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Apprentice Stock Controller

Stock Controller Apprenticeship
Location: Milton Keynes
Basic Annual 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 Milton Keynes 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 Stock Controller Apprenticeship Role
Working as a member of our local procurement team, the Stock Controller 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’ (CIPS accredited) 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.  
 
The Stock Controller Apprenticeship 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. As this is an apprenticeship contract, you must be happy to commit to an 18-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 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 to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. 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 favoured 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.
 
 
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