Commercial graduate programme

EDF is committed to the ambitious aim of helping the UK achieve net zero. From turbines to tariffs, electric vehicles to electric heating, we're doing everything we can to help Britain build the infrastructure it needs for tomorrow. At the heart of this is our aspiration to be the best at solving customers’ energy needs.

There has never been a more exciting time to join our Commercial Graduate Programme.  Placements will be within our Customers, Nuclear and Renewables business areas which have collaborated to deliver an inclusive programme with inspiring opportunities. You’ll have the opportunity to experience working across wide range of areas while building both specialist and people skills.   

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Our Commercial Graduate Scheme will close for applications on 3rd November 2020. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

What we're looking for

• 2:1 degree or expected in any discipline (2:2 if you have a postgraduate degree)

• Commercial understanding, analytical abilities, communication skills and a talent for leadership

• Ability to adapt quickly to new challenges and thrive in fast-paced environments

• Passion for working in a customer-focused environment

• Flexibility to relocate

Where we could take you

At the end of the graduate programme, we’ll help you work out how you want to progress your career within EDF, and you’ll head to that area for your final placement. After a year, you could be leading projects, delivering marketing campaigns or delivering innovation. Within five years, you could be leading key business projects and teams, and will have specialised in an area of your interest.

What’s in it for you?

• Starting salary of £27,500

• 25 days’ annual leave

• Pension scheme

• Regular pay reviews

• Annual bonus

• Flexible benefits package

• Wellbeing and support services

• Relocation support for moving between placements and into a new role after the programme. 

Commercial at EDF

EDF buys and manages energy, develops and sells products and services and makes sure we always deliver top service to our customers. EDF is on a journey that should make a sustainable energy future a reality as we deliver a mix of different energy projects across the UK ensuring trust, transparency and teamwork whilst meeting an increased energy demand. On the Commercial graduate programme, you’ll build skills and experience across four six-month rotations in our Customers, Nuclear Development and Renewables business areas, setting the foundation for future success. Towards the end of the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in the area you’re most interested in.

  • Sales & Marketing
    Sales & Marketing deliver energy, services and solutions to our residential, business and large commercial customers. Here, you could be doing everything from shaping commercial strategy to delivering marketing campaigns, designing tariffs to creating digital products, helping customers invest in energy saving measures to buying energy from our customers.
    Wholesale Markets Optimisation
    Wholesale Markets Optimisation provides industry-leading wholesale market services to maximise commercial value for the generation and supply sides of the business as well as external customers. Here you could experience a wide range of roles, such as forecasting customer demand, developing hedging strategies, carrying out market analysis in response to regulatory changes or being part our operations teams managing the flexible asset portfolio.
  • Customer Operations
    In Customer Operations, you’ll be at the heart of delivering excellent customer service to more than 5 million residential and business customers. Here you could be driving and shaping our digital strategy, managing a team of customer service advisors or exploring new opportunities to improve our revenue collection and billing functions. 
    Innovation
    The EDF Blue Lab is where we generate the ideas and products to change the future of energy – whether that’s low carbon or energy generation, smart technology or digital tools for customers to manage their own demand. Harnessing new ideas and technology at our agile working space in Brighton, you’ll help us lead the way when it comes to innovation and shape a new energy future.
  • Business Change
    Gain hands-on experience managing projects and business change, working on different types of project that impact our people, systems and ways of working. Business Change is an excellent way to learn about the whole organisation.
    EDF Renewables
    The growth in renewable electricity generation has been a key feature in recent years and EDF Renewables has responsibility for projects in the UK. A placement within this business may cover certain aspects of project development such as origination, project management and valuation, all of which is geared toward reaching investment decisions on wind, battery and solar assets.
  • Supply Chain
    The Supply Chain function within the Hinkley Point C & Sizewell C Project Teams are responsible for the placement and management of all of the contracts required to construct and commission the plant. This includes pre-contract procurement activities; managing tendering processes; contract negotiations and subsequent post contract commercial management.
    Project Controls
    Working in partnership with the Project Supply Chain and Finance functions, the Project Controls Directorate within Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C are responsible for development of an integrated project controls strategy, plan and associated service that will create and maintain stakeholder confidence. This enables the Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C Programme teams to safely and efficiently deliver its contracted scope to agreed time, cost and quality constraints.

Training

We are passionate about your development during the graduate scheme and you will be provided training that will help advance your skills, knowledge and behaviours across a number of areas such as stakeholder management, communication and leadership. There may well be some technical training involved in certain rotations, with the opportunity to develop further in key business areas such as financial and commercial awareness.

We have designed the scheme to provide a vast quantity of development within your workplace assignments, where you’ll be given time to implement your learning back into the business within live projects. You will have the chance to learn from others and build networks that will help you moving forward in your careers, with ample support, encouragement and guidance from your mentor and rotational line managers.

Where you could be based

We’re a nationwide operation, so you will move around during your programme. Commercial graduates can be based at any of our offices across the UK.

Catherine Finnes’s, Commercial Graduate

“Each placement is completely different and not many graduate schemes offer you such a broad range of experience.”

Rachel Morgan's experience, Commercial Graduate

I chose the Commercial graduate scheme as I really liked the breadth of placements available which range from highly technical, analytical roles to operational and sales teams. Having an Engineering background, I wanted to retain my technical skills but also develop an understanding of customer facing positions and build experience in this area. I am particularly interested in sustainability and new technologies, so I hope to explore the renewable and demand side response areas of the business. If you are driven, hard-working and easy to get along with, you will be successful here. Graduates are identified early on as leaders and the training given to develop is fantastic, so if you want to be successful, the support will be there to make it happen!

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Our Commercial Graduate Scheme will close for applications on 3rd November 2020. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.