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Decision Scientist - Cost Modelling

Atkins - Defence
Aldershot, London & Bristol
Closing date
19 Jul 2022

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Empowering projects in a complex world.

Are you ready to take up a vital role in shaping some of our exciting projects? How about joining our talented team, where everyone has a voice, and together we face our clients' problems head-on. It's a diverse and inclusive work environment where world-class talent knows no distinctions.

We know that different people have different priorities, which is why we're here to support you.

Flexible and remote working is a central part of our culture. So, talk to us about what's ideal for you – from reduced weeks to buying more leave over school holidays. And if you're returning from a career break, ask us how we can help you transition back into work with us.

Read more about how you can thrive with us.

Work with our Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T) division as a Decision Scientist. You'll undertake projects that use quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse, model and identify solutions to our customers’ business decisions. Keep yourself challenged on our wide variety of projects, from niche consultancy projects to large, high-profile programmes.

Your purpose:

In this role you can expect to undertake the following tasks:

Interfacing with customers to help define and clarify decision making requirements.
Modelling of whole life costs covering current and future investment options.
Analysis of cost, schedule and risk throughout the life of investment options.
Liaison with colleagues to determine cost effectiveness of investment options, in support of business cases for acquisition and support.
Determination of affordability and programme budgets.
Generation of reports and presentation of findings to stakeholders.
In addition to client facing work there will be opportunities to be involved in preparing new proposals, management of consultancy projects and team leadership activities.
What you can bring?

At interview you will be expected to demonstrate an enthusiasm to apply your skills in the following areas:

Collecting, collating, and interpreting cost data from previous projects, supplier estimates, internal experts and published sources.
Using spreadsheets to create basic and complex cost estimating models.
Learning about using @Risk to undertake stochastic modelling.
Understanding of the principles, guidelines and methods used in the cost analysis of equipment, systems and capabilities.
Analysing cost data and providing support to business cases.
Developing a track record of effective liaison with clients and stakeholders.
You will have/be -

Degree/higher degree qualified or equivalent.
Strong attention to detail. Numerate.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Flexible approach to work, able to work alone or as part of a team.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to further develop in the following areas -

General consultancy skills.
Risk management/modelling.
Schedule modelling.
Operational analysis methods.
Economic appraisals that support a comparison of acquisition options on a cost versus effectiveness basis.
Familiarity with MoD acquisition processes and assurance of cost models.
Why work for Atkins?

People join us because they share a desire to be at the forefront of the ADS&T Business Unit and deliver outstanding projects. We empower our people to be the professional individuals they want to be, working on projects they feel proud of, making a difference to the world they live in and the legacy they leave behind.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. We have signed the MoD's "Women in Defence" and "Women in Aviation and Aerospace" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.

Meeting your needs:

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward", a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

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More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a top global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.


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