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EDF Energy

Company Overview

EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy, Belgium and Poland. We are the UK’s leading generator and supplier of low carbon energy, producing around one-fifth of the nation’s electricity and employing more than 15,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We intend to play a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK and secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.

Business Unit Overview The teams that make up our central functions do so to form the very heart of our business. From the HR team looking after the interests of our people, to the property services team providing the great working environment that our employees enjoy every day, our central function teams ensure we’re fully supported in building a better energy future. It also includes areas such as Strategy & Corporate Affairs, Chief Information Office, Research & Development and Supply Chain who all provide critical support to the business units across the company.

Vacancy Overview

EDF Energy is in the process of creating a digital culture that promotes growth and efficiency for our business and transforms the level of trust, transparency and teamwork we can achieve with our customers, stakeholders and employees. Due to the strength of UK digital industry and the advanced uptake and use of digital technology we are developing R&D activities in digital. The ambition is to benefit from the positive environment in the UK to accelerate the Digital transformation of the energy sector and to help EDF Energy and EDF Group make the difference.


The R&D UK Centre is an integral part of the Group R&D network and is responsible for leading research and development activities in the UK, right across EDF Energy, enabling us to be ready for the challenges that lie ahead. As of today, our 50-strong fully international team is engaged in projects of various sizes in support of EDF Energy and works across all energy aspects including Nuclear, Offshore Wind, Energy management, Energy Efficiency, Smart Meters, Electric Vehicles and Digital Futures. Synergies are being developed between EDF Energy and EDF Group R&D on all these topics notably in the nuclear sector. EDF has successful partnerships with 5 ‘tier 1’ UK Universities enabling us to benefit from wider scientific research as well as work with a range of other public and private sector UK and international institutions.


Nature and Scope

The aim of the R&D UK Centre Digital Innovation team is to accelerate digital innovation for EDF Energy and for EDF Group. The team works closely with the operating business units to identify opportunities to use digital innovations to improve efficiency, enhance the customer experience and develop new revenue streams. It does this by combining a deep understanding of digital technology with an understanding of business challenges. The team uses its technical skills to turn those ideas into Proofs of Concept (POCs) that test and demonstrate the idea.


The postholder will be instrumental in delivering digital projects, leading the team’s digital developments.


The R&D Lead Developer will be responsible for the delivery of all digital development work undertaken by the R&D Digital Innovation team on behalf of customers across EDF Energy. The postholder will coordinate a small team of developers and contractors acting both as lead developer and as mentor to more junior developers.


Lead developer in team of circa four developers

Regular travel to London

Occasional travel to other locations in UK and France.

No direct budget responsibility



Principal Accountabilities

Oversee the work being done by developers in the team by working alongside them to deliver sprints as part of an agile project lifecycle

Hold responsibility for planning development cycles and allocating developer resources

Hold responsibility for the technical design and architecture of development projects. This will be done by combining the team’s back catalogue of code with latest best practice.

Keep up to date with the latest development technologies and trends to ensure that the team is working at the cutting edge.

Think creatively to produce new ideas and researching design or technological trends

Extend the portfolio of digital activities for EDF Energy R&D UK Centre.

Communicate within EDF Group the deliverables of the Digital Innovation team along with the trends and weak signals that the team detects that may affect EDF Group’s core activities.

Promote EDF Energy externally within our sector and beyond

This post, of 2 years duration as part of the R&D UK Centre, is based mainly at EDF Energy’s Hove site while spending part of the time at R&D UK Centre’s main office.


Skills and Qualifications Knowledge & Skills


Business oriented

Creative flair and an up-to-date knowledge of industry software

Experience running projects that deliver app and web services

Experience with user centered design

Strong working knowledge of HTML5, CSS, Javascript/JQuery, PHP

Perfect knowledge of Oriented-Object Programming

Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new technologies, especially in apps and mobile industries

Experience with native mobile development on iOS (Swift) and Android

Experience with modern Javascript framework like Angular, Backbone or Ember

Familiarity with Single Page Application architecture and RESTful API

Experience working with large applications running on Python and/or Java

Experience working with IoT technologies

Experience with data analysis, data warehouse, big data technologies

Experience working with Linux servers and open source technologies

Familiarity with the lifecycle of overall digital projects, from idea to market roll out



Project management skills

Experience with cross-platform technologies

Demonstrate achievement of practical realisation of digital project

Experience with Unity/Virtual Reality


Qualifications & Experience



Master level degree in Computer Science or equivalent

Demonstrable experience of delivering projects on time and to clients’ expectations

Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

Enthusiasm in delivering exciting digital projects




International experience

Contributing to open source projects

An existing professional network in the digital field




Key Competencies

Behavioural Competences


A clear commitment to continual professional development

Passionate about helping junior colleagues to develop their skills

A highly collaborative approach

Creativity and a knack for solving impossible problems

A personal commitment to helping create a sustainable energy system




Safety is EDF Energy’s Number 1 priority; we must therefore always act in a safe, responsible manner.  Whilst Safety is not a behavioural competence, it must underpin everything we do and the behavioural competency statements within this document should be read with this in mind.


Employment Type Full-Time

Employment Period Permanent

Location South East

Contractual Location Hove

Salary Range TBC

Career Area Research and Development

Removal Date 31-Aug-2016


Job posted on 19 August 2016.

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