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RWE Supply & Trading is a leading European energy trading company, and part of the RWE Group. We trade in energy and energy-related raw materials, including: power, gas, coal, freight, oil, weather derivatives, biomass, emissions certificates and renewable energies.
At our headquarters in Essen, Germany, you’ll find the largest energy trading floor in Europe. We also have trading floors in London and Swindon, and operate in Den Bosch, Geneva, Prague, Singapore, New York, Mumbai and Jakarta. We continue to expand into new markets and grow globally. Our highly-skilled team consists of around 1,300 employees from 40 countries.
Our two-year Graduate Programmes are unlike any others with four different routes on offer: Commercial, Support Function, Finance and IT.
Are you looking to make the best possible start to your career? We have all the opportunities and options you could want. Our graduate programmes give you the freedom to choose your own rotations. So whether you’re interested in proprietary trading, finance, analytical functions or business support roles, you’ll be able shape your own career path while making a difference with your team from day one. Alternatively, you could join us on an industrial placement or as part of one of our apprenticeship programmes.
Our Graduate Programmes have three main locations: Swindon, London and Essen. You will be given a base location for contractual purposes but you can choose a rotation in any of our locations, including Singapore. Industrial Placements will be based in Swindon or London.
Every graduate will have a personalised training & development plan which starts with being assigned a buddy even before you start with us. Your programme will include formal training sessions with your fellow graduates, networking events to explore future opportunities and you’ll receive mentoring from senior and more experienced colleagues. With many other opportunities to learn, you’ll have guidance to ensure you’re developing both professionally and personally along the way. Over 80% of our graduates continue to progress with us long after their Graduate Programme finishes.
We are interested in candidates from all degrees disciplines, but mainly Maths, Physics, Engineering, Economics, Informatics, Business Administration or a comparable course.
We need candidates who deliver results and get the job done in a reliable way, who are socially confident and engaging in order to be able to network and communicate at every level. Furthermore we are looking for motivated and ambitious people who are keen to learn and develop themselves.
What are the best and worst things about your job?
Diverse exposure to multiple departments and teams within the company with the freedom to question other employees freely without feeling intruding.
The company culture feels relaxed but intense where everyone works hard but can also make time for other commitments.
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Everything as a normal Application. They are looking for Team Players you don't have to make the other Applicants look bad.
Nothing but good preparation. The team created always a friendly relaxed but professional environment. They didn't try to create stressful situations to test you and were always supportive. So be yourself but be well prepared. Search the Company Website and so on.
Make yourself stand out with any relevant trading experience you have. Show a passion for the industry.
Put a commercial/Trading twist on any experiences you have, make sure you convey passion for the industry - specifically commodities trading and markets. Structure your answers in a logical manner and convey an analytical thought process.
Show your passion for trading and commodities. No one has a degree in commodities trading so it is vital to show what you have done either extra curricular wise or work experience wise which exhibits an interest in the industry and company.
Research. Be up to date with current affairs. Macro drivers for global commodities such as Oil and freight. If you talk about something specific in your application - make sure you can back it up with the knowledge on the day!
Any evidence which shows you have an interest in commodity trading helps. If you're part of a relevant society then make sure you contribute to it rather than just being a member.
Make sure you come prepared, having read up on recent news events and thought about how these might affect RWEST.
Remember to be natural - the interviewers are testing both whether you're skilled enough to work here, but also whether they'd want to work with you as a person. If you're not a fit on a personality level then you wouldn't enjoy working here anyway.
Make use of your experiences in university and outside, e.g. work experience, volunteering, internships working abroad. A broad range of experience is really good and shows the adaptability required for the graduate scheme.
Stand out but in a good way. What is different about your experiences?
The same as the application. Show you have diverse experience and skills. Also, be yourself. I know everyone says this, but being relaxed and friendly makes such a difference. It is a friendly company so during the assessment centre chat with other graduates and the assessors!
Anyone applying should have a genuine interest in energy markets.
If in addition you also have quantitative skills and get along with people, you should do well during the application process.
The application process consists of interviews, analytical tasks, soft-skill tasks.. Again, if you have an authentic interest in energy markets it will give you an advantage that is otherwise hard to emulate.
Do your research on the company and the specific markets in which we operate (which are now quite varied.) They are not interested in your keenness to work in the London financial markets but your interest in the Energy business and the company itself.
Online tests, phone interviews and assessment centre. Your standard mix. The online tests are certainly not the easiest.
Be completely honest with everyone in the process. Qualifications get your foot in the door but they hire you based on whether or not they can see themselves working with you.
Telephone interview: Mix of both technical and non-technical questions.
Assessment Centre: Team based and individual tasks. As well as seeing how you think, interviewers look for what kind of a person you are and how you communicate and get on with others.
Responsibility given to new members
Company culture, everyone is willing to help (lots of ex-grads), share experience, socialise
Work life balance is excellent
Social aspect outside of work & lunchtime activities in work
Friendly nature of staff. People are always willing and keen to explain things to you and engage with you - right up to senior management. As an example, whilst based in Germany on my first rotation - an RWEST board member took me out for a one to one dinner for no particular reason than just to get to know me! I can't imagine many other companies of this size having board members do something similar.
That all of the trading desks aren't based in London.
Employers constantly tell us that there is nothing that impresses them more than a graduate who has properly researched the company and really knows why they want to work there - so make sure that you tell them in your application that you have read-up all about them on TheJobCrowd and so you really know what makes that company great and why they are right for you. It will help your application, we promise!
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