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Procurement and Payments Apprentice

  • Employer: Oxford City Council
  • Reference: 001906
  • Published: Wed 12/05/2021, 15:25 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 13/06/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £11,700 per annum in Year 1, with the potential to increase to £17,000 per annum in Year 2
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers, Oxfordshire

Job Title: Procurement and Payments Apprentice
Job reference: 001906
Service Area / Directorate Financial Services
Salary: £11,700 per annum in Year 1, with the potential to increase to £17,000 per annum in Year 2
Contract: 2 year Fixed Term from September 2021
Hours per week: 37
Location: Work from home/ Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers

The role
Are you interested in developing a career in Procurement and Financial Services? If yes then Oxford City Council has an opportunity for you to spend time with both their Procurement and Payments teams to do just that by joining the teams as an Apprentice.

We are looking for an individual who will thrive in busy environments to provide a high quality, proactive support service for the Procurement and Payments teams.

This role will gain real insight into how both areas operate and will enable the successful candidate to be able to develop and expand their knowledge by assisting in the delivery of procurement and contract management support and developing financial accounts skills throughout the Council by:

• Responding to internal enquires
• Managing various online and internal management and accounting processes
• Monitoring the contract register
• Updating website and templates
• Supporting with internal procurement audits

In addition the apprentice will undertake a number of transferable skills and behaviours that can be applied in any chosen career path as well as receiving on the job training and other development opportunities.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to develop their skills within an interesting financial environment focusing on procurement and payments which is fast paced and will suit an individual looking for a role with the opportunity to progress with a pro-active committed team giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn.

About us
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Innovation (General)’ winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015. We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.

With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.

We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply
More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).
For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk
If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848.
Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history. Coronavirus information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. For most roles the successful applicant will be expected to work from home for the immediate future. You should ensure that you have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.

Closing Date: 13 June 2021
Late applications will not be processed
Interview Date(s): Week commencing 05 July 2021 and 12 July 2021

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Annette Osborne, Procurement Manager on 07483 097035 or email AOsborne@oxford.gov.uk or Sue Allen, Payments Team Leader on 04474 83010410 or email SALLEN2@oxford.gove.uk

Important addition to the selection criteria further below:
As part of our recruitment process Oxford City Council collects and process personal data relating to job applicants. For some roles we may share information with external partners or specialists involved in the recruitment process. This applies to our Apprentice roles where Apprenticeship Providers (Collages & Universities) are required to carry out eligibility and assessment checks for enrolment purposes. Where required these checks form part of the selection criteria set out below and no formal offer will be made until successful passing of the chosen College Apprenticeship qualification eligibility checks.

Please read our recruitment privacy notice before submitting your application

We are an equal opportunity employer:
We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic.


  • ProcurementandPaymentsApprentice_Job description
  • Employer: Oxford City Council
  • Reference: 001906
  • Published: Wed 12/05/2021, 15:25 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 13/06/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £11,700 per annum in Year 1, with the potential to increase to £17,000 per annum in Year 2
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers, Oxfordshire

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