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Job Ref:  181567
Employer:  Waste Management.
City:  Magnolia
State/Province:  TX
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Other
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Required Education:  Other
Job Description: 
Job Summary

Formulating and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists the organization with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. Frequently concentrates on collecting and analyzing data and developing advanced decision support software. The Operations Research Specialist will develop and supply analytic support for optimal time, costing, pricing, or logistics networks for evaluation and/or implementation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other ancillary duties may be assigned.

  • Formulates advanced mathematical models (linear and non-linear) of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.

  • Conducts complex simulation (discrete event) studies of existing and proposed systems, including defining data requirements; capture and validate information, model formulation, design experimentation, and applying appropriate statistical analysis.

  • Oversees current systems and processes, interacting with the appropriate personnel. Utilizing a variety of sources, collects and analyzes information to support the modeling and analysis.

  • Collaborates with leadership to identify, define, and solve a variety of problems and support various corporate initiatives.

  • Designs, conducts, and evaluates experimental operational studies in cases where models are complicated, ambiguous, or cannot be developed from existing data.

  • Leads Information Technology team in converting the built Operations Research tool prototypes into production.

  • Prepares management reports defining the problem; documenting the analysis and recommending courses of action in order to determine the best outcomes.

  • Develops complex business methods and procedures, including accounting systems, file systems, office systems, logistics systems, and production schedules.

  • Develop training curriculums, presentations, methods or materials that inform the internal clients about the data-driven solutions developed for supporting decision making.

  • Utilizes computer programming skills and relational database system to develop optimization applications.

  • Utilizes mathematical programming software packages such as IBM ILOG CPLEX, LINDO, or Xpress; familiarity with algebraic modeling languages such as AMPL or GAMS.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    Will coach and mentor less-experienced personnel or act as team leader on systems projects. Minimal supervisory skills are required in this job.


    The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

    A. Education and Experience

    Required: Requires a Master's degree, or equivalent experience, in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or similar area of study and five or more years previous experience.

    Preferred: PhD Degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering or similar area of study and seven years experience in applying several operations research methods like mathematical modeling, optimization modeling, stochastic simulation, probability and statistical analysis, decision analysis, and applied gaming theory.

    B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

    None required.

    C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

    Advanced knowledge or skills in one or more of the following is required:

  • Ability to apply operations research techniques including decision analysis, optimization, simulation and statistical and stochastic modeling.

  • Significant experience utilizing mathematical programming software packages such as IBM ILOG CPLEX, LINDO, or Xpress.

  • Ability to develop simulation models and conduct studies utilizing commercial simulation software such as Arena, AutoMOD, Witness, etc.

  • Problem solving and analysis skills.

  • Ability to identify root causes of problems, create effective practical solution approaches, implement solutions under the tactical demands of business operations.

  • Programming experience, preferably in C or C

  • Committed and highly motivated team player with strong communication skills.

  • Work and familiarity with data mining and visualization tools.

  • Experience with working as part of an integrated solutions development team to provide value to systems engineering and development for specific decision support application.


    At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401k plan and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

  • 12/09/2013

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