Commercial Procurement Apprenticeship

*One candidate, one application*

We can only accept one scheme application per candidate. Applying for more than one scheme could mean that you won't be considered for your preferred choice.

Scheme overview

Procurement, or the purchase of goods and services, is a versatile function which operates across many parts of our business. It's important for many reasons, but not least because of our commitment to assuring our customers that we provide value for money whenever possible.

Scheme length
Two years

Entry requirements
Five GCSEs, grade A*- C or certified equivalent, including maths and English language. You must be 18 on 1 September 2016.

Salaries will differ according to the scheme, however, all our schemes offer a competitive package with the minimum London living wage.
This scheme is now closed.

Joining us

Initially, you'll have a three-day induction based in London, where you'll learn everything you need to know about us, your role and where you fit in. Following that, you'll begin an intensive development programme, designed to get your commercial procurement career off to the best start it can.

As part of the scheme, you'll develop an understanding of the full commercial procurement cycle, from tendering, contract management, supplier relationship and category management, to UK law and EU procurement regulations. We also expect you to engage with the external market, creatively and effectively to ensure that we deliver value for our business and our customers.

Commercial procurement revolves around finding the right product, at the right cost, at the right time and at the appropriate level of risk.

Joining us on the apprenticeship schemes could involve working in any of the following areas:

Rail and London Underground

Apprentices help us to oversee the tendering and management of multi-billion pound maintenance upgrade contracts, and services and materials supply. This could include major line or station upgrades and improvements, new train fleets, signalling systems, and enhancements to areas like communications, power, and track.

Surface Transport

Our commercial expertise spans a wide range of areas, including London Buses, London River Services, Santander Cycles, London Streets (road and traffic management), Taxi and Private Hire, and Congestion Charging.

Specialist Services

Apprentices develop skills and commercial experience in commercial function, which supports all areas of our organisation, including: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Commercial Services, Projects and Accommodation, Facilities Operations, and the Commercial Centre of Excellence.

Current commercial procurement projects include:

Congestion Charging
This charge for motorists in London means that they have to make a payment once they have entered the designated Congestion Charge zone in Central London. Since its launch it has been effective in reducing traffic levels, boosting bus passenger numbers (especially during charging times), and enabling us to invest in public transport improvements.

The Commercial department provides management to support the Congestion Charge contract, and takes a leading role in procurement activities.

Cycle Hire
Since its launch in 2010 there have been 15 million hires from Cycle Hire in Central London. Such high demand for the service means that we have extended the service twice: initially into east London in 2012, and more recently, into the busy areas of south and west London in spring 2014.

The last three to four months of your apprenticeship will be spent on an in-depth development role. This will give you the opportunity to fully understand and work on more complex procurement projects.

Who we need

Because procurement requires customer liaison skills, our apprentices must network with a variety of partners and work closely with organisations under the Mayor of London. Therefore, you should be:

  • Enthusiastic
  • The kind of person who enjoys solving problems
  • Able to recognise the critical and high-profile function procurement performs across the organisation
  • Able to motivate yourself to make the most of your placements within the different commercial teams
  • Possess the ability to retain information
  • Able to adapt to new processes

You should also have an exceptional grasp of the English language. Writing projects, which are often sent out to individuals of varying seniority and importance, proof-reading and the comprehension of complex documents are a vital part of the job. Commercial Procurement apprentices must have confidence in their written and verbal skills.

What you get out of it


When you complete the apprenticeship, you will gain:

  • A Diploma in Procurement and Supply
  • An Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply operations (accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)

You'll also receive;

  • At least 29 days annual leave, plus standard public holidays
  • Free travel on our networks (Zones 1-9) with an Oyster card for you and one member of your household
  • A 75% reimbursement on the price of an annual travel ticket outside of our network - plus an interest-free, 10-month loan to pay for it
  • Pension scheme membership
  • Optional private medical benefit
  • A range of staff retail and leisure discounts

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