Commercial Procurement (Level 4)

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Get involved in managing contracts with over 3,000 suppliers and around £6bn yearly spend.

“I’ve supported high profile, high value and complex property transactions and seen the real-life consequences of when contract management fails.”

— Frankie, Commercial Procurement Apprentice

How long: 2 years

What you’ll need:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* – C or Grade 4 and above including Maths and English language plus 2 A-Levels grade A* – D (or equivalent)
  • To be 18 years of age by 1 September 2019 to be eligible for this scheme

What we’re looking for:

  • Driven to succeed both personally and for the business
  • Strong communicators
  • Motivated to add value

Job overview

Covering a variety of areas, including contracts for purchasing new trains and technology, advertising and station upgrades, this is a fascinating start to a commercial career with plenty of scope.

Our suppliers include the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, London borough councils and Network Rail.

Procurement is the vital function of an organisation that is responsible for sourcing required materials, services and equipment. We buy the assets and services that the company needs to operate.

Without us, TfL would not have the tools it needs to fulfil its strategic objectives.

What will I be doing?

Some of the placements you could complete include Rail Operations, Surface, Tech & Data, Corporate Services, Buildings & Infrastructure and Strategy, Planning & Governance.

You’ll develop a broad understanding of how TfL’s core business areas operate.

Each placement will see you undertaking a wide variety of responsibilities that increase with your development on the scheme.

You’ll start by learning simple procurements to understand the business; by the end of the scheme you will be running tenders, processing payments, managing contracts and engaging with stakeholders and suppliers, and will have an extensive understanding of commercial thinking and strategies.

Where can this career take me?

You could progress into a Commercial Officer or Assistant Commercial Manager role.

Successfully completing the Level 4 Diploma means you’ll become eligible for membership at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

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TfL is a very established organisation, but without proper commercial procurement it wouldn’t be able to achieve its goals. It’s a lesser known business function that makes a big impact!”

— Frankie, Commercial Procurement Apprentice