Undergraduate Data Scientist Electricity System Operator 2022
Join us to work with and learn from some of the best people in the energy industry, to collate, manipulate and interpret real-time (and closer to real-time) data as well as short and long-term forward-looking data to drive efficient resolutions on behalf of consumers. You will become a thought-leader on data analytics practices and an inspiration to colleagues and peers right across the industry.
As an Undergraduate Data Scientist within the Electricity System Operator, you will do vital work at the heart of GB's energy industry, ensuring our high voltage electricity system and the commercial infrastructure that underpins it meet the fast-growing needs of consumers.
What you'll need
You'll need to be on track to achieve a 2.2 or above in the following degree disciplines:
- Data Scientist related degree
- STEM related degree
You must also be in your penultimate year of university.
Key tasks and responsibilities
- Collaborate with industry stakeholders to undertake analysis to predict the nation's energy needs in the medium and long term as a part of our Future Energy Scenarios (FES) and the industry’s challenge to produce net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
- Ensure energy forecasting, future market development, code modification and charging propositions are robustly underpinned by strong analysis.
- Use and work to improve some of our existing ESO-specific models to assess options for network development and network access.
- Interrogate, interpret and visualise large volumes of data, with a view to improving the quality of the data we manipulate and the models we use, bringing in new and innovative techniques as appropriate.
- Investigate the root causes of performance issues, identify and analyse opportunities to improve processes, then recommend and implement sustainable developments.
- Articulate complex situations and technical work to a non-technical audience, and develop your influencing and stakeholder management skills
What you'll get
Every year, we recruit dozens of people to join us. April 2021 marks the start of our new regulatory period in which we have committed to delivering a significant number of new and ambitious deliverables for the energy industry. In September 2022, we will be looking for our new wave of apprentices, undergraduates and graduates. This is your chance to begin a career that will put you right at the heart of solving the climate change challenge.
Whatever your specific responsibilities, you'll be surrounded by the leading experts in the industry who are solving some of the biggest energy challenges we have ever seen. The knowledge and understanding of how we keep the lights on that can be understood only within the Electricity System Operator have been the foundations for the careers of many of our company leaders.
You will receive a starting salary of £20,212 during your industrial placement as well as 25 days' holiday and close mentoring and feedback to ensure you get the most out of your placement. Best of all, if you have delivered excellent performance during your placement you may be offered an opportunity on our Graduate Development Programme at the start of your final year; leaving you free to concentrate on achieving that all important grade.
The System Operator ensures that Great Britain’s gas and electricity is transported safely and efficiently from where it is produced to where it is consumed, balancing supply and demand in real time. As a separate company within the National Grid Group, the Electricity System Operator is neutral within industry and able to facilitate market-based solutions that deliver value for consumers. We work with our customers and stakeholders to shape the future of the energy market, providing analysis and insight into the changing nature of energy in the UK, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.
The world of energy is changing beyond recognition. Working at National Grid ESO, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in the UK – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.
Our values and principles
At National Grid ESO, through listening to what our customers need, every day we do the right thing and find a better way.
As a National Grid ESO employee, you’ll treat our customers as a priority, taking time to listen and work with them to help give them the best experience we possibly can. You’ll need to be proactive and flexible in your approach and continually look for ways to exceed their expectations – sometimes in unexpected and helpful ways. You’ll provide accessible information when our customers need it and make things simple by using your expertise to guide them. Above all, you’ll follow through on your promises to deliver value, drive efficiency and give them a great customer experience.
We offer inclusion and diversity training for everyone here at National Grid ESO, with a view to building an inclusive working environment and developing all our employees. Training opportunities range from unconscious bias and reverse mentoring to targeted training initiatives which are tailored to support our diverse and innovative work force.