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Olympic Delivery Authority Graduate work placement schemes

2009–2010

experience

Olympic Delivery Authority Graduate work placement schemes 2009–2010 experience
Olympic Delivery Authority Graduate work placement schemes 2009–2010 experience

Contents

Introduction

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Entry requirements

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Recruitment

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Employment

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Support mechanisms

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Opportunities Communications team

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Procurement team

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Town Planning Promoter team

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Planning Decisions team

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Design team

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Legal team

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Transport team

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Molade Owoade, Graduate Property Development Trainee

Molade Owoade, Graduate Property Development Trainee

Before I started my placement, I saw – and still see – the Graduate Trainee Scheme as the best in the world. Not many people get the opportunity to be involved in the London 2012 Games.

Before joining London 2012 I obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in estate management from the University of Greenwich. In addition, I completed a postgraduate diploma in development and planning from University College London.

I’m currently based within the Property team at the Olympic Delivery Authority as a Graduate Property Development Trainee, assisting the Development Managers with various key projects mainly relating to the Olympic Village delivery and design.

I attend at least two weekly meetings that take over half the day if not all day. I spend another day working on various reports for my Development Manager, and other days working with managers within the team on current projects such as the International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre and planning aspects of the Olympic Village. This way I get a taste of everything, and it keeps my vwork interesting.

My favourite aspect of the role is liaising with the operations and project managers working on the Olympic Village. This aspect of the role providesv me with further insight and first-hand experience at the highest level, which can only be a positive for my future career.

Introduction

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are two of the world’s largest sporting events.

A graduate work placement with the

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is

a unique opportunity to help develop

the venues and infrastructure for the Games, and play a part in the regeneration of east London.

give you a buddy or mentor to help you out, show you around and answer questions.

You would get feedback and support throughout your time with us. And we also request feedback from you at the end of the placement, so that we can make our programme even better.

A

work placement is a great way

About the ODA

of

preparing yourself for a career.

It will give you fantastic insights into working life, and help you develop existing skills and gain new ones. It will broaden your experience and almost certainly make you more attractive to future employers.

The work experience programme is

The London 2012 Games will be delivered by two organisations:

– The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their use after 2012.

great for us, too. We get the benefit

of people with a fresh outlook, new

ideas and strong motivation. Every

member of our team is critical to our success and you too could be part of

a team delivering our challenging targets.

We are offering 11-month work placements, across a range of ODA teams.

To ensure you get the most from the experience, we set out clear goals

at the start, and have an ongoing

programme of training, coaching and development to support you. We also

– The London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) is responsible for preparing for and staging the Games.

The work placements listed in this document are at the ODA. You can find out more about jobs at both organisations at

www.london2012.com/jobs.

The ODA and LOCOG share headquarters in Canary Wharf. The ODA Planning Decisions Team is located nearby at 11 Burford Road, Stratford.

To find out more about the ODA and what it does visit www.london2012.com/oda

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Entry requirements

Placements are available to postgraduates and graduates who have graduated within the last 12 months, as well as undergraduates.

To qualify for the placement you must be able to demonstrate that you have the relevant skills for the training position that you are applying for, and either be:

undertaking a four-year sandwich degree course and be in your second year of the course at the time of application; or undertaking a three-year degree course and in the final year at the time of application. You must be predicted at least a 2:2 grade in your degree.

References and security clearance will be required and will be taken up once applicants have been sent a conditional offer for a training position. On receipt of acceptable references and security clearance successful applicants will be sent an unconditional offer with a start date.

The ODA has made a commitment to encourage minority groups to train and apply for jobs in construction and other areas where they have traditionally been under-represented. Priority will be given to applicants from the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich.

Equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion The ODA is committed to building a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We actively encourage applications from all sections of the community and in particular under-represented groups.

The ODA values diversity and recognises the enormous benefits of capitalising on the skills and talents inherent in all segments of the community.

