Commercial procurement and supply (formerly Public sector commercial professional) (level 4)
Buying the goods and services that enable an organisation to operate.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Sales, marketing and procurement
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- assistant buyer
- Commercial analyst
- Commercial relationship support
- Commercial support
- Commissioning and Performance monitoring officer
- Contract associate
- Contract support
- Framework management support
- Procurement operations support
- Sourcing executive
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Identify approaches to achieve agreements with external and internal organisations and stakeholders including developing the communication skills that can influence positive negotiated outcomes.
- Use a range of contract and supplier performance monitoring, management and reporting techniques to ensure that cost, service, quality and sustainability objectives are being achieved and maintained.
- To be able to carry out cost management, including the cost base, and variances from budget.
- Use appropriate software, spreadsheet, word processing and presentation packages plus specialist programmes and systems associated with the organisation to convey information.
- Clearly and concisely raise items for discussion and negotiation in order to resolve an issue that may be with customers, suppliers or colleagues.
- Recognise the impact that decision-making has on costs and identify opportunities to save money or deliver services in the most effective or efficient way.
- Evaluate costs by comparison with industry standards or high performers (benchmarking).
- Confidently display supplier/customer relationship management skills with a range of stakeholders, keeping key stakeholders and customers appropriately informed.
- Take responsibility for activities such as change control, managing contractual obligations, risk management and measurement and delivering to the required performance standard.
- Use selection and award criteria commonly applied when sourcing requirements from external suppliers and evidence how supplier bids are evaluated against these criteria.
- Use the different types of documentation and terminology that frequently form part of the commercial procurement process for the supply of goods and services.
- Liaise, negotiate and undertake proactive actions with suppliers and stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of purchased goods and services, taking appropriate actions to address any shortfalls or excess.
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