Senior Research Scientist

Amazon.Com, Inc. New York , NY 10007

Posted 2 months ago

Inventory Planning and Control (IPC) is seeking senior research scientists to join its New York science team. IPC owns Amazon's global inventory planning systems. We decide what, when, where, and how much we should buy to meet Amazon's business goals and to make our customers happy. We decide how to place and move inventory in Amazon network and what do with our current supply. We do this for hundreds of millions of items and hundreds of product lines worth billions of dollars of inventory world-wide. Our systems are built entirely in-house, and are on the cutting edge of automated large scale supply chain planning, optimization, execution and simulation technology. In IPC, we are simultaneously pushing the frontier of the science of supply chain planning for new and old business use-cases and solving some of the toughest computational challenges. We are responsible for studying, designing, and building systems to suit Amazon's needs and do not rely on existing off-the-self planning solutions. Our team members are on the forefront of supply chain thought leadership by working on the most challenging problems in the industry with some of the best minds in the business and academia.

The successful candidate has solid research experience in Operations Research preferably with focus on Operations Management or other closely related areas. He or she will lead the research where we are responsible for developing solutions to better manage and optimize worldwide inventory investments, while providing the best experience to our customers at the lowest possible cost through managing returns, liquidations and markdown processes. The research team is responsible for quantitative data analysis, building models and prototypes for supply chain systems, and developing state-of-the-art optimization algorithms that can scale for hundreds of millions of products. Scientists on the team closely collaborate with assortment planning, simulation and statistical testing platforms to jointly drive optimal decision making across different functions. This team plays a significant role in various stages of the innovation pipeline from identifying business needs, developing new algorithms, prototyping/simulation, to implementation by working closely with colleagues in engineering, product management, operations, retail and finance.

As a senior member of the research team, you will play an integral part in Amazon's inventory planning platform with the following technical and leadership responsibilities:

  • Interact with engineering, operations, science and business teams to develop an understanding and domain knowledge of processes, system structures, and business requirements

  • Apply domain knowledge and business judgment to identify opportunities and quantify the impact aligning research direction to business requirements and make the right judgment on research project prioritization

  • Develop scalable mathematical models to derive optimal or near-optimal solutions to existing and new inventory planning challenges

  • Create prototypes and simulations to test devised solutions

  • Advocate technical solutions to business stakeholders, engineering teams, as well as executive level decision makers

  • Work closely with engineers to integrate prototypes into production systems

  • Create policy evaluation methods to track the actual performance of devised solutions in production systems, identify areas with potential for improvement and work with internal teams to improve the solution with new features

  • Mentor team members for their career development and growth

  • Excel in evaluating the skill sets of candidates to make successful hiring decisions to meet business needs

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