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“National Grid are

looking for individuals who, respect others and value their diversity, take ownership for driving performance, demonstrate integrity and openness in all relationships and work as one team, one National Grid.”

NATIONAL GRID FINANCE placement Information for industrial
and summer intern students

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Who are we?
National Grid is one of the world’s largest international electricity and gas companies. We play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner. Finance are at the heart of everything…our role is to support the business on its journey to reach its ambitions by providing a holistic view of process and functions. Working in finance at National Grid involves supporting the decision making, performance reporting, financial controls and checks - all critical to our future success. Our structure enables our high performing team to continuously improve and consistently deliver exceptional performance, which exceeds the expectations of our stakeholders. National Grid has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, making it a significant financial institution.

“Finance are at the heart of everything, our role is to support the business on its journey to reach its ambitions.”

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“We are really passionate about inspiring and engaging people, so expect us to test and stretch your capabilities and bring your newfound academic knowledge and skills to life.”

What we offer?
National Grid is large, so the scale of the projects we can offer you are huge. We can offer you an exciting and challenging industrial placement, whilst providing career and professional skills development. We are actively committed to recruiting and developing new talent and providing an innovative, creative workspace for you. We are really passionate about inspiring and engaging people, so expect us to test and stretch your capabilities and bring your newfound academic knowledge and skills to life. We are genuinely interested in your longer term career path and progression, that’s why we provide a personal coach / mentor to help you on your journey. There is an opportunity for high performing placement students to receive sponsorship in the final year at university.

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What do we look for?
Our Core Values define the way in which National Grid expects us to act both as individuals and in teams to deliver our goal of being the world’s premier network utility. So as well as your academic qualifications, we look at the following key areas. • Developing Self - you will need to be enthusiastic and motivated to achieve everything you want to during your time with us. • Planning to Achieve - from the day you start your placement you’ll need to balance your workload in order to meet the deadlines • Business & Strategic Awareness - some research into the energy industry and the regulatory environment we operate in will help you understand the role National Grid plays. • Building Relationships (team working, team leadership and communication) - as you’ll be working with a variety of different people, from different backgrounds at all levels across the organisation. When preparing for the assessment centre, you should consider how you’ve demonstrated these skills in your life inside and outside work and study, from hobbies to part-time jobs and extra-curricular activities. Try and think about specific examples of things you’ve done in the last couple of years that you can share with us, remembering what you did, the role you played and what challenges you faced.

“You’ll be working with a variety

of different people, from different backgrounds at all levels across the organisation.”

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Our requirements
For all our student programmes we look for undergraduates who have both strong academic capability and behavioural skills. National Grid is looking to recruit our leaders of the future and hence competition is tough. As you’d expect, our standards are high so you’ll be expected to meet the following requirements: • A University undergraduate who is on track to attain a 2.1 or above. • Looking for a placement that will bring your academic knowledge and new found business skills to life. • People with a passion and enthusiasm, someone with a real spark about them. Our decision in offering you a placement will take a number of factors into account. Your application form will play an important part in our decision, this is your first introduction to us so give your application form some time and attention. After that we’ll be looking at three key areas: academic results, work experience and how you perform in our online situational judgement test. If successful you will be invited to an assessment centre in Warwick where overnight accommodation will be provided.

“For all our student programmes we
look for undergraduates who have both strong academic capability and behavioural skills.”

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What do you get?
This is really is an exceptional opportunity to see inside National Grid and see if we’re the company for you. • During this unique and rewarding experience you will work on a 12-month structured placement with clear objectives, and monitored by your manager, who will support you while you develop your career skills. • You will be sent on a two-day development workshop to make sure you have the basis skills you need during your placement with us. • Take the stress out of finding a graduate position after university. If you have delivered excellent performance during your placement you will be invited to an assessment centre for our Graduate Development Programme in the final year of your studies. • Interaction with senior stakeholders from day 1. • You will be assigned a ‘buddy’ a recent National Grid graduate who has been through the feelings you will experience of starting work for the first time. They will be available to offer support and advice in addition to your line manager. • Being assigned a mentor not only gives you regular structured time with senior management but also helps you develop your leadership skills for the future. • You will earn £15,600 per annum. • National Grid employee discount deals. • Join various National Grid sports & social clubs. • Excellent on-site facilities in Warwick including: • • • • • Access to a free on-site gym Canteen facilities Newsagents Dentist Costa Coffee shop.

