Supply Chain Industrial Placement

A wide range of suppliers provide works, goods and services to support the operation of our nuclear business. How do we select and develop them to ensure everyone benefits fairly from our contracts? That’s the job of our supply chain teams.

What we’re looking for

• On track to achieve a 2:1 undergraduate or 2:2 postgraduate business or economics-related degree

• A professional outlook and commercial awareness 

• Motivation, analytical skills and a cool head under pressure

• A desire to learn and develop skills

• Willingness to relocate as required

Where we could take you

After you’ve completed your industrial placement, you should know for sure whether you want to be part of the UK’s energy future. If all goes well, we hope to see you back at EDF Energy after university, on one of our graduate programmes.

What’s in it for you?

• £16,500 salary

• Generous holiday allowance

• Product and service discounts

• Wellbeing and support services

Overview

This is a unique chance to divide your year between two teams – Procurement & Commercial and Operations & Governance. The experience will give you a broad look of the work done by Supply Chain in a large, complex organisation like ours. For an idea of the type of work you could do, recent students have helped organise a Supplier Diversity & Sustainability conference and supported project teams placing low-value contracts as well as spending a month located at one of our nuclear stations working alongside the station supply chain teams. You will also get the opportunity to travel to suppliers’ offices and our stations in order to support our key stakeholders and internal customers.

By the end of the year, you should know for sure whether this is the company you want to build your career in. If it is, you’ll soon have the chance to apply for a place on an EDF Energy Graduate Programme.

Training

Most of what you learn will be on the job, with support from your mentor and the teams you work in. Some industrial placements come with opportunities for further technical training as needed.

Dan's experience

How long have you been at EDF Energy? 

I have been working at EDF for the last 10 months, so am coming towards the end of my placement year.

Why did you choose to complete your Industrial Placement at EDF Energy?

The thing that appealed to me most about undertaking a placement year with EDF Energy was the opportunity for development and the support network offered to placement students. I was impressed with the structure of the Supply Chain scheme and the number of managers buying into my personal development, which I believed would push me to grow my skillset more than in other placement programmes I applied to. Before accepting the position with EDF Energy I was confident that the company would give me a high level of exposure to the commercial areas of business, and I definitely made the right decision.

What does a normal working day look like for you? 

My working day varies throughout the year, on one day I might be negotiating with our supplier base in order to agree a contract for their long term services, and another I may be on one of our eight nuclear power stations reviewing the work our suppliers undertake and the working practices which they adopt. One thing is for sure, no one day is the same, and you never know what may be around the corner.

What motivates you?

One of the things that motivate me the most is seeing results. I want to know that I can work hard, but that the work I produce actually makes a difference. By taking accountability for my own work area, this really incentivises me to do a good job, at any of the tasks I may complete. In addition to this, I love a challenge, so when my work forces me to really think about how I am going to find a solution, I tend to perform well and really surprise myself.

What has been the highlight of your time at EDF Energy? 

Without a doubt, my highlight for the year has been the 4 months I spent working at Hinkley Point B, one of our Nuclear Power Stations. The time I spent in Supply Chain at Hinkley was invaluable, due to the independence and responsibility I was given. For the duration of the 4 months I performed the role of a Contract Manager for one of our contracts, and got to spend time working closely with the suppliers and ensuring that everything ran smoothly. This was a fantastic opportunity for my development, and was not something that I would have achieved with any other placement scheme.

What do you think it takes to be successful at EDF Energy? 

To be successful at EDF Energy you really need to buy into the culture of the organisation. It is important that you are open, willing to learn and have a questioning attitude. Through asking the right questions and demonstrating your willingness to learn you will have the foundations for a successful placement with EDF Energy.

What is your top tip to anyone considering applying for an Industrial Placement? 

When it comes to applying for a placement at EDF Energy, make sure you do your research. Your interviewers want to see that you have taken an interest in the company, and it really helps to get the conversation flowing.

Should you be successful in securing a placement, the most important thing is that you will get out of your placement year as much as you put in. Grasp every opportunity that presents itself and EDF Energy will be a great place to work.

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