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Olympic Delivery Authority

Graduate work placement schemes


2009–2010

experience
Contents Introduction 03
Entry requirements 05
Recruitment 07
Employment 08
Support mechanisms 09

Opportunities
Communications team 11
Procurement team 13
Town Planning Promoter team 15
Planning Decisions team 17
Design team 19
Legal team 21
Transport team 23

Before I started my placement, I saw I attend at least two weekly meetings


– and still see – the Graduate Trainee that take over half the day if not all
Scheme as the best in the world. Not day. I spend another day working on
many people get the opportunity to be various reports for my Development
involved in the London 2012 Games. Manager, and other days working
with managers within the team on
Before joining London 2012 I current projects such as the
obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in International Broadcast Centre/Main
estate management from the Press Centre and planning aspects of
University of Greenwich. In addition, the Olympic Village. This way I get a
I completed a postgraduate diploma taste of everything, and it keeps my
in development and planning from vwork interesting.
Molade Owoade, University College London.
Graduate Property My favourite aspect of the role is
Development Trainee I’m currently based within the liaising with the operations and
Property team at the Olympic project managers working on the
Delivery Authority as a Graduate Olympic Village. This aspect of the
Property Development Trainee, role providesv me with further insight
assisting the Development Managers and first-hand experience at the
with various key projects mainly highest level, which can only be a
relating to the Olympic Village positive for my future career.
delivery and design.
Introduction The London 2012 Olympic and give you a buddy or mentor to help
Paralympic Games are two of the you out, show you around and
world’s largest sporting events. answer questions.

A graduate work placement with the You would get feedback and support
Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is throughout your time with us. And we
a unique opportunity to help develop also request feedback from you at
the venues and infrastructure for the the end of the placement, so that we
Games, and play a part in the can make our programme even
regeneration of east London. better.

A work placement is a great way About the ODA


of preparing yourself for a career. The London 2012 Games will be
It will give you fantastic insights into delivered by two organisations:
working life, and help you develop
existing skills and gain new ones. – The Olympic Delivery Authority
It will broaden your experience and (ODA) is the public body
almost certainly make you more responsible for developing and
attractive to future employers. building the new venues and
infrastructure for the Games and
The work experience programme is their use after 2012.
great for us, too. We get the benefit – The London 2012 Organising
of people with a fresh outlook, new Committee for the Olympic
ideas and strong motivation. Every Games and Paralympic Games Ltd
member of our team is critical to our (LOCOG) is responsible for preparing
success and you too could be part of for and staging the Games.
a team delivering our challenging
targets. The work placements listed in this
document are at the ODA. You can
We are offering 11-month work find out more about jobs at both
placements, across a range of organisations at
ODA teams. www.london2012.com/jobs.

To ensure you get the most from the The ODA and LOCOG share
experience, we set out clear goals headquarters in Canary Wharf. The
at the start, and have an ongoing ODA Planning Decisions Team is
programme of training, coaching and located nearby at 11 Burford Road,
development to support you. We also Stratford.

To find out more about the ODA and what


it does visit www.london2012.com/oda
prepare
Entry requirements Placements are available to
postgraduates and graduates who
The ODA has made a commitment to
encourage minority groups to train
have graduated within the last 12 and apply for jobs in construction
months, as well as undergraduates. and other areas where they have
traditionally been under-represented.
To qualify for the placement you must Priority will be given to applicants
be able to demonstrate that you have from the London Boroughs of
the relevant skills for the training Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets,
position that you are applying for, Waltham Forest and Greenwich.
and either be:
––undertaking a four-year sandwich Equal opportunities, diversity
degree course and be in your and inclusion
second year of the course at the The ODA is committed to building a
time of application; or diverse workforce and is an equal
––undertaking a three-year degree opportunities employer. We actively
course and in the final year at the encourage applications from all
time of application. You must be sections of the community and in
predicted at least a 2:2 grade in particular under-represented groups.
your degree.
The ODA values diversity and
References and security clearance recognises the enormous benefits of
will be required and will be taken capitalising on the skills and talents
up once applicants have been sent inherent in all segments of the
a conditional offer for a training community.
position. On receipt of acceptable
references and security clearance To that end all employment and
successful applicants will be sent an training opportunities are dependent
unconditional offer with a start date. 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.

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Recruitment When are applications accepted an interview, please include this
for the scheme? information on your supporting
All applications must be received by statement or contact Human
31 March 2009. Resources (see back page).

