Engineering and technical roles aren’t the only jobs in energy and utilities industries. Commercial roles are equally as important. In fact, a whole host of talented people are needed to keep businesses on track.

Sales, HR, Marketing, IT, Finance – for many employers, these commercial and support functions are just as critical to the sector as engineering. That means there’s a whole host of non-technical roles available that offer fascinating challenges and long-term careers.

Sales and Marketing

Sales and Marketing has a big influence on the profitability of the business. As part of this team, you could help the business set and hit sales targets; deal directly with customers; deliver its marketing and advertising campaigns; or help to devise the sales and marketing strategy.

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Make an impact on the success of a business with a career in Sales


Working within HR, you could tackle a range of responsibilities. It’s this part of the business that recruits suitable staff, ensures they are well trained, supports their welfare and creates a safe working environment. You could be involved in any or all of the above. 

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Specialise in areas such as recruitment and employee relations


As part of the finance team, you’ll be responsible for providing financial management and support. This will enable the company to make informed business decisions. Your role, your day-to-day activities and the advice you offer are all critical to the success of departments throughout your employer’s business. It’s therefore important that you can analyse information large amounts of data accurately and meet deadlines. You should also be comfortable working under pressure and, of course, financially sharp. 

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Finance could be a good option if you have an analytical mind

Information technology

Information technology has become a vital and integral part of the energy and utilities industry. The need for sophisticated, reliable and user-friendly systems is paramount, so IT is playing an increasingly central role. Within this area, you could create technological applications or systems; solve problems using technology; or support colleagues who use it. The ability to develop products and services is particularly prized, so higher level skills, including programming, are in demand. Overall, employers tend to look technical skills plus an understanding of broader business objectives, especially for consultancy roles.

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Higher level technical skills, including programming, are in demand in IT