Procurement Apprentice

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 10/07/2022 23:59
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
County Hall. Morpeth
Number of posts:
Closing date:
10 Jul
Further Information

The Council
Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service
The Procurement department provides a strategic procurement service for Northumberland County Council. Working within the Contracting Team dealing with all procurement requirements for contracts with a value of over £50k, you will be primarily responsible to assist the team with various tender processes to appoint suppliers for lower risk/lower value projects undertaken in accordance with the Council’s Financial and Statutory Regulations and EU Public Procurement Regulations.

The role
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Contracting Team of the Procurement department for a Procurement Contracting Administrator. Although applicants do not need to have any prior experience, they must be willing to undertake duties to gain experience in an office based role within the contracting team, all duties will be supported with offsite apprenticeship training.

The responsibilities of the role are to work closely with members of the Contracting team as well as internal and external clients to assist with the everyday responsibilities of a busy contracting team. With a focus on lower value, lower risk projects, you will support team members in the delivery of a wide range of projects and will assist with a varied range of tasks required on the advertising, tendering, evaluating and awarding of contracts. Covering a vast range of council services the work will be wide ranging and will allow the apprentice to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge of public sector procurement.

The Procurement Contracting Administrator is expected to deliver their responsibilities efficiently and with integrity – showing a positive attitude. The role involves demonstrating strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and adopting a proactive approach to developing skills. You will also be expected to show initiative, managing priorities and your own time, problem-solving skills, decision-making, and the ability to deal with confidential documentation.

Although applicants do not need to have any prior experience, they must be willing to undertake duties and training to gain experience in level 3 Procurement and supply assistant Apprenticeship, all responsibilities will be supported with offsite apprenticeship training.

Our Apprenticeships are structured training programmes which give you the opportunity to gain on the job experience whilst working towards a recognised apprenticeship standard. They help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen industry. Getting into employment earlier means there's lots of potential for you to progress in your career quickly.

More information can be found in the attached job description and person specification.

We are offering:
- Opportunity to progress into a permanent role
- 25 Days annual leave, including bank holidays
- Opportunity to gain a level 3 Procurement and supply assistant Apprenticeship
- Apprenticeship wages
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
- A year’s free membership to the Totum Student Discount Card
- IT equipment to support your learning (if required)

What you need:
- GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/C or above (or predicted) or Level 2 Functional skills.
- Dedication and commitment to complete your apprenticeship over 18 months.

How do I apply?
Please complete the application form by following this link - https://nland.uk/ApprenticeshipApplyNow

Outline how you match the requirements of this role based on the information included with the Job Description.

Complete and return your completed application form to: hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

ALL POSTS CLOSE: midnight Sunday 10th July 2022.

Northumberland County Councils vision: “One Council that works for everyone”

What are Northumberland County Council’s values:
- Residents first
- Excellence and Quality
- Respect
- Keeping our communities safe and well

Please note that successful applicants must be able to attend an interview/assessment centre In July 2022. This role will start in early September 2022.

For further information about this vacancy, please contact apprenticeshipenquiries@northumberland.gov.uk for an informal discussion.

We welcome applications from looked after children or care leavers, subject to meeting the minimum criteria for the job as defined in the job description, we will offer individuals an interview. Please indicate this via the supporting statement.
For information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please check the Northumberland Council Website.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.