Escape the obvious with the OS graduate scheme

Ordnance Survey's graduate recruitment scheme for 2016 has launched, offering graduates the opportunity to lead the way on developing innovative and inspirational solutions for digital data.

OS is looking for talented, creative and ambitious graduates to shape the future of geospatial data. Today OS is a big data organisation supplying up-to-date, detailed mapping data to customers across the private and public sector. OS data impacts, and underpins, everything from bus routing to online mapping providers and home insurance policies to international sporting events.

Under the scheme OS is looking to find graduates who are hoping to shape a career in geospatial data analytics, software engineering and architecture, data management or cyber security.

Nigel Clifford, OS CEO, commented: “OS began as a start-up in 1791 with just £373 and three men commissioned to draw military maps for Great Britain. Today, we’re one of the world’s oldest big data companies and the information we provide helps people make better decisions, in business, in government and as individuals.

“OS has always been innovators and that continues today, working with the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, 3D mapping and virtual reality. The graduate programme will give successful applicants the opportunity to be at the forefront of this innovation and development. OS is an exciting place to be – that’s why I decided to join this year – and I hope you consider applying to join me here too.”

The OS graduate recruitment scheme is now in its fourth year.

Steve Kingston, who joined OS as part of the 2013 graduate programme added: “The OS graduate scheme has provided me with a chance to work with unbelievable mapping data on projects which are making a real difference across Great Britain. I have recently been working on a project called GeoBIM (Geo Building Information Modelling), where I have been supporting a new collaborative partnership between OS and two large construction and infrastructure organisations to drive the adoption of geospatial information with BIM. If you are interested in innovation, data engineering and want to work with experts in the mapping industry then OS is the place for you.”

Ordnance Survey's Head of Human Resources, Nadine Prior, added: "We want passionate, fresh thinkers to join OS on our digital journey. The challenge is to think, plan and develop the products and services of tomorrow and every one of the graduates will have a role to play. From software engineers working on the next generation of mobile apps to data management experts helping to maintain and derive added value from OS’s enormous geospatial database of 460 million geographic features.”

Working at the organisation's Southampton head office, the recruits will join a structured two year programme where they will get experience working with different teams across the business, delivering projects, and meeting our customers. The starting salary for each role is £27,000.

Visit: os.uk/grads to find out more about OS, our graduate programme, and the opportunities on offer. The closing date for applications is 29 November 2015.

OS will also be attending a number of career fairs across the country during October and November. These are:

  • Wednesday 14 October – Bristol
  • Tuesday 20 October – Southampton Solent
  • Wednesday 21 October – Manchester
  • Thursday 29 October – Warwick
  • Thursday 5 November – Southampton University ECS faculty
  • Wednesday 11 November – Bournemouth

If you can’t make the fairs and have a question, tweet @ordnancesurvey or use #OSGrads and we’ll get back to you.

ENDS

Head of Media

Email: Robert.andrews@os.uk

About Us

Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping authority, keeping 460 million geographical features updated to provide an accurate picture of the country. We collect, maintain and distribute the most accurate and up-to-date geographic information (GI) of the whole country that government, business and individuals all rely upon. From our surveyors on the ground, measuring and tracking changes; our planes that maintain our aerial photography of Great Britain; data technology specialists who build and maintain our bespoke IT systems; and product experts redefining how customers can benefit from our data, we all have one vision: to be the content provider of choice for location-based information. Our iconic maps are one of our most recognised brands, but these days digital data accounts for 93% of our business. Demand for accurate, accessible, high-quality GI has never been so high. Our database holds an entire digital map of the country with 460 million features and we work day-in, day-out to keep it up-to-date. We build products to meet our customers' needs and support our emergency services with vital road and land information, and provide data to utility companies to make sure you can get water and gas supplies to your home. From ensuring optimum routes for refuse collection to getting your shopping to your door – our work is all around you.SpecialtiesGeographical information, Web services, Cartography, Leisure maps, Geospatial data management, Surveying, Innovation, GeoVation, GIS, Paper maps, Digital maps

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“OS began as a start-up in 1791 with just £373 and three men commissioned to draw military maps for Great Britain. Today, we’re one of the world’s oldest big data companies and the information we provide helps people make better decisions, in business, in government and as individuals. “OS has always been innovators and that continues today, working with the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, 3D mapping and virtual reality. The graduate programme will give successful applicants the opportunity to be at the forefront of this innovation and development. OS is an exciting place to be – that’s why I decided to join this year – and I hope you consider applying to join me here too.”
Nigel Clifford, OS CEO