Business Support Apprenticeship (Global Workplace Solutions) - Pfizer COGENT SKILLS SERVICES LTD

Would you like to work in a team that is responsible for supporting our Pfizer Research & Development and Commercial office facilities across Europe?  If you can meet these requirements, we want to hear from you about this exciting Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice opportunity we have to offer.

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

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 9.00am - 5.25pm with 45 minute lunch break. Fridays, 9.00am - 4.05pm with 45 minute lunch break

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

An exciting opportunity exists for a Level 3 Business Administration apprentice within Pfizer’s European Global Workplace & Solutions (GWS) team, based at our Sandwich, UK location.   

Our team’s goal is to provide highly effective support to regional and local operational teams to ensure the smooth and effective running of Pfizer’s R&D and Office facilities in Europe. 

This role has responsibility for many aspects associated with Purchase Order and Financial Management processes including the raising, monitoring, management and closure of purchase orders, as well as resolving issues that prevent the timely payment of invoices.  

This role is critical in keeping the ‘lights on’ and the ‘doors open’ at Pfizer facilities across Europe, as well as supporting the foundation and building blocks of our cost management and financial performance. 

Job Responsibilities:

Purchase Order Management:

  • Proactively manages spend requests and ensures all the correct steps and documents are completed to approve spend in a timely manner and ensuring suppliers are paid as required

Invoice Issue Resolution:

  • Investigates what is preventing invoices being paid and takes responsibility to identify the corrective action needed to resolve the problem

Purchase Order Spend Tracking:

  • Provides accurate tracking of financial performance against our purchase order approved spending limits
  • Responsible for anticipating supplier payment issues in advance on them happening, as well as providing other team members with accurate and timely spend information that supports our financial forecasting process

Process Improvement:

  • Develop and maintain training documents to ensure a state of continuous improvement within the team and our internal stakeholders


  • As skills and knowledge grow, this role will support the team with a variety of increasingly complex tasks, including but not limited to: forecasting data entry, raising invoices for tenants occupying Pfizer facilities, special projects and ad hoc analysis as required 

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Training to be provided will be completed via blended learning (mixture of on site and online delivery)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent Any (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace.

About the employer

Our apprenticeship and graduate services have been supporting science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people who can contribute to business success since 2012.




Discovery Park House

Ramsgate Road


CT13 9ND


Chloe Barrow

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Mar 2024