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Recruitment Business Partner - Early Professionals - ESO

National Grid

National Grid

warwick, uk
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

Recruitment Business Partner - Early Professionals - ESO


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

Division:  Executive Talent Acquisition UK
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  49693
Job Function:  Human Resources

About the role


Great Britain's electricity system is undergoing an ambitious, exciting and vital transformation. Together with industry, we are creating a cleaner, greener system, one that protects the planet and serves generations to come.

About us



At National Grid ESO, our mission is to meet the challenges of the future and deliver cleaner, affordable electricity. We constantly strive to do this better by using technology and innovation to transform the way we work.


Becoming the Energy Future System Operator


In 2021, government and Ofgem jointly consulted on proposals for an expert, impartial Future System Operator (FSO) with responsibilities across both the electricity and gas systems, to drive progress towards net zero while maintaining energy security and minimising costs for consumers. In October 2023, the Energy Act 2023 was passed, legislating for this Future System Operator (FSO) to be created.


The ESO, including all of its existing roles, will be at the heart of the new Future System Operator, taking on additional roles with a whole energy system mindset to drive progress towards net zero while maintaining energy security and minimising costs for consumers.


The new organisation will be set up as a public corporation with operational independence from government – bringing parties together to support optimised decision making and action. As now, it will be licenced and regulated by Ofgem through price control agreements. It is anticipated that the new organisation will be up and running by or in 2024. 


The time to act on climate change is now. As part of our team, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in Great Britain – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.

Job Purpose



To partner with your allocated business areas, providing effective recruitment advice and strategies to deliver the business area’s people requirements for early careers roles (Graduates, Students, and/or Apprentices). Managing and developing stakeholder relationships.

Partner with the business to source, attract, select and recruit high quality candidates, while enhancing our employer brand. Managing end to end recruitment of early careers roles including: posting of requisitions, sourcing candidates, screening applications, conducting assessments, coordinating final round interviews, extending offers and completing onboarding processes.

Key Accountabilities



  • Business partnering: Collaborate with business stakeholders to create dynamic job descriptions and understand the skills and abilities required for the roles to enable development of strong candidate pools. Build relationships to ensure the Early Careers Recruitment team is meeting/exceeding customer needs and enhancing the internal reputation of the Recruiting team
  • Candidate engagement: Proactively source and engage with diverse talent to build relationships with talent, sharing information about the company, programme & position, and providing a superior candidate experience through the end-to-end recruitment process. Fully understand National Grid’s Vision, Business Model, Employee Value Proposition, benefits, and total rewards philosophy to engage candidates and brand National Grid as an employer of choice for school leavers, students, and new graduates.
  • Attraction: Set creative, efficient, and cost-effective souring strategies using tools and partnerships (LinkedIn, Handshake, Wiser, CareerMap, etc) to drive direct sourcing for roles. Create, plan, and lead networking events, virtual panels and information sessions, career fairs, etc. to assist in building diverse candidate pipelines
  • Project Management: Host Assessment Centres, including the organising, pre-planning, scheduling and running assessment centres, which may begin/end outside of standard working hours
  • Inclusion and diversity: Implementing best practise to ensure our processes are inclusive and encouraging best practise with business stakeholders


Knowledge, Experience and Technical Know How




  • Excellent knowledge of recruitment practices gained from experience with either in-house recruitment or recruitment agency work
  • Expertise in a range of sourcing channels
  • Strong stakeholder management skills including the ability to build and maintain relationships and communicate effectively to influence and engage both internal and external stakeholders at varying levels
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills with the ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment, with strong attention to detail & follow up and exceptional time management


  • Experience with graduate and/or apprentice recruitment
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data
  • Strong digital knowledge


What you'll get


A competitive salary between £44,000 - £50,000pa – dependent on capability.


As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.


More Information


This role closes on the 4th of December 2023 at 23:59, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary. 


We work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office. 


We're committed to building a workforce that represents the communities we serve, and a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.