A wide range of suppliers provide works, goods and services to support the operation of our nuclear business. How do we select and develop them to ensure everyone benefits fairly from our contracts? That’s the job of our Supply Chain teams.


  • Working towards a Business Studies, Business Management or Economics related degree
  • You’ll be on track to achieve or will have already achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree or 2:2 postgraduate qualification
  • You’ll have the professional outlook and commercial awareness to make the most of your time here
  • Self-motivated, analytical and cool under pressure, you’ll combine technical knowledge (specifically MS Office) with great all-round people skills
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills
  • Willingness to relocate as required


12 months

Applications closed

Applications will close at midnight on 8th December 2017.

More detail

This is a unique chance to divide your year between two of those teams – Procurement & Commercial and Operations & Governance. The experience will give you a broad look of the work done by Supply Chain in a large, complex organisation like ours. For an idea of the type of work you could do, recent students have helped organise a Supplier Diversity & Sustainability conference and supported project teams placing low-value contracts as well as spending a month located at one of our nuclear stations working alongside the station supply chain teams. You will also get the opportunity to travel to suppliers’ offices and our stations in order to support our key stakeholders and internal customers.

By the end of the year, you should know for sure whether this is the company you want to build your career in. If it is, you’ll soon have the chance to apply for a place on an EDF Energy Graduate Programme.


Most of what you learn will be on the job, with support from your mentor and the teams you work in. Some Industrial Placements come with opportunities for further technical training as needed.


It’s worth noting that we don’t offer relocation help for Industrial Placements. So if the placement you’re applying for isn’t in your local area, you’ll need to be able to cover the cost of moving to and living there yourself. This Industrial Placement is based in our Barnwood office in Gloucester.

Barnwood Nuclear Generation

Case Study

Business and Economics Student Becky Moss from Kent University shares her experiences of being on placement at our Barnwood Office in Gloucester:

What inspired you to apply for EDF Energy’s Industrial Placement in Supply Chain?

I had an interest in Supply Chain and having conducted research found that not many companies offered industrial placements in this area. Through my research I found that aspects of the culture at EDF along with the specifics of the role matched with the type of environment I wanted to work in and offered me the tasks I wanted to be involved in.

How does your placement link with your Degree?

As I study a joint Honours degree in Business and Economics it is very hard to find a job that links to all areas of my degree. This placement supports my degree and I have been able to apply my business theory in a commercial environment while using the economics when thinking about the external business environment, for example working with the government and imports/exports.

What does your typical working day look like?

Every day I find myself learning something new. I have had exposure to technical procurement on the nuclear side of the business, but I’m currently involved in the processing of orders on the SAP system and learning about creating contracts and renewing them at the year end. I’m busy most of the time and on the odd occasion I run out of things to do there is always someone that is willing to involve me in additional projects or teach me something new.

What do you hope to have achieved by the end of your placement?

By the end of my placement I would like to have gained a detailed understanding of what it is like to work in different areas of Supply Chain and as a result have a good idea of what I would like to do after leaving university. I am also determined to develop some of my personal attributes such as my confidence in public speaking, which is already happening as I become settled into my role and learn more about the company.


Applications will open on Monday 4th September and will close at midnight on 8th December 2017.

We receive a large volume of applications each year and whilst we aim to consider everyone, our approach is to review and consider applications in the order that they are received. We may close some schemes early if we receive a large number of applications and therefore we would encourage candidates to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applications closed

Applications will close at midnight on 8th December 2017.