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Production Planning / Business Administration - Level 3 Apprenticeship

SMC Pneumatics UK
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Closing date
27 Jun 2022
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You’d be amazed at the thing we get involved with…

We’ve got airplanes into the air, cars on the road, battened down the hatches on board ship, and reduced the CO2 footprint of commercial freight.
We’ve put bread on your table, pulled you a pint, put the shirt on your back and a phone in your pocket. Imagine working for us - a global market leader in pneumatic and automation technology, where innovation and
customer satisfaction is at the forefront of what we do.

The Opportunity
SMC are on the search for motivated applicants with a genuine enthusiasm for administration and organisation.

Based in Milton Keynes you will be working in Production Control, a small team of 6 who play a vital role in the production process at SMC. The team work closely with our skilled production colleagues who make and
assemble parts for our customers. The coordination of our stock and materials involves organization, planning and will also enable you to develop project management skills.

You will spend 1 day per week at Milton Keynes College undertaking your studies and will be work based the rest of the time.

At work you will undertake a largely administrative role which will include supporting the management and maintenance of data and the scheduling and planning of resources and materials with production colleagues.

Production Control is a very important specialist team within our business who ensure everything is where it should be, when it should be, which is key to ensuring our customers enjoy a smooth and exceptional service.

About you
You will be organised with the ability to manage your own time and workload. With good attention to detail and efficiency skills, you’ll be at home in a collaborative working environment and tick that ‘team player’ box.
You value the importance of good customer service. With good communication skills (written and verbal), you’ll
also be adaptable and keen to develop your own and team performance. Oh, and good timekeeping is a must!

Entry Requirements
GCSE English and Maths – successful applicants without these qualifications will be supported to complete these qualifications by SMC and Milton Keynes College - prior to End-Point Assessment.

Training provided
• Level 3 Business Administration
• Training with Milton Keynes College
• Ongoing support and training with SMC
• Duration: 18 months excluding end point assessment

Future prospects
SMC champion employee development and following successful completion of your level 3, would be happy to support you on to a level 4 qualification to continue your development with a plan to successfully move into a Production Planner role.


Established in Japan in 1959 with headquarters located in Tokyo, SMC is the global market leader in the manufacturing of pneumatic and automation components that play an essential role in various industries including automotive, life science, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, food, and packaging.

SMC has presence in 82 countries, with 51 subsidiaries and 5 global R&D centres. In the UK, SMC has traded for over forty years and occupies a third of the market. The UK headquarters are located on a purpose built 14-acre production facility in Milton Keynes.

UK customers benefit from bespoke product options, built to their specific needs, and assembled in the Milton Keynes factory. Around 370 staff members are employed in the UK, with 85 accounting for field-based sales consultants providing technical support to customers nationwide.

The UK site is co-located with the SMC European Technical Centre, one of the five global R&D centres. Here, 76 design engineers develop existing products and offer specialist technical support to European customers.

SMC continues to prioritise the development of compact, lightweight products designed to reduce CO2 consumption and compressed air wastage. In addition, SMC’s ISO14001:2015 certified Environmental Management System reduces waste by considering the environmental impact of production, supply chain management and the product life cycle.

Find Us
SMC Pneumatics UK Ltd
Vincent Avenue
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
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