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Apprentice Buyer - Procurement

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Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
Place of work:
Riverside, Lowestoft
Salary details:
£7,138 pa
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Fixed Term One year
Closing Date
29 July 2018
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Fixed term for one year.

Based in Lowestoft.

Apprenticeship start date: 17 September 2018.

Looking to kick-start your career in local government? Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils have an established and successful apprenticeship scheme, which has seen over 70% of its apprentices stay on beyond their apprenticeships to develop promising careers with the councils. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity where you can earn money as well as gaining experience and a recognised qualification, then look no further.

A unique opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join our Procurement Team. This apprenticeship opportunity could be your ideal first step on the career ladder in the Purchasing and Supply Chain field.

Have you ever thought about how all the things needed for a new building, an event or even the latest tech device, all end up where they need to be at the right time to make it work? This is down to Procurement and Supply Chain; putting together suppliers and buyers and creating contracts to make successful outcomes.

The public sector gives us a challenging framework of regulation to work within to do this, and tight budgets in which to do it. This means we need people who enjoy pushing boundaries, solving problems and getting the best results for the council but also the people in the district in which we work.

The role will initially be supporting the procurement team in administrative functions as well as implementing a succession of changes to make procurement fit for an innovative council. However, there will also be opportunities to get involved in the design and project management of procurement exercises.

You will also be providing the data to report on the performance of the procurement team, which will capture success and highlight opportunities for our further development.

Funding permitting, this could lead into a full, internationally recognised, procurement qualification from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) over the next few years.

You will need to be educated to GCSE level with English and mathematics. You should have an understanding of administrative processes, be computer literate and have some interest in buying, negotiation or contract management.

Most importantly you will be creative and innovative in approaching problems, be organised and able to meet challenging deadlines, react well to changes, work well within a team environment and be able to communicate your thoughts and ideas.

So, what can we offer you in return?

  • A supportive environment in which to develop your potential
  • A fully funded and supported Level 2 Business Administration qualification
  • Generous annual leave entitlements and high street discount scheme
  • Valuable work-based skills from day one
  • The opportunity to meet and work alongside other apprentices in the organisation
  • Multiple training courses and development opportunities to add to your CV.

The 2017 apprentices have worked together this year to create a video to tell you a little bit about their experience of being an apprentice at East Suffolk Councils.

We are excited to announce we will be holding recruitment open evenings this year to give you the opportunity to meet the teams, and ask any questions you have about the application process or the apprenticeship qualification.

The open evenings will be taking place on the following dates:

  • 16 July: 5pm - 6.30pm, Riverside Offices, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft NR33 0EQ
  • 19 July: 5pm - 6.30pm, East Suffolk House Offices, Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1RT.

If you would like to attend the open evening sessions, please email: hr@eastsuffolk.gov.uk with your name and the open evening date you would like to attend.

For an informal discussion regarding the position, please contact Mark Fisher on (01502) 523671 or email: mark.fisher@eastsuffolk.gov.uk to set up a chat.

If you think you could bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas and a different perspective to our councils, we would like to hear from you.

Interview date: 9 August 2018.

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