“You will be assigned a ‘buddy’

a recent National Grid graduate who has been through the feelings you will experience of starting work for the first time.”

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How will I develop?
• During you time with us you will have exposure to a wide range of work and experiences, the key benefit is that you get some practical experience to help you understand how you can put into practice all the theory you are learning at university. • There is an opportunity for high performing finance placement students to receive sponsorship in their final year at university and be invited to attend an early Graduate Programme assessment centre. • We offer you a two-day development programme which builds you capability in the following areas: • • • • Developing oneself building relationships planning to achieve presentation skills.

• Experience life inside one of the world’s leading energy companies so no matter what your background we’ll increase your business awareness and develop your interpersonal skills which will be incredibly valuable for your future career – whichever route you take.

“There is an opportunity for high

performing finance placement students to receive sponsorship in their final year at university and be invited to attend an early Graduate Programme assessment centre.”

• You will also get hands on experience of SAP (financial system used by many leading companies). • Deeper perspective of financial accounts. • Practical experience of business partnering. Business Partnering at National Grid is integral to decision making and driving commercial performance. • A Finance Business Partner is a trusted business advisor that works alongside the business and is knowledgeable of finance, the industry and National Grid • provides insights that improve decision making, drive better business performance and enhances shareholder value • has the skills to constructively challenge, influence and execute business strategy and planning. • Real life hands on experience of topics covered on university courses. • You’ll be stretched to ensure you fulfil your potential during the placement, so when it ends you can see how much you have developed and can take those skills and experiences forward.

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Finance in the power sector?
Join National Grid for a placement year, and... • Work for one of the world’s largest international electricity and gas companies • National Grid has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, making it a significant financial institution. • For all high performing industrial placement students there is an opportunity to receive sponsorship in your final year at university • Automatic invite to an assessment centre for our Graduate Development Programme in the final year of your studies • Earn £15,600 per annum and have access to many employee discounts • An automatic invite to an assessment centre for our Graduate Development Programme in the final year of your studies.

Meet our people
National Grid is an exciting place to be but don’t just take our word for it meet our people. One of the best ways to discover what life at National Grid is like is from the people who work here. Below is a small selection of National Grid employee profiles talking about their work, the company and their careers. For more profiles and videos please visit: h t t p ://w ww. nationalgridcareers . com/Meet-our-People/

“For all high performing industrial placement students there is an opportunity to receive sponsorship in your final year at university.”

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“The combination of skills and qualities I have developed through my placement at National Grid, will help me stand out from other graduates and assist me in finding a job in the future.”

OPDESH SAGOO

University of Reading Summer Placement Student

Studying Economics and Geography at Reading University, the energy industry attracted me due to its continuous innovation and creativity and I wanted to work for a large organisation, so I was eager to undertake a summer internship with National Grid. On my first day everyone was really friendly and this continued throughout my placement. While making me feel as comfortable as possible, I was given real responsibility from the very first day. If I had any questions I felt comfortable asking a team member. I learned a lot about the business itself and the part played by Finance. Overall the experience has been invaluable, my data analysis skills using tools such as SAP and excel have improved and I’m now confident in creating financial reports. This will definitely benefit me in the future for any financial position I work in. I attended a number of meetings, increasing my confidence, and even had the chance to participate in trips outside the workplace; visiting different offices and even attended a Sustainability Conference in London - a close interest of mine. This was amazing as it provided an insight into travelling and communicating with other colleagues from National Grid all over the world. The combination of skills and qualities I have developed through my placement at National Grid, will help me stand out from other graduates and assist me in finding a job in the future. National Grid offers their current placement students the chance to attend an early assessment centre for the Graduate Programme, so I am hopeful to return next year after University!

