Operations Research Specialist

Date:  Jun 11, 2024

Omaha, NE, US, 68000

Reference Number:  1489 
Department: Technology 

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Apply advanced analytical and mathematical techniques to solve complex problems and optimize decision-making to improve our highly integrated network of resources.  Work with large sets of data to develop mathematical models and algorithms to aid in decision-making, improve efficiency, and maximize outcomes.  Play a vital role in optimizing our transportation network by improving route planning, scheduling, and resource allocation.


•    Work closely with stakeholders to understand the objectives and challenges of the problem.  
•    Identify the key variables, constraints, costs, and objectives.
•    Gather relevant data from various sources.  
•    Clean and preprocess the data, develop mathematical models, algorithms, and optimization techniques to represent the problem, derive insights, and create optimal outcomes.
•    Design, develop, implement, and maintain software to expose the model to other application development teams.
•    Utilize simulation tools and techniques to model complex systems and evaluate different scenarios. 
•    Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, stakeholders, and subject matter experts. 
•    Communicate complex analytical concepts and findings in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and through reports or presentations.


Qualifications - Required

•    Degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, or related field
•    10+ years’ experience with mathematical optimization tools and methods (mixed integer programs, decomposition)
•    5+ years’ experience with at least one programming language (C++, Java, Python)

Qualifications - Preferred

•    Experience with transportation or logistics 
•    Experience in machine learning, GenAI
•    Advanced degree
•    Unix experience

Work Conditions


What we offer:

  • A strengths-based, engagement-focused, and performance-oriented culture
  • A flexible, casual and hybrid work environment that allows you to work on-site and from home. (as the job allows)
  • Ongoing learning, development, and Educational Assistance (including little to no out-of-pocket cost for online and in-person courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha)
  • 401(k) with 100% match up to 6%, plus additional automatic 3% (contribute 6% and UP will contribute 9% [6% + 3%])
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with 40% match up to 5% (contribute 5% and UP will contribute 2%)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Health Savings Account (with company contribution) Dependent Care Savings Account and Transportation Spending Account
  • On-site cafeteria (with employee discount), fitness center (free to employees), federal credit union, all in Union Pacific Center headquarters building in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Adoption/Surrogacy Assistance, paid Maternity and Parental Leave along with nearby state-of-the-art child development center
  • Competitive compensation including eligibility for annual merit, bonus, and equity programs dependent on job level and personal and company performance

Inclusion Statement

Union Pacific’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is based on our desire to create an environment where people can be their best, personally and professionally. Our employees are unique individuals. Our diverse perspectives come from many sources including gender, race, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status.

As America's railroad, Union Pacific has an innate responsibility to speak out against all forms of discrimination while creating an environment where all can see themselves belonging and succeeding.