My client has been at the heart of the energy industry earning their customers’ trust and respect for over 17 years.
They are vital to the smooth operation of the wholesale electricity market. They compare how much electricity generators and suppliers say they will produce or consume with actual volumes then work out a price for the difference and transfer funds accordingly. This involves taking 1.25 million meter readings every day and handling £1.5 billion of their customers’ funds each year.
In order to make this happen, the business has developed an operations and infrastructure to fairly and effectively manage this forecasting and measurement of electricity production and usage. Then using this information they are able to execute corresponding settlements. Technology and systems are important. They work with IT and systems providers who create solutions that allow them to manage the work in the best way for all stakeholders involved. Since their founding in 2001, they have achieved considerable efficiencies in their processes, saving the sector millions of pounds by improving their operational effectiveness.
I am looking for final year students or graduates who want to begin a varied and challenging career in the electricity sector to join their 2018 graduate programme. The programme is a two-year programme comprising of four, six-month rotations in their London office. Depending on your specific placement and team, you could work with data (often very large datasets), with external stakeholders, on business analysis and improvement projects, project coordination and management, and operational work with their technology systems.
The programme is designed to give you the best grounding in their business and start to your career after finishing a university degree. As part of the graduate programme, you will have an overall training plan and sessions in addition to the actual practical development you gain during the placements. After the graduate programme finishes, they will discuss with you your desired career path within the business.
Although the majority of their placements are within teams in their operations department, you may have an opportunity to do a placement within their design and delivery department. Even though placements are chosen for you by the business, you will always have an opportunity to discuss possible placements, and will have some influence over where you might go. Each placement will have different types of work included as part of it and be varied in their own right. It’s worth saying although you need to be a "numbers person" to a certain extent, and comfortable with data, this programme is very far from a job where you will be analysing data all day, every day. You need to be able to learn and articulately discuss concepts and processes clearly and effectively. Writing ability is very important. You need to be comfortable working on projects and as part of a committee with varied and changing team members. You must be able to work constructively and confidently with a "can do" attitude but also be able to manage expectations of team members and stakeholders effectively.
Work on your placements could include, depending on the team you are placed in:
- Project documentation, coordination and management.
- Data validation, data analysis, modification and creation of reporting with data.
- Qualitative report writing.
- Project work within workgroups, panels, committees, often including industry body, stakeholders and/or external suppliers.
- Change and improvement to their business and the industry.
- Account management of their customers within very different businesses and business functions within the energy sector.
- Training of stakeholders in systems and processes, including design of training in new systems and processes.
- Audits and risk including root cause analysis.
- Research into new systems and processes, finding the best options of doing things.
- Monitoring, administration and reporting relating to data and information on stakeholder accounts, including settlements.
Because of the nature of the programme and placements, we have the following eligibility requirements to be considered:
- Minimum 2.2 or equivalent bachelor’s or master’s degree from a recognised university.
- Experience of working with data in an academic or professional capacity.
- Minimum six months demonstrable work and /or volunteering experience, open minded as to how this could look.
- Intermediate level of ability in Microsoft Excel, and willing to develop further.
- Numerically confident.
- Fluent in English, both verbal and written.
- Interest in business and business analysis as well as business improvement.
- Previous exposure to the energy industry is a plus but not essential.
- Ability to provide excellent customer service to valued external stakeholders.
- High attention to detail.
- Experience in delivering presentations (either academic or professional).
- Someone who strives to continuously improve and achieve excellence.
- Unrestricted right to live and work in the UK.
- Able to start work in early summer 2018.
Interested? Please apply with your CV and a brief cover note explaining your motivation to join the 2018 programme.
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