Mar 01, 2021

Operations Researcher- Entry to Experienced Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

NSA Overview The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. In support of the Agency mission as a whole, Operations Research Analysts leverage analytic tools to facilitate data collection management, data analysis, advanced analytic studies tool development, metrics, and forecasting. Further, Operations Research Analysts support the mission by analyzing, developing, and applying mathematical/statistical or computational methods and lines of reasoning to provide support to independent studies, analysis of alternatives, economic analyses, and program budget development. The Business Analysis and Optimization Group develops and provides cost estimates as well as financial data analyses to inform senior leader resource decision making. We rely on the skills of our business and analysis professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. Our operations researchers typically work multiple projects at any given time. In addition to supporting projects as a member of small project teams, they also have the opportunity to lead small teams. They also assist leadership in defining new customer questions and determining the technical approaches. Analysts have the unique opportunity to hone expertise on a wide range of mathematical, analytical, statistical, and business process techniques as well as learn customer relationship development and project management basics. For certain positions, individuals are expect to obtain a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification within 24 months. Description of Position As an Operations Research Analyst, you will plan, develop, implement, document, and maintain cost/financial methods, models, and strategies. Operations Research Analyst responsibilities include: - Evaluating and developing (using mathematical, statistical, economic, and engineering techniques) cost models and cost estimating relationships on efforts that reflect schedule, performance, and economic factors - Demonstrating knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of cost analysis in support of the development of cost estimates that includes data collection, data normalization, data analysis, risk analysis, sensitivity analysis, and/or Earned Value Management (EVM) - Demonstrating knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of cost analysis in support of the development of cost estimates that includes data collection, data normalization, data analysis, risk analysis, and sensitivity analysis

NSA is actively seeking mathematicians to join a vibrant community of mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and other intelligence professionals to collaborate in both long and short term work to solve mission-critical problems. To solve the problems generated by NSA's mission, mathematicians draw from a wide body of mathematical knowledge, including number theory, abstract algebra, graph theory, combinatorics, analysis, probability, statistics and more. However, the essential ingredient to the solution of a problem is often not mathematical knowledge per se, but the keen analytic ability that a mathematician possesses through training and talent.

Salary Range: $73,076- $91,057 (Entry/Developmental) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. Degree in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science is preferred. Degree must include 2 years (which equates to approximately 24 credit hours) of advanced mathematics. Experience in the design, development, use, and evaluation of mathematics models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development, statistical modeling, forecasting, and stochastics) to study issues and solve problems is desired. Salary Range: $84,529- $113,362 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. Degree in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science is preferred. Degree must include 2 years (which equates to approximately 24 credit hours) of advanced mathematics. Relevant experience must be in the design, development, use, and evaluation of mathematics models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development, statistical modeling, forecasting, and stochastics) to study issues and solve problems. Salary Range: $103,690- $159,286 (Senior) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. Degree in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science is preferred. Degree must include 2 years (which equates to approximately 24 credit hours) of advanced mathematics. Relevant experience must be in the design, development, use, and evaluation of mathematics models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development, statistical modeling, forecasting, and stochastics) to study issues and solve problems.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills and is: - able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables - customer and results-oriented - detail-oriented - able to adapt to changing requirements - able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a professional and collaborative environment Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is required: - Financial or business-related computer software, to include the Microsoft Office suite of tools plus add-ons - Government Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process and DoD acquisition processes - Evaluating contractor cost accounting systems for cost, schedule, and performance - Building, improving, and maintaining cost databases, models, and cost estimating relationships used in the development of cost estimates

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible).