Procurement apprenticeship

Procurement apprenticeship

Every organisation has to buy goods and services and this means that procurement people (or buyers as they are more often known) work everywhere from global corporations to market stalls.

For many businesses, their biggest cost is the goods and services they buy from other organisations, and the ability to assure value for money and effectively manage risk through strategic sourcing, purchasing and supply chain management is fundamental to the future of most companies.

An apprenticeship in Procurement could see you working in a number of different roles. Assistant buyers liaise directly with suppliers, generating purchase orders with UK and overseas suppliers, running reports against inventory target, maintaining purchase price files, sourcing new suppliers and raising credit requests. As an assistant contract officer, on the other hand, your daily tasks may include placement of orders for goods and services, assisting in the compilation of tenders, and helping with day-to-day post-contract management, including developing and/or negotiating amendments.

Working as a contract analyst, your duties may involve reviewing contracts before they are signed. You would become familiar with contract laws to verify everything is in accordance with those laws and you may also be responsible for looking over contracts and finding ways to cut costs for your company.

Finally, stock/inventory controllers and planners receive orders and forecasts, analyse data, create shipping documents and control shipping records, inputting data accurately, monitor stock levels and arrange deliveries of goods in time.

Although the majority of roles are office-based, the international nature of procurement and the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week nature of logistics means that some apprentices may be asked to work in shift patterns or work outside traditional office hours.

Level:

Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

Not available

Job roles:

Assistant buyer, Assistant contract officer, Contract analyst, Stock/inventory controller/planner

Issuing authority:

Skills for Logistics – www.skillsforlogistics.org