EDF Energy is an energy company. Obvious? Perhaps. However, we’re different from many other energy companies out there: we’re vertically integrated, or to put it another way, we’re involved in absolutely every part of the energy cycle.We generate energy: around 5GW, or enough to supply 7.6% of the country’s energy, comes from our gas and coal plants, as well as our combined heat and power plants and wind farms.We trade in energy: buying and selling ‘power’ in order to supply electricity to our customers. On top of this, we purchase gas, coal and biomass supplies to fuel our generating plants.We distribute energy: in other words, we build, develop and maintain the actual physical networks for London, the south-east and east of England (or around 170,000km of overhead lines and underground cables). Networks that help keep the lights on for 20 million people, over a quarter of the country’s population.And we supply energy to over 5 million customers in the UK, The company is also a key player in national infrastructure projects including management of private electricity networks serving four London airports and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the country’s first major new railway in 100 years.We’re still a relatively new name in the UK energy market, but we’ve grown quickly over our short history to become a major player, and an influential voice in the industry. Today, we employ around 13,000 people and are one of the UK’s largest energy companies. We’re also part of EDF Group, one of the largest energy groups in Europe, with key businesses in France, Germany and Italy. And we have great ambitions to grow even further.Beyond the facts and figuresHow we do business is (at least for us) just as important as the business we do. It is not enough simply to generate, or distribute, or supply electricity to our customers. We need to think about the future – theirs as well as ours. It’s our ambition to be a leader in developing tomorrow’s energies – and to bring sustainable energy solutions to everyone’s homes. Indeed, our recent pledges on climate change and social commitments (Our Climate Commitments and Our Social Commitments) represent the biggest package of environmental and social initiatives announced by any major UK energy company.Partly, this is what our corporate responsibility is all about: enriching the lives of our people, our communities and our environment for generations to come. But there’s also a lot that’s worth knowing about what it’s like working here: after all, the more you explore about what we’re like, the better you’ll know whether we’re right for you. EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of the three largest energy companies in Europe. EDF Group's activities include generation, trading, transmission, distribution, supply and other energy services. It has over 38 million customers in Europe, with over 28 million of these in France. It has key business interests in Germany and Italy as well as France and the UK. EDF was founded in 1946. EDF became a public limited company (EDF SA) on November 19, 2004.It has 158,640 employees worldwide, with 105,322 working for EDF in France. EDF Group has investments in 21 countries (12 of these in Europe) and offers services and consulting in 35 countries.Its EBITDA in 2007 was €15.2 billion. The net income (Group share) was €5.6 billion (+10.6%). R&D budget in 2007 amounted to €375 million.We believe that working throughout the energy chain gives us financial stability and greater knowledge of our customers' needs. We also believe that a long-term approach is more efficient than a short-term one. Our parent, EDF Group, guided by these principles, has invested substantially to build a strong long-term position in the UK.We benefit from the financial strength of a large European group, as well as combined procurement capabilities, pan-European dealings for major customers, international expertise and access to significant R&D resources. Ultimately, these all add to our reputation for stability and reliability. It means our customers can rely on us to provide a safe, efficient service.StructureWe are one of the few companies in our sector with a vertically integrated structure. This means we manage energy from the moment it’s harnessed to the second it’s used. As experts in generation, distribution and supply, we provide energy to 5.5 million customers nationwide through our retail brand, EDF Energy. Our power stations generate enough electricity to meet around 13% of total UK demand.EDF Energy is structured into three branches.Customers Branch deals with all our domestic customers, handling everything from signing up new customers to dealing with billing queries. Customers Branch also covers small to medium businesses (SME) and large companies (Large Business).Energy Branch runs power stations and wind farms, and buys and sells power to meet future generation and customer needs.Networks Branch covers Public Networks and Private Networks.Public Networks distributes power to 7.9 million homes and businesses, and connects new buildings and infrastructure to the power networks. Please be aware that customers can choose to obtain competitive quotations covering some of the works associated with making a new connection to our electricity distribution systemPrivate Networks builds major partnerships to deliver long-term infrastructure projects, primarily in the public sector. Its private electricity networks include EDF Energy Powerlink, the power distribution network for London Underground. Its portfolio also includes partnerships with BAA's Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, the Channel Tunnel and other PPP and PFI initiatives.
