Principal Consultant - Military veterans preferred

National Grid (https:\\
Defense Contracting


  full-time   employee

CV34 6DA
United Kingdom

What you'll get

A competitive salary between £85,000 – £100,000 – dependent on capability

As well as your base salary, you will receive a company car or allowance, a bonus of up to 20% of your salary for stretch 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 a share incentive plan, a salary sacrifice technology scheme, support via the employee assistance line and matched charity giving to name a few.

About us

We are National Grid, and we are at the heart of energy. From heating homes to making sure businesses fire on all cylinders, we’re using our engineering excellence to connect people and the planet. We’re also looking to the future – innovating, inventing, and transforming – to make possible the energy systems of tomorrow. And that’s why there’s never been a more exciting time to join us and help us to make a difference to people’s lives every day.

About the role

Reporting to the Head of National Grid Internal Consultancy, the Principal Consultant will play an important leadership role in helping build the Internal Consultancy practice and delivering outstanding, value-added results to business unit and functional leaders. This is an exciting opportunity to shape and be part of a new organisation that will have long lasting and material impact on National Grid.

Your primary accountability will be to drive strategic initiatives across National Grid Plc, working on diverse, challenging and interesting problems. This will involve applying strategic frameworks and concepts to solve complex business problems, leading business performance initiatives, managing the project execution and change management of major business initiatives, and developing and evolving the operating model across our group of companies.


This role has multiple stakeholders, and success will require significant facilitation and coordination skills as well as the intellectual and strategic ability to challenge established thinking and lead discussions where necessary. Your voice and credibility will be important in these debates and your ability to influence and take senior stakeholders with you will be crucial to your success. You will take on a “coaching role,” to share your skills and experience with the team and the wider business. Within the Internal Consultancy you will enjoy exceptional exposure to the most senior leaders in National Grid Plc, working on the highest priority issues. You will become part of a high calibre team, with excellent opportunities to develop your career at National Grid, starting within the Internal Consultancy team and expanding into other functions and/or operating units.

About you

You will have significant experience across a broad set of general management consultancy skills including:

  • Business unit strategy development and execution in large and complex corporate environments
  • Operating model and organisation development
  • Complex problem solving and business solution development
  • Programme management
  • Leading and delivering sustainable change
  • Business Performance improvement and benchmarking
  • Strong analytic, presentation and communication skills
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity; able to break down problems into actionable tasks, develop work plans and structure work stream output/deliverables
  • Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action and drive real results, not just producing “a study that sits on a shelf”


Your strategic ability must be balanced by a strong understanding of the operational and commercial challenges faced by a business and the factors which can derail the successful implementation of a strategy. You will also have experience working with and influencing Executive level / Senior leaders within an organisation coupled with strong analytical skills and a broad understanding of the energy sector and regulatory issues affecting the industry.

Who are we

At National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds. National Grid’s ambition is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. We are committed to building a workforce which represents the communities we serve and a working environment in which each individual feels respected, fairly treated, valued and able to reach their full potential.

Closing date

The closing date for this vacancy is 31st January 2019. However, we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid’s recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.