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Business Administration Inventory Controller Apprentice

St. Austell Brewery
An exciting opportunity has now become available for an Inventory Controller to join our Stock Control Department. Reporting to the Inventory Team Leader the focus of this role is to ensure the timely and accurate processing of supplier orders, management of existing product data and dealing with all supplier correspondence. This role will be based at St Columb Major.

St. Austell Brewery - Employer

Our brewery in St Austell produces many of the region’s most popular beers for sale in pubs, bars and supermarkets in Cornwall, Devon, across the UK and also overseas. Our thriving estate spans the South West ranging from Bristol in the east to the Isles of Scilly in the west. Indeed, many of the South West’s most famous pubs are part of the St Austell Brewery estate and you will usually find one of our pubs at the heart of every community, particularly in Cornwall. With all these strings to our bow it’s no wonder St Austell Brewery is one of Cornwall’s largest employers with over 1,000 full and part time employees, 300 working in our brewing, distribution and head office functions and 700 serving customers in St Austell Brewery’s 25 managed pubs, hotels and inns.

St. Austell Brewery


18 months

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Job Summary

St. Columb
New Vacancy
Business & Administration
St. Austell Brewery

Detailed Job Description


  • Maintaining master data for selected suppliers and products. Monitoring and maintaining current inventory, ensuring quantities that appear on the system are accurate for the planning of purchase, marketing and promotional activities; considering Seasonal fluctuations.
  • Taking advantage of purchasing opportunities available, with stocks being at optimum levels for customers and minimising stock loss risk to the business.
  • Oversee minimum and maximum stocks levels, with identification of trends.
  • Assistance with investigating Stock Integrity issues and working on solutions to these. Product data for agreed KPIs/Manage supplier OTIF.
  • Aiding the ICT Manager as required.
  • Adhere to company values.

Company Values:

A. Appreciate yourself and others.

B. Be committed to the best customer service.

C. Conduct yourself with honesty and integrity.

D. Do challenge positively to improve things.

E. Enjoy and be proud of St Austell Brewery.

F. Never knowingly allow a colleague to fail.

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

Subject to interview.

Skills required

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Attention to detail.
  • Experience of working with Microsoft Office programmes, especially Excel.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a high-volume environment to agreed times.
  • Experience or willingness to learn the role in a FMCG working environment.

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent communication skills to promote good working relationships with suppliers and internal customers.
  • Self-motivated with an eagerness to learn, improve and introduce solutions.

Future prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there is a possibility of a job role.

Additional Information

Training provided

  • Day 1* Progressions from level 2 do not need to attend this date. Recap key messages from induction on how to successfully complete the apprenticeship. Employee Rights and Responsibilities. Learner will develop an understanding of the role of organisations and industries, as well as gaining an understanding and awareness of employer’s expectations and employees’ rights and obligations.
  • Day 2 Personal and professional development: Identifying current and future needs; producing and managing development plans; producing professional CV.
  • Day 3 Presentation skills: How to develop and deliver effective presentations using different media types. Negotiation and influencing skills: How and when to use negotiation and different approaches. Apprenticeship Assessment/ Programme Review visit at workplace
  • Day 4 Management: Supervising an administrative team; how to manage an office facility. Business Improvement: Resolving business problems, business improvement techniques and models, contributing to business improvement activities. Project identification and development.
  • Day 5 Project review. Management of meetings: How to chair, lead and manage meetings; minute taking. Event / project management. Planning and organising events.
  • Day 6 Project review. Legislation: Data Protection Act 1998, Equality Act 2010, Employment Rights Act 1996, Freedom of Information Act 2000, Health & Safety, Copyright, Contracts of Employment, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Employment Relations Act 2004, Working Time Regulations 1998, Designs and Patents Act 1988, RIDDOR, COSHH. How legislation impacts on customers. Health & Safety: understanding individual responsibilities and the procedures to follow in case of an accident or emergency. Apprenticeship Assessment/ Programme Review visit at workplace.
  • Day 7 Project review. Business markets: Understating the characteristics and different markets and how these impact on a business. Business innovation: How businesses can grow and develop, support available and the benefits and risks associated with this. Financial management: Understanding the importance of good financial management, understanding key financial terminology and how to manage a budget. Apprenticeship Assessment/ Programme Review visit at workplace.
  • Day 8 Sales and Marketing: The key principles of marketing, the sales process and the importance and value of brand.
  • Day 9 Business data: Analysis and presentation of business data; analysing quantitative and qualitative data; presenting business data. Excel software: Tables, sort, formulae, conditional formatting; intermediate and advanced functions. For more information or to book a course, please speak to one of our Client Relations Team.
  • Day 10 Project review. Change management: Principles of change management, planning and managing change and evaluating success. Apprenticeship Assessment/ Programme Review visit at workplace
  • Day 11 Project review. Equality, diversity and inclusion: Promoting EDI; Supporting organisational and personal aspects. Apprenticeship Assessment/ Programme Review visit at workplace.
  • Day 12 Project review (½ day). Project development. Study (½ day). Compulsory study day to identify any gaps that individuals have and how these will be filled. 1-2-1 support will also be given on assignments.
  • Day 13 Project presentations. Learner project presentations to employer audience. * Presentation of certificates for unit examination achievements.

This Job Description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of your responsibilities, key result areas and objectives. St Austell Brewery reserves the right to require you to undertake such other tasks, duties or training as may be appropriate to your status and experience. This job description may be reviewed from time to time as a result of either re-organisation of the company and/or outcomes of the performance review/appraisal scheme. Although this Job Description provides an outline of your key tasks, all staff are expected to be flexible and assist when necessary other members of staff in their performance their tasks and be prepared on occasion to work in other departments to enable the company to operate efficiently. Work at all times within the codes of requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act. An ideal candidate will have strong capability in business administration and an ambition to succeed within logistics.

Truro and Penwith College - Learning Provider

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For more information about this vacancy please contact the provider Truro and Penwith College on 01872 242711 or email: (Ref ID:81374)
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