To that end all employment and training opportunities are dependent on abilities, regardless of sexual orientation, culture or race differences. We recognise the potential of people with disabilities by offering the right support to help them achieve their best.

We recognise the potential of people with disabilities by offering the right support to help them

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Recruitment

When are applications accepted for the scheme?

All applications must be received by

31 March 2009.

What is the recruitment process? If you are interested in applying you will need to apply online at

www.london2012.com/placements

You will be asked to send us your

CV with a supporting statement

highlighting your skills and experience relevant to the placement profile, saying why you want to work at

the ODA, how the experience will

benefit your career development and what you feel your contribution will be to the delivery of the Games.

If you are successful at the initial application stage then you will be invited to attend an interview. The invitation will be sent in an email, so keep an eye on your email account to ensure that you do not miss it. We will ask you to confirm your attendance or otherwise by email.

If you do not have access to email or would prefer to receive

communication from us in an alternative format, and/or if you require any reasonable adjustments that may need to be made in

the event that you are invited to

an interview, please include this information on your supporting statement or contact Human Resources (see back page).

Are expenses covered for attending selection centres? Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed for travelling to one of our offices from your university

location. You will need to complete an expense form which will be given

to you at your interview, attach the

receipts and original tickets and return it to Human Resources. You will need to travel to the venue in the most cost effective way via public transport. We do not cover overnight stays etc. The ODA will consider your claim and then send you a cheque.

What do I wear for my interview? Remember that you will probably be competing for the trainee position and we would therefore suggest that you dress in appropriate interview attire.

We request that you bring your Passport or proof to work in the UK, and a document with your National Insurance number (NI card or payslip) with you to the interview for us to photocopy beforehand. Also, building

security requires that all visitors bring

a form of ID with them to present at the ground floor reception.

building security requires that all visitors bring a form of ID with them to present at

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Employment

Where will I be based? The ODA’s headquarters are located at:

One Churchill Place Canary Wharf London E14 5LN

The ODA’s Planning Decisions team is located at:

11 Burford Road Stratford London E15 2ST

What induction will I receive? All successful candidates will receive an initial induction into the ODA at One Churchill Place, London. This will provide a foundation and introduction for your placement with us.

You will then receive a specific induction from your line manager into your specific trainee work placement at your actual place of work (which for some could be at our Burford Road office). This will vary according to the business area and role. However, during your induction your line manager will agree your placement training and development plan, including suitable education, work shadowing and self-paced

learning activities. They will also talk to you about any reasonable adjustments that you may require in order to accommodate any special needs that you indicated on your application.

What will my employment status be? You will be deemed a paid trainee with the ODA and receive remunerations as advertised, along with the appropriate training, coaching and experience that each placement offers. However, you will not accrue any employment or pension rights. Any trainee wishing to apply for any vacancies that arise during their time with the ODA must apply for these through the ODA recruitment process, which will be open to competition.

How many days holiday will I receive? You will receive 25 days a year (pro rata) – the same as any ODA employee.

How many days holiday will I receive? You will receive 25 days a year (pro rata)

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Support

mechanisms

Mentoring On arrival at the ODA you will be allocated a mentor – a senior manager from whom you can seek guidance and advice, and who might also be involved in your informal review processes. They will analyse your progress, listen to your concerns and challenges, and counsel you on how you might tackle these – enabling you to benefit from their experience and wisdom.

They will have an honest approach to giving you feedback and challenge

your thinking and decisions. You will meet with your mentor at least once

a month, but can arrange to have

more meetings if you both feel you need it.

Buddying As part of our commitment to personal development at the ODA,

a ‘buddy’ scheme for graduate

trainees has been put in place. Each trainee will be assigned a buddy who will provide ongoing practical support throughout your time at the ODA and to make sure the buddy and graduate trainee gain maximum

value from the experience.

What about attendance? The ODA prides itself on being a high-performance organisation that will meet all of its delivery targets.

