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Salary range: £16,000 p.a. inc.
Contract: Fixed term (24 Months)
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time

Get ahead with a Procurement Apprenticeship at Brent Council

Brent Council is committed to the continued expansion and development of all apprenticeship programmes. Our apprenticeship schemes at Brent is just one of the ways we grow our own talent within the borough.

There is no age limit on an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship can be used for people starting out on their work life journey at the age of 16 or those changing a career for a different working life.

The Post

As a Commercial Apprentice, the post-holder will work as part of a newly redesigned Procurement team to developing an understanding of the end-to-end procurement life cycle, from project initiation to contract exit. They will develop skills in procurement sourcing and early market engagement, OJEU procurement procedures, analysing risk and compliance and supplier management.

Key functionalities

Apprentices will learn how to buy strategically, ensuring not only that money is spent in the most cost effective but that the council’s £220m annual spend with third parties also delivers social value securing employment, training opportunities, environmental and social benefits for the communities of Brent.

The work of the team is diverse and there will be opportunities to work on a wide range of projects - from social care to major construction projects.

Apprentices will start by learning the basics of public procurement, including the legal context, and by the end of the scheme will have an extensive understanding of commercial thinking and strategies.

All of this will provide invaluable hands-on experience as they study for the CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Below is a link to the Apprenticeship Standard that you will be working towards.

Simultaneously undertaking a comprehensive study programme towards the Level 4 in a Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship. You will gain valuable knowledge and skills which will be an asset to the council and your career. Our apprenticeship scheme offers significant assistance with training and provides the opportunity to improve skills for future career opportunities.

The Person

The successful candidate will need good organisational skills, attention to detail, as well as good time management skills. With the ability to work accurately and adhere to strict deadlines.

Keen to learn, you will demonstrate good communication skills, and understanding of good customer service.

You will need to show your interest in local government and the delivery of public services.

We will also be looking for a flexible and positive approach to work.

Qualifications required

5x A*-C Grade GCSEs (must include English & Maths).

Good IT skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook is required.

Closing Date: 31st July 2018 (23:00)
Assessment & Interview Date: August 2018

Additional Information

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Applications are particularly welcome from people with a disability as they are under represented across the council.

All organisations and individuals who work with children and young people, or are involved in providing services for them have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Before you join Brent Council, you will need to provide your National Insurance (NI) number and undergo a Home Office Standard I.D. check.
Successful applicants may be required to apply for a DBS Disclosure.

Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.

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