Procurement and Supplier Management Apprentice

Procurement and Supplier Management Apprentice

Haywards Heath
from £18,000
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.

Are you looking for a career within Procurement and Supplier Management (P&SM)? Gaining direct experience and a Level 4 CIPS Qualification in a thriving, growing and supportive workplace. Then look no further ... We have an excellent 3 year Fast Track Procurement Apprenticeship opportunity, based at Haywards Heath, West Sussex or Salford Quays, Manchester.

You'll take responsibility supporting the P&SM team in all their activities, such as project and contract management related activities, management of business support requests and maintaining an up-to-date view of key reporting and performance metrics for the team. This is a great opportunity to get a real understanding and develop your skills and competencies across P&SM practices and procedures, Group policies, values and relevant standards.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:

  • have a demonstrable interest in a career in procurement and supplier management

  • hold a minimum of 2 A level qualifications at Grade C or above (or equivalent) or 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

  • have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Job responsibilities:

Active member of the P&SM Shared Services function:

  • To be a central point of contact in managing business partner queries relating to P&SM, working with the team to resolve

  • Take ownership of the dept. mailboxes; responding where appropriate,

  • Triaging to the most appropriate P&SM team member; and engaging the business directly to address responses to queries and emails within stated service times.

  • Supporting with the new supplier set up process, ensuring that requests are correctly processed in line with governance requirements

Working alongside the Procurement Data and Contracts Analyst to:

  • ensure project, contract and spend data is accurate and to aid with the reporting requirements to the team.

  • Understand and utilise data to support the P&SM Team in contract and spend management.

  • Comply with the requirements, and act in accordance with, the Group Code of Conduct and Fitness and Propriety policies at all times

Job-specific competencies - Experience & knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of Procurement and Supplier Management practices would be beneficial but not essential

  • Business administration experience preferred

Skills & Qualifications

  • Analytical and able to assess and articulate data sets

  • Good time management and organisation skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Problem solving and the ability to find resolutions

  • Competent use of software (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint and SharePoint).

  • Knowledge of PowerBi, but not essential.

  • Successful completion of Apprenticeship Training Provider’s pre-entry assessment and eligibility checks


  • Keen interest in developing a career in Procurement and Supplier Management

  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic

  • An organised and proactive approach

  • Ability to build excellent working relationships with peers, business partners and suppliers

  • A flexible approach and positive attitude

So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.

What can we do for you?

We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

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