Supply Chain Graduate

You’ll be based at either Gloucester (Nuclear Generation office) or Bristol/Bridgwater (HPC offices).
Closing date
9 May 2023

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A career that will deliver change. Together, we can help Britain achieve net zero.

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


During my scheme training I was presented with endless opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills in all areas of the HPC Supply Chain. This has allowed me to gain experience in aspects such as procurement, contract administration, forecasting contract costs and Contractor Relationship Management, all whilst being involved in such a unique, large-scale project. This has provided me with a very good foundation as I now begin my career as a Commercial Manager at HPC.

  • Jasmin Uminski, Commercial Manager HPC


The Supply Chain Graduate Scheme provides the opportunity to experience a variety of Supply Chain roles and responsibilities including procurement, contract management, supplier development and oversight in a unique industry whilst also gaining operational experience visiting our nuclear power stations. Graduates in the team benefit from a great support structure and training programme to encourage learning from experienced team members and those previously on the scheme, with dedicated mentors and sponsoring managers. Outside of your role in each team there is also the opportunity to learn about other areas of the business, participate in department and companywide projects and networks to tailor your overall experience in the company to your interests and needs.

  • Becky Moss, Supply Chain Specialist – Nuclear Generation


What is the Generation & Hinkley Point C (HPC) Supply Chain Graduate Scheme?


A wide range of suppliers provide works, goods and services to support the safe construction, operation and defueling of our nuclear power stations. How do we select and develop them to ensure we deliver to our Safety, Quality, Time and Cost targets? That is part of the job of our Supply Chain teams.

During this two-year graduate scheme, you’ll experience different areas of Supply Chain, in both Nuclear Generation (operational nuclear plants) and in Hinkley Point C (construction of the new nuclear plant).

This scheme has been designed to expose you to Supply Chain’s work, ensuring continual improvement in a major infrastructure construction project and nuclear operating context, as well as giving you an opportunity to understand wider strategic business challenges.


Training, development and support for you:


We’re passionate about your development and offer a tailored training path that will help develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours, both during the scheme and in your future career.


Completing attachments within Supply Chain teams across Nuclear Generation and Hinkley Point C, means you’ll gain an insight into the operation of a large utility company and commercial and supplier/supply chain management in a highly-regulated business undergoing significant transformation.

You’ll develop your strategic and operational skills as you support the delivery of tangible benefits to the organisation through live projects. 


Previous Graduates have helped organise supplier conferences; tender, negotiate and place contracts; supported specification & strategy updates and worked on nuclear power stations supporting supply chain teams during the delivery of major maintenance contracts. You’ll also travel to suppliers’ offices and EDF sites in order to support our key stakeholders and internal customers.


During the programme, you’ll work towards gaining a Level 4 qualification in Procurement and Supply practices through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), an industry wide recognised qualification. This qualification will provide you with a broad understanding, tools and insight to best practice in procurement and supply that you’ll be able to apply immediately in your workplace at EDF. You’ll be in good-hands as the Nuclear Generation Supply Chain team has held the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Procurement Excellence Programme award at the highest level of Platinum since 2013!




Where you’ll work:


You’ll be based at either Gloucester (Nuclear Generation office) or Bristol/Bridgwater (HPC offices). As well as spending the majority of your time working out of your host office you’ll also spend a minimum of three months on attachment at the other business unit (Generation/HPC) to give you the wider business appreciation.


Both business units currently operate hybrid-working arrangements averaging 2-3 days in the office. We offer a great work/life balance to support people's personal lives whilst giving them the opportunity to network and learn.




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 Supply Chain & Logistics, Business Management, Economics, Mathematics, Finance, Geography (although others may be considered for particularly strong candidates)
  • You’ll have a professional outlook with commercial awareness
  • Self-motivated, analytical and cool under pressure, you’ll combine technical knowledge (specifically MS Office) with great all-round people skills
  • A self-starter, a problem solver with a questioning attitude and desire to succeed
  • Willingness to relocate as required (Gloucester/Bristol area) and be flexible to enable successful attachments at other business units as defined by the programme


We use a strengths-based selection process so that you can show us what you enjoy, as well as what you’re good at, because we believe that our individual strengths are at the heart of engagement and motivation to succeed and perform whilst at work.  You'll find tips and advice about the application process and assessment centre dates on our Graduate web pages. 




Pay, benefits and culture:


  • Salary of £30,000 plus excellent benefits
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Market-leading pension scheme
  • Annual performance bonus
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Wellbeing, physical and mental health 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, join our Generation & HPC Supply Chain Graduate programme which offers you the opportunity to develop an exciting career whilst helping progress the UK towards a Net Zero future.


Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.


At EDF we’re proud to be the only company in Britain already generating low carbon electricity from wind, nuclear and solar. A low carbon mix to power the nation, whatever the weather.

We’re working together to champion a low carbon lifestyle and collaborate widely in our search for innovations to achieve more. 

From apprenticeships to scientists, engineers to analysts, our career opportunities are as diverse as our business. Many of our people move around our company as they progress their career within our six UK business areas:

  • Customers: We’re proud to serve more than 5 million British residential and business customers, and our aim to be the best at solving customers’ needs. We offer innovative solutions such as smart meters, smart heating, electric cars and charging points, to make it easy for our customers save energy, save carbon and save money. 
  • Generation: To provide a secure energy supply for the future, the UK needs a diverse and balanced energy mix.  Our existing eight nuclear power stations make an important contribution to this mix, as they reliably generate low-carbon electricity and offer the most affordable large-scale, low-carbon energy source currently available to the UK. 
  • Nuclear Development: As part of our commitment to help secure the UK’s energy future, we’re building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, as well as jointly developing other new build proposals with our partners in the East of England: Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.
  • Renewables: EDF Renewables UK, a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Renouvelables, develops, builds, operates and maintains wind farms and other renewable technologies such as battery and solar throughout their lifetime. 
  • Corporate and Steering Functions: Legal, Supply Chain, HR, IT, Strategy and Corporate Affairs... Our corporate community is a vital part of who we are at EDF and how we’ll achieve our vision to help Britain achieve net zero. 
  • Training Programmes: Our range of training programmes offer something for everyone, regardless of where you are in your career. Find out more about our graduate scheme, apprenticeships, placements and PhDs on our website.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a competitive pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn bonus. 

At EDF, everyone’s welcome. It’s a powerful statement of our intent to make sure we’re about the people who work with us – a rich and unique mix of backgrounds and experiences that’s vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation like ours. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, we’ll embrace the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.

A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.

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