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There is no induction period but you will be expected to demonstrate an acceptable performance level (this includes regular attendance and timekeeping). It recognises that to achieve this it requires all of its people to do their bit, including those on its work placement schemes. You will therefore be required to attend work during the agreed hours; failure to do so may result in your training opportunity being withdrawn and offered (where appropriate) to another candidate. Sickness absence will be addressed in accordance with the ODA’s sickness policy.

Regular reviews Your contribution and performance will be an integral part of your whole team achieving its targets; we do not have the luxury of allowing performance standards to fall. Your line manager will therefore review your progress on a regular basis to check that you are on track, and that you are receiving the appropriate support, training and coaching that you need to excel. Should your performance be of an unacceptable level you will be given further advice, coaching or training (as appropriate). If your performance still does not improve you will be asked to leave and your training position will be offered to another candidate.

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Communications team

What do we do? There is huge public and media interest in the London 2012 Games. The role of the team is to keep the public up to date with the project, build relationships with local communities, Government and other stakeholders, and to promote the achievement of our milestones. The team comprises Marketing, External Relations and Media Relations.

How do we contribute to the delivery of the London 2012 Games? External Relations manages relations with the vast amount of people who, through personal and/or professional reasons, have a desire to be involved in the ODA’s work. These varied groups all have a desire to know how the Games are impacting on their work and lives, and how they, or the groups they represent, can benefit from the Games. The Media team explains the challenge and scale of the project to the media to obtain as positive coverage as possible. The Marketing team works with other teams across the organisation to produce printed and online materials that communicate the progress of London 2012 and involve different audiences in the project. These include a newsletter for people living around the Olympic Park, the website and progress reports to our staff and site workers.

website and progress reports to our staff and site workers. 10 Megan Lass, Communications What is

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Megan Lass, Communications What is your role at the ODA? I work as part of

Megan Lass,

Communications

What is your role at the ODA?

I work as part of the External

Relations team. All of the venues on the Olympic Park need to go through the planning application process. As part of this process all community, political, specialist and technical stakeholders need to be consulted on the designs. Part of my job is to make sure this wide range of people have been communicated to and consulted with and have the chance to express their opinions.

What is your background? After finishing my degree in communications I worked for a specialist events company for six months as an events organiser.

Describe a typical day? Every day is different and that’s what makes my job so exciting!

What is your favourite aspect of the role?

I love the variety of the role and

getting to meet so many different people. I enjoy going out into the community and informing them of the project and the amazing opportunities that there are.

I also get to be involved with

lots of different areas of the organisation and find out what’s going on.

Communications Intern

September 2009 to July 2010 (11 months) £20,000 pa (pro rata)

2009 to July 2010 (11 months) £20,000 pa (pro rata) Job purpose To contribute to the

Job purpose To contribute to the team in the delivery of its objectives and provide key support during placements with the Media, Marketing and External Relations teams.

with the Media, Marketing and External Relations teams. Key deliverables/outputs – Assist in the organisation of

Key deliverables/outputs

– Assist in the organisation of external and internal events

– Assist in the briefing and management of any external agencies

– Provide a range of administration support duties including copying, filing, telephone/post/email screening and routine office work including general administrative duties

– Carry out specific projects as directed and other ad-hoc communication projects ensuring delivery to time, cost, quality and standards

ensuring delivery to time, cost, quality and standards Key competencies – Must have a degree or

Key competencies

– Must have a degree or be studying for a degree in media, communications or marketing

– Ability to work effectively in a high performing and busy team

– The ability to communicate effectively

– Good analytical and writing skills

– Good communication skills

– Attention to detail

– Interest in design quality would be beneficial

– A commitment to the London 2012 values

– Self-starter and highly motivated

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Procurement team

What do we do? Procurement is the way ODA ‘buys’ all the goods (pens, paper), services (consultants, advisers) and works (construction, mechanical and engineering contractors) it needs to deliver its programme.

