As our Procurement Support Graduate role goes live, here is an insight into life at Hastings Direct. Our latest graduate scheme is open to applicants, giving a unique opportunity to start your career journey in Procurement and with our growing company.
A typical day
Procurement Category Manager, Steve, tells us what a graduate can expect. “Each day in Procurement is very different. The successful applicant will need to manage their time effectively, ensuring that any projects or priorities are progressed in a timely manner. Procurement is never dull and full of new challenges and opportunities to grow and develop your skill sets as a procurement professional. A typical day would be self-led, including reviewing contracts, proposals, and assessing the commercial value. You may also need to create reports to highlight commercial benefits and risks of such proposals to business owners. Between this, you will be meeting with key stakeholders, suppliers and colleagues to understand business needs, strategies and implement contracts which can support these”
Continuous development opportunities
Hastings Direct’s graduate schemes are designed to find and develop our future leaders. Successful applicants can expect continuous ‘on the job’ learning, tailored to help develop the core competencies expected of a professional in this field. In addition to this, we will provide full funding, support and dedicated study time to complete the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supplier (CIPS) Diploma. Individuals with high leadership potential may also go on to study the advanced diploma for a further two years. The continuous development opportunities on offer will help develop successful applicants into a well-rounded professional, with the view of preparing them to take on a position of responsibility and leadership in the future.