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Supply Chain Apprentice Assistant NORTHGATE LIGHTING LIMITED

Dealing with all aspects of purchasing and inventory control, the ideal candidate with have an outgoing personality, the drive to go the extra mile to ensure that service levels are kept consistently high and great attention to detail.

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

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Closing date: 04 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    37.5hrs p/w Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, 30min lunch

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    65 weeks

  • Possible start date

    18 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    30 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The following provides an overview of the key responsibilities and tasks. This list is not exhaustive or exclusive, and you may be asked to carry out other appropriate duties within your role, and across the company.

Chasing Overdue Purchase Orders:

  • Chasing overdue purchase orders with suppliers
  • Re-dating the system and effectively communicating delays to the wider business
  • Dealing with queries / questions from suppliers
  • Scores tracked from a report called DDQ (delivery date quality)

Obtaining Prices:

  • Assisting the sales team by obtaining prices from suppliers.
  • Contacting the supplier by phone or email with quantities and delivery timescales to obtain the best price
  • Feeding this information back to the sales team in a timely manner

Invoice Queries:

  • Checking queries on invoices including wrong value, wrong quantity, wrong stock, goods not received etc.
  • Contacting suppliers as necessary and investigating the issues
  • Providing corrected / approved checked invoices to Accounts within agreed timescales

Discontinued Stock Items:

  • Informing sales team of discontinued items from orders, updating the product code on Nav, removing from purchase order, sourcing an alternative product if appropriate and checking outstanding Sales orders

Product Sourcing:

  • Contacting suppliers to source special orders and none stock items. Identifying opportunities for cost saving within our current product portfolio

Ancillary Purchases e.g. Packaging and Stationery:

  • Liaising with the warehouse on stock counts and placing packaging orders accordingly. Monitoring stationery usage and replenishing as needed

Maintaining Non Conformance Log:

  • Collating details in relation to supplier/internal non conformance and chasing through resolutions accordingly in line with our ISO quality manual

Stock Control Duties:

  • Working with our stock control supervisor to maintain accurate stock levels, performing stock checks and investigating discrepancies

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Computer literacy (office/outlook)
  • Communication Accountability
  • Taking pride in their work
  • The successful candidate will be expected to be confident and possess a clear, precise, friendly telephone manner at all times

Personal qualities

  • Conscientious
  • Accountable/takes pride in work
  • Attention to detail

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE in maths, grade C/4 or equivalent would be preferred (but not essential) as some of the tasks will involve working with numbers

Future prospects

  • Role can progress to purchasing assistant, purchasing manager, stock control supervisor, goods inwards team leader, product technician

Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week)

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW):

About the employer

Northgate Lighting has been supplying into the electrical wholesale market for over 10 years.  This has given us a great understanding of the market, meaning we can offer a personal service and give expert advice across our range of products, all sourced from leading global manufacturers – see below for a preview of the brands that we have on offer.

We are also very pleased to announce that Northgate Lighting is now ISO 9001 certified, demonstrating the pride we take in our customer focused ethos and commitment to delivering a high-quality service.  Here at Northgate Lighting, we currently hold over 9000 stock lines, with a value in excess of £1.7m!




Regina House

Ring Road


LS13 4ET

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Lifetime Training Ltd



  • Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional skills in maths, English & IT

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Oct 2021