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Procurement and Supply Chain (Summer Placement)

Centrica Plc
£14,000 pro rata
East Midlands · East of Englandand 8 others
Time left to apply
11 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

Our 10-week Summer Placement Scheme gives you a practice run at taking the first step from university to the world of work. You will get the opportunity to learn those vital skills that will make you more employable. You will get a real-life look at a graduate career at Centrica, and a first-hand learning experience that gives you the opportunity to understand if you could join us in the future. If you perform well in your placement, you may return to your university with an offer to join the graduate programme after you graduate.

We encourage you to get involved with community and charity activities; one of these is the summer placement charity challenge, which raises money for our chosen charities. In the last 3 years students have raised around fifty thousand pounds through various team initiatives. This challenge offers the opportunity to further enhance vital skills for the work place by encouraging individuals to network with other students as well as creating innovative solutions.

Procurement has been a changing profession in the last few years. Our approach has moved from one which was seen as being solely cost focussed to one in which we look at as a whole number of value drivers and understands the impact that suppliers can have on our cost base but also on our performance and reputation.

We want our graduates to gain a deep understanding of the different drivers and targets within these businesses and to help build the supply chain strategies to take these businesses forward.

There is more to focus on than cost too. Today we are also responsible for protecting the company’s reputation and ensuring that our supply chains are ethically sourced and that our suppliers hold the same high standards that we do. We also look at how our supply relationships can bring new value to our business through better quality, innovation or new products and services.

We are open to applications from all disciplines, looking for people with strong commercial acumen, an inquisitive nature and great engagement skills. From our side we will provide leading professional training and in-role development to help grow these skills further.

Company information

Centrica are an energy and services company, we deliver every day to 28 million customers worldwide, and everything we do is focused on 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. We want to make people’s lives easier, simpler and more connected.

We’re one of the top 50 companies in the FTSE 100, with 28 million customer accounts, an adjusted operating profit of £1.6 billion and around 39,000 employees worldwide. Centrica is the parent company for a range of global brands, including British Gas, Bord Gáis, Centrica Storage, Direct Energy, Dyno and Hive.

Person requirements

Qualifications and experience requirements

2:1 degree or Masters (with 2:2 degree minimum). You must be in your penultimate or final year of study.

Accepted degree subjects



£14,000 pro rata

5 days paid holiday, free accommodation provided locally


East Midlands · East of England · London · North East England · Scotland · South East England · South West England · Wales · West Midlands · Yorkshire and the Humber

UK-wide, with free accommodation provided locally

Contract and working hours


Start date


How to apply

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2017 (subject to change, please apply early to avoid disappointment).

Closing date: 01/02/2017

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 01/02/2017

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