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Trainee Procurement Officer


Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:Barnsdale Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 1ES 


Closing date:29 June 2022 at midnight 

About us:

For more than 30 years, ESPO has been one of the UK's largest public sector buying organisations working with a wide variety of suppliers to deliver savings and efficiencies to our customers.    

With the value of our procurement exceeding £1 billion per annum, every minute of every day, our 350 staff are committed to helping public sector customers across the UK - in education, local government, charities and emergency services - to deliver best value.    

From consultancy services to curriculum products, school meals to cleaning services, ESPO's buyers procure a diverse spectrum of products and services across a number of category areas - Building & Facilities Management, Catalogue, Education, Energy, Environmental Services & Waste Management, Food & Catering, Highways & Vehicles, ICT, Professional Services, and Social Care & Public Health - all offering exciting opportunities for development.     

About the role:

ESPO currently have a number of Trainee Procurement Officer positions available in the Procurement & Compliance division. ESPO are seeking talented individuals to help deliver an excellent and professional procurement service to the entire public sector and are inviting applications from candidates interested in joining us. Experience is not essential.    

About you:

You will be an ambitious graduate, a motivated team player seeking a career in procurement and supply chain. You must be willing to study for Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) membership. The role requires the post-holder to work in a number of ESPO’s category teams to gain the skills and experience to become a professional buyer:  

You will:

  • work as a key part of one of our procurement service teams with responsibility for the procurement of a range of products and services across a number of category areas, for the management of contracts, customers and supply chains.
  • Support buyers and category managers to undertake procurement activities, including but not limited to supply market and customer needs analysis, tendering and other procurement processes, and contract management within the EU Regulations.
  • Engage with customers and suppliers to ensure products/services meet customer needs and offer best value for money.
  • Have the ability to recognise, maintain and strive to increase contract performance levels including promotion and marketing contract solutions to ensure take up by customers in line with financial targets.
  • Be enthusiastic, professional and passionate about wanting to make a difference.
  • Have strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills combined with a commercial focus enabling you to deal with customers and suppliers alike.
  • Have excellent attention to detail, strong numerical and analytical skills giving you the ability to analyse trends and interpret market data.


Essential Requirements:

  • Minimum 2:2 degree in Business Studies/Economics/Commerce/Purchasing or similar.
  • Commercially minded and flexible team player with the ability to prioritise own workload and use initiative.
  • Good communicator who enjoys working with customers, suppliers and other key stakeholders.
  • Well organised, about to prioritise and manage time effectively to progress multiple projects and tasks.
  • Willingness to study for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) qualification.

    What we offer:

 You will receive a competitive salary and a wide range of other benefits that include flexible working, a salary pension and free on-site parking.     

ESPO is committed to learning and development and as well as in-house training, offers financial and study support towards achieving professional qualifications, typically Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).


Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page   

For informal enquires please contact either Neil Sinnott : or Richard Skelton   

 To find out more about working for ESPO please visit Information about working for ESPO       

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