Operations research analysts are responsible for completing and analyzing operations research for their employer. They look at operations-related trends and analyze that information to form an opinion on their organization's operation processes. They must subsequently share crucial information with all relevant parties. Operations research analysts must have superior analytical abilities to interpret operations data in innovative ways, and one of their main tools includes a personal computer to perform analysis and research tasks.
Additionally, operations research analysts write detailed reports about operations deficiencies and point out solutions to modify existing processes.
Operations research analysts must look for opportunities to reduce costs while not inhibiting the efficiency and efficacy of operations. They create models and complete statistical quantitative analysis, and they need to have an advanced understanding of relevant methodologies, data processing, and data validation. Additionally, operations research analysts handle process evaluation, analyze large data sets, and participate in business meetings related to future optimization initiatives.
At least a bachelor's degree in a related field and previous experience is generally required for this position. Industry certifications may be beneficial. Operations research analysts must possess excellent critical thinking skills to develop operations solutions and be proficient with basic computer software. They also must perform well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision.
Research Analyst, Operations Tasks
Design and execute experiments and analysis plans.
Predict systems performance and determine the best allocations of resources.
Use simulation models, data reduction and trend analysis.
Perform analyses that support decision makers.
Prepare written reports and briefings documenting analytical efforts.