Apprentice Buyer

United Utilities Plc
Haweswater House 1st Floor, Warrington, WA5 3LP
£12,500.00 annually
07 Aug 2020
22 Sep 2020
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
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At United Utilities we're proud to be essential every day, and our people are essential too. We're looking for the next generation of talent to join our exciting business.

A bit more about the role:

Our Commercial function provides a professional service to stakeholders and suppliers in compliance with regulatory and company policies and procedures.

You will engage with operational staff and suppliers to support the ongoing delivery of contracts and frameworks, as well as ensuring contractual compliance and measuring contract performance throughout the contract period.

You will also produce and maintain quality category data and dashboards.

If you've got great communication skills, a keen attention to detail and are technically minded, this apprenticeship could be right up your street.

Successful apprentices will achieve a Commercial Procurement and Supply (formerly Public sector commercial professional) Apprenticeship standard Level 4.

You'll have a dedicated mentor and manager who'll be on hand to support you every step of the way. All that we ask from you is that you're willing to learn, know how to work as part of a team and can manage your time and workload to get things done.

During your apprenticeship you'll learn:
  • How to work as part of a dedicated team focused on ensuring we deliver value for money through our Commercial agreements.
  • How to work with a wide range of equipment and systems, as well as follow the company's rigorous health and safety standards.

What makes us different?
  • Secure your future - every apprentice is guaranteed a permanent position at the end of their scheme*
  • Recognised apprenticeship standard which is endorsed by the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • It's a springboard to your career - we provide you with structured training, a dedicated mentor and quality placements to help you shape your career

*As long as you meet all necessary standards and behaviour criteria throughout the programme

The assessment centre for this role will take place in October 2020.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Good practical skills
  • Good organisational skills

Personal qualities

  • Customer focused
  • Integrity
  • Innovative
  • Team player
  • Ambitious
  • Attention to detail
  • Achieve the qualifications needed to really succeed in your role
  • Someone who's keen to gain practical experience

Desired qualifications

You'll need to have 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent), which must include maths, English Language and a science or technology subjectand hold relevant level 3 qualifications at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

Future prospects

Upon completion of your apprenticeship and meeting the behaviours required, you will progress into a permanent post that matches with the role you have trained for. Further prospects within the business depends on you, and your desire to succeed. Annual appraisals are a key driver to spot talent, which enables development opportunities and career mapping

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