Apprentice Buyer (Business Administration) CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED

CPI is offering an exciting opportunity to be part of our Procurement Team on our established Business Administration Apprenticeship Programme. The role is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to develop as a future Buyer.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £149.85 - £260.85

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage rates are £4.05 an hour for 16 - 17 year olds, £5.60 an hour for 18 - 20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship(usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Mon –Fri (37 hours per week) Fixed term position for two years

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    6 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The three new roles represent substantial company growth and an exciting phase of transformation as the team continues to expand and develop internal capability.  The team are responsible for purchasing a wide range of goods, works and services across the organisation in an efficient and timely manner, in a way which maximises value for money and ensures compliance with public procurement regulations.

You will support the Procurement Team in purchasing on a daily basis, the key responsibilities are:

To manage the end to end administration process for purchase ordering.  Including:

  • To use CPI’s internal Purchase Requisition System to identify purchase requirements and ensure required information is available prior to progressing to purchase order.
  • To be responsible for raising purchase orders on CPI’s financial accounting system (SAGE 200).
  • To be responsible for placing and expediting purchase orders with suppliers for goods or services.
  • To goods receive purchase orders when goods/services have been received.

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

We are offering the opportunity to study as a Business Administration Apprentice within our busy Procurement Team.  You will develop professional-level, job specific skills in purchasing and procurement while studying towards your level 3 in Business Administration and earning a salary.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • As this role will have a varied and busy workload, it is essential that applicants have excellent time management skills and can demonstrate the ability to organise their workload accordingly.
  • You will also be required to effectively communicate to both internal and external stakeholders of the Procurement Team, in a variety of ways such as face-to-face, telephone and email. 
  • A good level of IT skills is essential, candidates must have demonstrable experience of using Microsoft packages such as Word, Excel etc

Personal qualities

  • The successful candidates must be enthusiastic, forward-thinking and have a desire for learning and taking on new challenges. 

Qualifications required

  • Good GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths preferred
  • The ideal candidate should have a Level 2 Business Administration qualification or relevant experience 

Future prospects

There is the possibility of a permanent position on successful completion of the training/apprenticeship.

Things to consider

This vacancy is to start immediately therefore you must be available to start before applying. The closing date, interview date and start date are subject to change. This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment. Individuals are able to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than a qualification they currently hold, including any previously completed apprenticeships. Individuals can also undertake an apprenticeship at the same level, or lower level than a qualification they already hold as long as the new apprenticeship allows for new skills to be acquired and the content of the training is materially different from any previous qualification or apprenticeship. For example, if you already have a Level 4 qualification you still may be able to complete an apprenticeship at any level providing you meet the eligibility criteria and are learning substantive new skills.Please note; if you have been progressed, you will be contacted to complete a telephone interview. Please expect to receive a call from us. Applicants must go through this telephone procedure for your application to be progressed. Please be aware that as Northern Skills Group provide a matching recruitment service, we will also consider you for roles which pay the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage.

About the employer

CPI helps companies to develop, prove and commercialise the next generation of products, processes and services. We enable ideas, research and knowledge to be translated into commercial business propositions by providing the facilities and technical expertise to help companies overcome their innovation challenges. We are looking to engage with professionals with a track record of high quality decision making, service delivery and leadership. Individuals with a proven ability to influence and utilise networks to facilitate innovation through meaningful collaboration. Individuals who continuously develop themselves to remain at the top of their game and inspire those around them. Our people must be visionaries who, like us, have the foresight to recognise how science can help society, and work in a way which respects safety and the environment to protect our team and our surroundings.




National Biologics Manufacturing Centre

1 Union Square

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Training provider

  • Level 3 qualification in business administraion
  • Technical Certificate
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (where required)
  • Day release class

Apprenticeship framework

Business and Administration

Training provider

Northern Skills Group

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Northern Skills Group

Employer's Application Instructions

Please note only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Please note that all applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK at the time of application. Presentation of appropriate original documents will be required.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Oct 2017