government operational research service

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Government Operational Research Service

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.

Duration

3 to 5 years

Salary

£27k−£36k

Location

UK-wide

About

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.

Requirements

  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in a highly numerate degree subject
  • Or 2:2 with a highly numerate postgraduate degree (subjects like maths, statistics and physics; for mixed degrees, at least 50% should be in a highly numerate subject).

What will you experience?

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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.

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Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

Our training includes:

  • 2-day residential induction course
  • Access to a range of high quality training courses to develop your OR professional skills and wider leadership and management skills.
  • Access to a programme of cross-government events and conferences
  • Support in achieving professional accreditation by the OR Society (if desired).

Up to £55k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.

What benefits will you enjoy?

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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.

Application Process

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Online tests

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.

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Assessment centre

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.

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Final selection

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.

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The majority of Fast Stream events are held at universities across the UK. These campus events are typically only open to students and alumni of that university. If you are a member of the public wishing to attend an event on campus you will need to first contact the university concerned to see if they will be able to facilitate external guests.  
Fast Stream also attends a number of large careers events. Details of these are all posted on the events section of our website.