Higher Sales Apprentice SPECTRON GCS UK LIMITED

We are looking for enthusiastic people with a passion for sales. Successful candidates will join our motivated sales team. You will engage with customers, contribute effectively within a team environment & also manage communications with the cross-functional team in relation to the effective delivery of your sales.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, hours to be confirmed at interview stage.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    23 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Skills an apprentice will learn (during on job and off-site training programme)

  • Sales planning and preparation: Set effective targets using sales forecasts. Prioritise customers and activities to grow account value and maximise return-on-investment in line with your organisation’s strategy. Formulate or refine customer plans and objectives. Create efficient territory plans where appropriate
  • Customer engagement: Effectively communicate and interpret customer information exchanged through written, verbal and non-verbal communication. Develop a customer engagement style that effectively opens sales conversations, builds rapport, enhances customer relationships, and adapts to different customer’s social preferences
  • Customer needs analysis: Be highly skilled at effective questioning and active listening techniques to understand the customer’s needs, guide the sales conversation appropriately, create mutual understanding, and build trust and affinity with customers
  • Propose and present solutions: Develop sales proposals and deliver them using a presentation style and technique appropriate for your customer. Present relevant products and/or services, explain features and their advantages, and clearly articulate the value and benefit of the solution for the specific customer. Use and adapt a range of techniques to draw-out and overcome common sales objections
  • Negotiate: Research the customer’s likely desired outcomes and negotiating stance. Develop responses to likely objections. Identify your own organisation’s needs, such as minimum price and acceptable terms. Negotiate or trade variables effectively
  • Closing Sales: Be attuned to verbal and non-verbal buying-signals and move to close at an appropriate point in sales conversations. Develop ethical techniques to close sales and confirm customers’ purchase agreement
  • Gathering Intelligence: Collect, analyse and interpret market intelligence and share it appropriately and effectively within your organisation
  • Time Management: Use and adapt appropriate tools and techniques to prioritise and manage your time effectively
  • Collaboration and teamwork: Contribute effectively within a team environment. Work collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders. Manage communications with the cross-functional team in relation to the effective delivery of your sales, such as finance and service delivery. Support continual business improvement by sharing best practice with sales team colleagues and assist the marketing team to develop new marketing collateral
  • Customer experience management: Deliver a positive customer experience. Manage customer enquiries and issues effectively
  • Take proactive action to prevent and minimise customer concerns and complaints. Handle all customer interactions professionally to the customer’s satisfaction
  • Digital skills: Effectively use digital tools to conduct research and target customers in line with the overall sales strategy. Able to deliver presentations and meetings using digital communication. Complete accurate records and process sales in accordance with your organisation’s policies, procedures and digital CRM systems
  • Technical Engineering insight and practical knowledge of the Speciality Gas Industry Sector and equipment used herein supplied and manufactured by Spectron GCS (UK) Limited

The training you will be getting

  • Level 4 Sales Executive apprenticeship, including group and one-to-one sessions with a dedicated apprenticeship tutor.
  • Coventry based
  • Functional skills in maths and English (if required)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Spectron Gas is part of Messer Gases Group of Companies and as such has around 11,500 employees around the world with operations globally so there are a number of progression avenues available, it also runs the MEC academy for younger employees to meet and go on training around the world for their personal development.

Achievement of the standard meets the eligibility requirements for Sales Certification at Level 4 with the Institute of Sales Professionals (ISP).

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C / 4-9) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C / 4-9) Desired
A Level or equivalent Technical / Science subject (Grade A*-C) Desired

About the employer

Spectron is a global player in the manufacture and supply of gas handling equipment into many differing industrial markets, it is part of Messer Gases the largest privately owned Gas supplier in the world




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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

Sales executive

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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

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