How do we contribute to the delivery of the Games? Delivering a multi-venue Park of this scale within a fixed timetable is a task unprecedented in the history of UK construction. For the ODA to deliver world-class venues and infrastructure, and a permanent positive legacy for east London, the Procurement team needs to procure and manage the delivery of a significant amount of goods and services within the given budget, and keep the delivery programme firmly on track. Fundamental values that guide our procurement include our commitments to sustainability, health and safety, legacy and achieving quality and value for money.

safety, legacy and achieving quality and value for money. 12 Omar Rizeq Procurement work placement What

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Omar Rizeq Procurement work placement What is your role at the ODA? On a day-to-day

Omar Rizeq Procurement work placement

What is your role at the ODA? On a day-to-day basis I handle key data for weekly reports and spend analysis. I use online procurement tools to raise orders, along with helping management optimise the profile of the Procurement department. I also manage smaller procurement projects and play a key role in keeping the team moving.

What is your background? I’m a business studies university student; currently on my work placement year.

Describe a typical day? There is no ‘typical’ day. It is always a new task, always a new challenge – that is what makes the job interesting and keeps me motivated.

What is your favourite aspect of the role? The interaction with people, not only with the Procurement team but the wider ODA business on a daily basis.

What inspired you to join the Graduate Trainee Scheme? The prestige of the Games and to have something I can always look back at and say ‘I was a part of that’.

Procurement Intern

September 2009 to July 2010 (11 months) £20,000 pa (pro rata)

Job purpose To provide support in project managing, evaluating and reporting the procurement activities of the ODA.

and reporting the procurement activities of the ODA. Key deliverables/outputs – To undertake detailed spend

Key deliverables/outputs

– To undertake detailed spend analysis, including variance analysis against budget allocations.

– To undertake cost-benefit analysis including entering key data, compiling reports on savings made etc, for management.

– To project manage smaller corporate procurement exercises, ensuring that good practice methodology is implemented throughout.

– To assist in the project management of a number of projects to raise the profile of Procurement and the use of professional methodology.

– To undertake control management activity and to flag potential issues, manage risks and report on outcomes.

– To review the utilisation and effectiveness of a number of online procurement tools and make recommendations for optimising performance.

– To undertake any other duties that may be required from time to time within the field of procurement and within the competence of the placement.

of procurement and within the competence of the placement. Key competencies – Be studying towards or

Key competencies

– Be studying towards or have obtained a degree in management and/or business studies.

– Must be numerate and comfortable in working with financial and statistical data.

– Good knowledge of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel.

– Must have excellent organisation skills and ability to work to tight deadlines and produce accurate work.

– Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.

– Good analytical skills.

– Concern for detail and accuracy.

– Friendly, open personal style.

– Ability to work within a team.

– Sensitivity/commitment to diversity and equality.

– Ability to remain focused on tasks until they are complete.

– Highly motivated.

– Flexible working attitude.

– A commitment to the London 2012 values.

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Town Planning Promoter team

What do we do? The ODA is the statutory planning authority for the Olympic Park, its venues and infrastructure. The team also manages applications outside of the Olympic Park (eg Weymouth and Portland, and Broxbourne). The team is responsible for all matters relating to applications for planning permission and for providing technical support to the project sponsors with the development of business cases related to infrastructure and venues and with town planning issues.

How do we contribute to the delivery of the Games? We have developed strong relations with key partners and agencies, such as the London Development Authority, Greater London Authority, the five Host Boroughs, British Waterways, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, LOCOG and Stratford City, all of whom play a key part in delivering the overall programme and legacy development. We work closely with them to ensure smooth and effective achievement of the planning permissions. We lead the pre-application consultation and communication with stakeholders to ensure that the development of the Olympic Park and other venues meets the aspirations of the local communities.

We provide technical support to project sponsors in the development of business cases related to infrastructure and venues and with regards to town planning issues post-application stage. We also play a key part in ensuring that the ODA’s corporate objectives and priorities stated within the masterplan (eg high standards of sustainability, inclusion and access, excellence in design) are incorporated throughout our planning projects.

