Use scientific and mathematical techniques to help the government find solutions to complex management problems
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3 to 5 years
The Government Operational Research Service (GORS) supports policy-making, strategy and operations in many different departments and agencies by using mathematical techniques to provide solutions to complex economic and societal problems. GORS analysts work in close collaboration with other analysts and policy colleagues in multi-disciplinary teams and have access to high profile, intellectually challenging, varied work.
The challenges faced by the government are complex and often costly. You’ll help identify the underlying and linked issues, modelling the likely impact of changes and interventions. You’ll use your skills in modelling and analysis to work with policy makers, finding ways to improve the delivery of public services and to formulate government policy.
To do this, you’ll use a range of techniques from facilitation to hard numerical analysis. You’ll generate and organise ideas, analyse data, understand and improve systems, and forecast likely outcomes.
Gain a breadth of experience in operational research techniques.
At GORS you can expect to work on projects that challenge your creativity as well as your intellect. You could be producing analysis that helps forecast demand for health services.
Find solutions to complex management problems in more than 25 government departments and agencies.
It's a good idea to gain experience of working in different departments, although larger departments may offer enough variety in available posts. You could be modelling accident hotspots on UK roads.
Operational Research brings intellectual rigour to the decision-making process. By looking closely at complex systems, and developing models that predict the way they behave, our analysts can bring a new perspective to the way problems are tackled.
Collaborate with your clients: senior people within the department and sometimes even government ministers.
While most OR Fast Streamers only work in analytical posts, it is also possible to do generalist posts like working in a private office (working directly with a minister and liaising with departments on their behalf).
I wanted a career that was highly challenging, provided opportunities to progress quickly and enabled me to put my analytical skills to best practise.
The experience of working in 2 diverse roles has given me varied development experience and exciting opportunities.
The Civil Service is unique in that the work you are involved with often has a direct impact on the public. I enjoy seeing results I helped calculate in the news.
The opportunity to learn whilst contributing to the organisation appealed to me. I also like the focus on giving you the skills to move into the Senior Civil Service quickly.
There will be a residential induction course, continuous professional development through an OR curriculum developed with the OR Society, and support for accreditation to the OR Society. A range of high quality training courses will help develop your core civil service competencies.
You’ll have a programme of cross-government events to expand your knowledge of OR in other departments. As well as developing technical skills, you’ll be trained in and develop broader skills in line with the civil service competency framework. You should be regularly discussing your development with your line manager.
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.
Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k, while other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more.
If you pass the online tests, you'll 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.
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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