Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprentice

Dixon Group Europe Ltd
350, Leach Place, Walton Summit Centre, Preston, PR5 8AS
To be agreed upon appointment
28 Jan 2021
28 Feb 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
One of the primary functions of the purchasing department is to ensure continuity of supply through the timely sourcing of both materials and services from the supply chain. These materials and services can be sourced as single purchases or more complex contracts. They can be for either direct materials, or for indirect requirements which are essential for the overall operation of the business. The Buyer is responsible for ensuring continuity of supply for a wide range of the above-mentioned products and services whilst also being challenged by the changing demands of the business.

The successful candidate must have a brief understanding of the supply chain function and what working within the supply chain entails. They must also have a strong commitment to their development and learning, whether that be on the job or through college.

Duties and responsibilities will incude:
  • Ensuring continuity of supply through various methods of expediting.
  • To be responsible for the daily back to back purchasing of items required for customer's orders ensuring stock is bought at the right price and delivered on time
  • Process Request for Quotations
  • Regularly liaise with and update the Sales team and Warehouse as to the expected delivery dates of goods
  • Liaise with suppliers, Warehouse and Accounts regarding delivery and invoice discrepancies
  • Using the MRP system to be operationally effective to ensure stock control is maintained, improved and that timelines are met
  • Develop and maintain relationships across the supply base with new and existing suppliers to ensure that requirements are met, best terms are achieved (such as service levels and delivery) and cost savings are made wherever possible
  • Work towards an appropriate set of departmental KPIs
  • Promote and maintain Dixon as a preferred customer to all suppliers
  • Promote the ethos of Purchasing as a service department, seek to meet and exceed our customer expectations

Training is not limited to the above topics. As the candidate develops, the skill sets required to fulfil the role will also develop.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Be responsive in a fast-paced environment and have good organisational skills
  • Be analytically strong
  • Ability to self-prioritise based on business risk
  • Motivated to take on new areas of work and learn new skills both in the workplace and through external training provided

Personal qualities

  • Interest in Supply Chain and Business Studies
  • Honest and reliable
  • Punctual
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Teamworking

Desired qualifications

  • The applicant must have 5A*-C / 9-4 Grade GCSEs (must include English & maths) or Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths (GCSE equivalent)
  • Level 3 qualification is desirable

Future prospects

  • Potentialprogression / employment

Things to consider

  • Please only apply for this vacancy if you have 5 GCSE's including maths and English and also a Level 3 qualification

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