What has been achieved? We have met the deadline for all planning applications to date, and have built and are maintaining strong stakeholder relations. We have undertaken consultations for all applications and implemented what has been feasible prior to submitting them for permission. We have received permission on all applications submitted to date.

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permission on all applications submitted to date. 14 John Booker, Assistant Planner What is your role
John Booker, Assistant Planner What is your role at the ODA? Assistant Town Planner, Graduate

John Booker,

Assistant Planner

What is your role at the ODA? Assistant Town Planner, Graduate Trainee

What is your background? I am a graduate from Sheffield University and masters student of Il Politecnico de Milano, where I studied town planning and urban design. There my studies focused on environmental assessment, urban theory and politics.

Describe a typical day? My role has given me the opportunity to contribute to a wide variety of projects, from the parkland setting for the Games to the extremely important but less glamorous deep foul sewer. My duties are to assist the Planning Managers and include attending meetings, debriefing senior members of the team, drafting and reviewing planning documents, and supporting planning agents to deliver high-quality planning applications within tight deadlines.

What is your favourite aspect of the role? The variety of issues that are presented to the team, and collaborative approach to problem solving, which involves designers; local planning authorities; engineers; and project stakeholders. Also, the opportunity to learn from the wealth of experience from my colleagues in the team and the numerous individuals who work to deliver any of the London 2012 projects.

What inspired you to join the Graduate Trainee Scheme? The opportunity to be part of and contribute to the largest regeneration project in the UK.

Assistant Planner Intern

September 2009 to July 2010 (11 months) £20,000 per annum, pro rata

Job purpose To give the placement student the opportunity to experience some aspects of work that a senior planner would undertake. The placement will involve assisting the Senior Planner team (and the wider team – when required) in the development of planning applications for key projects and later in assisting with providing technical support to the project sponsor. Working under supervision the ‘trainee’ will participate in the development of planning proposals, consultations and provide consultees with advice on relevant issues. The trainee will be working in a high-profile environment, in a highly sought after role and will need to demonstrate their ability to learn quickly and maintain a high standard of work.

to learn quickly and maintain a high standard of work. Key deliverables/outputs – To contribute to

Key deliverables/outputs

– To contribute to the provision of a high-quality client side planning service which delivers a successful Games and legacy.

– To assist in the management of the flow of planning applications through the independent ODA Planning Decisions team (the planning permissions authority) and provide support to the senior planners.

– To assist in application submission, reserved matters etc.

– To utilise IT-based planning applications, the processing system and its public interface.

– To assist senior planners in key projects including: the analysis and preparation of major planning applications, supporting them in negotiations, reserved matters and discharging conditions when required.

– To accompany senior planners to other ODA meetings and external public meetings representing the ODA interests when required.

– To ensure that work allocated to them is delivered to high quality and on schedule.

– To undertake other duties as may be required by the team and as directed by the senior planners and/or the Head of the Town Planning Promoters team.

and/or the Head of the Town Planning Promoters team. Key competencies – Have either completed or

Key competencies

– Have either completed or are studying for (have successfully completed second year of) a degree in Town & Country Planning or a degree in Land Management – specialising in Town Planning.

– Demonstrate the ability to handle complex information.

– Excellent writing skills, in particular the ability to write evidence-based reports.

– Good communication skills.

– Ability to work effectively in partnership within a complex political environment.

– Flexibility and ability to think laterally, innovatively and creatively in devising approaches and solutions to complex and sensitive issues.

– Good negotiation skills.

– Demonstrate a high degree of integrity, honesty and the ability to maintain the confidential nature of the applications.

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Planning Decisions team

What do we do? The Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Decisions team (ODA PDT) is a dedicated team of town planners that is drawn from the ODA’s own staff and staff on loan from the local boroughs. The team registers, validates and processes all planning applications within the ODA Planning Boundary. It is also responsible for ensuring that the venues and infrastructure are delivered in time for the London 2012 Games.

