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Senior Decision Scientist - Operational Research

Atkins - Defence
Aldershot, London & Bristol
Closing date
9 Dec 2022

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Clearance Level
DV, SC, None / Undisclosed
Aerospace, Defence, Security
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Empowering projects in a complex world.

You might know us for the great work we do across our wide variety of projects. We're proud to say it's thanks to our people's diversity of thought, expertise and knowledge. And when you join us, you'll be a part of this genuinely collaborative environment, where everyone's voice is valued and treated equally.

We're passionate about what we do, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. Simply put, this a great place to be. So, when it comes to your life outside of work, ask us about our flexible and remote working policies designed to help you get the most out of life.

Read more about how you can thrive with us.

Join us as a Senior Decision Scientist in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T). You'll lead teams that use quantitative and qualitative methods to understand, model and recommend solutions to our customers business decisions. We have a huge variety of projects on all the time, ranging from niche consultancy projects to large, high-profile programmes. So, you'll always be able to keep yourself challenged.

Your purpose:

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

  • Scoping, leading and contributing to a wide range of analytical studies.
  • Modelling of complex scenarios covering current and future investment options.
  • Application of a wide range of tools and techniques, including spreadsheet modelling, simulation, multi-criteria decision analysis and qualitative/soft analysis methods.
  • Determination of cost effectiveness, or cost-benefit analysis, in support of business cases for acquisition and support.
  • Interfacing with customers to help define and clarify requirements.
  • Generation of reports and presentation of findings to stakeholders.
  • In addition to client facing work you will be expected to contribute to preparation of new proposals, management of consultancy projects and leadership of teams.

What you can bring?

At interview, you will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Strong analytical, systems thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to structure information, see and understand the ‘big picture’ and think about many things at once, as well as keeping track of the detail.
  • The ability to define and execute a ‘Concept of Analysis’ (approach / plan) that meets customer needs, drawing on your awareness and practical experience of a range of Operational Research techniques.
  • Experience in delivering presentations and leading workshops, pitching information at the right level of detail.
  • A track record of effective liaison with clients and stakeholders.
  • The ability to deliver clear and concise reports and presentations.
  • The ability to head small teams and work as part of a team in a working environment where there can be frequent change, uncertainty and ambiguity.

You will have/be -

  • Numerate degree/higher degree qualified or equivalent.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexible approach to work, able to work alone or as part of a team.

In addition, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate one or more of the following -

  • Experience in a relevant consultancy environment.
  • Experience of analysing data and providing support to business cases.
  • Experience of cost modelling methods.
  • Experience of conducting economic appraisals that support a comparison of acquisition options on a cost versus effectiveness basis.
  • Broad understanding of the military operational environment.
  • Effective contribution to bid preparation and business development.
  • Ability to develop junior team members in Operational Research.

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 effective 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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