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To support the supply & procurement team, gain practical skills and knowledge to devise and execute the buying of goods, services and works whilst ensuring they are in line with internal & external policies and procedures.

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Closing date: 28 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Mon-Thurs 07.30-16.00, Fri 07.00- 13.00

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties include:

  • Contributing to the sourcing of new suppliers using market research for on-going tenders on behalf of the wider team
  • Challenging the organisational need for the purchase especially where Corporate Social Responsibility or value for money considerations suggest the procurement can be better channeled through existing assets or an existing contract
  • Support and contribution to higher value activities such as construction projects and capital expenditure
  • Assisting with the monitoring of the commercial benefits and status of procurement projects, for example, spend and trend analysis, cost-benefit analysis saving profile - forecast and actual; and may utilise that information to support procurement decisions, assist with supplier reviews or in developing reports for other parties, such as the Category Manager or Head of Procurement
  • Supporting a wide range of procurement processes including the conduct of tenders, with the use of e-tendering tools (e.g. managing supplier correspondence)
  • Working with management to develop procurement documents (e.g. ITT templates and T&C’s)
  • Basic understanding of regulations, internal policies and procedures, to educate the wider business areas (helpdesk support) and adopt commercial best practice
  • Supporting development of consistent procurement processes and procedures
  • Having strong customer focus, commercial acumen and a pro-active approach striving to meet the demands of customers in a timely manner
  • Supporting supplier negotiation and help to ensure value for money deals are obtained
  • Collating relevant management information to report to the wider procurement team and in preparation for internal/external audits
  • Working with internal and external clients to facilitate a wide range of procurement processes
  • Ability to set up, facilitate and administer e-tendering and e-evaluation systems, including management of supplier correspondence
  • Ensuring all procurement systems and databases are managed, maintained and information cleansed for accurate reporting
  • Adhering to corporate operating procedures – (if in public sector governing public procurement, including compliance with the Public Contracts Regulation)
  • Being responsive to customer enquiries and support contract and supplier management activity across a range of commercial areas
  • Building excellent working relationships with peers, colleagues, customers, suppliers and other external stakeholders
  • Providing prompt procurement system advice to buyers, across the business, to enable compliance and best practice
  • Providing timely returns and accurate statistical data as required ensuring that Commercial data are recorded

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Someone who is keen to learn all aspects of Supply Chain
  • Organised
  • Excellent timekeeping
  • Ability to act independently
  • Enjoys a challenge
  • Can follow instruction
  • Able to work under pressure

Personal qualities

  • Someone who is keen to learn all aspects of Supply Chain
  • Organised
  • Excellent timekeeping
  • Ability to act independently
  • Enjoys a challenge
  • Can follow instruction
  • Able to work under pressure

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum 5 GCSE’s, including English, maths and 3 others (or equivalent)
  • Understanding of the Microsoft suite
  • Microsoft office experience
  • Ability to use own initiative and work individually or part of a team

Future prospects

  • Full in-house training and support
  • Relevant recognised qualification/s
  • Opportunity to become a fully qualified Supply Chain professional
  • Up to 25 days paid holiday
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Company pension

About the employer

With over 1200 employees worldwide, operating eight manufacturing facilities on four continents, Armstrong Fluid Technology is known around the world as a leader and innovator in the design, engineering and manufacturing of intelligent fluid-flow equipment.




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Training provider

Performance Through People

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Performance Through People


The Apprenticeship works 01922 651100

  • Raise and issue Purchase orders
  • Monitor and Expedite orders
  • Understand stock controls and stores functions
  • Work closely with various departments internally and develop relationships
  • Develop supplier understanding and relationships
  • Support the Supply Chain team with administration tasks
  • Understand all aspects of the Supply Chain department

Apprenticeship standard

Supply chain operator

Level 2 (GCSE)

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