Graduate Project Manager

AF Blakemore - Design and Shopfitting
£18,500 pa
14 Mar 2017
13 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Graduate Project Manager

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is one of the largest and most forward thinking family-owned businesses in the UK. The company began life in 1917 as a counter-service grocery store, and has grown from these humble beginnings into a company that now employs more than 8,000 people with a turnover of £1.3 billion.

Food and drink have always been the lifeblood of A.F. Blakemore and the business now entails retail, wholesale, distribution and shop fitting operations amongst its divisions.

A.F. Blakemore is the largest division of SPAR UK, owning 300 SPAR stores and serving 1,000 in total across England and Wales. The company is also the largest member of the Landmark Wholesale group and a significant supplier to the independent grocery sector across the UK.

A.F. Blakemore has always been committed to developing a loyal and dedicated workforce that is focused upon excellent customer service and behaving with integrity. The company has always strived to build partnerships with suppliers and trade partners while never underestimating the role that it plays within the communities it serves.

Underpinning everything that A.F. Blakemore does is the company's values statement, the Blakemore Way. This highlights what A.F. Blakemore stands for and the way that the company has always done and will continue to do business.

Position: Graduate Project Manager
Location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: £18,500 pa, increasing £500 every 6 months for 2 years to £20,500 pa (subject to satisfactory performance)
Benefits: Contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, staff discount scheme, company sick pay scheme, long service awards, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme

About the role:

This exciting role which is based within our Design and Shopfitting division who specialises in providing solutions to drive sales and profitability to suit every budget - from the most basic works to a comprehensive, floor-to-ceiling refurbishment across our SPAR estate.
Our professional staff deal with clients on a personal basis to give a reliable, responsive and efficient shop fitting service, from the initial design to the completed project.

The purpose of this role is liaising with key stakeholders to effectively plan, control and manage store refurbishment and installation projects within new and existing retail stores.

Key tasks include:

- Working within budgetary constraints
- To carry out site surveys to include photographs and completion of onsite survey documentation.
- Production of project plans detailing a programme of works with clearly defined milestone dates.
- Ensuring that all projects are carried out to agreed specifications in accordance with SPAR brand manuals and industry best practice, within budget/time constraints and in accordance with national regulations.
- Ensuring conformance with supplier terms and conditions.
- Adherence to competitive tendering and partnering processes.
- Formulation and ongoing management of effective control processes to ensure that asbestos, CDM regulations, DDA requirements and fire risk assessment requirements are managed effectively.

To be considered for the scheme, you will be educated to degree level or equivalent, and hold a full UK driving licence.

You will be a self-starter, quick to take the initiative and spot new opportunities. Capable of building working relationships and networks with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures, you will be able to demonstrate integrity, a strong work ethic and uphold the company values and principles.

Key dates for the scheme:

Closing Date for Applications: 9th April
Date for First Stage Interviews: 17th April - 29th April
Date for Assessment Centre: 4th May
Start Date: 5th June

You may have experience of the following: Procurement Graduate, Trading Graduate, Graduate Procurement Scheme, Retail, Wholesale, Graduate Training Scheme, Commercial Graduate, Purchasing Graduate, etc.

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