How do we contribute to the delivery of the Games? The team registers and validates all applications within the ODA Planning Boundary within a time frame.

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James Jaulim,

Assistant Planner

What is your role at the ODA? I’m working as an Assistant Planner with the Planning Decisions team, helping Senior Planners with large venue applications and managing my own caseload of smaller applications.

What is your background? I completed a degree in geography and a masters in town planning at the University of Manchester before starting the graduate training scheme.

Describe a typical day? The huge scope of the London 2012 project has ensured no day has been the same. I’ve had the opportunity to work on issues such as transport, sustainability, urban regeneration, archaeology, flood risk, landscaping and public accessibility.

What is your favourite aspect of the role? Having the chance to work in great detail on the major venues on the Olympic Park has been a particular highlight. Not many planners can say their first ever planning application was the London 2012 Velodrome!

What inspired you to join the Graduate Trainee Scheme? Working on the London 2012 Games is a fantastic project to be a part of. Not only is it the biggest regeneration project in the country, it is the biggest sporting event in the world, which is very inspiring.

Assistant Planner Intern

September 2009 to July 2010 (11 months) £20,000 per annum, pro rata

Job purpose To give the placement student the opportunity to experience some aspects of work that a senior planner would undertake. The placement will involve assisting the senior planners in the processing of planning applications. This will include providing support to the Chief Planner (Development Control), the Head of Development Control and the wider team as required. Working under supervision the ‘trainee’ will participate in the evaluation of planning proposals and advise consultees on relevant issues. The trainee will be working in a high-profile environment, in a highly sought after role and will need to demonstrate their ability to learn quickly and maintain a high standard of work.

Key deliverables/outputs

– To contribute to the implementation of a high-quality independent planning service which delivers

a

successful Games and legacy

– To assist in the management of the flow of planning applications through the ODA PDT and provide support to the senior planners.

– To assess, evaluate and process planning applications and help in the preparation of reports to the Planning Committee.

– To utilise IT-based planning applications, the processing system and its public interface.

– To assist the senior planners to analyse the impacts of major planning applications and provide support in negotiations when required.

– To have the opportunity to accompany senior planners to Planning Committee, other ODA meetings and external public meetings representing the ODA Local Planning Authority interests when required.

– To undertake other duties as may be required by the Senior Planner, Head of Development Control or Chief Planner (Development Control).

 

Key competencies

– Have either completed or are studying for (having successfully completed second year of) a degree

in

Town & Country Planning.

– Demonstrate the ability to handle complex information.

– Excellent writing skills, in particular the ability to write evidence-based reports.

– Good communication skills.

– Ability to work effectively in partnership within a complex political environment.

– Flexibility and ability to think laterally, innovatively and creatively in devising approaches and solutions to complex and sensitive issues.

– Good negotiation skills.

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Design team

What do we do? Our goal is to deliver design for the London 2012 Games that combines excellence with innovation. We want

to create exciting, well-designed venues

that are an appropriate stage for the greatest sporting event on Earth.

The Design team is responsible for ensuring that the ODA achieves its objectives to deliver a well-designed Olympic Park site with a view to making

sure that any permanent investment will provide a strong framework for creating

a well-integrated, great new urban quarter for east London.

How do we contribute to the delivery of the Games? We are designing for the Games

and legacy together. The venue and designs must obviously meet the requirements of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, but we are looking beyond 2012. We are only building permanent venues if there

is a long-term use after the Games.

We will not leave ‘white elephants’ and are being creative in the use of temporary venues and seating.

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Emily Black, Assistant Design Advisor What is your role at the ODA? I’m the graduate

Emily Black, Assistant Design Advisor

What is your role at the ODA? I’m the graduate trainee with the Design team, which is responsible for ensuring design quality is achieved across the entire Olympic Park. I work most closely with the Principal Design Advisors, the Arts and Culture team and the Inclusive Design team.

