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General Electric Dowty Propellers Business Apprentice- Sourcing or Materials in Gloucester, United Kingdom

Job Description Summary

Job Description

Dowty Propellers is a world leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, all-composite aircraft propeller systems. We provide solutions for the propulsion needs of today and tomorrow and the supporting supply chain is both global and diverse.

Come and join us in our new purpose-built factory at Gloucester Business Park. To find out more about Dowty Propellers go to

We have two business apprenticeships available in Procurement or Materials. We will ask you during the process what role you prefer.

Sourcing Apprentice

As a Procurement and Supply Chain Higher Apprentice your role can extend to a huge range of related commercial activity such as influencing policy, financial analysis, engaging in contract law, and developing strategy to deliver services.

This scheme will lead to a Commercial Procurement and Supply Chain (level 4) diploma. Achieving this apprenticeship will enable you to use your breadth and depth of experience to position yourself as a fully effective commercially skilled individual in procurement and supply. We will also provide you with on the job training and GE corporate training focusing on your soft skills.

During this three-year Higher Apprenticeship, you will be responsible for researching, sourcing, buying, and delivering every component and consumable that goes onto our products or supports our MRO facilities around the world. Moreover, this must all be delivered at the right time, for the right cost and to the right quality standards.

Role Summary/Purpose

The purpose of this role is to support the Commodity Leaders and other members of the team with sourcing and procurement activities, liaising with other business functions on supplier queries, leading continuous improvement project initiatives and supporting system data housekeeping routines.


  • 3 A-levels or equivalent at grade C or above

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Good team player

  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills

  • Good problem-solving skills

  • Good time management

Desired Characteristics

We’re looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn and give an Apprenticeship opportunity their all

You don’t need to know everything about your chosen area of work – we’ll train you and give you the qualifications you need to progress in a career in your chosen field

We only ask that you demonstrate interest, passion and commitment to what you want to do

Other desired characteristics include:

  • Business and commercial awareness

  • Integrity

  • Ability to deal effectively with demanding situations

Materials Apprentice

Materials Planning is defined as: Scheduling, forecasting and fulfilling the correct volumes of materials, goods and products inbound to the business from its supply chain companies to maximise available capacity to meet our customer demands & business objectives.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

To develop professionally within the materials planning departments to ensure that the supply of materials meet the production schedule, shortages are resolved, inventory is kept to business targets and business metrics are achieved ensuring operational and production continuity.

Maintains strong relationships both internally and externally to ensure supply of materials meets requirements. Work under general supervision with regular reviews with manager to support performance & growth.

During the apprenticeship you will be required to deliver multiple projects or process improvements to ensure continuous functional improvements, whilst developing a knowledge and competence of the role & Dowty business. Role will provide exposure to multiple departments further supporting development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create plans, forecasts and schedules relating to materials required to meet operational requirements

  • Co-ordinate the delivery scheduling process to ensure there are no disruptions to production

  • Build relationships with internal stakeholders and handle any queries within capability

  • Respond to queries and help to resolve any issues

  • Communicate with internal stakeholders regarding progress and updates

  • Keep accurate records and update any computerised/Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems

  • Attend meetings and provide support as and when required

  • Prepare reports and information

  • Provide general administrative support

  • Make recommendations based on findings and analysis

  • Review ways to save money and maintain consistency in material quality

  • Monitor variances and recommend process improvements

  • Participate in regular planning reviews and prepare data in line with changes

Required characteristics

  • Work in a safe manner and comply with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies

  • Confident & Self aware with a collaborative approach to dealing with others

  • Achievement Focussed

  • Team player with a positive effect on the mood

  • Consistently manages the task

  • Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings

  • Assertive, optimistic, resilient and welcomes change

  • Engages interest and participation of others

  • Proactively contributes to the team

  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure

Skills and Attributes

  • Strong computer skills, particularly Excel and the ability to learn new systems quickly

  • Good analytical and numeracy skills

  • Good problem solving abilities

  • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure

  • Numerate with financial and commercial awareness and a full understanding of how failure impacts the production, manufacture and customer order fulfilment

  • Good communicator with the ability to form and maintain good relationships internally and externally

  • Results orientated with the ability to plan and deliver against deadlines

  • Excellent attention to detail skills

Useful Information

  • Application deadline is 31st December 2020. However, we review applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply ASAP. Vacancies will close once filled.

  • Please only submit one application. If you submit multiple applications, we will progress the most suitable one.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, under the applicable UK immigration rules as may be in place from time to time, it may be that candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled candidate who does not require sponsorship is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: No