InductionWe believe that it is important for an employee to feel part of the team on their first day. Our on line induction programme provides new employees with opportunities to learn about the overall organisation, our vision, values and structure whilst our team induction process enables our new employees to meet their team and other key contacts within the organisation.Performance and Development ReviewsWe believe that high quality two way communication between an individual and their manager is key to effective personal development. Our “Coaching for Performance” process combines both setting of an individuals performance objectives for the year with a detailed development plan in which an individuals skills, experiences and aspirations are discussed. Workshops are available for managers to enhance the quality of these development review discussions.Foreign Language TuitionAs EDF Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Group, employees who work on international projects are encouraged to undertaken company sponsored Foreign Language Tuition to facilitate communication across the EDF Group.Personal Development WorkshopsThere are a range of workshops / development opportunities for employees in order to meet needs identified through performance and development reviews. These range from assertiveness skills, negotiation, influencing and persuasion skills to interview skills.Support for Employee EducationEDF Energy supports employees to study either non-vocational or vocational subjects in their own time and will provide funding to cover tuition fees for suitable courses. Professional EducationEDF Energy also supports employees studying for work-related (vocational) qualifications. The Learning and Education Assistance Programme aims to provide financial support for employees who wish to further their professional development.Technical TrainingAs one of the UK’s largest independent providers of specialist professional and technical training, our Customer Field Services Training Centre provides City & Guilds and Gas Safety Register accredited training service from our centre in Bexleyheath, South East London, and at locations throughout the UK.EDF Group Corporate UniversityAs part of EDF Group, EDF Energy employees have access to a suite of made to measure international programmes delivered in conjunction with Cranfield School of Management.MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMESEDF Energy is committed to developing individuals to their full potential. In order to facilitate the development of managers and leaders within the organisation, a range of programmes have been developed specifically for EDF Energy to enable managers at varying levels to develop their skills and competenciesEDF Group Corporate UniversityAs part of EDF Group, EDF Energy employees have access to a suite of made to measure international programmes delivered in conjunction with Cranfield School of Management.Here at EDF Energy we’re committed to providing our employees with a range of rewards and benefits.We offer competitive salaries reflective of the market, reviewed annually, to attract and retain our most talented employees, as well as generous holiday entitlements. However we also offer something that goes beyond material reward. PensionsKnowing that your future is looked after means you can concentrate on what’s important to you and your family, right now!At EDF Energy we provide our employees with a final salary pension scheme – often seen as the “gold standard” in pension provision. This means our employees can plan for their retirement with confidence.As well as all the benefits you would expect at retirement, we will also provide protection for your family. This includes providing pensions for your dependants and life assurance of four times your pensionable pay should you die whilst you work for the company and are a member of the scheme.Supporting Your LifestyleWe’re committed to offering a good work life balance. At EDF Energy we have a number of options in place to help you achieve this including: Tax efficient child care schemes Flexible Working arrangements - including part time and home working Generous levels of maternity or adoption pay - should you need it Career Breaks - periods of unpaid leave for up to 2 years Employee OpinionsWe value our employees' views and encourage them to have their say if they have any ideas to improve service quality, the way we do things or save money in the company. All feasible ideas are assessed by a panel and if implemented company-wide will be recognised and rewarded.You are also encouraged to complete our annual Employee Opinion Survey, giving you the chance to have your say about how the company is run. For each completed form we receive, EDF Energy donates £1 to charity.Staying Healthy at WorkThe health of our employees is really important to EDF Energy and the Occupational Health Service is set up to support the Company’s ambition of ‘zero harm’ as set in our Health and Safety Policy Statement.The occupational health team is here to help. We can help you keep healthy whilst at work. If the risk assessment of your particular job indicates that a specific health assessment is necessary, then we have a structured programme of health surveillance and fitness for work assessments to safeguard your health at work. These include such things as hearing tests, vision screening and lung function testing.Through providing ergonomic advice, including job design and risk assessments, we are able to help prevent you developing musculoskeletal, stress and psychological problems at work. We also provide manual handling training through our ‘Back in Shape Programme’ and training in improved resilience through our ‘Resilience Enhancement Programme’.You are able to self-refer with such problems as back pain, neck or knee pain, confident in the knowledge that you will receive expert advice and treatment with all clinical details subject to strict medical confidentiality. Similarly and again subject to strict medical confidentiality, you can also self-refer to Occupational Health for stress or mental health problems as well as to the Employee Support Programme (ESP) – our psychological support service of clinical psychologists and cognitive behavioural therapists who are there to help you cope with both work and non work related difficulties.We also have a varied programme of health promotion initiatives across the different parts of the business to increase your health and well-being. These include fit clubs, quitting smoking courses, lifestyle health screening and stress awareness. Fact sheets on different health topics are also available for you to download from our dedicated intranet web page.We offer subsidised healthcare cash plans to our employees, dependent on role. Conditions apply.Diversity and InclusionEDF Energy want to ensure that all of our employees and prospective employees have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. As such, we are fully committed to a policy of fair and equal treatment of all employees and job applicants, irrespective of their age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, nationality, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or on the basis of part time working. We are dedicated to integrating and championing equality and diversity into our business practices and are taking steps to encourage a workforce who represents the diversity of our customer base and the communities we serve. We will continue to work in partnership with agencies such as Race for Opportunity, Employers Forum on Disability and Opportunity Now, in developing strategies to ensure that EDF Energy utilises the skills that a diverse workforce can offer. We believe that this approach will enable us to attract and retain the best people who deliver high performance and enhance the success of the organisation. Environmental and Community supportWe are a Company which is passionate about the environment and the communities we serve.Much of that passion comes from the people who work here and their commitment to environmental and social projects. Some of the ways you can become involved are: Join Green Lane and see how you can get involved in our sustainability partnership with the London 2012 Olympics and reduce your energy use Become an ambassador - we have a network of over 250 One Planet and One Community ambassadors who are determined to play a role in making a difference Helping Hands - You can develop your skills through EDF Energy with the volunteering programme Examples from the Helping Hands programme are: Boost your confidence and presentation skills working in local schools. Build on your team working skills by taking part in a team challenge. Improve you project and people management skills by leading a team challenge. Develop your leadership skills by mentoring the head of a community organisation