Purchasing Apprentice

SMR Automotive Mirrors UK Ltd - AP38942 - BUSAD

Apprenticeship summary:

Are you motivated by future progression routes? Do you have an interest in purchasing with the ambition to move into a full-time Buyer role?  If so, look no further than the Purchasing Apprentice vacancy at SMR Automotive Mirrors UK Ltd.

PETA Ltd are proud to be working with a leading automotive manufacturing company to recruit a Purchasing Apprentice. This is a junior entry role within the UK Purchasing department. The Purchasing Apprentice will support the team with regards to all aspects of purchasing and receive training and development to progress to a Buyer position.

A full-time role will be offered to the successful and suitable candidate upon completion of the apprenticeship as this is a permanent position.

Training to be provided

Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard. You will complete a 15 month apprenticeship which includes 10 days at the PETA training centre in Cosham. You will be supported every 6 weeks with visits from your PETA Learning & Development Coach.

About the role

The Purchasing Apprentice will be responsible for the following:

  • Monthly reporting duties including data analysis and report administration
  • Offering support to all Purchasing activities
  • Managing and maintaining system data
  • Supporting and resolving invoice and purchase order queries
  • Raising of purchase orders to support business needs
  • Supporting with obtaining and maintaining Supplier NDA and Credit ratings
  • Supporting with New Product Introductions, sourcing of suppliers and ordering of initial samples
  • Working on projects to agreed timescales
  • Analysing supplier cost using budgets
  • Supporting with the conformance and continual improvement of the company Quality Management System
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably requested by the Purchasing Manager


  • Excellent progression routes and training opportunities throughout apprenticeship and beyond
  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays
  • Eligible to join company pension scheme
  • Flexi-scheme as a white-collar worker; any additional hours worked can be accrued in Lieu
  • Sick pay after 3 months of service
  • Flexible and supportive manager
  • Early finish Fridays
  • Opportunity for flexible office / home working


Monday - Thursday 07:45 - 16:45, Friday 07:45 - 12:45 (39 hours per week).

Essential skills

The ideal Purchasing Apprentice will have the following skills and experience:

  • Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Positive attitude with good communication skills
  • A team approach towards work
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised and under pressure
  • Assertive, resilient and welcome challenges
  • Proactive approach to changes in work load

GCSEs in maths and English with at least a grade 4/C are required.

Desirable skills

  • Keen to develop and improve processes

About the company

Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR) develops and manufactures rear view mirror system and intelligent camera technologies for the automotive industry. It is a member of the Motherson Group, one of the 22 largest automotive suppliers worldwide. At SMR we believe that our people are our biggest assets and that the capability of the company is the combined competence of all of us. Join our team and experience the spirit of a well-networked global enterprise offering exciting projects and outstanding development opportunities.

Kickstart your career and apply to be the Purchasing Apprentice at SMR Automotive Mirrors UK Ltd today.

Once you have applied for this apprenticeship, you will receive an email with an application form on that you will need to complete. Please keep an eye on your inbox (and spam / junk folder) for this email and complete the form as soon as possible.

We look forward to receiving your application!