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Stock Controller Apprentice

Stock Controller Apprentice

Posted 4 December 2019 by Macfarlane Packaging
Stock Controller (Apprenticeship)
Location: Coventry
Apprentice entry-level role, Basic Salary in line with national minimum wage plus company benefits
Sector: Packaging distribution

The Company
We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an exciting entry-level role for someone to join our business and pursue a career in procurement. We are seeking to complement our existing team based in Coventry with the appointment of an apprentice stock controller. We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace’. Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service. Our procurement functionality is a vital part of our solution offering and we continually invest in the professional development of our team including CIPS accredited training.

The Role
Working as a member of our local procurement team, your role will support the site at which you are based whilst upholding the company wide National procurement strategy. Within this role you will gain varied exposure to wider procurement tasks and scenarios whilst focussing on ensuring that correct stock levels are ordered and held for customers. You will join us on an apprenticeship contract, studying to obtain a relevant ‘standard’ qualification, whereby full ‘on the job’ training and mentoring shall be provided. It is our intention that if all goes to plan and both parties are satisfied, the successful completion of apprenticeship period should result in the offer of a permanent contract of employment.

Key Duties
  • To purchase standard and non-standard stock items, maintaining cost effective stock levels
  • Develop a sound understanding of the total supply chain function
  • Actively seek to reduce stock holding and material costs
  • To ensure that purchasing transactions are carried out in the timeliest and most cost effective manner
  • Administer purchase orders and all other associated administration
  • Liaise with existing suppliers and source alternative suppliers when necessary
  • Develop awareness of the profit implication of stock holding costs, including redundant and damaged stock
  • Work in partnership with the Logistic and Warehouse team to optimise stock holding volumes and ensure customer needs are met.
  • Develop and maintain a good knowledge of all packaging solutions

Do you have the correct profile?
We welcome your application if you are seeking an opportunity to join a large corporate business that can provide a structured career path and training. It would also help if a career within procurement/purchasing is something that may interest you. Prior experience of procurement/stock-control (whilst a bonus) is not required. We do seek strong computer literacy (MS Office), effective communication skills & strong attention to detail. With being an apprenticeship contract, you must be happy to commit to a 12-month (approx.) learning plan. Applicants will have GCSE grades Maths & English A-C level, or in the absence of this, a willingness to sit a functional-skills exam in order to gain level 2 qualification in the missing subject(s)

The Package
We provide a competitive basic starting salary along with a performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes: 25 days annual leave (rising up to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximising every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.

Next Steps
This is an important appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the very best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favoured candidate to commence with us in January. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within a fortnight of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.


Required skills

  • Buying
  • Purchasing
  • Stock Control
  • Administration
  • Office

Reference: 39508271

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