Third Party Contract Manager at IBM

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£15,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2015

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My role is as the third party project manager for the University Hospitals of Leicester account. What this means is that I am in charge of making sure that the software and hardware contracts that UHL (part of the NHS) hold are renewed when they come to their expiry date while looking to make savings on the contracts, this can be done by moving supplier for example

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Yes I have learnt a great deal of business and financial skills from this role as well as how to deal with a variety of people from client to the suppliers

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy the programme as you are not treated as an apprentice, they will treat you the same as any other employee.

4. How valued do you feel by IBM?


I feel valued mainly because of the role that I do, as I am project manager it means that I am a key role to my account as the project would fail if I left.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is fairly well organised as we know when we will have to attend training courses and most are flexible around when we need to be in work

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


We receive support if we ask for it which is how I like it to be as I find it more irritating than useful when we are pestered to make sure we are ok.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Same as above

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


I feel that my salary for an apprentice is good, however for the role I have taken on I feel that I am not being paid the amount that I should.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


We are constantly offered giveback opportunities which would give us a chance talk to prospective employees which is good to see.

9a. Would you recommend IBM to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

As I feel that they provide the widest choice of roles out of any company and you are free to move between them on a fairly regular basis.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to IBM? *

It helps to make yourself stand out, if you can make people think you are something special then they will take a chance and give you more responsibilities

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