in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of programmes, products and services to ensure the outcomes of the EIF programmes are fully met.
  • Providing credible and effective skills expert input to SfL communications with employers and stakeholders to underpin the impacts of the EIF programmes.
  • Developing and maintaining systems to register demands for skills solutions, validate the solutions and track their impact.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the National Skills Academy for Logistics to ensure that new learning programmes and associated qualifications are developed to meet demand in the most efficient, cost-effective and value-added way, thus maximising the impact on the sector.
  • Monitoring project timescales, milestones and costs to ensure that they are within those determined by the work programme.
  • Arranging and documenting liaison-relevant stakeholders to ensure we comply with requirements regarding NOS, Qualifications and Apprenticeship frameworks.
  • Maintaining an overview of qualifications and relevant QCF units to ensure that we are working with the best available material.

Peer Relationships:  


  • Other technical specialists across the organisation including: Implementation, Research, Administration and other Skills Specialists 
  • UK Qualifications Regulatory bodies
  • Awarding Bodies
  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • Professional Institutes
  • SSCs.

Skills & Attributes:    


  • Experience of education and training standards
  • Experience of standards and qualifications work through working with relevant organisations such as SSCs, Government  Departments, regulatory bodies, eg.(QCA, SQA etc), Awarding Body or as a consultant
  • Experience in the writing of Occupational Standards & Qualifications
  • Experience in delivering funded projects
  • Proven communication and presentation skills
  • Competent workshop facilitator
  • Experience of QCA/SQA processes.
  • Evidence of clear communication styles that engages employers
  • Evidenced knowledge of the UK Logistics sector and its training needs
  • Knowledge of Apprenticeships and experience of their development
  • Experience as a presenter and workshop facilitator.

Qualifications & Experience:


Relevant first degree.

Appropriate professional qualifications.



It is an exciting time for Skills for Logistics due to the work programmes we are undertaking. The organisation  is currently looking to recruit a  number of new positions. If you are interested in any of these roles then please forward a covering letter and CV in the first instance to the H R Manager  at

Skills for Logistics

unit 12

Warren Yard

Milton Keynes

MK12 5NW

or email [email protected].

Thank you