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Principal Analyst, Operational Research at WM

Principal Analyst, Operational Research

WM Saint Paul, MN (On Site) Full-Time

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

I. Job Summary

Responsible for creating the next generation of operations research solution methodology for various business problems in WM. Leads the Operational Research team in formulating and applying mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists the organization with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. Concentrates on analyzing data and developing advanced decision support software. Ultimately responsible for the developing and supplying technical expertise and analytic support for optimal time, costing, pricing, or logistics networks for evaluation and/or implementation.

II. 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.

  • Oversees and leads new technologies including machine learning and apply these up-to-date techniques for various OR problems

  • Oversees and leads the formation of advanced mathematical models (Integer, Linear, and Non-linear) of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.

  • Directs the conduction of 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.

  • Acts as the lead liaison with leadership to identify, define, and solve a variety of problems and support various corporate initiatives.

  • Owns and directs the designing, conducting and evaluating of experimental operational studies in cases where models or are complicated, ambiguous, or cannot be developed from existing data.

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

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

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

  • Responsible for ultimate development of 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 machine learning languages/packages using Python and/or R; expert level of using developing languages such as C and C++.

  • Mentors and fosters growth of peers and team members.

III. Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Will coach and mentor less-experienced analysts and act as team leader on highly complicated systems projects.

IV. Qualifications

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

A. Education and Experience

  • Education: Masters Degree (accredited) in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or similar area of study, or in lieu of, HS Diploma or GED (accredited) and six (6) years of experience.

  • Experience: Ten (10) years of related experience (in addition to education requirement).

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:

  • Experience with leading an integrated solutions development team to provide value to systems engineering and Development for specific decision support application.

  • 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, and concert Technology together with C++ Experience utilizing simulation software packages such as ARENA

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

  • 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.

  • Expertise in C or C++. Java and Python

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

  • Work and familiarity with data mining and visualization tools.

  • Experience leading a project team and successfully working in a project-centered environment.

D. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities that Contribute to Success

  • Experience in statistics programming using Python or R

V. Work Environment and Essential Functions

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. [Note: The following is defaulted for office setting position]

  • Normal setting for this job is: office setting.


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



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Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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