Buying and Merchandising Apprentice AMAZON UK SERVICES LTD.

Do you have a curious mind and a thirst for learning? Do you enjoy analysing data, identifying trends, trading patterns and highlighting anomality's? If you're committed to best serving our customers, and have a passion for learning, this is a fantastic opportunity to join our team.

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

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Closing date: 15 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Apprentices will work a 40-hour working week Mon to Fri

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    13 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Where you start with Amazon doesn’t determine the course of your career, so many of our apprentices develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations and we truly value early talent and your thoughts, ideas and contributions.  Within your role you’ll be encouraged to, and inspired to, make an impact developing skills for life throughout.

The apprenticeship combines working, earning a full-time salary, with fully funded part-time education.  This will give you the opportunity to gain a Level 4 apprenticeship standard in Buying and Merchandising qualification with the advantage of gaining relevant work-life skills and the excitement of helping to develop lower prices, better selection, and more convenient services for our customers from delivering fresh produce to their doorstep to creating and distributing movies, music, and more whilst taking your first steps towards a rewarding career.

This 24-month programme teaches you a vast range of useful experiences and skills, whilst working towards the Buying and Merchandising Apprenticeship qualification.  You will collate, analyse and distribute sales and performance reports, identifying trends, trading patterns and highlighting anomalies.   You will communicate and escalate findings accordingly and will also work collaboratively as a team to contribute to the delivery of the department/company sales and profit targets. 

Whilst working on the Buying and Merchandising level 4 Apprenticeship, your responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining buying system data input and integrity
  • Vendor co-ordination on new product setup, samples and availability
  • Root causing and resolving defects
  • Owning reporting and customer insight to identify trends
  • Auditing implementation and building autopsies

You will also have the opportunity to develop commercial skills by supporting the business management and product development teams with product creation, planning, reporting and managing our ever-evolving business. This position offers an exciting opportunity to learn about our diverse brands and products as part of a global team.

Working alongside the team, you will support with day-to-day tasks learning how Amazon works and delivers for its customers and as your knowledge and skills develop over the duration of the scheme you will have opportunities to be part of, and lead projects, making a real difference for customers.

In addition to extensive development of your technical skills, you will also grow your abilities in crucial complementary areas like organisation, prioritisation, data and problem-solving techniques, teamwork, communication, presentation skills and document writing.

At Amazon we strive to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company, we put our customers first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide.  We have a passion for invention, drive a commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking.  Working here means being entrepreneurial, being customer obsessed, thinking big and challenging the status quo, whilst working collaboratively to make the impossible a reality.  Trust and empowerment are paramount to the way we work – it’s what allows us to do things differently as well as be bold and creative.

We’re passionate about our vision and values-lead culture which is governed by our leadership principles and we are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve.  Together we’re building a truly inclusive workplace where all our colleagues have the chance to make a real difference.

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

As well as learning key skills, you will be working towards the Level 4 Apprenticeship standard in Buying and Merchandising.

Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)

Training will be delivered in a mix of remote and face-to-face sessions. Each week Apprentices will be allocated time away from their day to day roles to work on their Apprenticeship studies. You will spend approximately 80% of your working week learning from skilled members of the team whilst supporting learning on the job.

The apprenticeship will run for 24 months, at the end of which you will be eligible to apply for higher roles in the Vendor Management teams within Amazon or anywhere in the industry.  This is the ideal opportunity to get valuable work-experience at Amazon, as well as gaining a relevant qualification funded by Amazon.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will work alongside the team, supporting with day to day tasks learning how Amazon works and delivers for its customers.  As your knowledge and skills increase over the duration of the scheme you will have opportunities to be part of and lead projects, making a difference for customers.  The on the job experience will help you build a portfolio of evidence towards your apprenticeship.  You will be given dedicated time to focus on your studies to help you stay on track and work towards successfully completing your qualification(s).  Once you have successfully completed your Buying and Merchandising Apprenticeship you will be able to apply for relevant roles across the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working


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

Things to consider

This position will be based in a Corporate Office.

About the employer

Amazon offers a range of opportunities to suit candidates with different backgrounds, qualifications and career aspirations. That is why we believe it is the perfect place to learn new skills. We believe that building a culture that is welcoming and inclusive is integral to people doing their best work and is essential to what we can achieve as a company. We take steps to ensure our colleagues have a sense of belonging, value, and opportunity.




Hanover Building

130 Corporation Street


M4 4GW

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Buying and merchandising assistant

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Apr 2023