We are seeking an enthusiastic and ambitious apprentice Structural Steel Buyer to join our industry leading team. You will develop skills in building and maintaining relationships with suppliers, negotiating prices, managing inventory, and ensuring that all materials meet our health and safety, quality, environmental and sustainability standards.

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Closing date: 09 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Source and purchase structural steel materials from suppliers 
  • Negotiate prices and contracts with suppliers to ensure cost-effective purchasing 
  • Monitor inventory levels and forecast demand to ensure timely delivery of materials 
  • Work closely with the fabrication team to ensure that materials meet their requirements 
  • Ensure that all materials are of high quality and meet our specifications 
  • Manage the supply chain to ensure that materials are delivered on time and within budget 
  • Build and maintain relationships with suppliers and other stakeholders in the industry 
  • Continuously seek to improve procurement processes and procedures

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


  • 15 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • 10 days professional training at college
  • Approximately 12 on-site or/and Teams assessment visits per year
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship

End Point Assessment:

  • Knowledge test
  • Portfolio based interview
  • Project/improvement presentation

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The right candidate could secure a further degree level management apprenticeship following the succesful completion of the L3 Business Administration

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent 4 GCSEs, including English and maths (Grade A*- C / 9 - 4) Essential

Things to consider

This apprenticeship could lead to a permanent position within the company and should the applicant wish, further study to a degree apprenticeship.

About the employer

We are a structural steel fabrication company with over 45 years of experience in providing high-quality structural steel products to our clients in the construction industry. We design, fabricate, and install steel frame buildings and architectural steelwork such as stairways, balconies, canopies and lighter fabrications. We work with both local and national Principle Contractors, local builders, architects, structural engineers, project managers and individuals on many different, interesting, and bespoke projects including schools, commercial buildings, sport and leisure buildings, residential homes, and various other unique steel requirements. We are situated near the M40, A41 and A34 so easily accessible by car or cycle from Bicester. Based in a rural location with free car parking and 5 mins drive to busy Bicester shopping/eating facilities. We benefit from the convenience of a Golf and Health Club next door with a gym and indoor/outdoor swimming (membership required). Your place of work will be in our modern offices on our site shared with our fabrication workshop and large car park. We are a friendly team who like to socialise and arrange occasional events outside of work time for any of our staff who want to join in. We believe taking great care of the health and wellbeing of everyone in our team is of utmost importance in providing the best working environment for all. We have an Equal Opportunities and Diversity policy in place and follow COVID 19 Government guidelines.







OX26 1TH

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Training provider



Joshua Harris


Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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