I joined Centrica in 2003 on the General Management Programme. I chose this programme because of the diversity of the roles offered and the opportunity to work in different businesses. During my time as a graduate I undertook a variety of roles from managing teams in British Gas to providing engineering support to our Centrica Energy power stations.
Having graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I was keen to find an organisation where I could gain experience of management and business while still working in a technical environment.
My first substantive role in 2005 was as a project engineer tasked with making sure we gained Pollution, Prevention and Control permits from the regulator to enable our assets to continue to operate.
In 2006 I took a role as New Business & Change Manager in our upstream oil and gas business, where my responsibilities broadened to include managing a small team, setting up offices in new countries and integrating acquisitions. In 2009 I was seconded to the role of Project Manager on the integration of Venture Production Limited; an independent oil & gas company acquired by Centrica for around £1.5bn. The project was challenging, fast paced and provided a great opportunity to test the knowledge and skills that I'd gained in previous roles.
My most recent role is as Nuclear Project Manager overseeing Centrica's investment in nuclear new build. If someone had told me when I started what I'd be doing now I don't think I would have believed them. The role is very different to any roles I've had previously and a large part is spent working with external parties and stakeholders, which I really enjoy.
My advice to new graduates would be to take charge of your career and seek out new challenges; there is so much opportunity in Centrica - you just have to go out there and grab it.