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Careers Open Day 2012 - Employers

ATASS Sports

ATASS Sports is a statistical research consultancy providing high quality modelling and analysis for the sports industry.

Advanced statistical techniques and methodology have been used for many mainstream applications such as medical statistics and financial modelling, but it is only recently that they have been applied to professional sports.

ATASS recruit Statistical modellers and O.R. analysts to work within new and established multi-skilled teams to develop novel statistical models, incorporating real-time information, in order to enhance understanding of the complex relationships inherent in competitive sports.

Further information can be found at www.atass-sports.co.uk

British Airways

Flying is a complex business, which makes the airline industry one of the most varied and intensely challenging environments to manage. Making the right decisions on network, fleet, sales, marketing, operational logistics and customer loyalty to name but a few is key to British Airways' success.

O.R. people make a huge contribution to British Airways' strategic direction, profitability and performance. British Airways have one of the strongest O.R. groups in the UK, working right across the business from Strategy to Operations to Marketing and more.

Examples of recent O.R. projects can be seen here.

Further information about O.R. at British Airways can be found here. British Airways also run a Graduate Programme for those leaving university who are interested in a career in O.R.


Capgemini is one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want.

Capgemini's team of Business Analytics professionals help clients make better informed decisions by applying modelling, quantitative analysis, objectivity and rigour to minimise risk and uncertainty.

Further information can be found on Capgemini's Business Analytics webpage.


Centrica is the largest integrated energy supplier in the UK so our decisions matter. Customers are always foremost in our thoughts. Evaluating customer behaviour in highly competitive retail markets, predicting how much energy they will need, analysis of current and future markets and making major investment and hedging decisions to secure future supplies of gas and electricity requires sophisticated analysis.

Centrica are looking for highly numerate and driven individuals who appreciate that energy businesses are driven by many factors – for example the market costs for power, gas, carbon, coal and oil, macro economics and geopolitical factors – and that these are changing every minute.

Further information can be found on Centrica's Careers webpage.


CORDA delivers outstanding technical management consulting services, providing a sound evidence base to turn policy into decisions and decisions into successful outcomes.

CORDA's complete consultancy service provides analytical advice and tactical management tools which can be used to support strategic, operational and tactical decision-makers at all levels.

CORDA welcomes applications from graduates and post-graduates with a good degree in a numerate subject and/or with knowledge and experience of:

  • operational research
  • business modelling
  • financial modelling techniques

Visit CORDA's website, www.corda.co.uk, for further information.

Dstl - Defence Science & Technology Laboratory

Dstl´s purpose is to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the

Dstl´s science and technology work covers a range of applications and disciplines including social science, mathematics and engineering and includes research, advice, consultancy, technical and systems risk management, and related activities.

Dstl offers a two-year Graduate Development Programme and look to recruit people from a wide range of scientific and technological disciplines including O.R.


GORS - Government Operational Research Service

GORS supports and champions O.R. across government. GORS currently supports policy-making, strategy and operations in many different departments and agencies and employs around 400 analysts, ranging from sandwich students to members of the Senior Civil Service.

O.R. specialists advise government on how to make the best possible use of public money. With their skills in modelling and analysis, they help formulate government policy and find effective ways of putting it into practice.

Further information can be found at www.operational-research.gov.uk

Hartley McMaster

Hartley McMaster is an independent management consultancy specialising in the use of analytical and structured

The company was founded in 1991 and has developed a strong reputation for high quality consultancy work. In their niche market, the company is now one of the market leaders in the UK and continues to grow both in terms of team size and client base.

Analytical consultancy is at the core of everything Hartley McMaster do. They need their staff to have strong numerate skills and typically recruit maths, O.R., statistics, physics or economics graduates.

Further information can be found at www.hmcm.co.uk


IBM provide IT services and consultancy to a variety of organisations around the world. IBM use their expertise to advise and guide businesses and organisations in a range of areas, from expansion into global markets, to managing IT outsourcing programmes, and developing and running the software that powers national economies.

The work that IBM undertakes goes far beyond computers. Projects include helping to bring clean water to third world countries; championing efforts to combat climate change; making entire cities more sustainable; helping traffic flow more freely; developing cutting-edge ‘intelligent’ buildings; and helping consumers get more from mobile technology.

Find out about O.R. graduate careers at IBM here.

NATS - National Air Traffic Service

NATS is best known as the air tra!c control (ATC) in the UK, providing innovative solutions to ensure commercial and military aircraft move safely and efficiently within UK airspace.

NATS work with airports, airlines, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and governments around the world - giving them answers to critical issues like safety, cost-e!ciency, environmental challenges and data use.

Further information can be found on NATS Careers webpage.



Prospect Recruitment

Prospect Recruitment are a recruitment consultancy specialising in O.R., quantitative analytics and process & change management.

People registering with Prospect Recruitment are often qualified to degree, M.Sc. or higher level in one or more of the following disciplines; Statistics, Economics, Operational Research, Management Science, Mathematics, Business Management and Computer Science.

Find out more about Prospect Recruitment, register and search for vacancies here.

Royal Bank of Scotland

RBS employ thousands of people working collaboratively around the globe, supporting many leading brands and more than 40 million customers.

The Predictive Analytics group is a central modelling function of around 40 people who support RBS Retail Risk and are based in Edinburgh. Their technical expertise is used across several different departments, including teams which are responsible for developing Basel models such as Loss Given Default, Exposure at Default and Probability of Default models and credit & fraud risk scorecards. The group also have a dedicated team which develops innovative scoring solutions using optimisation/mathematical programming among other techniques.

More information about the work of the Predictive Analytics group can be found here.


Steer Davies Gleave

Steer Davies Gleave provide strategic transport planning advice that is underpinned by technical excellence and expert opinion. Their expertise embraces all modes of transport, providing extensive and detailed insight needed to make good decisions and progress in what is often a complex planning and operating environment.

Steer Davies Gleave believe that transportation can change the world. That's why they've spent over thirty years investing in pioneering transportation planning techniques and developing the skills of their specialist staff. Steer Davies Gleave is a business that is sustained by a shared inspiration. And it is this that fuels their ambition to provide unrivaled advice that helps deliver better transportation solutions to everyone, everywhere.

Further information can be found on Steer Davies Gleave Careers webpage.


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