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Apprenticeship training course

Operational research specialist (level 7)

Help clients (either internally or externally) to make strategic, tactical and operational decisions.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Business and administration
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Analytics specialist
  • Decision support analyst
  • Management scientist
  • Modeller
  • Operational analyst
  • Operational research analyst
  • Operational research consultant
  • Operational researcher
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Structure a client's problem using a relevant informal or formal methodology.
  • Conceptualise complex client problems into tractable operational research questions.
  • Critically evaluate and synthesise data relevant to the client problem (including data provenance, scope and limitations).
  • Manipulates, interrogate and manage raw data, using relevant methodology.
  • Undertake exploratory data analysis. This includes identifying relationships, robustness and quality, covering both model generated data and external information sources.
  • Exercise judgement by selecting the appropriate technique to design an approach to a client's problem.
  • Use relevant software solutions to support the analysis of a client's problem.
  • Creates a model to analyse a problem; applies an appropriate approach including programming, scripting, coding or using spreadsheets.
  • Critically analyse the internal and external factors relevant to an Operational Research problem to determine a holistic approach. These factors include organisational structures, the political, business and social context.
  • Apply holistic approaches to an Operational Research problem, taking into consideration internal and external factors.
  • Recommend compliant solutions that address the client's problem.
  • Source and use relevant internal/external technical expertise necessary to address the client's problem.
  • Use appropriate methodologies to manage complex client relationships.
  • Strategically manage all variables necessary to deliver timebound Operational Research recommendations. This includes, but is not limited to, people, risk, financial controls and budgets.
  • Exercise judgement to deliver persuasive arguments that are objective and unbiased.
  • Translate complex landscapes into client focused communications that balance rationale for recommendations with project limitations & compliance.
  • Critically evaluate & address own developmental needs.
  • Apply judgement to provide relevant and timely feedback when supporting colleagues' development.
  • Use concepts of team dynamics to create, lead and manage high performing and collaborative teams.
  • Operate autonomously within the limits of own authority and responsibility.
  • Design and implement strategic approaches that motivates team members to achieve objectives.
  • Exercise judgement in managing and using data in accordance with relevant legislation, organisational principles and governance.
  • Validate quality by application of relevant quality assurance methodology.

Full information on Operational research specialist (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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