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Sales administrator

Alternative titles for this job include Sales administration assistant, sales office clerk

Sales administrators process sales orders and payments, arrange deliveries and offer after-sales support.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter

to

£28,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

weekends

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How to become a sales administrator

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Business and Administration
  • Level 3 Sales and Account Management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a business administrator advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to work your way into this role by starting as a receptionist or administration support worker and learning on the job.

Direct Application

You could apply directly if you've got the relevant skills and knowledge needed to do this job.

Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

Telephone, typing and IT skills will also be useful.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could become a member of the Institute of Administration Management.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in administration from the Institute of Administration Management.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you could:

  • answer customer enquiries over the phone, by email and face to face
  • take and process customer orders and payments
  • do credit checks, raise invoices and deal with paperwork
  • update customer records
  • check stock and re-order supplies
  • organise deliveries
  • provide after-sales support
  • type up documents like letters and reports

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a contact centre.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a sales admin team leader, personal assistant or office manager.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Office Administrative Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,000.00 Annually
  • Location:

Courses In England

Diploma in Business Administration

  • Provider: NCG
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: London

Diploma in Business Administration

  • Provider: BEDFORDSHIRE & LUTON EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Luton

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