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Operations Research Engineer

Company: The Kemtah Group
Location: Durham
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

An Operational Research Engineer job opportunity in Durham, NC is currently available through Belcan at one of our key agricultural clients. To be considered for this role, you will have a PhD / Doctorate degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Data Science or similar field, and at least two years of implementation of Operations Research / Mathematical Optimization applications in an industrial context, preferable in Manufacturing and Logistics. In this role, you will focus on complex business processes and operations within Seed Development. You work to attain operational efficiency and effectiveness by developing, implementing, and maintaining algorithmic solutions based on Operations Research / Mathematical Optimization techniques. This is a direct hire opportunity with a global leader in agricultural research and products and includes an full benefits package.

Operations Research Engineer Job duties:

  • Build and implement mathematical optimization models using linear programming, mixed-integer programming, nonlinear programming, constraint programming, and hybrid technique, which may also involve multi-objective and robust optimization techniques
  • Design and create user-friendly GUIs, reports, and data visualizations to facilitate the execution of data-driven optimization models and scenario comparisons by the end-user
  • Identify, collect, and structure data from different sources to specify input for optimization models.
  • Support data architecture design and integration into a central data lake
  • Identify relevant business KPIs and metrics that drive optimization objectives
  • Run simulations to validate optimization models
  • Manage projects focused on the development and implementation of optimization solutions to support strategic decisions and day-to-day operations
  • Collaborate with various departments and communicate effectively with line-of-business end-users to review current operational systems and business procedures within seeds development, discover pain points, and identify mathematical optimization use-cases. Break them down into MVPs (minimum viable products) and apply Operations Research techniques
  • Prepare management reports that clearly define and analyze issues and recommend solutions to help management make informed decisions
  • Discuss and analyze the impact of Operations Research solutions with different stakeholders such as managers and subject matter experts across the various departments
  • Follow an agile way of working
  • Contribute to the development of technical training offerings and curricula to support effective implementation and awareness of Operations Research capabilities


  • PhD in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, Data Science, Management Science, Computer Science, or related field
  • Solid understanding of Operations Research techniques, especially mathematical programming.
  • Knowledge of combinatorial optimization techniques is an advantage
  • 2+ years demonstrable applied experience in implementation of Operations Research / Mathematical
  • Optimization applications in an industrial context, preferable in Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Ability to work in teams and across geographies
  • Problem-solving skills - identify complex business problems, evaluate the application of Operations
  • Research techniques, and implement decision-support solutions
  • Hands-on experience with Mathematical Optimization Software such as CPLEX, Gurobi, MOSEK, SCIP, or Xpress
  • Experience with model development, such as AIMMS, AMPL, GAMS, Mosel, MPL, OPL, etc.
  • Experience with programming languages such as C/C++/C#, Python, etc.
  • Some experience in data visualization with Power BI, Tableau, or similar
  • Analytical mindset

What We Offer:

Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts the same day you do

401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution

Paid Vacation, 12 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others

A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year

If you are interested in this Operations Research Engineer job in Durham, NC, please apply via the 'apply now' link provided.

Belcan is a global supplier of engineering, technical recruiting, and IT services to customers in the aerospace, industrial, and government sectors. Belcan engineers better outcomes through adaptive and integrated services-from jet engines, airframe, and avionics to heavy vehicles, chemical processing, and cybersecurity. Belcan takes a partnering approach to provide customer-driven solutions that are flexible, scalable, and cost-effective. Our unique capabilities have led to continuous growth and success for nearly 60 years. We are a team-driven Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity.


Keywords: The Kemtah Group, Durham , Operations Research Engineer, Other , Durham, North Carolina

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