Graduate Trainee Purchasing Officer

Argyll & Bute Council
£24,800 - £27,118 per year
01 Aug 2017
21 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Customer Services

Closing Date: Friday 18th August 2017

The Council is seeking a Graduate Trainee to join our small Procurement Tem.  Graduates from a business discipline (or potentially law or finance graduates) will be ideally suited to this role which offers an excellent career opportunity.

The Procurement Team supports the Council with obtaining goods, services and works from external suppliers.  Central to the role is the use of professional procurement techniques to assist colleagues with obtaining value for money, while complying with relevant legislation.  Procurement is a discipline which requires a structured, carefully planned and meticulous approach.

This is a permanent role with the potential for further progression subject to objectives being met and the completion of qualifications and promoted posts being available.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake a programme of self-study to attain Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).

The successful candidate will develop their commercial awareness and technical procurement skills by being involved in a wide range of procurement activities.  With experience, you will have the opportunity to lead and manage your own procurement exercises.  A critical part of the role is building good working relationships with colleagues from across the Council through effective communication and by having a customer focussed approach.

This will be a challenging but rewarding role.  The ability to communicate clearly in writing will be critical, you will need to be a team player and comfortable in dealing with figures.  To be successful you will need to combine technical competence (learnt on the job) with softer influencing and relationship management skills.

This post can be based in Lochgilphead, Oban, Helensburgh or Dunoon.

Applicants should note that:-
  • This post is not suitable for job share.

How to apply:-
  • For information relating to the duties and the requirements of this post, please contact Anne MacColl-Smith, Procurement and Commissioning Manager on 01546 604194.
  • If you are experiencing difficulty applying online and require assistance, please contact a member of the HR and Recruitment Team at or telephone on 01546 604334, quoting the post reference ARB02222 / CTC00431.

See also:
Information For Applicants.docx
CTC00431 - Graduate Trainee Purchasing Officer.doc

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