Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Apprentice Stock Controller

Stock Controller (Apprenticeship)
Location: Wakefield
Apprentice entry-level role, Basic Salary in line with national minimum wage (dependent on age) 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 Wakefield 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, particularly Excel spreadsheets), 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)

Our Benefits
We provide a competitive basic starting salary and operate a range of rewarding bonus/incentive schemes. Our flexible employee benefits can include:-

25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service) plus all public/bank holidays
Contributory pension scheme
Free parking at many of our site locations
Range of company cars or cash allowance (including electric) for qualifying roles
Employee assistance program to support & advise with well-being & any issues
Extensive range of training/development & potential progression opportunities
Employee discount scheme (discounts on several major retail/leisure brands)
Simply Health/Dental Cover option or BUPA cover for qualifying roles
Tax free childcare (TFC) scheme
Enhanced maternity & paternity pay
Long service awards (5-40 years)
Charitable giving options
Financial support with eye-tests/purchasing glasses (DSE users only)
O2 Mobile discount scheme (up to 25% off)

Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing 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 urgent appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the very best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favored candidate to commence with us ASAP. (Please note we are holding zoom video-interviews during the pandemic). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuing to adhere to Government guidelines whereby a significant number of our employees are working from home for the time being. Dependent on the precise role you have applied for, it is important to note that this may be a feature of your initial employment with us until Government advice changes and the situation improves. 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 occassion.