The UK arm of the multinational EDF Group, EDF Energy leads the way in production of low-carbon energy. Currently employing 15,000 people at varying locations around the UK, EDF Energy is also the largest supplier of electricity based on volume in Great Britain.
- Leading figure in a competitive industry
- Promotion of environmental initiatives
- Good pension scheme
- Management slow in their decision making
- Poor time management (i.e. keeping to deadlines)
EDF Energy is an energy company which provides gas and electricity to 5.5 million residential and business customers in the UK. The company was formed in 2002 following the acquisition and merging of a number of UK based energy companies.
The energy provider’s parent group, French company Électricité de France (EDF), was established in 1946, in the wake of the First World War after Marcel Paul, then Minister for Industrial Production, nationalised around 1,700 energy companies. Since then, helped greatly by its monopoly on energy in France, EDF has continued to grow: leading to domestic dominance and a presence in numerous European and Asian markets.
Back in the UK, EDF Energy is committed to a policy of sustainability and is the largest producer of low carbon energy. However, the company doesn’t totally limit itself to green-energy and still operates several coal-fired power stations.
EDF Energy is organised into three separate business units. The Nuclear Generation division owns and operates eight nuclear power stations in the UK, producing the bulk of EDF’s low-carbon energy. The second division, Nuclear New Build, is responsible for the safe and efficient building of a new generation of nuclear plants. Finally, Energy Sourcing and Customer Supply runs EDFs wind farms and coal-fired power stations as well as being the commercial side of the business: dealing with customers and corporate clients.
EDF Energy is also a proud sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: using the opportunity to spread an environmentally friendly, low-carbon message by asking people to join Team Green Britain.
There are a number of different routes available for those interested in starting their career at EDF Energy. A variety of graduate schemes are available in both science and business-based areas.
Candidates looking to apply will need a 2.1 in a degree from a relevant background; think engineering, physics or chemistry for the Nuclear Science and Engineering course and economics, business and computer science for Marketing, Project Management and HR programmes.
The selection process starts with an application form, which is most easily completed online but is also available in paper form, and is followed by aptitude tests, a telephone interview, an assessment centre and finally technical and competency-based interviews.
Successful candidates will be those whose principles and approach to problem solving closely resemble that of EDF. The company believes in the idea of a sustainable energy future and wants candidates to be enthusiastic and excited to face the challenges that a graduate job with EDF Energy will throw their way.
Great communication skills, impressive commercial acumen and the determination to succeed in the face of difficult odds are all highly valued attributes at EDF; so throughout the process candidates should endeavour to demonstrate them at every available opportunity.
No. of employees worldwide: Approx. 156,000
No. of employees in the UK: 15,000
Annual graduate intake: 70
Industrial Placements: 5
Summer Internships: 7
Graduate starting salary: £25,000+
Energy Sourcing & Customer Supply
Nuclear New Build