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Government Operational Research Service Scheme Full Time

at Civil Service Fast Stream in United Kingdom (Published at 10-10-2017)

In a nutshell, Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. We do this using techniques ranging from quick back-of-the-envelope calculations to complicated systems dynamics models.

Other OR techniques you might know are forecasting, simulation and analytics. We require intellect and creativity as problems can be complex, often with no single “right answer”.


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 a 2:2 with a highly numerate postgraduate degree

highly numerate degrees include subjects like maths, statistics and physics; for mixed degrees, at least 50% should be in a highly numerate subject

What will you experience?

Our work supports all areas of government, including policy-making, strategy and operations. For example your department may wish to make an operation more efficient, achieve better customer service, or reduce costs. Different OR techniques can be used to objectively assess the current situation and how different changes might affect it. This means our work brings government policy to life and so affects everyone in the UK.

Operational researchers commonly work with economists, statisticians, social researchers, scientists and those who work in policy. Often these people will be within your own department, but there are frequent opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration.

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