Exciting opportunities and valuable career experiences

No matter where you start in your career at IUK, there are many opportunities for development and growth within a friendly and supportive workplace environment. Take a look at what some of our staff say about working with us. 

Graduate trainee to commercial advisor

I joined Interconnector in late 2009 after graduating from the University of Oxford in 2008 with an MEng in Engineering Science. My degree had fostered an interest in the energy industry and I had gained some work experience in energy regulation research.

I was attracted to Interconnector because of its unique position in the energy market as the link between the UK and continental Europe, and because the role offered a broad spectrum of opportunities but with the friendly and personable qualities of a smaller company.

As a graduate trainee I spent the first half of my training rotating through each of the different departments and locations of IUK – including commercial, operations, legal and finance. As well as learning about the different functions of the business I was able to develop a number of skills. For example, when I was in the finance department I was given an objective to present to the senior management team.

In addition to providing a huge variety of business and technical knowledge, this was a great opportunity to meet and get to know the people with whom I would be working later on. During this period I was supported by a mentor and provided with internal and external training opportunities, including an intensive five-day gas course, which gave an excellent introduction to the industry.

In the second half of my graduate training I chose to return to the commercial department, as this was the rotation I had enjoyed the most and because this was the best place to learn about the wider gas market. I was able to further develop my communication and presentation skills through presenting to customers and through further training opportunities which focussed on developing competency in teamwork, leadership, customer focus and values, and perseverance.

At the end of my 18-month graduate training I accepted a position as commercial advisor with a focus on business development and regulation. This was a very strategic role in which I drew heavily on the experience gained as a graduate trainee.

In the field of regulation I had the responsibility of writing consultation responses and often represented Interconnector externally in the UK and across Europe, which presented the opportunity to travel widely.

The experience at Interconnector gave me a fantastic grounding and exposure to the gas industry. Working within a smaller company I had wide-ranging opportunities and responsibilities and was supported on a steep learning curve, aided by close proximity to the senior managers responsible for running the company.

 

Engineering graduate to shift operator to operations analyst

Back when I applied for a role at Interconnector in 2009 I was still unsure of what career path I wanted to pursue. Having graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters Degree in Chemical & Process Engineering I had an interest in working in the oil and gas industry, however I was not sure whether this would be in engineering or in a more commercial environment.

I was initially attracted to the graduate role at Interconnector as this offered the opportunity to work in a variety of areas across the business. After a little research I also realised the important and unique role the company plays in the UK energy industry as well as the way in which it is prepared to support its staff and therefore became keen to secure a role here.

I applied and was invited to a graduate selection centre where I narrowly lost out on the role to another candidate. Despite this, Interconnector was keen to stay in touch in the event of any other vacancies arising.

Less than two months later, I was offered the role of a shift operator in the commercial team. This, my first role in the energy industry, has enabled me to gain invaluable insights into the business, as well as having hands on experience and responsibility for the delivery of services (primarily transportation of gas) to customers.

During my time with the company I have been supported with extensive on-the-job training and I attended an intensive five-day Introduction to the Gas Industry course, held in Munich, which provided invaluable insight into the industry and the context into which the Company fits.

I also took the opportunity to visit the sites at Bacton and Zeebrugge which gave me a great insight into the physical side of the business as well as benefiting from skills training including presentation training and IT software training.

During my time in the role of shift operator, I have taken the opportunity to develop my knowledge in addition to the day to day requirements of the job and I recently secured a new role as operations analyst, which will allow me to gain even more experience and to work with a variety of teams and individuals across the company. This is a new challenge for me, which I am very much looking forward to taking on.

 

Accounts assistant to management accountant to commercial analyst

I joined Interconnector as an accounts assistant in 2001 as a student on a summer placement. It soon became clear that here there were opportunities that I could aspire to.

Following my graduation from London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics, I was offered a permanent role as an accountant. During my time in that role, the company sponsored and supported me through my CIMA examinations, which in turn led to my progression to management accountant responsible for budgeting, forecasting and management reporting against financial targets.

Given the flat organisational structure at Interconnector, my role enabled me to interact with colleagues across organisational levels working in multiple areas of the business.

In 2008, an exciting opportunity arose within the commercial area of the business for which I was encouraged to apply. I was successful in securing my current role of commercial analyst, within the business development team. In this role I work with a team of experienced industry professionals assessing strategic business opportunities and their impact for the future growth of Interconnector.

The role utilises analytical skills developed during my previous finance role and has provided me with the opportunity to present business cases to the management team and also to the Interconnector board along with the responsibility to negotiate business development opportunities with a range of companies from small to multi-national.

In my various roles at Interconnector, I have developed industry knowledge and experience while growing as a professional and an individual. The Company has provided support and encouragement along the way. Last year, I attended a company sponsored Employee Development Programme, which focused on leadership skills and teamwork.

 

Senior shift engineer to instrumentation supervisor

Following an early career at Shell UK as an apprentice and then working offshore, I joined Interconnector in 2001 as a senior shift engineer. I worked in the Bacton site control room and was responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the sites and the pipeline, in line with customer requirements to flow gas.

I worked in that role for several years, gaining more gas industry knowledge and understanding of the site and its operation.

In 2008, I was given the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge and train to be an engineer. The company backed me through a formal development plan. This plan included exposure to different parts of the business including a move to the role of instrumentation supervisor, which allowed me to develop my management and leadership skills.

During this time I studied an Engineering Foundation HND and subsequently an Engineering Honours degree.

I have also been on the company’s Employee Development Programme, which was invaluable in terms of further building relationships and understanding how teams best work together.

There is no doubt that it has been a lot of hard work, but my efforts and motivation to succeed, coupled with the support of the company, have resulted in my achievement of a BEng (Hons) degree qualification.