Undergraduate Placements

Discover more about what it means to work for a company that's driving an energy revolution.


     
Discover more about what it means to work for a company that's delivering a better deal for the customer – and a better energy future for all. 

About our placements

£16,000 starting salary (pro rata)
48 weeks
UK based (mainly Nottingham and Coventry)
Graduate fast track opportunities

We have a number of year-long placement opportunities that will give you the chance to get stuck into major projects in your area of expertise. And to see how we are leading the way in providing more sustainable energy for our future, and a better deal for our customers. You'll make important contacts. You'll learn a huge amount about the energy industry. And you could even find yourself fast-tracked onto one of our graduate schemes.

When you go back to your final year of uni, you'll have some great business experience - and a real advantage in your future career.

As new projects arise, so do new opportunities for our year-long placements. Here’s a selection of what’s available currently which we’ll be adding to. 

Commercial Undergraduate Roles (Coventry / Nottingham)

IT and Business Change Undergraduate

IT plays a key role when it comes to changing the way we create energy. You'll provide vital support as we move forward. You might be working on a huge infrastructure project, or perfecting a complex design process. Along the way, you'll make important contacts, and you could even fast-track onto our IT and Business Change graduate scheme. When you go back to your final year of university, you'll have some great business experience - and a real advantage for your future career.
 
What we're looking for

You must be working towards a degree in an IT related subject. Along with your passion for tackling energy issues, you'll need sharp analytical skills, a creative mind and a talent for adapting to any situation - not to mention the ability to work well with others.


Procurement Undergraduate - Global Team

In this role, you'll make sure we get the best possible suppliers and services, at the best possible price. You'll support our Global Procurement Team through every aspect of a supplier's appointment. You'll plan and manage the tender process, negotiate contracts, and even monitor their performance going forward. With responsibility for tenders up to €1 million, this is a chance to have a hands-on role that delivers real commercial value.

What we're looking for
You'll be working towards a degree in Natural or Applied Sciences (including Physics and Chemistry), Business Studies, Economics, Engineering (any branch), Geography or Law. You'll be a confident, highly-motivated team player, with good commercial, analytical and IT skills. Whilst based mainly in our office in Coventry, some European travel will be required and therefore a passport is essential. In return, you'll gain a wealth of commercial experience and skills that will set you up for a great career.

Commercial Business Analyst

Acquisitions, carve outs, integration, growth, change, heat, business development – the Commercial Team is like no other.

Part of our New Business division, the Commercial team is at the forefront of business growth and change. You'll be involved in a number of important projects, from inception to completion, in order to deliver significant value to the business as a whole. You'll communicate with internal stakeholders, from colleague to Board level as well as building relationships with external stakeholders and partners. This opportunity will give you exposure to identifying and developing business opportunities as well as building a strong understanding of the profitable management of projects and contracts.

What we're looking for

You'll be passionate about driving change and improvement - working towards a degree in any subject. You'll need to be flexible to travel across the UK, so a full driving licence is an advantage. You work well under pressure and thrive in a fast paced environment.

If you have a strong commercial acumen and a mind-set which is both creative and strategic, this placement will build your skills to prepare you for a great future career.

Customer Operations Undergraduate

This role will see you working with the most important people in our business – our customers.  Over the course of the 48 week placement, you will develop through three roles.  Starting as a Customer Services Adviser you will be in the best place to build a strong understanding of what excellent customer service is – and how to deliver it.  You’ll also get to grips with the way that we operate, giving you a wider view of the way that the energy market works.  Your second role will see you take on the challenges that come with being a customer services lead adviser.  Here you will be working with customer service advisers; supporting and leading them in offering excellent customer service every time and delivering coaching sessions to really drive performance.  Finally, you will take on a project management role delivering an improvement project within timescales and budget and effectively measuring the outcomes. All of this combined will give you the skills you need to grow your leadership capability.  In fact, if you impress us, you could be fast tracked to assessment centre for our Sales and Service Leadership graduate scheme.

What we're looking for

Whatever you do, the needs of the customer will always be front of mind – you’ll be passionate about providing an excellent customer experience every time.  You will also be able to demonstrate influencing skills amongst peers and key stakeholders. And if you have experience leading a team or knowledge of project management methodologies – all the better. Qualifications-wise, you will be working towards a degree in any subject and be on track to achieve a 2:1 as well as having bags of enthusiasm. There are roles available in Nottingham, Leicester, Bedford, Bolton, Kingswinford, in the West Midlands and Dearne, near Sheffield.

