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Introduction to Government Operational Research

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National Government is a growth industry. As the economic uncertainty increases, the country's leaders turn to government analysts to answer the most poignant questions of the moment. Operational Research is at the forefront of national and international policy making and is your opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of millions. Find out more here.


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Introduction to Government Operational Research

  1. 1. Operational Research in UK Government Aidan Cross Department for Work & Pensions
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is Operational Research? </li></ul><ul><li>OR in the Civil Service </li></ul><ul><li>An Analyst’s Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Career Development </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>GORS Recruitment Process </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Us </li></ul>Contents
  3. 3. What is Operational Research? <ul><li>Operational Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Science of Better” (The OR Society) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Analysis that Matters” (GORS) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>developed in Britain during World War II </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>mathematical techniques applied to planning of military operations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>uses scientific methods to understand real problems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>draws on elements of other analytical professions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>enables easier and informed decision making </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. OR in the Civil Service London Sheffield Darlington Hastings Liverpool Manchester Telford Newport Titchfield This illustrates the departments and locations employing the largest analytical groups OR Analysts are also employed in other divisions and sites nationwide Leeds
  5. 5. OR in the Civil Service <ul><li>Government Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-ordinated through professional body (GORS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest Operational Research employer in the UK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>400 analysts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>across government and its agencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR specialists advise government: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>making best use of taxpayers’ money </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>improving public services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>measuring efficiency of government departments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributes to high-profile issues… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. OR in the Civil Service drug smuggling child poverty NHS waiting times climate change economic downturn improving schools knife crime
  7. 7. OR in the Civil Service computing forecasting modelling & simulation designing experiments decision making statistical analyses consulting
  8. 8. An Analyst’s Perspective No such thing as a ‘ typical’ analyst! Projects and Problem Solving defining aims and objectives problem structuring project management resource management Soft Skills leadership teamwork communication organisation Computing Skills spreadsheets databases statistical packages graphics packages visual basic Technical Skills modelling optimisation performance measurement risk assessment forecasting regression time series Qualifications undergraduate MSc PhD Backgrounds new graduates other careers experiences age range
  9. 9. <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>generous allocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>self-managed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>job focussed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>includes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in-house training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>external courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>conferences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>professional qualifications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>fluid promotions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>team moves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>departmental transfers </li></ul></ul>Career Development
  10. 10. <ul><li>Salary </li></ul>Benefits <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>flexitime / flexible working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>minimum 27.5 days annual leave </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>privilege days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>salary-related pension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multi-discipline environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working for the UK’s largest ‘business’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>job security </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>high-profile projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>networking opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul>£22,547 - £29,315 London GORS Grade 1 National Location £20,147 - £25,200 Starting Salary Grade
  11. 11. GORS Recruitment Process <ul><li>Entry Requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2:1 undergraduate degree in a numerate discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Applicants with a 2:2 may be accepted with relevant work experience and/or an MSc in an appropriate discipline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU or commonwealth citizen with indefinite right to remain in the country </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recruitment Stages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.operational-research.gov.uk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>spring deadline: 17 th March 2009 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>hosted at a government office </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>problem structuring test </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>interview </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit OR Units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>offered by departments / locations you have expressed an interest in </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>firm offer of employment by the department </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Completing the Application Form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High volume of applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing is assumed! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>be as descriptive as possible </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>include examples </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>operational research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>statistics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>other numerical / IT experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>projects & problem solving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>teamworking & outside interests </li></ul></ul></ul>GORS Recruitment Process
  13. 13. Contact Us <ul><li>General Enquiries: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hazel Challenger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0207 4386486 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Speakers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aidan Cross </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department for Work & Pensions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0114 2943 493 </li></ul></ul>

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