What is your background? This is my first job since leaving Durham University where I studied geography and archaeology.

Describe a typical day? It varies and it depends on what needs doing, but I usually spend part of my day shadowing Design Advisors to learn how large-scale projects are managed. I work with the Arts team on artist projects, workshops and commissions and I also have ownership and responsibility of my own individual projects.

What is your favourite aspect of the role? Everything changes daily. It is fast-paced, exciting and never dull.

What inspired you to join the Graduate Trainee Scheme? The excitement surrounding the London bid and the Beijing 2008 Games was infectious. I wanted to be a part of it.

Assistant Design Adviser Intern

September 2009 to July 2010 (11 months) £20,000 pa (pro rata)

Job purpose

– To contribute to the team in the delivery of its objectives and provide key support to the Design team in its activities.

– To provide executive support to the Head of Design and Deputy Head of Design.

– To support the internal client review process, which reviews projects at each Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) stage to make sure that they are delivering the ODA’s targets on health and safety, sustainability, access and good design etc.

– To provide administrative and logistical support for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)/Diversity for London design review programme (liaising with CABE staff and ODA design teams to ensure the rooms and presentation material are prepared and the day runs smoothly).

– To undertake any other duty required by the Design team that may fall within the competence of the work placement holder.

may fall within the competence of the work placement holder. Key competencies – Must have a

Key competencies

– Must have a degree or be studying for a degree or relevant built environment course.

– Ability to work effectively in a high performing and busy team.

– The ability to communicate effectively.

– Good analytical and writing skills.

– Good communication skills.

– Attention to detail.

– Interest in design quality would be beneficial.

– Self-starter and highly motivated.

– A commitment to the London 2012 values.

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Legal team

What do we do? The Legal Team provides advice and support to the ODA with regard to legal, commercial and financial risks in contracts and the business generally during the planning and delivery of this multi-billion pound project.

How do we contribute to the delivery of the Games? We are responsible for the in-house legal services and the management of external legal advisers in respect of all ODA functions and as such we contribute to the achievement of all of the ODA’s targets.

contribute to the achievement of all of the ODA’s targets. 20 Jacqueline Maher Assistant Legal Advisor

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Jacqueline Maher Assistant Legal Advisor What is your role at the ODA? I am a

Jacqueline Maher Assistant Legal Advisor

What is your role at the ODA?

I am a legal intern working within the ODA Legal team. I work on various projects such as the Dorney Lake Rowing venue, the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre and the VeloPark.

What is your background?

I graduated in law from the University of Greenwich in June 2008. I have been working at the ODA ever since.

Describe a typical day?

I do everything from research to

drafting and attending negotiation meetings. I mainly work alongside

one of the lawyers and report directly to the Head of Legal.

I liaise daily with the lawyers,

project sponsors and various departments as well as external

law firms and clients.

What is your favourite aspect of the role?

I love the fact that I learn so much

and am exposed to so many different types of contracts and areas of law. There is very much a culture of sharing knowledge. I am given as much responsibility as I can handle, and always given the support and supervision that I need.

What inspired you to join the Graduate Trainee Scheme?

I have always been interested in

the Games and it is an honour to play a part in delivering them to London. The Games are one of the few projects that look beyond race, religion, gender and disability, and unite people from around the world.

Legal Intern

September 2009 – July 2010 (11-month placement) £20,000 pa (pro rata)

Job purpose To give the intern the opportunity to gain experience of working in a busy, dynamic, high-performance directorate. To support the Legal team in the delivery of its targets, on strategic negotiations around the competitive tendering of complex public procurement processes and ensuring compliance with the ODA’s legal obligations.

and ensuring compliance with the ODA’s legal obligations. Key deliverables/outputs The internship will gain valuable

Key deliverables/outputs The internship will gain valuable experience and contribute in/to:

– Assisting with the procurement of the delivery of venues and infrastructure.

