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Operations Research Specialist / Sr. OR Specialist

Date: Sep 10, 2022

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.


Job Location: Fort Worth
Other Potential Locations: Fort Worth, TX 
Anticipated Start Date: 01/01/2023
Number of Positions: 2 
Salary Range: 0



Who we are and what we do

Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation's freight.  Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces.


What we believe

At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion. As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:

  • be treated with dignity and respect.
  • have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
  • have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.


We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.


About our company:

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states and three Canadian provinces, and employs approximately 35,000 people. BNSF is one of the top transporters of the products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply and power communities throughout America and the world and has shipped over 10 million carloads last year. BNSF moves those goods more safely and efficiently, on significantly less fuel, with fewer emissions than the all-highway alternative.


Given the extent of its network and vast amount of resources needed to operate at its best, BNSF employs the latest technology and constantly strives for innovative solutions and efficiencies in its operations.


Remote Work Flexibility

In response to changing work environments and technology advances, BNSF has adopted a remote work flexibility to provide employees increased work schedule flexibility and they may choose to work from home or off-site location up to 50% of the time, provided any such remote location allows employees to reach the office in a reasonable amount of time, if necessary.


About our team:

  • Operations Research team is responsible for finding solutions to some of the many challenging problems facing the railroad. They include Intermodal hub optimization, crew scheduling, blocking, van routing, yard simulation, track inspection, network optimization, equipment distribution optimization– just to name a few
  • Over the years, our team has developed into a tight-knit group of colleagues and friends.  This creates a collaborative environment which puts each and every team member on a path to realizing their full potential.
  • In just the past four years, our efforts have been recognized by the OR community in the following ways:
    •    2018 INFORMS Prize Winner
    •    Finalist for the 2018 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award
    •    Finalist for the 2017 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice


We are seeking an Operations Research specialist to join our team that applies techniques ranging from large scale optimization, simulation, ML/DL, Image analytics, cognitive computing and advanced statistics.



  • Applying operations research methodologies including linear, integer and network programming to formulate, develop, and implement complex mathematical models
  • Design and Develop applications/tools for decision support systems to help solve business problems
  • Collaborating with various Business and Technology Services teams on solution design, development and integration as part of the solution implementation
  • Staying abreast of the advances in analytical techniques, including open source libraries
  • Understanding existing data structures and IT processes and using data-manipulation techniques and tools to derive insights from large volumes of data
  • Preparing strategic insights and provide consulting services
  • Working with end-users to validate and enhance the tools


Sr. Operations Research Specialist will also include:

  • Identifying solution techniques and implementing them independently, with external vendors, through academic alliances, or with BNSF Technology Services teams
  • Exploring and initiating new projects and socializing among business teams within BNSF
  • Communicating proposed business solutions, status and findings to senior management and key stakeholders


The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the position. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.



  • Master’s degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or a related field; PhD preferred for Sr. level or Masters with related experience
  • Practical experience applying quantitative techniques to solve real-world problems
  • Strong programming skills in an object-oriented programming language, such as Python, Java, C++, or VB.Net
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to identify underlying problems and appropriate techniques for solving them
  • Ability to manipulate and extract information from very large, complex data sets
  • Familiar with commercial solver software, such as CPLEX, FICO, Gurobi, ProMod or Anylogic or Frontline Solver; expertise required for Sr. level



BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


  •     Criminal history 
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at
BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status.

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Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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