Operational research stream

The operational research stream is a 2 year development programme which, upon completion, will lead to a role within the council’s operational research function.

During your development programme, you will work closely with our transformation partner learning core skills and techniques that will help us improve the quality, accessibility and efficiency of public services in Kent.

You will support a number of transformation programmes and gain a broad understanding of the workings of the council. Your specific role will vary according to the scope and timescales of the project and is unlikely to be as structured as our management graduate programme.

We are aiming for you to gain sufficient knowledge and experience in a wide range of operational research techniques to be able to share what you’ve learned and build capacity across the council. This may include mentoring future graduate trainees and other individuals working on transformation programmes.


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £28,048 which will increase with progress and development.

Training and development

As a trainee on the operational research stream, you'll get the chance to develop your analytical skills and study for an APM Project Management qualification in Year 2.

You will also have access to our comprehensive range of learning opportunities and receive development from experienced operational research professionals.

You are fully supported from day one and will be allocated a professional mentor and a placement manager, as well as receiving ongoing support from the Kent Graduate Programme team.


Candidates will primarily be based at our Maidstone offices although travel may be required across the county.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in a discipline with a highly numerate or statistical component (such as engineering, science, mathematics or business)
  • a GCSE Grade A or above in English language or equivalent
  • a GCSE Grade A or above in mathematics or equivalent.

All overseas applicants must have the UK equivalent. See our equivalency table to check if you meet our academic requirements.

Additional information

We are an equal opportunities employer and we represent a diverse community, therefore we welcome applications from people of every race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation. There is no upper age limit for applications.

We are looking for candidates with the potential to become future senior managers. The selection process allows candidates to draw from experiences within their academic or working career. So you may be a recent graduate, or you may have workplace experience already.

If you are due to graduate this summer you are eligible to apply if you are predicted a 2:1 or higher but please state your predicted grade clearly on the application form.

Unfortunately, due to the vast numbers of applications we receive we are unable to accept applications from candidates who achieved a 2:2 or lower.

Applications are closed for the operational research stream, if you are interested in future graduate streams please complete the form below.

Register your interest now for the operational Research Stream.

Selection process

  • week commencing 20 March 2017 – candidates invited to complete online assessments
  • week commencing 15 May and 22 May 2017 – shortlisted candidates invited to attend an assessment centre on 16 May or 23 May 2017
  • week commencing 19 June 2017 – shortlisted candidates invited to attend interview
  • week commencing 2 October 2017 – successful candidates will start work with KCC.

See where our graduate is working now and read about why they applied for the Kent Graduate Programme.

Year 1 graduates

Oliver Edy - on placement in Phase 3 Adult Transformation, Social Care, Health and Wellbeing

John Hockley - on placement in SBDI, Strategic and Corporate Services