What is the recruitment process? Are expenses covered for attending


If you are interested in applying selection centres?
you will need to apply online at Reasonable travel expenses will
www.london2012.com/placements be reimbursed for travelling to one
of our offices from your university
You will be asked to send us your location. You will need to complete
CV with a supporting statement an expense form which will be given
highlighting your skills and experience to you at your interview, attach the
relevant to the placement profile, receipts and original tickets and
saying why you want to work at return it to Human Resources. You
the ODA, how the experience will will need to travel to the venue in the
benefit your career development and most cost effective way via public
what you feel your contribution will transport. We do not cover overnight
be to the delivery of the Games. stays etc. The ODA will consider your
claim and then send you a cheque.
If you are successful at the initial
application stage then you will be What do I wear for my interview?
invited to attend an interview. The Remember that you will probably be
invitation will be sent in an email, so competing for the trainee position and
keep an eye on your email account we would therefore suggest that you
to ensure that you do not miss it. dress in appropriate interview attire.
We will ask you to confirm your
attendance or otherwise by email. We request that you bring your
Passport or proof to work in the UK,
If you do not have access to and a document with your National
email or would prefer to receive Insurance number (NI card or payslip)
communication from us in an with you to the interview for us to
alternative format, and/or if you photocopy beforehand. Also, building
require any reasonable adjustments security requires that all visitors bring
that may need to be made in a form of ID with them to present at
the event that you are invited to the ground floor reception.

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Employment Where will I be based?
The ODA’s headquarters are
learning activities. They will also talk
to you about any reasonable
located at: adjustments that you may require in
One Churchill Place order to accommodate any special
Canary Wharf needs that you indicated on your
London E14 5LN application.

The ODA’s Planning Decisions team  What will my employment status be?
is located at: You will be deemed a paid
11 Burford Road trainee with the ODA and receive
Stratford remunerations as advertised, along
London E15 2ST with the appropriate training,
coaching and experience that each
What induction will I receive? placement offers. However, you
All successful candidates will receive will not accrue any employment or
an initial induction into the ODA at pension rights. Any trainee wishing
One Churchill Place, London. This will to apply for any vacancies that arise
provide a foundation and introduction during their time with the ODA must
for your placement with us. apply for these through the ODA
recruitment process, which will be
You will then receive a specific open to competition.
induction from your line manager
into your specific trainee work How many days holiday will I
placement at your actual place of receive?
work (which for some could be at our You will receive 25 days a year
Burford Road office). This will vary (pro rata) – the same as any ODA
according to the business area and employee.
role. However, during your induction
your line manager will agree your
placement training and development
plan, including suitable education,
work shadowing and self‑paced

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Support Mentoring There is no induction period but you
On arrival at the ODA you will will be expected to demonstrate
mechanisms be allocated a mentor – a senior an acceptable performance level
manager from whom you can seek (this includes regular attendance
guidance and advice, and who might and timekeeping). It recognises that
also be involved in your informal to achieve this it requires all of its
review processes. They will analyse people to do their bit, including those
your progress, listen to your concerns on its work placement schemes. You
and challenges, and counsel you will therefore be required to attend
on how you might tackle these – work during the agreed hours; failure
enabling you to benefit from their to do so may result in your training
experience and wisdom. opportunity being withdrawn and
offered (where appropriate) to
They will have an honest approach to another candidate. Sickness absence
giving you feedback and challenge will be addressed in accordance
your thinking and decisions. You will with the ODA’s sickness policy.
meet with your mentor at least once
a month, but can arrange to have Regular reviews
more meetings if you both feel you Your contribution and performance
need it. will be an integral part of your
whole team achieving its targets; we
Buddying do not have the luxury of allowing
As part of our commitment to performance standards to fall. Your
personal development at the ODA, line manager will therefore review
a ‘buddy’ scheme for graduate your progress on a regular basis to
trainees has been put in place. Each check that you are on track, and that
trainee will be assigned a buddy you are receiving the appropriate
who will provide ongoing practical support, training and coaching that
support throughout your time at the you need to excel. Should your
ODA and to make sure the buddy performance be of an unacceptable
and graduate trainee gain maximum level you will be given further advice,
value from the experience. coaching or training (as appropriate).
If your performance still does not
What about attendance? improve you will be asked to leave
The ODA prides itself on being a and your training position will be
high-performance organisation that offered to another candidate.
will meet all of its delivery targets.

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opportunities
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.
Megan Lass,
How do we contribute to the delivery Communications
of the London 2012 Games?
External Relations manages relations What is your role at the ODA?
with the vast amount of people who, I work as part of the External
through personal and/or professional Relations team. All of the venues
reasons, have a desire to be involved on the Olympic Park need to go
in the ODA’s work. These varied through the planning application
groups all have a desire to know how process. As part of this process
the Games are impacting on their all community, political, specialist
work and lives, and how they, or the and technical stakeholders need
groups they represent, can benefit to be consulted on the designs.
from the Games. The Media team Part of my job is to make sure this
explains the challenge and scale of wide range of people have been
the project to the media to obtain as communicated to and consulted
positive coverage as possible. The with and have the chance to
Marketing team works with other express their opinions.
teams across the organisation to What is your background?
produce printed and online materials After finishing my degree in
that communicate the progress of communications I worked for a
London 2012 and involve different specialist events company for six
audiences in the project. These months as an events organiser.
include a newsletter for people
living around the Olympic Park, the Describe a typical day?
website and progress reports to our Every day is different and that’s
staff and site workers. 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.

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Communications 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 during placements with
the Media, Marketing and External Relations teams.

