36-month Finance Graduate Opportunities

Finance drives our financial performance by providing key business insights. Engaging with all areas of the National Grid business, Finance plays a key role in helping us make sound decisions.

An appropriately balanced financial framework which is transparent, robust and reflects the risks is key to current and future consumers being fairly charged for the networks they use and the services they receive as well as ensuring networks are able to fund future infrastructure efficiently and sustainably.

We ensure a balance is struck between consumers benefitting from sustainably low bills and incentivising continued investment in long term assets which provide benefits over many years.



What routes can I take?

Through the Finance Graduate Programme, you will undertake three 12-month placements with the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of roles across different types of Finance teams.

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Transactional / General Accounting

This type of placement is designed to develop your base level finance knowledge and technical skills. This will usually include:

  • Transactional level accounting, journals and cost centre management.

  • The integrity of the numbers - ensuring the right costs are in the right place at the right time.

  • Understanding of the finance systems and data structures. 

Management / Project Accounting

These placements will build on the fundamental knowledge developed in the first placement, applying this further and expanding knowledge of the businesses being supported.

  • Analysing and interpreting project spend to understand trends and identify opportunities.

  • Reporting and commentary for the specific projects.

  • Working with project teams to manage the forecasting and budgeting cycle.

Central Finance Teams

These placements aim to support a broader understanding of National Grid, either at a UK level or National Grid Group Level and focus on consolidation and storytelling/messaging. This could include Financial Planning and Analysis, Regulatory Reporting or Group Management Reporting. There may also be opportunities to join project roles that exist to deliver a specific output. This will broaden your understanding of the business, whilst challenging and developing different skills and could include:

  • Consolidation of UK level reporting for senior stakeholders or external statutory and regulatory reporting.

  • Creation of the company's annual & half-year accounts as well as the regular reporting to the Board and Senior Leadership teams providing visibility of the other National Grid businesses.

  • Funding of the company in the most efficient way possible. Roles could include supporting debt issuances and managing relationships with banks and credit rating agencies.

Business Partnering

Further building on the earlier placements, a business partner role allows you to embed within the business with a focus on providing insight and being a trusted advisor to the teams you support. This will further develop your personal skills such as managing stakeholder and customer relationships.

  • Supporting business and finance initiatives to drive performance and efficiencies.

  • Planning, forecasting & budgeting.

  • Driving value through specific projects.

  • Involvement in investment appraisal and sanctioning.

My future

Where will it take me?

Courage, integrity and business aptitude are essential. You’ll demonstrate negotiation and relationship skills from day one, and be able to put them to good use in helping us deliver results.

Switched on and enthusiastic, you’ll have some understanding of our industry, and a hunger to learn more. We want to give you responsibility as soon as we can, so you should be eager to hit the ground running.

On successful completion of your 36-month programme, you'll have the opportunity to take on a permanent role within Finance across the National Grid group.

From there your future is in your hands, we'll work with you to continue building on a whole host of new skills, to enable you to succeed in your future.

What’s in it for you?

A first step into a career with boundless opportunity. As one of our Graduates, you’ll get a priceless introduction into our industry, acquiring world-class hands-on experience working on incredibly important projects.

We’ll develop your leadership, business and technical skills through a combination of structured training and on-the-job learning – and you’ll enjoy all the great benefits of being a National Grid employee.

Graduates joining us will receive a starting salary of £29,254 (Bachelors) / £30,318 (Masters) and a £2000 joining bonus, plus:

  • 25 days holiday 
  • Up to £200 per month accommodation allowance as you move around the business
  • Cost of living allowance (Inner London, Metropolitan and Outer Metropolitan areas)
  • Pension and share-option scheme
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Close mentorship and regular feedback
  • Full study support for ACCA or CIMA qualifications
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • £2,400 completion payment (received after completion of the first 18-months of the programme and completion of professional finance qualification)
  • Additional annual leave allowance to support moving in between placement
  • Assisted movement of personal belongings in between placements

Application process

Join us

We’re looking for fresh talent and innovative thinking. If you’re passionate about the future of energy and excited by the prospect of working as part of a dynamic, inspiring team then you could be right for National Grid. 

To make sure you end up in the best possible role, we’ve created a 4 part recruitment process with you in mind. You’ll have the chance to demonstrate your skills, natural talents and personality, so we can get to know you a little better – and work out where you would best fit here. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to read more.