Energy Policy Development Undergraduate

Energy is constantly in the news and in this role you’ll have a great opportunity to help us develop E.ON’s thinking on key energy policy issues. You’ll help us track the external position by analysing documents and contributing to responses to Government and Ofgem consultation documents.  Based in our Head Office near Warwick University, you’ll be responsible for reporting back to the wider E.ON UK business, ensuring the company as a whole knows what’s happening in energy policy and what E.ON’s viewpoint is. Furthermore, you’ll help us to analyse the impact on our business.  With your key stakeholders being Government departments, this role is a great opportunity to get right to the heart of energy, understand the wider environment we operate in and play a role in shaping the future of the industry.

What we're looking for

You'll be working towards any graduate level degree, with a keen interest in energy markets or policy more generally. You’ll have excellent communication skills – both written and verbal, along with excellent commercial, analytical and IT skills.  If you have an open mind and are quick to respond to change, taking everything in your stride, this could be the right placement for you.

Marketing Communications Undergraduate - Brand Executive

From day one of your placement, you'll play a key role in the Brand Strategy and Planning Team. Our brand promise is to be Genuinely Helpful People. The way we communicate centres around this, as we strive to become our customers' trusted energy partner. We create the tools, and provide guidance to support the business with our brand strategy. You'll be an ambassador for our brand providing guidance on the look and feel of our communication, both internal and external. You'll be working closely with marketing communication teams: Advertising, Public Relations (PR), Internal Communications, as well as the direct to customer campaign team. You'll attend agency meetings and briefings, have the chance to be involved in research projects and groups, and create the brand tools used across the business.

What we're looking for

You'll be passionate about Brand and Marketing working towards a degree in Business, Communications, Marketing, Advertising or Media. Your ability to influence and communicate will enable you to build strong and trusting relationships at all levels. And, if you work well under pressure and like to use your initiative, this could be the perfect placement for you.

Strategy Development Undergraduate - Markets Analyst

From day one of your placement, you'll play an integral role on our team. You'll track prices on the fuel market, assess our investments, and help to reduce our business risks. You'll be providing daily market information to the whole of E.ON UK, and also helping to improve models and processes over the longer-term. And you'll take on a specific project to analyse developments in the UK energy market - a chance to really show off your brain power.
 
What we're looking for

You'll be working towards any graduate-level degree, and have excellent commercial, analytical and IT skills. A confident presenter (both verbally and in written reports), you'll be able to explain complex issues in simple terms. You'll already understand the fundamentals of the energy market and you'll be keen to learn more. In return, you'll gain the kind of experience that'll give you a big head start in your future career.
 


Internal Audit Undergraduate

In this role, you'll provide invaluable support to our UK Internal Audit department, and help to shape our business processes. Liaising with business units in and outside the UK, you'll review our Technical, IT and Business areas - providing monthly updates and maintaining our audit monitoring tool. Above all, you'll build effective relationships throughout the business, motivating others to support changes.

What we're looking for

You'll be working towards a degree in Finance, and have excellent analytical, IT and presentation skills. Your motivation and commitment will be matched by a real enthusiasm to learn more about the energy industry. You'll already be familiar with carrying out audits - from scoping to field work to preparing reports - and you'll be keen to build on these skills. A full, clean driving license is an advantage, since the role requires some travel. In return, you'll gain the kind of experience that'll give you a big head start in your future career.


Finance Undergraduate - Junior Commercial Analyst

In this role, you'll be helping us to maximise new business opportunities. You'll carry out a variety of commercial activities, such as forecasting, competitor analysis, managing contracts, and monitoring the market for new opportunities. You'll contribute to monthly reporting and planning, and play a key role in improving and implementing best practice models. But it's not all about numbers. As you lead teams through these changes, you'll also be developing your people management skills.
 
What we're looking for

You'll be working towards a degree, preferably in Maths, Economics or a Business-related subject. Strong analytical and financial evaluation skills are a must. You'll already have good grasp of accounting practices - including gross margin reporting and analysis. You'll also understand the power and renewables market - and have bags of initiative and enthusiasm. In return, you'll gain the kind of experience that'll give you a big head start in your future career.


Procurement Undergraduate - E.ON UK team

It’s an exciting time to join the UK procurement team as we’ve been through some big changes and there’s still lots to do. In this role, you’ll be supporting the IT and Facilities category on a daily basis and supporting the wider team with contracts, queries and information requests always ensuring that business requirements are reflected in our supplier contracts. You’ll be working within a policy framework and will get a good overview of procurement processes and how important they are in modern business.

What we’re looking for
You’ll be working towards a degree in a commercially focussed or analytical subject. You’ll be able to develop strong and effective internal relationships, be a real team player with an analytical mindset and the flexibility to learn and support across a variety of activities. You’ll be mainly based in our Nottingham office with some travel in the UK.

