BMW UK, National Sales Company, Farnborough - Level 6 International Business - Indirect Purchasing 4.5 Year Apprenticeship (September 2021) at BMW Group

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BMW UK, National Sales Company, Farnborough - Level 6 International Business - Indirect Purchasing 4.5 Year Apprenticeship (September 2021)

The UK Indirect Purchasing Team is the UK division of the BMW Group Munich-based M-Division, called the Purchasing and Supplier Network. There are two UK teams – one based in Farnborough and the other in Oxford. These two teams are responsible for all indirect purchasing for BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and the manufacturing plants (MINI Plant Oxford, Hams Hall Engine Plant, Swindon Pressings), as well as BMW Financial Services and Alphabet operations.

The task of indirect purchasing is to ensure that goods and services needed to support all these operations are sourced to the required quality, supplied by the required delivery time and purchased at the best price.

In 2020, the team was established to bring all of the separate purchasing departments from across Europe together into a collective regional purchasing function. This now broadens the scope of the UK Purchasing teams’ responsibilities to no longer just focus on the UK operations, but to now consider the growing need to collaborate with colleagues internationally.

This newly created team provides an incredible platform for an apprentice to build their career within the function of Indirect Purchasing, including the opportunity to participate in international assignments.

The role of an apprentice will be to assist buyers across a diverse range of indirect purchasing commodities, gaining experience in such areas as the purchasing of Marketing and Media, Distribution and Logistics Services, HR Services and Consultancy, Production Equipment, Waste Management, IT, Print Management, Technical Services etc.

The apprentice will need to be enthusiastic and well-disciplined, as the apprenticeship is heavily focused on attitude and behaviour. In addition, it will be necessary to exhibit initiative and be reliable and conscientious. Excellent communication skills are essential, in more than one European language, as is the ability to work both independently and as part of team, with a willingness to live and work in other European countries throughout the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Programme and Career Development:

The BMW Group offers an enhanced level 6 degree apprenticeship commencing early September 2021. The four-and-a-half-year apprenticeship is designed to allow the apprentice to experience all aspects of the Purchasing function, in an exciting environment that is constantly developing. There will be the opportunity to build truly international networks, putting skills which are being continually learnt into practical use, working on projects alongside other members of the business and carrying out tasks independently.

The apprenticeship will provide several different opportunities to support individual career development and will provide the support and guidance necessary to ensure the training is successful.

Whilst developing specialist, on-the-job knowledge, the apprentice will also undertake a fully funded study toward the attainment of a BA (Hons) in Management and Business, through the attendance at Abingdon & Witney College (affiliated with Oxford Brookes University).

Personal development within the BMW Group never stops! Beginning with vocational courses and continuing with selective training throughout an individual’s career. The BMW Apprenticeship offers multiple career choices and enables an individual to make the most of their abilities.

Place of Work:

When not on international assignment, the apprentice will work mainly from the BMW National Sales Centre office in Farnborough. Remote working will also be possible.

International Placement:

Whilst undertaking the apprenticeship, 1 year will be spent on international assignment in a European country (selected dependent on specific business need at the time of assignment and the apprentice’s language abilities). This will be in support of the BMW Indirect Purchasing team in the chosen country.

A 3-month period in each of the other years of the apprenticeship will be spent on international assignment in a European country (selected dependent on specific business need at the time of assignment). This will be in support of the BMW Indirect Purchasing team in the chosen country.

Rate of Pay:

A competitive salary, enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £13,500 per annum, with 6 monthly pay increases over the duration of the programme.

Company car scheme eligibility to those 18 years and over, plus other benefits.

Working Hours:

37.5 hour working week, start and finish times will vary according to work-based placements and college hours.

Qualifications and Experience

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your most recent school report* and a CV. If you don’t have a school report then please upload a CV and an employer reference. If you don’t have an employer reference, then please upload a CV and a personal statement.

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE's (or equivalent) at Grade 6/B (or above), including Maths and English
  • Plus a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at Grade C (or above) or a BTEC Level 3 (60 credits plus) in a relevant discipline
  • Plus demonstrable language abilities in at least one European language (either through educational qualification to at least GCSE level at Grade 6 (B), or as a native speaker/2nd language). Language abilities will be evaluated during the application process.

*If you are currently studying or have taken exams you must upload a school/college report or evidence of your results. Please note that you can submit teacher assessments, predicted grades or other supporting evidence as proof of qualifications.

When it comes to selecting the right apprentices, it’s as much about attitude and behaviours as it is about vocational and academic success. That’s why in addition to the qualifications we require from you, we’ll also look for you to have a range of skills, attributes and behaviours. These include: team working, as well as the ability to work without close supervision, quality focus, good communication skills, showing enthusiasm and initiative, and responsibility and accountability for your work.

Assessment centres for apprentices will take place in April or May 2021, exact dates to be confirmed.

Important notes:

As part of your application you have been asked to upload specific documents. If you do not attach these, your application will not be progressed.

You must also be able to provide proof of your legal right to work in the UK, if you are not a UK or European passport holder.

The next stages of the recruiting process could include: online testing and an assessment centre.

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