Rachel - CHP Site Manager

"E.ON is one of the largest investor owned power and gas companies in the world. In terms of our engineering expertise we are already ahead of the game."

Dr. Rachel Pisani's video and transcript - Citigen Site Manager


Hello, my name is Rachel Pisani and I'm the site manager of Citigen CHP (Combined Heat and Power) located in the centre of London. I'm responsible for making sure that it runs safely. I'm also responsible for making sure that it's available and it's reliable, that the plant is maintained. I'm also responsible for all the people that work here.

I chose E.ON because not only did it have an excellent graduate scheme but the technical challenge of generating electricity was one that I found very, very interesting. And with the different power stations that we have, diverse technology, there was an opportunity really to work on different technologies and power plants. E.ON is one of the largest investor owned power and gas companies in the world. In terms of our engineering expertise we are already ahead of the game.

The best bit about my job is every day is different. I can come in and plan what my day is going to be, and that might go out the window as soon as I step in the door. There's always something new for me to learn, there's always a new challenge, and it's just really, really diverse. I get to use my technical skills, my commercial skills. I work with some great people.

Here at Citigen, we're quite a small team. There's about 20 of us here, made up of E.ON staff and contractors, that are part of the team. We're like a close family really. We all get on well and it's a good close working relationship. It's a great environment for a friendly female engineer or plant manager, and if I tell them that I actually manage a power station, people are really often surprised. They just don't think that it's something us women can do. That's also good to shout about as well!

On the whole everybody seems very, very passionate about what they do, and they are very, very talented at what they do. And, at the end of the day we're all in it together I suppose, and are making E.ON what it is. E.ON is very, very supportive and so in terms of training and development and support to progress your career, however you want to do it, it's there.