Graduate Scheme

Midsummer Energy

Milton, Cambridgeshire
£24,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Our graduate trainee position is a fantastic opportunity to develop commercial experience in a small but rapidly-growing company. You will gain experience in all aspects of the company's business, from sales processing to operations and accounts. The post is initially for a year, with the possibility of a permanent position being offered to the right candidate.

Who we’re looking for

You’re intelligent, friendly and you want a career that will make a difference. Perhaps you're inclined to start your own business one day - at any rate disappearing into a large organisation or doing the same thing every day doesn't appeal. You’re eager for early responsibility and you want to find out first-hand how a small business operates in a young and competitive industry. You’re ambitious, passionate about the environment and about business. You’re well-rounded in your skill-set - you’ve a head for figures, great communication skills and you’re willing to get stuck in.

What it offers

You’ll gain hands-on experience in the sort of day to day decision-making that happens at a small company in a rapidly-changing industry. In recent years we have met the challenges of a global pandemic and Brexit, product shortages, falling prices, currency fluctuations, policy changes and local price wars. We've maintained our trajectory of growth, and continue to bring new products and technologies into our range - most recently that includes heat pumps and associated products. So we can promise that you’ll never be bored, and as we’re a small team your role will be quite varied day-to-day, and from one rotation to the next.

The programme offers a salary of £24k and the possibility of a long-term position for the right candidate, as well as the chance to develop contacts in a growing industry. There’s a friendly and informal atmosphere in the office, and a real buzz when things get busy.

The Programme

The programme will rotate through departments and involve you in a selection of the following:

Business to Business Sales

Wholesale distribution of solar systems to installers makes up the majority of our turnover, with sales of domestic-sized systems making up the most of that. We also sell some commercial systems and battery storage, EV chargers and renewable heating products are all growth categories for us. Demand in this sector has been subsidy-driven and there is currently some consolidation happening in the UK after removal of the subsidy, so competition is fierce among distributors. We keep overheads and prices low, web-tools and internal processes efficient, and our service as friendly and helpful as we can, so we’ve a loyal and growing customer base. Heat pumps are the latest addition to the Midsummer portfolio, so for 2021 a rotation is likely to focus on growing our share of that market - the government has set ambitious targets for installations of these by 2030. 

Online Retail

The business started by selling off-grid solar systems to people who need them; narrowboat and camper-van owners, scientific researchers in remote locations and others. That side of the business is still thriving, and orders are placed via the online shop, our ebay shop and over the phone with the team. Customers often need technical help designing their systems to meet specific requirements. The off-grid team also handle a growing number of trade enquiries from repeat customers needing larger quantities. 

Software subscriptions

We have developed - a suite of web-based tools for installers and solar professionals to do all the calculations involved in designing solar systems to comply with industry requirements. There is a free version with limited features made available to our wholesale customers, and also an unlimited Pro version with a subscription fee. An ongoing project is to develop this software for other markets beyond the UK, and to find new ways of generating revenue.

Rotations can be by department, but also business functions and may include the following: 

  • Marketing & Communications
  • Business Development
  • Operations & Purchasing
  • Administration & Accounting
  • Sales/Account Handling
  • Warehouse & Logistics

Although possibly subject to Covid19 restrictions this year, we would normally aim to allow for a rotation at our Dublin subsidiary too. 

As a hands-on introduction to most areas of the company, the Midsummer programme will equip you with skills and experience that would transfer to any small but growing firm, and an insight into a career in the renewables industry. If this sounds like it would suit you then download a copy of our Graduation Pack here and COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION FORM

If you have any questions before applying, please email us at [email protected].

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