buyer apprenticeship

are you interested in a long term career in procurement?

buyer apprenticeship

salary £20,500

If you have no previous experience but bags of passion for fairness and a strong desire to learn, our buyer apprenticeship could be for you. As well as earning a qualification you will be surrounded by a very experienced, close-knit team who will show you exactly what it takes to become a vital member in any procurement team.   As a fast-moving organisation with rapidly changing requirements, we need to be able to buy products and services that best meet our needs - and offer good quality at the right price. You’ll join a team looking for smart ways to bring in products and services for everything from IT and project consultancy, to marketing and facilities management.

As a fast-moving organisation with rapidly changing requirements, we need to be able to buy products and services that best meet our needs - and offer good quality at the right price. You’ll join a team looking for smart ways to bring in products and services for everything from IT and project consultancy, to marketing and facilities management.

what will your day to day involve:  
  • you’ll develop and manage relationships with stakeholders and suppliers to contribute to procurement projects 
  • you’ll be taught how to maintain records, reports and supplier contracts and you’ll also play a part in getting new suppliers up and running
  • the role will involve lots of analysing information taken from our purchase to pay system and using your skills to identify opportunities to source alternative suppliers and reduce our costs
  • you may not know what tender means but you’ll eventually be managing any tender queries that may arise – you’ll also be helping to draft tender documentation and evaluation reports
  • contributing to the successful completion of procurement projects by providing meaningful support and guidance to colleagues

what your training will involve:  

20% of your time will be spent training. Take a look at the training programme for more information about how your training will structured, qualifications gained and the programme journey.

some of the desired skills and personal qualities we are looking for are:

  • good numeracy skills
  • knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel
  • clear and concise verbal communication skills
  • able to plan and prioritise to ensure efficiency
  • good at juggling several pieces of work
  • inquisitive nature and a logical thinker
  • strong work ethic
  • highly organised with a keen attention to detail
  • know what it means to be a good team player
  • enthusiastic and driven to deliver

working week
Monday to Friday. 35 hours per week.  

apprenticeship duration
Typically up to 24 months  

future prospects
Businesses are turning to procurement professionals more and more to deliver growth and improve margins. This is opening up great career options in the industry. Benefits include salaries on par with marketing, finance, IT and HR, early exposure to senior stakeholders and a wide variety of different projects. Procurement offers a fantastic choice for an individual looking for a varied and exciting role with career prospects.

qualifications required 
English & maths qualifications Level 2 (equivalent to grades A*-C or 9-4 at GCSE).  

*For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language. 

about us - the employer
We were set up under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to resolve individual disputes between consumers and financial businesses -fairly, reasonably, quickly and informally.   Our work at the ombudsman - across the huge range of problems and complaints that people bring to us - constantly reminds us that where lives and livelihoods are concerned, nothing is easy to predict.   In every disagreement, there are two sides to the story. It's our job to listen to both sides, consider all the facts and information, and to use our common sense and judgement to reach an outcome that is not only right but also feels fair.   We cover almost every financial product including insurance, lending & credit, banking, savings and investments. The decisions we make at the ombudsman service impact people's lives and livelihoods - both the businesses we cover and their customers. This means we have to be confident that we have reached the right decision in each case and can explain the outcome to both sides, clearly and thoughtfully.

training provider
Knowledge Pool
*Qualifications for this programme include: Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply - Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations (CIPS Level 4)

apprenticeship standard
Public Sector Commercial Level 4

to apply  
To apply, tell us why you're the right person for this opportunity (in no more than 500 words, please). We'd also like to see your most up do date CV. 




Vacancy Description
are you interested in a long term career in procurement?
 
buyer apprenticeship

salary £20,500

If you have no previous experience but bags of passion for fairness and a strong desire to learn, our buyer apprenticeship could be for you. As well as earning a qualification you will be surrounded by a very experienced, close-knit team who will show you exactly what it takes to become a vital member in any procurement team.   As a fast-moving organisation with rapidly changing requirements, we need to be able to buy products and services that best meet our needs - and offer good quality at the right price. You’ll join a team looking for smart ways to bring in products and services for everything from IT and project consultancy, to marketing and facilities management.

As a fast-moving organisation with rapidly changing requirements, we need to be able to buy products and services that best meet our needs - and offer good quality at the right price. You’ll join a team looking for smart ways to bring in products and services for everything from IT and project consultancy, to marketing and facilities management.

what will your day to day involve:  
  • you’ll develop and manage relationships with stakeholders and suppliers to contribute to procurement projects 
  • you’ll be taught how to maintain records, reports and supplier contracts and you’ll also play a part in getting new suppliers up and running
  • the role will involve lots of analysing information taken from our purchase to pay system and using your skills to identify opportunities to source alternative suppliers and reduce our costs
  • you may not know what tender means but you’ll eventually be managing any tender queries that may arise – you’ll also be helping to draft tender documentation and evaluation reports
  • contributing to the successful completion of procurement projects by providing meaningful support and guidance to colleagues

what your training will involve:  

20% of your time will be spent training. Take a look at the training programme for more information about how your training will structured, qualifications gained and the programme journey.

some of the desired skills and personal qualities we are looking for are:

  • good numeracy skills
  • knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel
  • clear and concise verbal communication skills
  • able to plan and prioritise to ensure efficiency
  • good at juggling several pieces of work
  • inquisitive nature and a logical thinker
  • strong work ethic
  • highly organised with a keen attention to detail
  • know what it means to be a good team player
  • enthusiastic and driven to deliver

working week
Monday to Friday. 35 hours per week.  

apprenticeship duration
Typically up to 24 months  

future prospects
Businesses are turning to procurement professionals more and more to deliver growth and improve margins. This is opening up great career options in the industry. Benefits include salaries on par with marketing, finance, IT and HR, early exposure to senior stakeholders and a wide variety of different projects. Procurement offers a fantastic choice for an individual looking for a varied and exciting role with career prospects.

qualifications required 
English & maths qualifications Level 2 (equivalent to grades A*-C or 9-4 at GCSE).  

*For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language. 

about us - the employer
We were set up under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to resolve individual disputes between consumers and financial businesses -fairly, reasonably, quickly and informally.   Our work at the ombudsman - across the huge range of problems and complaints that people bring to us - constantly reminds us that where lives and livelihoods are concerned, nothing is easy to predict.   In every disagreement, there are two sides to the story. It's our job to listen to both sides, consider all the facts and information, and to use our common sense and judgement to reach an outcome that is not only right but also feels fair.   We cover almost every financial product including insurance, lending & credit, banking, savings and investments. The decisions we make at the ombudsman service impact people's lives and livelihoods - both the businesses we cover and their customers. This means we have to be confident that we have reached the right decision in each case and can explain the outcome to both sides, clearly and thoughtfully.

training provider
Knowledge Pool
*Qualifications for this programme include: Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply - Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations (CIPS Level 4)

apprenticeship standard
Public Sector Commercial Level 4

to apply  
To apply, tell us why you're the right person for this opportunity (in no more than 500 words, please). We'd also like to see your most up do date CV.