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Degree Apprentice Purchasing Assistant

Vertu House, Gateshead

19,000 basic salary and with company benefits
19,000 basic salary and with company benefits
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Job description

We have an exciting opportunity for a Degree Apprentice Purchasing Assistant to join our Purchasing team based at Vertu House, Gateshead. You will earn £19,000 basic salary plus a full paid for Degree !

Vertu Motors have linked up with Northumbria University, targeting 'new talent' to provide an open 'Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship' (CMDA) programme.

Vertu Motors Degree Apprentice programme combines university study with Northumbria University and workplace learning and has been specifically designed for delegates wishing to gain a university degree, which integrates research and practical skills whilst in employment.

The successful candidate will work closely with the dealerships and our utility consultants to ensure that utility and meter queries are dealt with efficiently and effectively.

This will include:

  • the analysis of utility-usage data
  • advising the dealership how to reduce their utility usage
  • following-up with dealership management to ensure that savings/usage reductions are achieved

Experience within utility management is not required and full training will be given. Further exposure to and management of other Group indirect suppliers will come over time.

Experience/proficiency with Microsoft Office is expected - specifically Word and Excel. Further training/support on these areas is available to the successful applicant.

The successful applicant will also need to be able to display good communication and influencing skills, as part of this role will involve liaising with General Managers and Accountants of Vertu's dealerships and influencing them to act regarding their utility usage.

You need to be tenacious in dealing with queries, see them through to resolution and ultimately provide an excellent level of service to the dealerships.

You will also need be commercially-minded, as you will be regularly interacting with Group suppliers and be involved in resolving disputes between dealerships and the suppliers. This role requires the successful candidate to have drive and commitment, as well as possessing excellent inter-personal skills, time management and organisational skills.

There is also the opportunity to develop your career further within the Purchasing role.

About You

To be part of this programme we ask that you have:

  • minimum of 120 UCAS points (the equivalent of 3 B's at A-level)
  • minimum of Grade C in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English
  • proof of your right to work in the United Kingdom
  • drive and commitment to succeed
  • good influencing skills
  • commitment to your own progression
  • strong communication skills to deal with customers, employees and suppliers:
    • Verbal
    • Telephone

As one of the largest motor retailers in the UK we can offer you a starting salary of £19,000 per annum. In addition, you will also receive a range of benefits you would expect from an employer of choice including 25 days' holiday, a holiday purchase scheme, an accredited qualification, share incentive plan, a contributory pension scheme and free access to our Vertu Rewards platform which gets you access to discounts and cashback with nearly 900 retailers and service providers


  • Vertu Reward Scheme
  • Preferential Service Rates
  • Colleague Purchase Scheme
  • Share Incentive Scheme
  • Pension
  • Enhanced Maternity
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Fifth Avenue Business Park
Team Valley
, Gateshead
, Tyne and Wear
, NE11 0XA