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Apprentice Category Assistant CMOSTORES.COM LIMITED

The position of the Category Assistant is to support the Category team to ensure CMO is able to supply quality products, at market leading prices, with deliveries that meets our customers expectations.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    11 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    13 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Working as a Category Assistant, you will be responsible for the data management for new and existing products within the Category department. You will work in coordination with the Category Buyers to ensure data changes are made in an accurate and timely manner through the use of our Jira system. This will cover all cost and retail prices changes as well as product listing amends. Workload and priorities can change daily so Assistants must be able to prioritise accordingly and work in an organised fashion.

This role is at the very heart of the business so developing internal relationships is essential. You will be required to liaise with various internal departments such as Marketing, Merchandising, ECommerce, Supply Chain and Customer Services, as well as our Supplier base. The Category department is the face of CMO and are therefore expected to act professionally at all times.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

  • Constant prioritising of workloads as deadlines dictate.
  • Managing projects from ‘cradle to grave’.
  • Cost and Retail price change input and coordination with Merchandising Pricing.
  • Product listing review, amends and coordination with Merchandising QA.
  • New Product Development coordination between Category Team and Suppliers and dealing with any queries arising.
  • Owning the NPD Consolidation Sheets and supporting the Category Buyers to hit deadlines.
  • Resolving Invoice queries.
  • Updating all Category folders, supplier documents and directories.
  • Supporting Category Team in all aspects of their day-to-day roles.
  • Working with Customer Services to help resolve escalated customer issues with suppliers.
  • Supporting Inventory Buyer with resolution of missed orders / communication.
  • Understanding of data gathering and assets required for a successful listing and sale.
  • Ensure deliverables and data are 100% accurate to maximise sales and minimize departmental issues – intent on accuracy, timely efficiency and attention to detail.
  • Ensure that all activities are conducted safely without danger to personnel or equipment.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Attention to detail.
  • A ‘right first time’ mentality.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.

Personal qualities

  • Honest and trustworthy.
  • Flexible approach to work.
  • Commitment and focused on quality.
  • Promotes high standards in all they do.
  • Consistently thinks about how their work can support and assist colleagues to make the business a success.
  • Good timekeeping.

Desired qualifications

GCSE Maths and English C/4 grade and above or equivalent.

Future prospects

Once the candidates successfully complete their apprenticeships we may offer them permanent roles with us as Category Assistants – future prospects may also include promotion to Category Buyer.

Things to consider

We are based in Plymouth – we would welcome a flexible approach – a blend of home and office working.

The successful candidate will need to provide eligibility to work in the UK documentation.

About the employer is a group of specialist online stores that deliver the building supplies you need, straight to you. 




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Fareport Training Organisation Ltd


Amy Hatswell 07591 204458

The Buying and Merchandising Assistant L4 Apprenticeship should typically be completed within 18 months.

The apprenticeship is a great way to learn and implement new skills, knowledge and behaviours within a Buying or Merchandising Assistant role. The apprenticeship provides a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours, which can be gained working across an organisation and its processes. Some examples of these are;

  • New product selection
  • Collating, distributing and analysing sales and performance.
  • Identifying trends and trading patterns and communication any findings appropriately.
  • Interacting with external and internal colleagues; such as designers, manufacturers, suppliers, distribution centres, marketing, finance, and IT departments.

The apprenticeship is a firm grounding in organisational operations and functional processes, as well as the wider working environment.

Where you have not already achieved Level 2 English and Maths, these must be worked towards before taking the end-point assessment.

You will complete the apprenticeship in the workplace with support from a dedicated Trainer who will contact or visit you frequently.  All learners will have access to an e-Portfolio/ learning resources to help you develop and build your knowledge and skills.

Apprenticeship standard

Buying and merchandising assistant

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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