Operations Research Data Engineer

Job Locations US-OH-Mason
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Illumination Works has a contract-to-hire opening for an Operations Research Data Engineer at Kroger in Blue Ash!



Position Summary: Operations Research is a world-class data science team. This team is dedicated to solving Kroger’s biggest problems. The team combines data science and data engineering skills to provide “full-stack” data science support to multiple, high-profile initiatives. We collaborate with multiple business partners including R&D, Operations, Merchandising, Finance, and HR to deliver state-of-the-art data science solutions. The team is looking for Data Engineers that are focused on data-related tasks such as sourcing data, ensuring data is clean and high quality, administering ETL workflows, managing databases, system administration and providing operational support to the team. Essential Job Functions: Assist in the initial definition of the problem statement and data requirements. Understand and translate operational complexities. Design and develop models to visualize the problem. Assist in the creation of measurement systems to track project success and goal attainment. Perform extensive analysis of the problem and outline possible solutions. Test possible solutions utilizing operations research tools and techniques. These techniques and tools include, but not limited to, mathematical optimization, quantitative decision support, simulation, linear programming, dynamic programming, regression analysis, cluster analysis, queuing theory, statistics, forecasting, data mining, and project management. Draw conclusions from previous tests in order to create new hypotheses. Work independently and be accountable for multiple concurrent projects while delivering accurate and appropriate findings. Publish findings and recommendations to project team, management and operations research peers. Collaboratively develop plans to implement suggested Improvements and confirm the plans are realized. Create sustainable control Plans for Improvement efforts. Participate in the approval of project closures and formal transition to the process owners. Complete other assigned work as necessary. Key contributor in the process improvement engineering activities within a cross-functional design team. Collaborate in developing sustainable processes and solutions that drive manufacturing, supply chain and in-store efficiencies, eliminate non-value-added activities and enhance our Internal and external customer experience. Consult with subject-matter experts to develop potential business and technology solutions; advise on impact to business processes. Establish and maintain relationships throughout the enterprise with division associates, manufacturing, vendors, logistics, and store-level personnel to understand, document and define business strategies and processes (current and future state). Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.


Minimum Position Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree, BA/BS degree in Engineering/Sciences/Quantitative discipline or equivalent. Minimum of 2 years’ experience with data collection and analysis. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, balanced by the ability to apply common sense. Strong mathematics and statistical background. Effective organizational skills and solid team background maintained through effective communication skills. The ability to travel independently as required. Desired Previous Job Experience: Experience analyzing complex sets of data and developing recommendations and/or publishing findings. Experience in computer programming, data visualization, and/or mathematical analysis. Experience in retail, supply chain, and/or manufacturing a plus.


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