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“The exposure I have gained to the business world is invaluable and has enabled me to develop a wide range of skills during the year.”
AIDEN HYDE
Nottingham Trent Industrial placement
I am an Accounting and Finance student from Nottingham Trent University and have recently started my industrial placement year at National Grid. I chose National Grid because it’s a large, reputable organisation with a placement scheme in place. I am working in the Gas Distribution Finance team, who have straight away made me feel very welcome. There is great support from my line manager and graduate buddy. There are four other placement students working in Warwick, the regular interaction between the placement students has helped build rapport between us and we’ve been able to share knowledge. During my year, National Grid has given me excellent opportunities and skills, to help boost my CV by involving me in projects and experience of a number of financial analysing tools, which are transferable to other businesses. The exposure I have gained to the business world is invaluable and has enabled me to develop a wide range of skills during the year. Overall I think my placement year has been a great experience, giving me real work and responsibilities, which will be a great stepping stone for my future career.

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“National Grid is one of the largest and most reputable energy transportation companies in the world and their growing future and environmental challenges really represented what I believe in.”

NICOLA WAINWRIGHT
Leeds University Industrial placement

I am an Accounting and Finance student currently working in the Management Reporting team of National Grid. I decided to take a year out from my course to complete an industrial placement for a number of reasons; I wanted to gain hands on experience working in Finance to consolidate knowledge I have learnt at university, and to develop and learn further skills that will help me in my final year at university and beyond. National Grid is one of the largest and most reputable energy transportation companies in the world and their growing future and environmental challenges really represented what I believe in. This combined with great training and development opportunities, investing in their people, I looked upon this as a great prospect for my personal growth. There is also a group called ‘Newnet’ which helps new starters learn about the organisation in a variety of ways from site visits to presentations, as well as a great opportunity to meet other new starters. Throughout my year at National Grid I’ve gained many valuable experiences, with responsibilities, working on projects and gaining exposure to many parts of National Grid. I’ve developed my skills with Excel and other tools while also building upon my communication and presentation skills which will help me in my final year at University.

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“I’ve developed skills in interacting with a wide range of stakeholders and how to package our investment proposition to these groups in a suitable manner.”
TOM HULL

Investor Relations Advisor
I joined National Grid in 2006 on the graduate scheme. Since then I have worked in both UK regulated businesses before moving over to the corporate centre where, after stints in financial control and group tax, I moved into investor relations. All of these roles have really given me an insight, on a number of different levels on how the energy system works, is regulated and can change going forward. My time in IR has consolidated my learning from around the business and allowed me to directly experience how we interact with the city and the implications of our relationship there. I’ve also developed skills in interacting with a wide range of stakeholders and how to package our investment proposition to these groups in a suitable manner. I was attracted to National Grid by the criticality of the role it plays on an international basis. The company is at a really exciting juncture in the energy industry and is full of opportunity to develop.

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How do I apply?
If you think you can make the difference why not apply and be part of the National Grid Finance Team “Providing Insight to drive Outperformance”. Via our website and look at the Student Programmes: http: //www.nationalgr idcareer s . com/ Remember the closing date is 28 February 2013. You will need to complete an online application form by this date and if you are successful you will have be invited to complete an online situational judgement test. Following this you’ll then be invited to an assessment centre in Warwick where overnight accommodation will be provided.

Top Tips for Applying
1. Apply early – although the closing date is February we will look at applications as soon as they come through and start to invite students to assessment centres before the application deadline. 2. Each application is read by a member of National Grid’s recruitment team as well as a Finance Manager, so give your application form some time and attention. Make sure you provide all of the information we require as this is your first opportunity to impress us. 3. Stand out from the crowd – we receive a number of applications so if you have an experience that makes you stand out from others whether that is in the workplace or involvement in a sports team tell us. We are just as keen to know about you as a person as we are you academic results.

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