Sr Operations Research Specialist I / Mgr Operations Research

Bnsf Railways Fort Worth , TX 76102

Posted 4 months ago

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Job Location: Fort Worth

Anticipated Start Date: 01/07/2019

Number of Positions: 1

Salary Range: $86,600-$118,900

Salary Band: 30; 31



  • The Operations Research and Advanced Analytics group is responsible for finding solutions to some of the many challenging problems facing the railroad.

  • Our group leverages cutting-edge technologies in areas such optimization, simulation, machine learning, deep learning, image recognition, and cognitive computing to tackle these problems and add significant value to our business.

  • Over the years, our team has developed into a tight-knit group of colleagues and friends. This creates a collaborative environment which puts each and every team member on a path to realizing their full potential.

  • In just the past two years, our efforts have been recognized in the following ways:

  • 2018 INFORMS Prize Winner

  • Finalist for the 2018 Innovative Applications In Analytics Award

  • Finalist for the 2017 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice


  • As a member of the BNSF Operations Research Group, you will be responsible for finding solutions to some of the many challenging problems facing the railroad. Duties include:

  • Develop decision support tools to help solve business problems

  • Interfacing with internal customers to understand the business and identify opportunities for improvement

  • Keeping current with the advances in analytical techniques, including open source libraries

  • Identifying solution techniques and implementing them independently, with external vendors, through academic alliances, or with BNSF Technology Services teams

  • Interfacing with BNSF Technology Services personnel to understand existing data structures and IT processes

  • Working with end-users to validate and enhance the tools

  • Identifying and initiating new projects part of technology initiatives

  • Communicating status and findings to senior management and key stakeholders

  • Extracting and cleaning large volumes of data to derive insights that can be used for process improvements.

  • The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the position. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.


  • Ph.D. or Masters degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or a related field

  • Ph.D is preferred but Masters degree with experience will be considered

  • Practical experience applying quantitative techniques to solve real-world problems

  • Strong programming skills in an object-oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, or VB.Net

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to identify underlying problems and appropriate techniques for solving them

  • Ability to manipulate and extract information from very large, complex data sets

  • Expertise in using commercial solver software, such as CPLEX, Gurobi, ProMod or ARENA or Frontline Solver


BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Retirement Pension Plan

  • Railroad Retirement

  • Life Insurance

  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.


  • Criminal history

  • Last 7 years of driving history

  • Last 5 years of employment history to include military service

  • Social Security number

  • Education


  • Medical evaluation

  • Drug Screen

  • Other elements as needed


BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at

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Sr Operations Research Specialist I / Mgr Operations Research

Bnsf Railways