Ordnance Survey Graduate Development Programme Who are we? Ordnance Survey (OS) is the national mapping agency for Great Britain, and a world-leading geospatial data and technology organisation. As a reliable partner to government, business and citizens across Britain and the world, we help customers in virtually all sectors improve quality of life. Our expertise and data support efficient public services and infrastructure, new technologies in transport and communications, national security and emergency services and exploring the great outdoors. By being at the forefront of geospatial capability for more than 228 years, we’ve built a reputation as the world’s most inspiring and trusted geospatial partner What do we do and why? Population growth, climate change, and disruptive technology are impacting every nation. Geospatial data is helping to solve the complex problems of a changing world. We’re exploring how businesses can use location data more intelligently, through analytics, joining multiple data sources, data integration, and sharing platforms or environments. We are working at the heart of making national data connected and valuable, providing the framework for a wide range of public and commercial services and helping the development of a ‘smarter’ more connected world. We’re also leading machine-to-machine use of data at a level of detail never before seen in national mapping agencies. Working with countries all over the world, our expertise and capability supports the sustainable development and delivery of efficient public services – improving quality of life for millions of people. Our advisory services work with organisations, governments and other geospatial bodies and partners to improve policy making and increase geospatial capabilities demonstrating how GB is using the same approach to geospatial data and standards to save millions of pounds per year; reduce carbon emissions; make the best possible evidence-based decisions; deliver effective public services and plan new developments. How do we do it? Every day, our people use their world-class skills to deliver innovative solutions and grow our service offer. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do, and we not only operate at the cutting edge of collecting, managing and sharing data we seek new and relevant ways to solve real world challenges through the use of location based, big data and services. Our people are experts. Along with surveyors and data visualisation experts, our teams include data analysts, research and data scientists, developers and engineers; our technical relationship consultants and technical product managers are working alongside customers every day in GB and across the world to solve customer problems with our data and services. Our innovators are exploring how Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and gamification can bring location data to life. Meanwhile, our thought leaders are re-imagining and re-thinking the use of geospatial on a global stage, improving lives everywhere. We want to ensure we continue to grow our unique geospatial capability through a Graduate Programme that will bring together your enthusiasm for making a difference with our expertise and passion for continuing our development as the world’s most trusted geospatial partner. What will I be doing? Our Graduate programme will provide you with the opportunities to develop to be our future Technical experts, consultants and future leaders. As part of a team, you will be working on projects and activities that build on your core technical expertise, gaining experience and exposure to our full end to end data capture, processing, analysis and solutions business. During the programme, you will be embedded in our geospatial teams working through a number of placements – for some, this may be centred around a specific geo data science technical capability, while others may have a broader series of placements ranging from geospatial operations to data analysis and customer engagement. Your programme may also include the opportunity to spend time with some of our geospatial partners within the UK, for example in wider Government bodies or with our commercial partners. As you develop and grow your technical expertise, we will work together to identify where your skills and aspirations lie. You will be supported by a technical and business mentor and there will be formal modular training on broader aspects of our business, including; commercial awareness and working with government and other stakeholders. Some of the projects you may be involved with include:
OS OpenData: We believe easy-to-access data is a catalyst for fresh thinking. We’re supporting communities to use our data, accelerating new technologies and businesses, and enabling the Internet of Things. It underpins a range of applications, while promoting government transparency & accountability and encouraging greater use of geographic information.
Smart Cities: To build communities with improved quality of life – better housing, air and transport – decision-makers need an accurate understanding of place. With location data at the core, we can explore how to use emerging technologies to meet the complex and interconnected needs of society. For example, sharing vehicle location and movement data can help improve not just passenger journeys, but also safety, air quality and traffic flow.
Housing & Transport: We support the government’s plans to boost availability of land in the right places for homes, and to ensure that better use is made of underused land in towns and cities. As well as detailed, accurate topography, our data also provides information about addresses; roads; sites of interest; greenspaces; postcode units and more.
Energy & Infrastructure: Our data, services and consultancy help energy and infrastructure organisations plan, build, manage and maintain networks more effectively by understanding the landscape in detail and integrating data. Electricity, gas, water and telecommunications sectors can find out in-depth information about a road and the environment, so they can plan exactly where to install new assets or carry out underground maintenance.
E-CAVE: Enabling Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Environments (E-CAVE) research project to design the frameworks, data and resources for CAV data exchange. E-CAVE will enable real-time vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data sharing, using open standards and architecture.
Where will I be based? During the development programme you will be based primarily at our Headquarters in Southampton, but your project work may see you working throughout the UK (and potentially internationally). Who we’re looking for? Successful graduates at Ordnance Survey don’t just have great qualifications, they have the right mindset to make a difference; you’re motivated by doing the right thing and understand that it’s not just about what you do but how you do it. When you apply to our graduate programme we’ll be looking to see if you’re insightful, engaging and enjoy working with others. Communicating well with people is important to you, and you know when its right to involve other people to get something done. You’ve probably done some networking already or may have been involved in events with others in your field, because you understand the value of sharing knowledge and experience with different people. If you’ve got, or will have, an undergrad degree (predicted or achieved 1st or 2:1); if what we do and where we are going inspires and motivates you, then we would love to hear from you. As a technical programme, we particularly welcome applications from people studying the disciplines below or have an interest in:
Geospatial Science (i.e. Geomatics, Geodetics)
Data Science & Analytics
Computer Science (particularly Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence)
Data visualisation (including Gamification)
Rewards and Benefits As well as working in an award-winning state of the art office, you’ll get:
Up to £24,000 basic salary package, with £500 relocation bonus on appointment
Personal development & training
Laptop, mobile phone, flexible working options, benefits package and pension
25 days of annual leave plus 3 days extra at Christmas
Paid volunteer day for a cause that’s important to you
Healthcare, retail and fitness discounts
Fantastic Sports & Social club network
What happens at the end of the programme? During the programme we will work together to jointly identify where your aspirations and skills and our technical needs come together. At the end of the programme, our aim is that every graduate will be considered for a permanent role at OS. Please click here to see how our Graduates from the 2019 intake found their first week at OS! How to apply To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter by clicking the apply now button. In your cover letter, in addition to telling us; why you think you are suited to the Ordnance Survey Graduate programme, please identify a national challenge where you believe the improved use of geospatial data will have a positive impact – what is the challenge, why have you chosen it and how would the improved use of geospatial data help? We recommend you focus this towards your field of interest for example if you have a particular interest in Data Science, tailor your letter to this field. Your cover letter should be no longer than 1200 words. The closing date for applications to the programme is Sunday 10 November 2019. The interview process will take place in March 2020 and include a mix of online assessment, face to face interview and assessment centre. Placements on the programme will start in September 2020 .