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Heathrow, England

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Graduates & Business Placements



Job Description

Data Science and Analytics Business Placement

Giving everything you’ve got, and more. That’s what it takes.

Duration: 11 months

Location: London Heathrow

Salary: £18,000

Closing Date: 26th November 2018  (Please Note: You must complete all sections of your application, including all online tests and video interviews by 3:00pm on 30th November 2018. If you fail to submit your application end-to-end by this time, your application will be automatically withdrawn). Applicants may only apply for one programme per year and only your first application will be considered.

Start Date: September 2019

Securing the best graduate talent is essential to the future of British Airways; making sure that as an organisation we have the culture and capabilities to drive our business forward. We’re an organisation with over 90 years of history, a hugely prestigious brand with a great sense of pride and camaraderie. We are looking for Business Placement candidates to drive British Airways forward into the future. The 2019 Business Placement Programme is an 11-month paid work experience opportunity open to current undergraduates taking a sandwich year as part of their degree.

Airlines are complex, which makes this industry one of the most varied and interesting places to apply advanced analytical techniques. The mission of Operational Research is to drive better decisions across British Airways through independent analytical excellence and business insight. We shape and work on the biggest change initiatives facing British Airways and drive forward the analytical capability of the company. We support a large proportion of the airline and have four teams working closely with Commercial, Operations, Revenue Management and Strategy.

You will work with a wide range of people within OR and with clients all the way up to the most senior managers. You will influence multi million pound decisions from day one, by applying your advanced analytical and consultancy skills to a wide variety of real life, high profile issues. Example work includes; investigating which airlines BA could form alliances with, how many and which type of aircraft should BA buy, how to improve punctuality, how does customer satisfaction impact revenue, and how can we improve overbooking.

Principal Accountabilities

  • To deliver on all placement tasks and accountabilities
  • To take ownership of individual development, identifying areas for skills development and proactively acting upon these needs
  • To develop a Business Placement and graduate network and to support opportunities for individual learning and business networking

Candidates MUST have all of the following to apply:

  • 300 UCAS Points or equivalent
  • A level Maths/Stats grade A or B (or equivalent)
  • 2:1 degree or above predicted on a course with significant Operational Research, Advanced Analytics, Management Science or Applied Statistics content
  • Enrolled on an undergraduate programme which allows a sandwich year
  • Must have the right to live and work full-time in the UK indefinitely without sponsorship from British Airways
  • Must be able to pass a Criminal Record Check

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we receive year-on-year, we are unable to provide candidates with feedback.

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