Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

  • Data Analyst/Applied Mathmatics

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Operations Research
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Within the Undersea and Surface Warfare Division, the Australian Maritime Analysis Group provides senior decision makers within the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with timely and objective assessments affecting their undersea community investment strategies. The group’s primary focus is providing technical analysis and program management support to the Future Submarine Program Office (SEA1000), including client site support in Canberra, Australia. For over eight years, our analysis has informed future submarine platform and payloads requirements development, helping ensure that Australia will field and maintain an effective submarine capability to meet their national defense objectives. Our team of experienced military professionals and operations research analysts integrate naval warfare expertise with advanced analytic methods - including force generation modeling, agent-based tactical simulations, and operational mission analyses - to deliver strategies that redress capacity and capability gaps. #IN123


    SPA’s Australian Maritime Analysis Group seeks a passionate and experienced data analyst to join their growing team. The individual will provide oversight and support throughout all phases of requirements analysis and derivation on a collection of unique and challenging technical programs. Opportunity for overseas travel to Australia!


    Key functions and responsibilities include:
    • Help define the expectation for new and evolving military capabilities, and assist with developing trade-space studies to evaluate such capabilities
    • Work with stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts to contextualize systems and Concepts of Operations for modeling and analysis
    • Lead development of analytic methodologies and mathematical models
    • Execute analysis and document findings in reports and briefs
    • Mentor and lead junior analysts throughout development and execution stages
    • Present findings to senior SPA leadership and international clients
    • Maintain knowledge of best data analytic practices, and work with others to identify areas of improvement, establish best practices and implement changes within the group and throughout SPA


    • 4-6 years practical application of principles, concepts, methods, and tools for statistical analysis
    • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Operations Research, Computer Science, or a related technical discipline
    • Demonstrated ability using analytic software packages/programming languages (VBA, R, Python, SAS, MATLAB). VBA experience is also Preferred. 
    • Ability to break down complex unstructured problems and lay out objective approaches to identify and compare the merits of competing solutions
    • Ability to obtain a DoD SECRET security clearance
    • Proficiency with the MS Office Suite of products (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Word)

    Desired Qualifications:
    • Current DoD SECRET or TOP SECRET security clearance
    • Graduate degree in Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research or a related field
    • 4+ years practical application of principles, concepts, methods, and tools for conducting statistical analysis
    • 2+ years supporting national security related programs, preferably analytic programs within the DoD (N81, NAVSEA, NAVSUP, N97, Army G-8, etc.)
    • Experience leading analytic teams to build testable and repeatable products on time under a structured process
    • Expert knowledge and understanding of database management and mathematical modeling


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