Procurement and commercial stream

The procurement and commercial stream offers an exciting way to start your career in procurement in the public sector. It is ideal for a graduate who is up for the challenge of working with organisations to deliver the council’s needs through contracts that represent value for money.

The Procurement and Commercial Team is responsible for providing expert support, advice and resource for buying goods, services and works that will allow our operational teams to achieve their objectives. You will work as part of a team that carries out a wide range of exciting and unique projects that are crucial to the daily operations of the council.

You will keep up to date with relevant changes in legislation and understand how to apply these in practice. You will learn about the vast services that the council delivers and the broad range of suppliers who we work with to deliver them successfully.

You will provide support to a range of projects in different areas including:

  • growth and communities
  • environment and waste
  • highways and transportation
  • property
  • facilities management
  • consultancy
  • indirects (common goods and services) – including Finance, HR, ICT.

This stream is ideal for a graduate with an interest in business, economics or law but all trainees will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to carry out procurements by working with commercial specialists with vast experience.

Length of stream

2 years


You will receive a starting salary of £26,598 which will increase as you progress.


We are currently operating hybrid working giving the flexibility for individuals to work from home or in one of our reconfigured office buildings. We will support you to work in a hybrid way, with the necessary induction, management and equipment.

You will be expected to work in our Maidstone office at least one day a week in order to build strong relationships within the Procurement and Commercial Team and take advantage of collaborative learning and working.


Applications closed on 12 August.

The job will provide you with invaluable on-the-job experience of working within the public sector and offers extensive training and development opportunities you won’t find elsewhere.

Whilst on the programme, you will be provided with the right support to help you achieve the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Apprenticeship (Level 4). We expect that trainees will have the willingness to achieve the Level 5 and 6 CIPS qualifications in the future.

We will commit to your continuing professional development and will support you in your training as you develop your procurement and commercial skills and knowledge.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • a GCSE in mathematics - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4 to 9)
  • a GCSE in English language - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4 to 9)

All overseas applicants must have the UK equivalent. See our equivalency table to check if you meet our academic requirements.

Additional information

We are an equal opportunities employer and we represent a diverse community, therefore we welcome applications from people of every race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation. There is no upper age limit for applications.

We are looking for candidates with the potential to become future senior managers. The selection process allows candidates to draw from experiences within their academic or working career. So you may be a recent graduate, or you may have workplace experience already.

You are eligible to apply if you are predicted a 2:1 or higher but please state your predicted grade clearly on the application form.

Unfortunately, due to the vast numbers of applications we receive we are unable to accept applications from candidates who achieved a 2:2 or lower.

Applications will open in July.

Closing date for applications

Applications close at midnight on 12 August 2022.

First sift activity

Candidates will be invited to complete a first sift activity between 15 and 26 August 2022.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates were invited to attend an interview on 28 or 30 September 2022.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 17 October 2022.