Engineering Undergraduate Roles (based Nottinghamshire)

Power Plant Integrity Undergraduate

In this role you will help our team to ensure the safe operation and reliability of our power plants. You'll play an integral role in the smooth running of our business as you assist in key inspections of the power plants when they're offline, analyse the integrity of components, and make critical recommendations to your customers.

To join us in this area you should be working towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Physics or Maths. You should be comfortable with working at heights or in confined spaces. Excellent attention to detail is critical for when you're both making inspections onsite and producing reports and recommendations afterwards. An investigative mindset will be useful when it comes to carrying out root cause analysis of degradation or failure. In return, you'll get lots of technical development on the job and first hand experience of this part of our business.

Engineering Undergraduate Scheme

Our Engineering undergraduate scheme will help you put theory into practice. It’s a hands-on experience that will see you tackling real-life engineering challenges at our Ratcliffe-on-Soar power plant in Nottingham. Joining one of our specialist teams there, you’ll experience first hand what it takes to generate the power we deliver to our customers.

We have a number of roles that span mechanical, electrical, and control & instrumentation engineering – and you’ll initially be assigned to a team according to your discipline. Whether you join our boiler, turbine, materials handling or maintenance teams, you’ll have a hands on role. It’s a great opportunity to get a solid year’s experience in a fast-moving and complex environment.

What we’re looking for

You'll need to be expecting at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) in Mechanical, Electrical or Electronic Engineering. You should have sharp analytical skills, a focus on delivery, and the ability to work well with others.  You’ll also need to be ready and eager to get stuck into front-line engineering challenges.



Power Plant Inspection Undergraduate

In this role, you'll help to support the inspection activities that keep our power production operations running smoothly. We might be designing cameras that can enter boiler room pipework, or investigating offshore wind farms. Whatever your project, you'll be working with technical experts and stakeholders to develop and implement the very best inspection services. And you'll learn about 'non-destructive testing', which is carried out for the wider E.ON Group.
  
What we're looking for

To join us, you should be working towards a degree in Physics or Mechanical Engineering. You'll be office-based mainly, but you'll be able to work in different environments if needed (including heights, or hot boiler rooms). Good IT literacy is important (experience of AutoCAD would be particularly useful). And we'll be looking for strong report-writing skills - at the end of your placement, you'll write a report that explains what you worked on. In return, you'll get valuable technical training - including health and safety training - and your own senior mentor.


Gas Turbines Combustion and Emissions Performance Undergraduate

This team ensures our gas turbines are running smoothly, across all of our plants. As part of the team, you'll be helping to monitor and regulate emissions - a key part of improving energy production and efficiency. You could be analysing data for compliance purposes, or developing models to improve combustion performance. You might even assist with on-site turbine inspection and testing. It's a varied role, where you'll learn first-hand how to produce cleaner emissions and more efficient energy - and that benefits us all.

What we're looking for

To join us, you'll be working toward a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics or Maths with Engineering. But your degree needs to include fluid mechanics, and/or thermo-dynamics and heat transfer. You'll have a strong analytical mindset. You'll need great report writing and presentation skills, since you'll be presenting your results regularly. You'll be office based, but willing to travel to plants and other sites. In return, you'll gain a deeper understanding of an area that truly supports a cleaner energy future.


Power Plant Technical Analyst (Condition Monitoring) Undergraduate

Working in a growing team, you'll support the safe and viable running of our power generation sites across our entire European fleet. Put simply, this is about making sure the lights really do stay on - and on a wide scale. Through the development of software using coding (don't worry - on the job training is given here), you can expect to work very closely with operational engineers (the customer) as they define their software requirements. As software is developed, you'll test and validate data from our engineering assets to ensure it's providing our business with an instant commercial benefit.

What we're looking for

To join us in this area, you should be working towards a degree in Physics and you'll bring a strong mathematical and analytical mindset as well as a keen interest in the energy and engineering sector. If you also have a solid project management ethic and excellent written and communication skills, this could be the role for you. In return, you'll get a structured learning and development plan that will see you adding real commercial value to our team as you build your technical knowledge and understanding of this specialist area.

Software Engineering Undergraduate

A major part of this role will be the development, maintenance and upgrading of key software packages that are critical to the E.ON Group. The software packages involved could cover numerous specialist areas of our engineering business, from risk assessments to control systems, and integrity management to thermodynamic modelling.

To be a part of this area, you'll need to be undertaking a degree in IT, Computer Science. You will get a mentor and technical training that will allow you to truly develop your understanding of this high profile part of our business. The role could also include international travel.