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Operations Research Analyst


This is a Full-time position in Dallas, TX posted August 7, 2021.

Overview Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

(SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the Northern Virginia area, just a few miles south of the Pentagon.

We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector.

We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.

The Civil Markets Group (CMG) is responsible for a broad range analytical, engineering, independent assessments, strategic planning, and technology research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) programs in support of new SPA markets.

This is a position supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC) Initiative Management and Program Support Services contract.

The NRMC is the CISA’s planning, analysis, and collaboration center that works to identify and address the most significant risks to the Nation’s critical infrastructure.

The NRMC works in close coordination with all other parts of CISA as well as the Federal interagency; State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments; and critical infrastructure owners and operators.

Responsibilities SPA seeks an Operations Research Analyst to provide advanced analytical support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and apply rational, systematic, science-based techniques, and critical thinking to help inform and improve the Department’s decision-making abilities for preparation, response and recovery to manmade and natural disasters and impacts on the Nation’s critical infrastructure.

Provide interdisciplinary analytics expertise and skills to support and conduct descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive projects.

Participate in a wide range of modeling activities, including, but not limited to, model implementation and operations, model use documentation, and operations research capabilities.

The successful candidate will 1) Assist in identifying, prioritizing, and executing programs to help demonstrate and expand analytical capabilities, 2) Develop and use operations research techniques such as mathematical optimization, decision analysis, and statistical analysis, 3) Implement data exploration techniques, analytical methods, operations research, and modeling and simulation tools to support program execution, 4) Develop plans of action and timetables in order to meet established deadlines, 5) Assist in the development of briefings, memos, and Contract Deliverables, and 6) Assist with data integration requirements development.

Qualifications Bachelors’ Degree in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, quantitative social sciences, or a related discipline 5 years of experience in any of the following programming languages: Python, R, MATLAB, Java, C++, VBA, SQL Proven ability to prioritize and execute workload to meet requirements and deadlines Experience developing compelling written and visual communications that are clear, concise, and suited to the audience.

Ability to obtain and maintain an active Secret clearance Desired Master’s Degree Current Secret or Top Secret clearance Experience providing analytical support to the Department of Homeland Security

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