At Centrica, people count on us. As a leading energy and services company, we deliver every day to 28 million customers worldwide. Serving our customers is what we’re known for, what we’re good at and where we continue to develop our unique skills. Here, you’ll discover a company focused on satisfying the changing needs of our customers. We want to make people’s lives easier, simpler and more connected.
The scope of our business means we can offer you exciting opportunities across a wide range of career paths throughout the UK and internationally. We’re one of the top 30 companies in the FTSE 100, with an annual operating profit of £1.7 billion and 37,500 employees worldwide. We're also a diverse business, with powerful UK consumer brands such as British Gas. Our Services business is the US market leader, with revenues predicted to total $80 billion per annum.
We have a 200 year history which began with the Gas Light and Coke Company in 1812, but we’re not resting on our laurels. We want to make our customer experience even better, protect the environment (spending £880 million as part of our ECO scheme since 2013) and create positive connections. Our main focus for long-term growth is on the following: Energy Supply, Services, Distributed Energy and Power, the Connected Home, and Energy Marketing and Trading.
In brief, this includes developing new products to meet our customers’ evolving requirements. Investing £500 million in the Internet of Things; innovating and building products which let our customers see their energy use in real time, and creating the award-winning Hive app, so they can control their heating and hot water from a smart phone, tablet or laptop. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Centrica and we’re looking for ambitious people to join our graduate programmes.
What are we like to work for? Our success depends on providing an environment in which employees can flourish. We have an open, honest culture that’s based on mutual trust and respect, with a strong team ethic and sense of community. We value individuality and are committed to creating a truly inclusive workplace where everyone can fulfil their potential. In addition, we build innovative programmes that provide graduates and undergraduates with the chance to gain experience, be supported and discover new opportunities. In fact, we won the ‘Overall Graduate Development’ and ‘Graduate Induction’ awards at the Association of Graduate Recruiters 2015 Awards, and feature in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and the Guardian UK 300.
Centrica offers a wide range of graduate programmes and summer placements across the business. Join us and you could be part of the dynamic Customer Insight team providing analytics that keep our customers at the heart of all our commercial decisions. Play a frontline role improving processes, managing projects or leading teams on the Customer Operations programme. Work alongside our diverse, multi-disciplined Engineering team, who are responsible for supplying millions of customers, or develop innovative solutions thinking on your feet with the Information Systems programme. Make our employees and customers’ lives safer and reduce environmental impact with the Health, Safety, Environment & Security team. We offer the opportunity to work across Centrica in a wide variety of roles – from Finance to Marketing, Supply Chain to Human Resources, and more.
We’d like to hear from highly motivated graduates who are inquisitive, passionate and curious about what they do. In return, our schemes and placements will give you the chance to work with different people across the business, be supported by a mentor and gain invaluable practical skills. Interested? We’d love to help you develop your career, and to have you be a part of our ongoing and future success.
To find out more and apply, visit www.centrica.com/graduates
- Name: Hollie Heffernan
I joined Centrica on the Summer Placement programme in 2012. I spent 10 weeks working with British Gas in digital. After graduating from my law degree, I returned to Centrica in the summer of 2013 as a marketing summer intern working within the British Gas Loyalty team. After an amazing summer, I was delighted to be offered a place on the Marketing Graduate Programme. I joined the Graduate Programme this September. Having only spent three weeks in Leeds, I am already managing a team within the contact centre. I will be moving into a marketing specific role in December; I’m really excited to be relocating again and joining a new team within the marketing department. I chose Centrica because I wanted to be part of a challenging company that I knew would allow me the opportunity to develop and progress. The energy industry is exciting as it’s constantly changing and provides for a great career. In doing my research the Graduate Programmes with Centrica seemed very well structured and tailored towards individual needs. Throughout my summer placements and graduate programme there has been a solid support network for me. I have been given real responsibility and encouraged to continuously progress as an individual starting out in my career. Centrica certainly encourage everyone to have a good work life balance. Outside of the office, I love to socialise, eat out, cook and I love music! I have met some great friends at Centrica over the past couple of years and continue to do so!
Training & Profiles
At Centrica, we adopt a 'blended learning' approach to your development. This includes on the job training, structured performance management, as well as formal training activities. Your programme will be balanced and structured, with a stream specific development path, supported by the business and a focus on Centrica's Leadership behaviours. Your technical skills are honed throughout your placements, and give you a broad business experience. A dedicated talent board will source the very best opportunities for you and the graduates in your stream.
A structured support network will aid your progression. Firstly, your line manager will help you on a day to day basis ensuring that you have everything you need to perform in your role, and will undertake regular performance reviews with you. Secondly, your Graduate Talent Manager will provide ongoing support during your time on the programme and will provide advice on suitable rotational placements. Thirdly, your career mentor will help guide you through the programme and into your first substantive role with Centrica.
Throughout the course of your graduate programme, you will develop self awareness and an understanding of the need to drive your development, and a number of opportunities will be available to hone these skills. For example, as a university campus manager you can develop your leadership and project management skills by leading a team responsible for recruitment activity at a UK university. Or, by volunteering to coach summer interns or work on projects for charities you can develop a range of skills such as coaching techniques, collaboration and influencing.We believe professional qualifications are vital for our functional specialists and so, where relevant, you'll have the chance to study for professional
Please refer to our website.
Where will I be based and how long for?
Your location will depend on which programme you choose. You must remain geographically flexible throughout the programme and throughout your career. Some programmes may offer international opportunities. More information is available on each stream specific page.
Are there international opportunities?
As an international company we are able to offer some international opportunities to graduates although these are limited to specific streams and are dependent on business need. In the past our graduates have been based in US, The Netherlands and Norway. However, this is down to business need and can vary from year to year.
Are graduates able to get involved in other activities?
Yes. We encourage graduates to take part in activities outside their job role. Our university campus teams are made up of graduates who go back to campus in order to promote the opportunities at Centrica. If you make it through to the assessment centre, you will no doubt be introduced to some current graduates who will be able to tell you about their experiences on the graduate programme. There are also opportunities to get involved with our blogging and social media activities to let everyone know about your experiences on the graduate programme if you are successful. We also look for graduates to help at assessment centres to facilitate and answer questions from the students applying. Graduates also take part in a charity challenge.
What happens after the programme ends? Will I be hired by Centrica?
As you approach the end of the graduate programme you will be supported by the Graduate team and the Talent board to secure a permanent role within the business.
What is Centrica's plan for the next few years?
Our strategy is about satisfying the changing needs of our customers. Serving our customers is what we are known for, what we are good at and where we have distinctive capabilities.
Universities that Centrica plans to visit:
- RHUL (Royal Holloway, University of London)