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Project procurement apprentice


We are looking for a Project Procurement Apprentice to be part of a successful family-owned North East business that has been helping to meet the changing needs of UK society since 1976.  We are a regional property development and housebuilding company, we create beautifully crafted sustainable homes of outstanding quality in exceptional locations across the North East of England and Yorkshire.

You will provide professional, reliable and efficient administrative support to the procurement/commercial team to ensure the smooth running of the department, whilst ensuring that high levels of quality and service are maintained across the business.

You will be expected to complete an 18 month Level 3 Procurement and Supply Assistant apprenticeship through Darlington College. You will be supported throughout the apprenticeship with significant role-based learning opportunities and scheduled time to attend the college for one day per week during term times.


The main duties and objectives of the role are as follows:

  • To have an appreciation of the project procurement team and business values to ensure they are adopted throughout the role and to assist with production of annual business plan and objectives for department.
  • To assist with the co-ordination of project related procurement activities across Banks Group.
  • To ensure appropriate elements of the electronic purchase ordering gateway for projects are dealt with efficiently and effectively covering various order types across the group but substantially for projects throughout the development phase.
  • To assist with the pre-qualification process of new suppliers and to liaise with finance, health and safety, and technical co-ordinators for their input into the assessment.
  • To assist with the issuing of appointments and contract variations ensuring they are tracked through the procurement systems.
  • To ensure appointments and contract variations are signed appropriately, and documents are filed off accordingly whilst unsigned contracts and variations are expedited regularly.
  • To assist with co-ordination of tendering exercises including carrying out initial review of costs in procurement tender review schedules and ensuring database is populated with relevant information and all hard copy files are kept up to date.
  • To ensure Livelink Database and PIMS (Procurement Information Management System) are kept up to date so that information dashboards are real time.
  • To file off hard copy documents to ensure hard copy files are regularly audited and aligned to the database.
  • To provide support to the project procurement team, so that they can continually develop and improve the procurement procedures for the Group, to ensure best practices are adopted.
  • To ensure that own KPM’s are actively progressed.
  • To assist with new initiatives as required by the Group as they arise.
  • To actively promote the image of the Banks Group to ensure the business is regarded as a first class company.

Internal clients: Regular contact with project managers, project team members (technical & planning) and their admin support across all business units.  Key relationships include both junior and senior employees responsible for various disciplines.

External Suppliers: You will develop and maintain effective business relationships with professional consultancies and providers of services to Banks Group.  These will include SMEs, partnerships, minor works contractors and sole traders providing technical services, business support services (particularly legal services) and capital items.

 Project Procurement Team: You will be part of a small procurement team, who report to the Senior Quantity Surveyor within the Property and Homes business.

The role is largely office based providing a procurement service across all business areas within the Group.


  • Commercial awareness
  • First class written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent numeracy and accuracy skills with good attention to detail


  • Educated to ‘A’ level or equivalent preferred
  • Sound knowledge of Excel & Microsoft Office
  • Experience of working in a busy office environment
  • Previous experience within a procurement role


  • Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail.
  • Good judgement, showing logical decision making, and a hands-on approach.
  • Focused with the ability to concentrate on different tasks at the same time.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • First class communication skills with the ability to liaise with consultants and internal customers, both verbally and written.
  • Confident, a self-starter, with the ability to operate in a changing environment.
  • A good team player capable of delivering excellent results under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • A positive ‘can do’ enthusiastic attitude towards tasks given
  • Excellent people skills
  • Professional approach and respectful to colleagues
  • Flexible & responsive

Competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join The Banks Group. You will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits:

  • Salary in line with the first year apprentice rate.
  • 37.5 hours per week (8.30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday / 8.30am – 4pm Friday)
  • 33 days annual leave per year including bank holidays increasing with length of service.
  • Offices and sites close between Christmas and New Year.
  • Annual bonus scheme.
  • Pension scheme with employee and employer contributions.
  • Free parking available at all offices and sites.
  • There is a genuine commitment to developing our employees professionally and personally.
  • Lots of support for health and wellbeing, including discounted membership at local gym facilities, access to a free 24/7, 365 days of the year Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and access to a voluntary health cash plan which allows you to claim money back towards the cost of your essential healthcare, as well as providing access to valuable health and wellbeing services.
  • Cycle2Work scheme which helps you buy a brand new bike, cycling equipment or both with Tax and National Insurance benefits.
  • Generous life assurance scheme from first day of employment.
  • Discounts are available via our online benefits portal, including money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, eating out, the cinema and days out at various attractions.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 April 2024. Interview process comprises of face to face interview which will take place at our Head Office, Durham.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience to: Human Resources, The Banks Group, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL, or by email to: applications@banksgroup.co.uk.  For further information contact HR Business Partner, Gayle Glass on gayle.glass@banksgroup.co.uk

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