Business Administrator - Purchasing Apprentice CANFORD AUDIO LIMITED

This is a great opportunity to build a career in Purchasing and the Company, within an organisation that cares and looks after its staff. Responsible for the placing and progressing of Purchase Orders (for assigned suppliers) placed on the Great Plains system for both backorders and stock replenishment.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    37.5hrs per week Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5.30pm Lunch break up to 1 hour

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

General Duties

  • Undertake the placing and progressing of purchase orders on the Great Plains system
  • Ensuring accurate delivery information is both input on Great Plains and supplied to Canford sales department
  • Liaising regularly with Master Scheduling to ensure stock levels are readily available to meet ongoing workload of Production
  • Supporting sales with quotation requests gaining best price and lead-time information
  • Deal with both supplier and client returns, returning to stock or securing credit notes for stock returned to suppliers

Database Management

  • Liaise with suppliers, catalogue production team as well as Purchasing Manager regards to all aspects of GP Purchasing database management. (E.g. product pricing, description, supplier codes etc.)
  • Invoicing and Credit Note Queries
  • Ensure that all invoice and credit note queries raised by the
  • Finance department are cleared within the 15-day period assigned to clear such queries

General Administration

  • Data entry, photocopying and filing as and when required to ensure that all relevant information is processed and archived correctly


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

  • Full Business Administration Level 3 Standard

All training to be delivered at the employer's premises.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possibility of full time employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Working towards Level 3 Administrator Standard or similar.

With progression Supply Chain Management Certificate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential

About the employer

Canford is probably best known for its catalogue & website listing over 15,000 items aimed at those who use or install audio, visual & communications equipment. The sheer breadth of that target market has meant that Canford Audio Limited has had both the pleasure & responsibility of serving hundreds of thousands of clients since its formation since 1976. Canford Audio Limited is a hybrid mix of manufacturing & distribution, & no one competes in the scale & complexity of the Canford Audio Limited proposition, meeting customer needs in more than 90 countries. Canford Audio Limited in-house manufacturing capabilities now encompass electrical & electronic equipment production, mechanical assembly, metal machining, sheet metal fabrication, finishing & powder coating. Over 85 staff over 2 sites are directly involved in manufacturing over 3000 products, which accounts for 40% of the Company’s turnover.




Crowther Road


Tyne & Wear

NE38 0BW

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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