Apprentice Buyer (Buying and Merchandising Assistant)

Icandy World Limited
Montgomery Way, Biggleswade, SG18 8UB
£11,000.00 annually
22 Aug 2019
04 Sep 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
Who you will be working for?

iCandy are a British luxury pushchair designer & manufacturer that has grown rapidly in the last 10 years. They're a company with a global reach who is favoured by A-List celebrities. Their products are sold through a network of retailers from big high street names like John Lewis and Mothercare to specialist independent stores, both here in the UK, Australia, America and UAE. They are a market leader in innovation & design and iCandy promotes a culture of inclusiveness and tolerance encouraging enthusiasm and a fun working atmosphere.

What you will be doing?

Buyers are responsible for purchasing materials & equipment at the lowest possible prices, in the correct quantities, at the right times from the best sources. Reporting directly to the Head of Buying, you will offer support and assistance for all purchasing activities as well as taking responsibility for various areas of the department spend. You will work closely with and provide support to other key areas of our business including Sales, Design, Marketing, Warehouse and Customer services and have regular contact with our senior management team.

What will be your key responsibilities?
  • Receiving of stock and containers
  • Processing of stock invoices
  • Management and ordering of spare parts
  • Negotiating pricing and terms
  • Chasing backorders from factories

What skills will you develop?
  • Negotiation
  • Communication skills
  • Taking high levels of responsibility
  • Organisation
  • Working independently

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Experience of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience of dealing with customers or suppliers via telephone, email and social media
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Friendly
  • Approachable
  • Calm
  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels in a confident manner

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum Grade (4/C) or higher in GCSE or equivalent English and maths needed to access this apprenticeship

Future prospects

  • Possible chance of a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship

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