Customer Services Apprentice
Milton Park Oxfordshire

Job Reference: MPO-HRX-008584

Location: Milton Park Oxfordshire

Closing Date: 08/11/2019

Department: HR

Division: Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis have an exciting new opportunity for an Apprentice to join our Customer Services team on a fixed-term 18-month contract.

The overall purpose of the role is to work as an integral part of the department by providing outstanding customer service to our internal and external customers in accordance with Company practice and procedures.

The apprentice will:

  • Work alongside experienced employees
  • Learn and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be competent in the role of a Customer Service Executive

Work towards gaining:

  • A Level 3 Apprenticeship in Customer Service Specialist (Standard)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English & Maths (if applicable)
  • You will need to pass an End Point Assessment in order to successfully achieve your apprenticeship

The skills developed during the Apprenticeship will enable the successful candidate to become a professional Customer Service Specialist offering direct customer support.

The Apprentice will learn and demonstrate the ability to: 

  • Take ownership of customer queries received throughout a variety of means to resolution in line with policies/procedures
  • Striving to increase customer satisfaction/first time resolution and reduce the need for customers to contact
  • Resolve product or service problems/queries by clarifying customer issues, determining the root cause of problem, selecting and explaining the best solution to the problem, expediting corrections/adjustments and following up to ensure resolution
  • Manage day to day business processes, liaising with the Shared Service Centres where appropriate
  • Create and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) or suggest amendments to relevant teams
  • Maintain knowledge of department policies, processes, procedures and systems used, developing an internal network to increase knowledge
  • Play an active role in the achievement of department goals by assisting with all types of work across the department as needed
  • Use Salesforce to manage customer contacts and workflow in line with the SOP
  • In addition to the above, the role holder will be expected to help on projects and workload as determined by business needs and the Manager

Knowledge and Qualifications: 

There needs to be the potential for the significant development of capabilities and competence during the programme for you to be eligible. You will not be able to complete an Apprenticeship in a role if you already hold the same level or higher existing qualification in Customer Services.

  • As a minimum requirement, you will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above?including in?English?and?Maths or equivalent qualifications?? 
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel
  • A basic understanding of the principles of customer service

What we are looking for:

  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated with the drive to achieve
  • Effective time management skills
  • Creative thinking ability with ability to problem-solve
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Great attention for detail, maintaining accuracy and speed
  • The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • A team player, building good working relationships and retaining a positive attitude towards your work, colleagues and fellow stakeholders
  • The willingness to learn excellent customer service practice

Things to consider:        

  • An Apprenticeship is a learning opportunity. Apprentices will be required to complete the mandatory 20% period of off-the-job training and all tasks associated with obtaining the Apprenticeship qualification
  • Anyone applying for an Apprentice role may be?required to attend?an assessment with the Apprenticeship Training Provider Skills Training UK to ensure suitability of the Apprenticeship level against individual’s educational attainment and motivation for pursuing an Apprenticeship a long with an information session. This may consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to an apprenticeship offer), completion of?essential paperwork, the?opportunity?to find out more about the?apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for any questions
  • Proposed start date of January 2020

On completion of the Apprenticeship:

After successful completion of the Apprenticeship a certificate will be issued formally recognising this achievement and will mark the end of the fixed-term Apprenticeship.

Taylor & Francis will make every effort to identify a suitable internal role on successful completion of the Apprenticeship, however there is no automatic guaranteed progression to a permanent or fixed-term role after successful completion of the Apprenticeship.

In return we offer: A competitive salary of circa £17,000 per annum, 25 days holiday per annum (with an additional 3 days for Christmas), a comprehensive benefits package and company pension scheme.

This position is based in our office in Milton Park, Oxfordshire 


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