A vital part of the business

Whether joining us as part of Finance, HR, Legal, Procurement or IT, you’ll be playing a vital role in keeping National Grid moving. Although not directly involved with the transmission of energy, your input will ensure we’re equipped and prepared for anything. And your enthusiasm will safeguard our business for the future.

A graduate career as part of Business Support means ensuring everyone at National Grid has everything they need to get the job done effectively and efficiently, time and again.

What we’re looking for

As a Graduate you have the opportunity to come on to the development programme with a broad set of skills, be credible, agile and passionate about what you do. Once on the programme you’ll be working with dynamic clients and will need to have the ability to build strong relationships quickly.

We’re looking for someone willing to demonstrate their initiative and realise that what they do matters to our stakeholders, their business and the wider energy sector. Having a genuine interest in those you work with and the sectors in which they operate as well as having an understanding of the future challenges that might be faced will be beneficial. However, ultimately having the ability to ask the right questions and listen to the needs of the business is fundamental.  

What routes can I take?

Whatever your degree, our business is so varied we're likely have something that suits your skills and aspirations whether it's in IT, Digital Risk & Security, HR, Legal, Procurement, Capital Delivery or Safety, Sustainability & Resilience (SSR).


This is a global function that provides innovative, reliable and secure technology platforms that empower National Grid in an increasingly fast-changing energy industry.

Digital Risk & Security

This is a critical department in National Grid that ensures all systems remain safe and secure. As cyber security is a fast growing area, the team are constantly working to prevent cyber-attacks on our critical systems, be that in house or working with other companies and governments.

Human Resources

As the UK HR team, our job is to enable the UK business to excel by achieving their ambitions through effective and efficient service provision. We do this by helping them to bring in the very best people, with the skills to deliver what they need today, and providing the culture and development opportunities they need to reach their full potential tomorrow. We help them understand individuals and to harness their strengths.


The UK Legal team plays a key role in maximizing the commercial benefits to the National Grid Group, its commercial and regulatory arrangements whilst ensuring the interests of the National Grid Group and its stakeholders remain protected. The team advises directly on all large transactions, disputes and ventures undertaken by National Grid, and sets up and monitors the resources and systems whereby legal support on day to day “business as usual” matters is efficiently provided to suit the needs of the business.

Global Procurement

We source £4.3billion worldwide of goods and services each year to support the business and what’s more we help to drive value, deliver innovation and improve supply chain performance. When it comes to learning all about Procurement, National Grid is the place to be.

Capital Delivery

The Major Infrastructure Development team sits with Capital Delivery and is accountable for developing, consenting and gaining public acceptance for some of the longest linear infrastructure projects in the UK. These projects include new overhead lines, underground cables, tunnels and substations. Our customers are often the major new generators such as nuclear power stations and large offshore wind farms. This is an ideal opportunity for a graduate wanting to develop their media skills.

Safety, Sustainability & Resilience (SSR)

SSR is here to make sure that our employees are healthy and able to work safely and responsibly. We offer world-class skills, disciplines and expertise to make National Grid a beacon of best practice. We focus on: UK Safety, Environmental Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing and Business Resilience.

What’s in it for you?

Join us on the Business Support Graduate Programme and you’ll gain a unique insight into how functions like Finance, HR, Procurement, IT and Legal make everything run smoothly. You’ll be supported as you develop a wide range of leadership, business and technical skills through structured training and on the-job experience. And you’ll work closely with your line manager to establish and navigate through a Personal Development Plan that is tailored to your needs. It’s about understanding the essential components of National Grid that are not necessarily engineering related.

The National Grid Graduate Programme is your first step into a career in the energy and power industry. You’ll work with experts in their field and be exposed to how we work tirelessly to deliver energy to the nation. During your time on the programme you’ll contribute to our progress and enjoy some great perks along the way.

Rewards and benefits

Graduates joining us in will receive a starting salary of £27,500 for Bachelors / £28,500 for Masters, and a £2000 joining bonus, along with the following:

  • 25 days holiday (pro rata)
  • Up to £200 per month accommodation allowance as you move around the business
  • Higher cost of living allowance (Inner London, Metropolitan and Outer Metropolitan areas)
  • Pensions Scheme
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Share option Scheme
  • Buddy/Mentor support during your placement
  • Accredited by the IMechE, IGEM and IET
  • Full study support for CIMA for the Finance roles and CIPS for the Procurement Roles
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • £2,400 completion payment (received at the end of the 18-month programme)
  • Additional annual leave allowance to support moving in between placement
  • Assisted movement of personal belongings in between placements