Jay Patel

Graduate Success Interview

Jay Patel has progressed in the company to become Energy and Commercial Analyst in the Solutions team, with a wide portfolio of responsibilities which ensures no two days are the same.

Jay Patel

Job Title: Energy and Commercial Analyst

Years At Vital: 3

Higher Education Qualification: MSc in Physics

Can you talk us through what you were doing initially?

I joined Vital as a graduate engineer and the idea was for me to get some experience on site because I didn’t really have a technical background. I ended up being a Project Engineer on the University of York project during the install of 2 CHP engines, a biomass unit and some of the district heating. I learnt a lot from everyone else on site and by the end of it I was running the site by myself for a period of time, taking care of health and safety issues and issuing permits.


What are you doing now?

I am now an Energy and Commercial Analyst in the Solutions team. My job now is really varied which is great. I do the energy and commercial modelling for long term energy contracts, from initial concept and refine it to the scheme, which we then install.   I look after CHPQA for the company, I have designed the company’s commercial performance monitoring software from the ground up and I have been working with the projects and Operation and Maintenance team to optimise the performance of our schemes.  I also get involved with the legal side of these long term contracts, a bit of everything really.


How would you say you’ve grown since starting at Vital?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best people in the country when it comes to energy performance contracts. I have gained some much technical experience within the energy sector but in addition to that I think I now know so much about business in general.


How do you feel about the opportunities to progress at Vital?  (Do you think you could be a board member 20 years from now?)

I feel like a really important part of Vital Energi already. I have been able to pursue anything I’ve wanted to within the business. My main role is to do the computer modelling but because I found it interesting I have got involved in the legal side, the O&M side, the performance monitoring side. Eventually, I reckon I might be interested in doing a more senior role, 20 years is a long time though, I think I could be on the board in the next 10!


Can you talk us through the support you’ve had while you’ve been here?

I believe I’m part of the best team in the country. Not only because of all the collective experience we have, but because of the family atmosphere that has been created. We work hard but we have so much fun, and if I need anything from steam training in Germany to my boss going out to get a sandwich because I am too busy, it gets done. And that’s true across everyone I’ve worked with in the company, if I need anything people are only a phone call away and are more than happy to help.


What would you say to someone who’s considering applying to Vital through the Graduate Scheme?

It is a really fun atmosphere to work in, you get to work with some of the best people in the industry and you learn something new every day. This will be the best decision you ever make.

Join us to help revolutionise how we heat and power our homes, hospitals, offices and universities to build a cleaner greener UK for the future…

Email your CV to our HR Manager Ella Stokes at ella.stokes@vitalenergi.co.uk.