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

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 Omar Rizeq
task unprecedented in the history Procurement work placement
of UK construction. For the ODA
to deliver world-class venues and What is your role at the ODA?
infrastructure, and a permanent On a day-to-day basis I handle
positive legacy for east London, key data for weekly reports
the Procurement team needs to and spend analysis. I use online
procure and manage the delivery of procurement tools to raise orders,
a significant amount of goods and along with helping management
services within the given budget, and optimise the profile of the
keep the delivery programme firmly Procurement department. I also
on track. Fundamental values that manage smaller procurement
guide our procurement include our projects and play a key role in
commitments to sustainability, health keeping the team moving.
and safety, legacy and achieving
quality and value for money. 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’.

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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.

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.

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 What do we do?
The ODA is the statutory planning
Promoter team 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 John Booker,
related to infrastructure and venues Assistant Planner
and with town planning issues.
What is your role at the ODA?
How do we contribute to the Assistant Town Planner,
delivery of the Games? Graduate Trainee
We have developed strong relations 
with key partners and agencies, What is your background?
such as the London Development I am a graduate from Sheffield
Authority, Greater London Authority, University and masters student of
the five Host Boroughs, British Il Politecnico de Milano, where I
Waterways, Lee Valley Regional Park studied town planning and urban
Authority, LOCOG and Stratford design. There my studies focused
City, all of whom play a key part in on environmental assessment,
delivering the overall programme urban theory and politics.
and legacy development. We work
closely with them to ensure smooth Describe a typical day?
and effective achievement of the My role has given me the
planning permissions. We lead the opportunity to contribute to a
pre-application consultation and wide variety of projects, from the
communication with stakeholders parkland setting for the Games to
to ensure that the development of the extremely important but less
the Olympic Park and other venues glamorous deep foul sewer. My
meets the aspirations of the local duties are to assist the Planning
communities. Managers and include attending
meetings, debriefing senior
We provide technical support to members of the team, drafting and
project sponsors in the development reviewing planning documents,
of business cases related to and supporting planning agents
infrastructure and venues and with to deliver high-quality planning
regards to town planning issues applications within tight deadlines.
post‑application stage. We also
play a key part in ensuring that the What is your favourite aspect of
ODA’s corporate objectives and the role?
priorities stated within the masterplan The variety of issues that are
(eg high standards of sustainability, presented to the team, and
inclusion and access, excellence in collaborative approach to problem
design) are incorporated throughout solving, which involves designers;
our planning projects. local planning authorities; engineers;
and project stakeholders. Also, the
What has been achieved? opportunity to learn from the wealth
We have met the deadline for of experience from my colleagues
all planning applications to date, in the team and the numerous
and have built and are maintaining individuals who work to deliver any
strong stakeholder relations. We of the London 2012 projects.
have undertaken consultations for
all applications and implemented What inspired you to join the
what has been feasible prior to Graduate Trainee Scheme?
submitting them for permission. The opportunity to be part of
We have received permission on and contribute to the largest
all applications submitted to date. regeneration project in the UK.

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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.

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.

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 What do we do? }
The Olympic Delivery Authority
team 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 James Jaulim,
the London 2012 Games. Assistant Planner
How do we contribute to the What is your role at the ODA?
delivery of the Games? I’m working as an Assistant
The team registers and validates all Planner with the Planning
applications within the ODA Planning Decisions team, helping Senior
Boundary within a time frame. 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.

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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
Emily Black,
sure that any permanent investment will
Assistant Design Advisor
provide a strong framework for creating
a well-integrated, great new urban
quarter for east London. What is your role at the ODA?
I’m the graduate trainee with the
How do we contribute to the Design team, which is responsible
delivery of the Games? for ensuring design quality
We are designing for the Games is achieved across the entire
and legacy together. The venue Olympic Park. I work most closely
and designs must obviously meet the with the Principal Design Advisors,
requirements of the Olympic Games the Arts and Culture team and the
and Paralympic Games, but we are Inclusive Design team.
looking beyond 2012. We are only
building permanent venues if there What is your background?
is a long-term use after the Games. This is my first job since leaving
We will not leave ‘white elephants’ Durham University where I studied
and are being creative in the use of geography and archaeology.
temporary venues and seating.
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.

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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.

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 Jacqueline Maher
legal services and the management Assistant Legal Advisor
of external legal advisers in respect
of all ODA functions and as such we What is your role at the ODA?
contribute to the achievement of all I am a legal intern working within
of the ODA’s targets.
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.

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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.

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.

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; Hugo Terry,
–– ­manages information knowledge; Transport
and
–– ­monitors transportation safety and What is your role at the ODA?
the environments within which our There are a wide range of skills
projects are set.
within the team and I have had
many opportunities to get involved
How do we contribute to the delivery
with a wide range of work
of the Games?
covering programmes, risk, finance,
Together with our partners we
and the environment.
are delivering new transport
developments in one of the most
What is your background?
poorly connected areas of London.
I graduated in business
These improvements will provide the
administration before joining
bedrock for a successful Games. It is
a business to business events
important that the enlarged network
will serve both the Games and its company. After three years and
communities afterwards. 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.

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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.

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.

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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Olympic Delivery Authority
23rd Floor, One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN
Human Resources 020 3 2012 691
Email odaworkplacement@london2012.com
www.london2012.com

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