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National Grid 2021 Leadership Development Program (Waltham) in Waltham, Massachusetts

About the Leadership Development Program

National Grid brings energy to life for over 20 million gas and electric customers in the Northeastern US and develops, operates and invests in clean energy projects. We are embracing the worldwide energy transformation and have a commitment to finding responsible ways to decarbonize the energy system. To achieve our vision of being at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future, we need to develop our next generation of leaders.

We are looking for graduates of MBA programs (or similar graduate degrees) for our Leadership Development Program (LDP). LDP is designed to develop high-potential leaders with diverse experiences and backgrounds who can lead the organization through the coming years of industry transformation.

Program Overview

The Leadership Development Program will contribute to your professional development by:

  • Exposing you to multiple facets of the energy transition—from the decarbonization of household heating to innovation in electric vehicle charging

  • Creating opportunities to lead collaboratively and cross-functionally on strategic challenges facing the company

  • Expanding your contextual knowledgebase and network

  • Building upon your business capabilities and leadership qualities

  • Providing you with executive mentorship from leaders across our functions and jurisdictions

As an LDP participant, you’ll begin with a four-week induction in our Massachusetts, New York & Rhode Island jurisdictions, during which you will get exposure to National Grid’s core business operations to learn what it takes to keep the lights on and gas flowing for our customers. Additionally, you’ll engage with the leaders of our business to better understand National Grid’s priorities and start building your internal network.

Throughout the program you will complete 3-5 six-month rotations in different areas of the company, based on your individual interests and business needs (see below for examples of past rotations). You will complete the program well-equipped to enter permanent roles in direct people management, project management, and/or strategy development. Participation in this program will help accelerate you into a leadership position at National Grid.

These positions may be located in our Waltham, MA headquarters (just outside of Boston) or our Brooklyn or Syracuse New York offices, depending on your preference. National Grid is aiming for an in-person LDP experience for 2021. However, we will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and will shift to a virtual program if necessary, in order to honor our commitment to our talent pipeline.

Rotations

LDP rotations are not pre-selected for each participant, so you will play a significant role in tailoring rotation opportunities to both your individual interests and key business needs. Below is a sample of past rotation sponsors, with actual rotations that LDPs completed:

  • Customer Operations – Responsible for delivering a consistent and effortless customer experience by understanding what customers value, building new products and services, and improving existing offerings.

  • Customer Journey Architect: led development and creation of company’s Customer Experience Ecosystem

  • National Grid Ventures (NGV) – Comprised of a diverse portfolio of energy businesses that operate in competitive markets outside of National Grid’s core regulated activities in the US and UK. NGV develops, operates and invests in innovative energy projects, technologies, and partnerships to help accelerate the development of a clean energy future.

  • Electric Vehicle Strategy: developed EV charging business models as part of company-wide EV strategy

  • Hydrogen Pilot Project: designed an early stage pilot project to build renewable-sourced hydrogen to be integrated into the downstate NY gas supply

  • Electric Business Unit – Responsible for delivering safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to our customers through strategic planning, engineering, asset management, investment strategy, resource management, day-to-day grid management and emergency planning.

  • Grid Engineering: developed a financial valuation tool for automated grid technology deployment that advances energy efficiency on the distribution network

  • Grid Modernization: modeled a business case for modernizing technologies related to grid planning and operation in Rhode Island

  • Transformation Office – Ensures delivery of our major programs to modernize our systems and networks, working closely with technology teams to deliver new processes, business change and value to the business units and customers.

  • Integrated Transmission Asset Management: led the assessment and procurement of an asset management IT system

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure: built business case and benefit-cost analysis for smart meter deployment

  • Strategy & Regulation – Focused on developing and executing integrated business, customer, and regulatory strategies and policies that position National Grid as an industry leader. It also delivers regulatory rate cases (which govern our ability to invest in and recover revenue on new infrastructure) in partnership with the jurisdictions.

  • The Future of Heat: helped build company strategy and policy on hydrogen as a natural gas alternative

Other groups have included – Advanced Data Analytics, Finance, National Grid Partners (venture & innovation fund), IT, Gas Business Unit, Wholesale Networks & US Capital Delivery, Group Strategy, Jurisdictional Businesses (MA, NY, RI) and Investor Relations

Qualifications

  • 2021 MBA candidate (or similar degree with leadership development component) from professional school

  • Ability to start the Leadership Development Program on July 12, 2021

  • 3-7 years professional experience

  • A self-starter with the desire to take an active role in shaping/scoping rotations

  • Strong interest in sustainability and energy industry transformation

  • Utility/energy industry experience a plus, but not required

  • Valid driver's license

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