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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period: 
Salary:  21,100 + Benefits

Gloucester, GB Nr Bridgwater, GB Near Leiston, GB

Career Area:  Early Careers

Commercial Management (Supply Chain) Industrial Placement 2023

A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve Net Zero.  

Join our Supply Chain Industrial Placement programme and you can make an immediate impact, powering the nation today, whilst helping to build a sustainable energy future for tomorrow.

“Having spent the last 12 months as an Industrial placement in the HPC Supply Chain Team, I’ve enjoyed a range of challenges, expanding my skills and experience. I’ve been able to grow my skills in data management and strategic planning which has facilitated involving myself in very exciting projects around innovation and sustainability. I’ve very much enjoyed being a part of the collaborative forward-thinking culture.”
Paul Feakins, Supply Chain Directorate Industrial Placement


What is the Supply Chain Industrial Placement Programme?


Join our Supply Chain Industrial Placement programme and you’ll contribute to EDF’s ambition to help Britain achieve Net Zero, by helping us drive positive social and environmental change throughout our supply chain. 

This placement will be based at either Hinkley Point C, Gloucester Business Park or Sizewell B (Suffolk). The placement will either be working with our HPC plant, or Nuclear Generation team. 

At our HPC plant we are building the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK providing low-carbon electricity for around six million homes, 7% of the country’s total electricity needs helping Britain achieve net-zero.  The Nuclear New Build Supply Chain Directorate team is at the core of supporting the delivery of the power station, currently under construction in Somerset.   

The EDF Nuclear Supply Chain team focusses on the safe operation and commercial interest of our nuclear generation and defueling missions. The function, split across a central office in Gloucester and the eight nuclear power stations, is integral in ensuring we secure and contract the right skills and components to support our eight nuclear power stations. We ensure the effective contracting and safe and effective working of up to 1,000 additional employees during critical planned maintenance outages.

Training, development and support for you: 

Over this 12-month programme, you’ll gain an understanding of the operation of a large energy company, the way a business works, the skills required to be successful in a professional career and gain a strong insight into commercial and supply chain management.
The key role of the Supply Chain teams are to:



  • Support the Project Delivery Teams in the robust management of contracts and the integration of the Hinkley Point C entire contract portfolio by balancing collaboration and commercial tensions ensuring the project is delivered successfully;
  • Perform Client Function duties – Insight and Reporting, Governance and Assurance, Procurement of Contracts, Strategic Intervention, Supplier Relationship and Contract Management, Stakeholder Management and Shareholder engagement.  
  • Organise and attend important supplier conferences, supporting the development of supply chain strategies, and actively participating in tendering, negotiating, and placing contracts while learning the value of governance arrangements.
  • Focus on the safe operation and commercial interests of our nuclear generation and defueling missions. The function, split across a central office in Gloucester and the eight nuclear power stations, is integral in ensuring we secure and contract the right skills and components to support our eight nuclear power stations.

For an idea of the type of work you could do, recent students have supported the development of Supply Chain’s data strategy, created automated reporting using PowerBI to support Executive and Board reporting, enhanced insight in Supply Relationship Management, supported with Regulatory engagement and helped deliver strategic and people updates.


You’ll also get great exposure to the whole team, a good understanding of the procurement and contract management process, managing complex contractual interfaces, and the opportunity to network and develop stakeholder management and commercial and contractual skills.

Head to our Careers website for more information about life at EDF.

Where you’ll work: 

This placement is available at one of our Offices – either Aztec West in Bristol, one of the Satellite Delivery Centres closer to Site in Bridgwater or Gloucester Business Park. 

What you’ll need to apply: 



  • On track to achieve or will have already achieved a 2:2 undergraduate degree or 2:2 postgraduate qualification in disciplines such as Business, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, Geography, Supply Chain and Logistics (although others may be considered)
  • Self-motivated and analytical
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills

Our work placements are designed to help you identify your strengths and develop your skills within a real-world organisation, an experience which is invaluable for your future career.

We’re looking for people who are keen to learn more about our exciting industry and have a desire to develop skills such as communication, problem-solving, team-working and time-management, within a commercial environment. 


What salary and benefits are we offering you?



  • Starting salary of £21,100 or £23,100 if you are based within one of the Greater London Boroughs.
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Wellbeing and support services


At EDF, everyone’s welcome. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone has a voice and where you feel confident being yourself.  We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  We’d like our future workforce to have an equal gender balance, represent a broad mix of people from minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, those with a disability and supporting social mobility.   
We’re a disability confident employer and we’ll do all we can to help with your application, making adjustments as you need.   
We’ll value the difference you bring and offer opportunities for you to thrive and succeed.  

If you’re passionate about tackling climate change, our Industrial Placement programme offers you the opportunity to develop an exciting career whilst helping progress the UK towards a Net Zero future. 


Together we’re helping Britain achieve Net Zero.   

Job Segment: Supply Chain, Logistics, Sustainability, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear, Operations, Energy, Engineering

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