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Graduate Scheme 2022


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Our graduate scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to develop commercial experience in a small, friendly, but rapidly-growing company.

"The Midsummer graduate scheme has been the perfect next step for me. I loved the idea of going into the solar industry, but had no idea where to start. The grad scheme has been ideal because I’ve been able to gain experience across all departments. With such a friendly, supportive team and relaxed environment I really can’t recommend Midsummer enough." Emma – Graduate Trainee 2021-2022

You will gain experience in all aspects of the company's business, from sales processing to operations and accounts, but with a particular focus on technical activities in our operations, software and technical sales divisions.

The post is initially for a year, with the possibility of moving on to a  permanent position in the company afterwards. We are flexible about start dates – we would consider applicants who can start now as well as those who graduate this summer.

The Eco Home

Midsummer began on a narrowboat in 2005. Our MD Andy lived off-grid and, as a former climate scientist, had experience with PV and battery systems in remote locations.

The Programme

The purpose of the graduate scheme is to give you wide-ranging experience of all aspects of operating a small(ish) company. You will spend time in various departments of the business, including the following:

  • Technical Support Team

Working under our Technical Engineer, you will gain experience of customer technical enquiries (from troubleshooting to design support) as well as helping create and maintain product listings, writing technical content and articles and helping to optimise processes. You'll have the chance to talk to customers, and help the wider operations team with assessing and onboarding new products.

  • Renewable Heat Team

We launched our renewable heat division in March 2021, so it's still the newest part of Midsummer, and one with enormous growth potential as the UK begins to decarbonise its heating. Heat pumps are increasingly specified in new build homes as a low carbon alternative to gas boilers, and the Government recently announced a £5,000 grant for heat pumps retrofitted in people's homes. 

A rotation in the heat team offers the opportunity to learn the technical ins-and-outs of heat pumps, and the associated system parts, as well as the considerations that go into a proper system design for retrofit and new build applications. You'll handle customer enquiries, get hands-on with the hardware, and take part in developing, using and promoting our unique heat pump sizing software, Heatpunk.

Heat pumps need sizing based on the anticipated heat loss of the building they will be heating, and that calculation takes into account the sizes, uses and building materials of all the rooms in the house. Our software automates this in a user-friendly way, and is unlike anything else on the market. We can expect to see heat pump sales increase significantly over the coming years, and we're in the right place at the right time with our software!

  • Software Development Team

We're an unusual renewables distributor in that we have a (small) army of web developers. Apart from the aforementioned heatpunk software, we also have its hugely popular PV predecessor, Easy-PV, our online PV tool suite. Easy-PV allows solar PV installers to design PV systems quickly and robustly in a matter of seconds, with all the correct mounting and electrical components.

At the click of a button, it also does financial projections, schematics, structural calculations, and even fills out electrical commissioning forms for the user. Easy-PV is geared towards the UK market, but we also have versions tailored for Ireland, global users, and bespoke versions customised for energy companies, large installation companies and a solar panel manufacturer. An ongoing project is to develop this software for other markets beyond the UK, and to find new ways of generating revenue.

As well as our software offerings, the team also develops and improves all our internal systems. The nature of the rotation in the software team will be tailored to the candidate's abilities – but we'll aim to make the best use of your strengths and give you the chance to play a part in developing these cutting-edge systems. We're always on the look-out for budding developers, and we don't require in-depth coding experience, just a knack for picking things up. 

  • Off Grid Systems

Midsummer began by selling off grid systems, and it continues to be an important (if smaller) part of what we do. You will have the chance to learn about designing solar and storage systems to suit different off-grid applications,  and support the off-grid team with sales and operations.  

As well as the above, the scheme will expose you to business functions that may include the following: 

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

We will aim for you to have the chance to spend a month or two at our Dublin subsidiary during the year, although this may depend on Covid-19 restrictions. 

You’ll gain hands-on experience in the sort of day-to-day decision-making that happens at a growing company in a rapidly changing industry. 

Who we’re looking for

You’re intelligent, friendly, good with technical detail, 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 growing 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.

For the 2022 intake, we're especially looking for those with a technical mindset. Whether you've tinkered with code, electronics, or have a passion for engineering and technical data, we're keen to talk to you! 

As a hands-on introduction to all aspects of running a small company, our graduate scheme 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.

What we offer

You’ll gain hands-on experience in the sort of day-to-day decision-making that happens at a growing company in a rapidly changing industry. You'll enjoy exposure to real business problem-solving in a variety of contexts, and put your talents to use in a dynamic team environment.

In recent years we have met the challenges of a global pandemic and Brexit, product shortages, rising prices, currency fluctuations, policy changes and strong competition. 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(ish) team, your role will be 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 role allows 25 days' holiday per year plus bank holidays, and it's a friendly and dynamic office environment with an emphasis on teamwork, and a shared environmental ethos across the company as a whole. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £24,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Cambridge
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Information Technology
  • Software

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