On the Government Operational Research Service Fast Stream, you’ll use scientific and mathematical techniques to find better solutions to government policy making and resolve complex management problems.
3 to 5 years
Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better policy decisions.
You’ll do this using techniques ranging from quick back-of-the-envelope calculations to complicated systems dynamics models, forecasting, simulation and analytics.
Different OR techniques can be used to objectively assess the current situation and how different changes might affect it. Our work brings government policy to life and has an impact on everyone in the UK.
You will be using your intellect and creativity as problems can be complex, often with no single ‘right answer’. Your work will support all areas of government, including policy-making, strategy and operations.
Operational researchers commonly work with economists, statisticians, social researchers, scientists and those policy. Whilst most OR Fast Streamers only work in analytical posts, it is also possible to take up generalist posts, such as working in a private office (working directly with a Minister and liaising with departments on their behalf).
You will join the Government Operational Research Service (GORS) with access to over 700 members. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to 55k.
The OR profession is flexible and allows the candidate to choose their own career path. You will gain experience in varied posts typically lasting 12-18 months in roles across government departments.
Year 1 - Gain experience in operational research techniques. You will be allocated to a department for your first posting (minimum of a year), after which you will have the opportunity to determine how often you move between posts including roles in other government departments. You will be encouraged to shape your own career and develop your OR skills as well as your leadership skills throughout the programme.
Year 2 - Over the course of the programme, you will gain the experience and skills that will put you on a path to senior leadership roles across the Civil Service. The OR profession is flexible and allows the candidate to choose their own career path.
Year 3 - Find solutions to complex management problems working in a government departments or agency. It's a good idea to gain experience of working in different departments, although larger departments may offer enough variety in available posts.
Year 4 - Collaborate with your clients: As you become more experienced, you will have greater contact with senior people, and sometimes even government ministers.
Our training includes:
Up to £55k
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.
You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.
Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.
The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.
You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.
If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form and this will be sifted by the scheme owner. If successful at the sift, then you will be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.
We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.
You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:
If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.
The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.