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Apprentice Purchasing Assistant FUCHS LUBRICANTS (UK) PLC

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in a support role for our Purchasing Department. The candidate will gain experience in Materials Management, Production Planning, Production Control and Purchasing. This apprenticeship will be delivered via Babington.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    04 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The Materials Management Assistant will be responsible for a wide variety of duties and responsibilities including:

  • Being part of the manufacturing planning team, working within a fast-paced accredited manufacturing environment
    Basic SAP operations including MRP checks/inventory management checks
    Filing, Evaluating, Completion of Production Process Documentation
    Printing of labels used internally and for the products filled on the plant
  • Supporting production capacity planning by updating process order dates in SAP
  • Monthly updating of RM prices within SAP
  • Order confirmation entry
  • Invoice query quantity discrepancy validation

The applicant would gain an all-round overview of each of the departments listed above and would in time be able to help cover roles during sickness, holidays etc. and of course if we were to lose a member of any team, there would be the possibility of them stepping into the role that needed filling.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
    The duration of the apprenticeship is 18 months. During this qualification, you will complete training with a specialist trainer reviewing and learning business protocols in an administrative role. 

Key responsibilities include developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. In months 9-12, you will work towards business improvement, which will include reporting and implementing a project for the business. 

The business improvement will take you through to EPA where you will complete 1 test, a discussion within your role and present a presentation on the business improvement you have implemented. The qualification is delivered face-to-face with remote visits, and you will have a designated trainer that you can always speak to for support and advice.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression for the right candidate.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

Flexible Working Full Training Programme Study Leave Bonus Scheme 20% Nissan Vehicle Employee Assistance Programme

About the employer

FUCHS is a Global Group with German roots that has developed, produced, and sold lubricants and related specialties (more than 10,000 products) for more than 85 years. With 62 companies and more than 5,600 employees worldwide, the FUCHS Group is the leading independent supplier of lubricants. FUCHS has more than 100,000 customers from the following industries: automotive suppliers, OEM, mining and exploration, metalworking, agriculture and forestry, aerospace, power generation, mechanical engineering, construction and transport, steel, metal and cement industries, food, glass production, casting, forging industry




New Century Street


Stoke On Trent


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Training provider



Sandeep Beesla

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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