Apprentice Buyer

Date: 12 Aug 2019

You will be following a full 3 year development structure with the first year undertaking a Business Administration Apprenticeship and then progressing to become a Junior Buyer in Year 3.

Duties and responsibilities during Year 1:

  • Familiarisation of Centronic
  • Learning basic purchasing skills
  • Order progressing
  • Updating purchase order line data
  • Basic maintenance of key metrics; on-time performance, spend by supplier, etc
  • Starting CIPS accreditation

Development in Year 2:

  • Develop planning skills; inventory management, order quantities, etc
  • Maintaining limited number of suppliers
  • CIPS Stage 3

Development in Year 3:

  • Continue with above but own supplier for stock repeat parts (using stock management skills and
  • CIPS skills) – this would allow technical buyers to focus on contracts, flow down requirements,
  • supplier assessments, etc
  • Develop more detailed metrics, maintain supplier registers, risk registers, etc.


Skills required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise work
  • Attention to detail and basic problem solving skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paces office environment

Core values

Apprentices should aim to exemplify our core values (SPIRIT), which are:

  • Safety: We are all responsible for safety
  • People: We expect personal and professional development
  • Integrity: We do the right thing
  • Results: We focus on results, putting the Customer at the heart of what we do
  • Improvement: We strive for excellence and thrive on continuous improvement
  • Teamwork: We build and maintain great working relationships

Apprentice Buyer


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