Operational Analyst / Operational Research Consultant

  • Job Reference: N6469-15A
  • Date Posted: 10 May 2022
  • Recruiter: Gregory-Martin International
  • Location: Fareham / Remote Working
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £40,000 to £65,000
  • Sector: Consulting & Corporate Strategy, Government & Defence, I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Anne Hartley
  • Email: ahadresponse@gregory-martin.com
  • Telephone: 01252 710215

Job Description

Operational Analyst / Operational Research Consultant – Defence


Our client is a successful technical consultancy providing professional services and are a technology partner to global, defence, energy, space and intelligence & communications companies.


As an Operational Analysis Consultant, you will be providing the evidence to help the UK MOD and industry to make better decisions. This may be thought-leadership on innovative research to develop new concepts and approaches, working in customer teams to support procurement decisions with analytical thinking and outcomes, modelling of operational performance and sustainment, historical analysis to support learning lessons from previous operations, or leading workshops with customers and Subject Matter Experts to improve policies and planning processes.


Our client’s recent successes within UK MOD mean that the company’s Operational Analysis team are looking for consultants with a range of levels of experience. They are interested in people who engage customers technically and personally, with the ability to provide analytical insight. They need people who work to improve themselves and others, and have the positive, flexible and self-motivated attitude necessary for working in a small company. Your work will support departmental policy, acquisition projects, ongoing operational efficiency, and business cases.  You will present and engage with customers and stakeholders and undertake a range of modelling and analysis. 


Responsibilities for the Operational Analyst / Consultant   will include:

  • Delivering technical consulting projects.
  • Identifying and winning work within the Defence sector.
  • Building new relationships and maintaining the relationships we have with our current customers.
  • Using and developing problem structuring methods and a variety of tools and techniques, including novel approaches where required.
  • Working organically in customer teams to deliver rapid turn-around analysis or using one of the company’s offices as a team hub from which to plan and deliver tasks.


Expertise Required

Our client is looking for a range of experience:

  • Consultants: 1.5+ years’ experience, including delivering qualitative and/or quantitative analysis;
  • Senior Consultants: 5+ years’ experience, including delivering analysis programmes, delivering innovative approaches, and / or winning work; and
  • Principal Consultants: 8+ years’ experience, with extensive experience of leading analysis, leading teams, delivering innovative approaches and / or winning work.


Essential requirements for this role:

Operational Analysis to support business decision making, policy development, and / or research, including both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ techniques (problem structuring and modelling). Structuring information, drawing conclusions and making recommendations.

Development and use of analytical methods and models.

Building customer and stakeholder relationships.

Supporting and leading authoring of technical reports and presenting to customers. Reporting appropriately for the audience: summarising complex information for high-level stakeholders and writing detailed reports to transfer knowledge and context with the customer.

Experience working with DE&S, Dstl and the Frontline Commands or consulting within the UK Defence industry.

Strong background in MS Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, Word.

Experience in one or more of the following technical disciplines:

  • Process and conceptual mapping (e.g. influence diagrams),
  • Statistical analysis,
  • Wargaming,
  • Simulation (System Dynamics or Discrete Event Simulation),
  • Optimisation,
  • Designing and facilitating workshops,
  • Historical Analysis,
  • Knowledge of data manipulation and analysis languages (VBA, SQL, R, Python),
  • Cost analysis/estimation,
  • Portfolio, programme and project management (schedule and risk analysis, benefits realization, evidence management).
    Be willing to travel across UK and comfortable to work away from main sites for periods of time.


For more senior positions, they would expect some experience in the following:

  • Identifying and bidding for future work.
  • Leading diverse analytical teams of in-house and external experts and advising other consultants and supporting when required on projects.
  • Understanding of the military operational environment and MOD management structures.
  • Strong knowledge of MOD approvals, the MOD acquisition cycle and Defence Lines of Development.


Keywords:  Operational Analysis, Cost Modelling, Defence, MOD, Wargaming, Statistical Analysis, Simulation, Optimisation, VBA, SQL, R, Python, Advanced Excel, PowerPoint, Dstl, DE&S, UK Defence, Historical Analysis, Data Manipulation, Risk Analysis, Operational Research


Operational Analyst / Operational Research Consultant – Defence

Salary:  £40,000 to £65,000 negotiable plus 25 days holiday, pension

Location:  Fareham, Hampshire or Bristol / Flexible Working, Hybrid Role