– Procurement and contract law and how it is applied.

– Drafting of contracts.

– The application of Freedom of Information law.

– Creating and maintaining a precedents database.

– Records management.

– Minute-taking at meetings.

– Records management. – Minute-taking at meetings. Key competencies – Be studying towards a legal degree

Key competencies

– Be studying towards a legal degree in civil law – familiarity with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, the Data Protection Act and Human Rights legislation would be helpful, as would any familiarity with the law of contracts and EU procurement legislation.

– Drafting skills.

– Negotiation skills.

– Excellent attention to detail.

– Ability to work to tight deadlines.

– Excellent interpersonal skills.

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Transport team

What do we do? The Business Resilience & Integrated Logistics (BRIL) team is based in the ODA’s Transport directorate. It

provides an oversight on all transport projects being delivered for the London 2012 Games. It:

– reports to the Directors of Transport and Finance on the progress of our projects and highlight risks;

– updates and tracks commercial and financial data;

– manages information knowledge; and

– monitors transportation safety and the environments within which our projects are set.

How do we contribute to the delivery of the Games? Together with our partners we are delivering new transport developments in one of the most poorly connected areas of London. These improvements will provide the bedrock for a successful Games. It is important that the enlarged network will serve both the Games and its communities afterwards.

will serve both the Games and its communities afterwards. 22 Hugo Terry, Transport What is your

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Hugo Terry, Transport What is your role at the ODA? There are a wide range

Hugo Terry,

Transport

What is your role at the ODA? There are a wide range of skills within the team and I have had many opportunities to get involved with a wide range of work covering programmes, risk, finance, and the environment.

What is your background? I graduated in business administration before joining a business to business events company. After three years and managing two events, I decided this was an area I wanted to focus on and joined Transport for London (TfL) in 2007 where I have since taken professional qualifications, joined the Association for Project Management and am studying for a project management MSc. I secured a six-month secondment with the ODA’s Transport team.

What is your favourite aspect of the role? There are often unexpected challenges that need to be dealt with to ensure that projects can continue with minimum interruption. Liaising with colleagues and stakeholders to secure agreement on the best way forward is very rewarding.

What inspired you to join the Graduate Trainee Scheme? The chance to work in a dynamic environment with very experienced professionals, where very visible major projects have immovable deadlines and budgets.

Transport Intern

September 2009 – July 2010 (11-month placement) £20,000 pa (pro rata)

Job purpose Opportunity to gain experience of working in a busy, dynamic, project orientated, high-performing team. To support the transport team in delivering their projects, and to monitor and report project progress on a monthly basis in line with existing structures.

on a monthly basis in line with existing structures. Key deliverables/outputs The successful intern will gain

Key deliverables/outputs The successful intern will gain valuable experience and contribute to:

– compiling Project Finance (ProFin) Reports;

– compiling monthly forecasting and explanations;

– creating and own register of assets;

– completing full reconciliation of Programme Baseline Report;

– analysing of Financial Baselines;

– collating Information Management/Information Knowledge Management (IKM) questionnaire and responses, report on findings and present to Informal Management Meeting;

– revising and publishing the next version of the IKM Guide;

– Preparing and releasing new induction pack – published on the intranet – and manage ongoing support and update process; and

– Collating final aspects of Beijing Action Plan.

and – Collating final aspects of Beijing Action Plan. Key competencies – Must be numerate and

Key competencies

– Must be numerate and comfortable in working with financial and statistical data.

– Good knowledge of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel.

– Must have excellent organisation skills and ability to work to tight deadlines and produce accurate work.

– Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.

– Good analytical skills.

– Concern for detail and accuracy.

– Friendly, open personal style.

– Ability to work within a team and individually.

– Sensitivity/commitment to diversity and equality.

– Ability to remain focused on tasks until they are complete.

– Highly motivated.

– Flexible working attitude.

– A commitment to the London 2012 values.

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