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Operations Research Specialist

Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30308

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

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Job Description

Provides management with recommendations for the use of analytical models and decision support systems to drive productivity and efficiency, achieve operational excellence, increase revenues, and reduce costs.


Principal Duties:

  • Manages projects and provides hands-on leadership in design and development of operations research models and decision support systems.
  • Effectively utilize operations research techniques and computer Science skills in delivering decision support systems
  • Collaborates with various departments to identify opportunities for process improvement by using decision tools to develop project proposals and to manage projects through to completion.


Job Related Experience:

Minimum Level:  1-2 years

Preferred Level:  3-5 years


Preferred Level:  Ph.D. Degree

Preferred Majors:

  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Engineering - Industrial Engineering
  • Engineering - Operations Research
  • Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences - Applied Mathematics


Technical Skills:

  • Optimization models including LP, IP, MIP, and CP
  • Experience in formulating and implementing optimization models
  • Commercial optimization solver CPLEX or Gurobi
  • Heuristics or Meta-heuristic algorithms
  • Machine learning, neural network, or deep learning
  • Discrete event simulation and analysis

Skills and Abilities:

  • Planning and Organizing
  • Identifying and Considering Alternatives
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Initiative

Work Conditions

Environment: Hybrid


Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Together, we power progress.


Effective December 8, 2021, NS has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to NS, could be upheld in court in the near future. If the mandate is upheld, NS employees will be required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta