Centrica • United Kingdom

Forces & Athletes Leadership Placement 2024

Employment type:  Full time


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Job Description

We are Centrica! We’re so much more than an energy company. We’re a family of brands revolutionising a cleaner, greener future. Working here is #MoreThanACareer - we’re powered by purpose. Together we can make an impact that will truly change tomorrow. Whether you’re developing cutting-edge green tech, helping customers on the front line or simplifying operations behind the scenes.

Your work here isn’t just a job – it’s a mission. We all play a vital role in energising a greener, fairer future.

Power your purpose – this is your next chapter!

When it comes to energy, no one does it like us. We make it, store it, move it, sell it and mend it. We’re energisers. One united team that’s standing at the forefront of change and our journey to a brighter future is powered by individuals like you.

If you're full of energy, fired up about sustainability, and ready to craft not only a better tomorrow, but a better you, then come join a team where your voice matters, your growth is non-negotiable, and your ambitions are our priority.

We’ll give you the platform to thrive on your transition…

We’re running a fully-paid 9-month Leadership Placement Programme in 2024 – 2025, for Military Service Leavers, High Performing Athletes and Military Spouses. We have 20 placements available in various areas of our business.

As a business, we are familiar working with and supporting disabled colleagues, providing inclusive working environments, and really welcome applications from Paralympians and Wounded or Injured Veterans.

You’ll be assigned a mentor and get involved in real-life business problems. We will build your commercial and industry knowledge, whilst connecting you to our active internal networks. You will learn from the best and if you excel, there is significant opportunity to transition into Centrica as a permanent employee post-placement.

What you’ll do on placement:

Due to last year’s successful Forces leadership placement campaign, this year we have increased our offering to 20 individual placements. Our placement opportunities span across the whole breadth of Centrica’s businesses, from roles in Field Operations, Brand Partnerships and Project Management all the way to Legal, Customer Delivery and Security – this is your chance to kickstart the next chapter of your career.

You’ll find a full list of placement roles, job titles and job specifications at our careers site www.centrica.com/careers/armed-forces-pathway/leadership-placement. Please read through each job specification carefully before applying.

On placement, every day will be different. It will be fast paced, interesting and dynamic. You will acquire new skills, get involved in projects, achieve clear goals and become part of our team. You’ll also gain a variety of opportunities to directly network with business leaders in Centrica; this will assist in identifying your future potential beyond placement and where your skill set best lies.

You will live our values of Courage, Care, Delivery, Agility and Collaboration. Having these values at the heart of Centrica is essential to our success, our purpose and satisfying the changing needs of our customers.

Who we’re looking for:

We want agile, creative, adaptable individuals who can help us think differently. We want people who possess strong leadership skills; in a nutshell, we’re after our next group of business leaders. You should be able to think outside the box, problem solve and operate effectively as a team player. We’re after motivated self-starters who possess resilience, discipline, and clear judgement. We need to see an ability to learn quickly, coupled with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

You should be comfortable engaging with anyone in the business, from the CEO to a junior apprentice. We welcome applications from High Performing Athletes, Service Leavers undergoing resettlement – or within 24 months of leaving the Forces and still eligible for CTP support. We expect ex-military applicants to have spent at least 4 years within a leadership role – this is a leadership placement after all. We also welcome applications this year from military spouses.

You’ll need to be available to start your placement from Monday 30th September 2024.

We recognise excellence…

Here’s what you’ll get in return for your dedication and hard work:

  • A paid 9-month placement working with a company that’s leading the energy transition

  • A salary of between £45,000 - £53,000 depending on your experience

  • Direct and “on the job” industry experience

  • For Military Service Leavers, the opportunity to start your placement with us during your last four weeks of resettlement

  • Flexible working with occasional travel to office for collaboration and meetings

  • The opportunity to join our internal Centrica Ex-Forces Network

  • A business mentor who will build your commercial knowledge

  • An Ex-Forces “Buddy” to help you settle into the placement

  • The ability to build up your own business network from within Centrica

  • The best commercial insight you could gain into a rapidly developing energy sector

  • The potential to remain after placement, become a full-time employee and promote within the business

Next Steps:

Deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 5th May 2024 with interviews likely taking place in June.

In order to be considered you must upload and provide one PDF document with your application which includes:

A personal statement (no more than 750 words), confirming the placement code(s) and job title(s) you wish to apply for. As a reminder, you’ll find the list of placement roles, job titles and job specifications with individual codes at our careers site www.centrica.com/careers/armed-forces-pathway/leadership-placement. You should read through each job specification carefully before applying.

  • The personal statement must also clearly outline:

    • Why you are interested in applying for the placement(s)

    • What skills and attributes you have, that make you suited for the placement(s)

  • A CV outlining your key transferable skills, attributes and impact achieved during your military, spouse or athletic career

Note: You can apply for a maximum of three placement slots if you wish, click on the 'Apply' link and apply manually to upload your document.

Enquiries: If you have any questions related to our placement scheme, please email Laura Blair, Centrica Forces Pathway, direct on: laura.blair78@centrica.com


At Centrica we embrace diversity and actively seek to attract individuals with unique backgrounds and perspectives. To build a more sustainable future, we need the best team – a team with a diverse mix of people and skills, where everyone feels welcome and able to succeed. We are dedicated in helping to close the diversity gap and would love to see more females, people of colour and LGBTQ+ employees, as well as those from a variety of cultures and ethnicity to veterans and the differently abled. Supporting diversity and inclusion is a big part of who we are, we are not looking for people to fit into our culture but to add to it!

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the ‘Apply’ button.

This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.

Company benefits

Adoption leave
Open to part-time employees
Enhanced sick days
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Gym membership
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dental coverage
Fertility treatment leave
Season ticket loan
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Carer’s leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Cycle to work scheme
Pension match/increase
Equity packages
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Share options
Financial coaching
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Company car
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

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Office locations

Windsor, London, Cardiff, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Stockport, Staines, Hampton, Aberdeen, Barrow, Hull

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
3rd – Consumer Goods

3rd – Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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