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: 23 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Mon to Fri, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    42 available

What you will do in your working day

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.

As a Buying and Merchandising apprentice at Amazon you’ll be responsible for collating, distributing, and analysing sales and performance reports. This role requires you to dive deep into data, uncovering trends and trading patterns and highlighting anomalies. You will communicate and escalate findings appropriately and work as part of a team that's focused on contributing to the delivery of department and company sales and profit targets. 

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will become competent at:

  • Support new product selection and development.
  • Ensure accurate addition of new products in line with supplier agreements.
  • Test and facilitate the delivery of product samples.
  • Collate, distribute, and analyse sales and performance reports.
  • Identify trends and trading patterns, highlighting anomalies.
  • Communicate findings and escalate issues as needed.
  • Place supplier orders and maintain product availability.
  • Monitor products to ensure on-time delivery and availability to agreed locations.
  • Collaborate to contribute to department/company sales and profit targets.
  • Report to a more senior member of the buying or merchandising team.
  • Interact with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including buying and merchandising teams, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, distribution centres, stores, marketing, finance, and IT departments.


You'll need to have a bias for action, the ambition to deliver results and collaborate and build trust, with an overarching passion to learn and be curious. To be a success, you will need to be committed to your own development and be prepared to make the most of the opportunities, practical experience and qualifications given to you. In return we provide first class on the job coaching, specialist partner training and unparalleled experiences working within a diverse, innovative environment where you will be challenged to excel and positively contribute.

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.

The training you will be getting

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

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 to expect at the end of your 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.




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Worship Street


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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

Buying and merchandising assistant

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

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 23 Apr 2024