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Procurement Apprenticeship

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Closing date
25 Feb 2022

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At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We’re deeply committed to our strategy of being a great place to work. For us, that includes fostering an environment where everyone can be among inclusive, supportive individuals with curious minds.

A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore.

Make the start of your journey a lifechanging one

As part of our Early Talent Programme, you’ll be involved in projects and learning opportunities that have real impact from day one.

Being part of our journey and helping us to provide life changing medicine to patients all over the world and transform lives for the better. Making important contributions and embracing our values to deliver on our purpose. Because regardless of role or level, we all have an important part to play in making a positive difference..

The challenge is to deliver outstanding value, not only by actively managing spend to ensure focus on the resources and the discovery of innovative new medicines, but to help enable the business by adding broader business insight and best practice value through innovative procurement practices.

The Procurement strategic aim is to support AstraZeneca’s corporate strategy by optimising our ecosystem of partners across the value chain in order to maximise patient outcomes.

In addition to gaining valuable working experience you will have the opportunity to study towards professional qualifications whilst earning a competitive salary. You will be supported throughout your apprenticeship by mentors and managers committed to developing your full potential within AstraZeneca.

You'll be working with procurement professionals managing a wide range of categories all of which have a pivotal role in driving the competitive advantage of AstraZeneca as a company.

During this 2-year program, you'll have the opportunity to experience the full procurement lifecycle including building a category strategy, sourcing and contracting, managing supplier performance and driving continuous improvement whilst also enhancing the skills and behaviours needed for success.

You might be searching for the right supplier to manufacture a new diagnostic device; you may then work with an established provider to review the ways of working to look for opportunities to automate processes, reduce operating costs or expedite timelines. All in a truly global environment.

Whichever role you perform, you will:

  • Build knowledge of your category area & the customer area(s) you are working with
  • Have an important, contributing role in the team
  • Drive your own development, through formal learning and/or experience
  • Be able to build core skills, such as presenting, influencing, stakeholder engagement & management etc.
  • Maintain a strong peer network with your fellow apprentices & our other Early Talent employees
  • Have the opportunity to get involved in activities that benefit society and our local areas, such as charity fundraising, helping school leavers decide on their next steps, building exposure of technology to students etc.
  • Benefit from working in diverse, global company where we value and embrace the advantage true diversity can bring to a workplace…you may even get the opportunity to visit your colleagues in other countries

Training and Development

The apprenticeship combines working, earning a full-time salary, with fully funded part-time university learning (on average 1 day/week). This will give you the opportunity to gain a CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply the advantage of gaining relevant work-life skills and the excitement of helping to develop new medicines whilst taking your first steps towards a rewarding career.

We truly value Early Talent– their thoughts, ideas and contributions. So throughout the programme, you’ll be encouraged and inspired to speak up, have a voice and make an impact.

Skills and Capabilities

  • A strong desire to learn
  • Great communication and influencing skills
  • A curious attitude
  • Business insight
  • Interest in data analysis and interpretation
  • Quick and agile thinker
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong organisation skills
  • Demonstrable initiative
  • Self-motivation

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) grades 9 to 4 including English and Maths
  • To have achieved or predicted to achieve 3 A-level (grades CCC) or equivalent (96 UCAS points)

Benefits, open and close dates

Opening date of advert: 24thJanuary 2022

Closing date of advert: 25th February 2022

This is a 2-year fixed term contract opportunity based at either Macclesfield and Cambridge – flexibility between locations is desirable with a starting base salary of £18,000 + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments or accommodations, please let us know on your application.

Successful candidates will be notified after the closing date and will be asked to attend a virtual assessment day on 22nd April 2022

Start date for the apprenticeship programme is 5th September 2022

These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details


AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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