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Operational Research Graduates 2014

UK - Heathrow
UK - London - Waterside, London - Heathrow - Waterside
Head Office Opportunities

Job Description

Competitive salary and attractive benefits package
Your starting salary will be £30,000
Are you a high flyer in Operational Research?
Working in a business as complex, dynamic and customer-focused as an airline puts intense demands on the skills of BA's management team. The support provided by Operational Research (OR) is critical to effective decision making within the business.
As part of the British Airways OR team you’ll work alongside over 50 colleagues who provide analytical consultancy to all functions and levels right across the business, contributing to strategic projects (for example the joint venture with Iberia and American) and driving change.
You'll have the opportunity to show your initiative, drive and enthusiasm on a variety of projects by structuring a wide variety of complex issues using sophisticated analytical techniques to find the best solutions, and then work with the business to implement them effectively.
If you have not already done so, please visit our Graduate Careers microsite for further information:  

The Individual

  • Confidence and ability to quickly assess complex issues and provide effective solutions
  • Ability to communicate with people at all levels in the business
  • Creative thinking - think ‘outside the box’ for the most appropriate techniques and solutions
  • Teamworking
  • Planning/prioritising workload
  • Strong business understanding and ability to apply this
  • Effective influencing skills

Essential Qualifications

Candidates must have ALL of the following to apply:

  • The right to live and work full time in the UK indefinitely without sponsorship from British Airways. We will require proof if you are invited to an assessment day
  • Undergraduate degree 2:1 achieved, or expected to be achieved
  • Significant Operational Research or Applied Statistics content at BSc/MSc/PhD
  • 2 A-levels (Grade A-C) or equivalent
  • Either highly quantitative undergraduate degree or an A-level Maths/Statistics (Grade A-B) or equivalent
Your starting salary will be £30,000, with annual increases based on performance. 

Additional benefits include:
  • A bonus scheme linked to company performance
  • A pension scheme
  • Heavily discounted travel concessions across the British Airways network

Application Process

To apply, you will need to successfully complete a series of online questions. These questions form part of the selection process and your responses will be assessed. This includes the following questions (please note the system has a time-out security setting so we advise you prepare these offline before submitting).

1) What is it that attracts you to working as an operational research graduate at British Airways? Please describe what you think you will enjoy most and why you would be an excellent fit for this programme. (Max 250 words)
2) Please describe in no more than 300 words an operational research/modelling problem that you have solved. Please be explicit about:
  • The approach you adopted and why
  • What analytical techniques you considered
  • What analytical techniques you used and why you chose them
  • The outcome.
3) In no more than 200 words, give a recent example of when you have influenced someone round to your way of thinking. Please outline the lessons you learnt and how you would apply these in a future business consultancy situation.

4) Please list all relevant OR and statistics-related modules / subjects / theses you have completed as part of your course or qualification(s).
If successful at the application stage you will then be invited to take part in further assessments, the details of which will be provided to you. The face to face assessments will be held at Waterside, our head office near Heathrow.
We encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity to avoid any disappointment.
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Please note we do not permit applications for more than one graduate programme. Please only apply for your first choice.

Additional Website Text

This role is based at BA’s corporate headquarters Waterside. Situated in 260 acres of parkland it offers an internal street and many onsite facilities e.g. Waitrose, hairdresser, gym, bank etc