Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

  • Operations Research Analyst and Software Developer

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Software Engineering
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    SPA’s Australian Maritime Analysis Group seeks a passionate and independent analyst to join their growing team. The individual will be responsible for the creation and sustainment of custom-built software applications and mathematical models for trade-space analysis of new and evolving military capabilities. The individual will also provide analytic support throughout all phases of requirements analysis on a collection of unique and challenging technical programs. Opportunity for overseas travel to Australia!


    Key functions and responsibilities include:

    • Lead development of custom-built software applications and mathematical models
    • Help define analytic methodologies used to set expectations for new and evolving military capabilities, and assist with 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
    • Execute analysis and document findings in reports and briefs
    • Present findings to senior SPA leadership and international clients
    • Stay knowledgeable of best practices, and work with others to identify areas of improvement within the group and throughout SPA


    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Operations Research, or a related technical discipline.
    • 2-4 years practical application of principles, concepts, methods, and tools for data analysis or software development.
    • Advanced knowledge and understanding of database development and mathematical modeling.
    • Demonstrated ability using analytic software packages and programming languages (VBA, R, Python, SAS, MATLAB). 
    • Ability to break down complex unstructured problems and lay out objective approaches to identify and compare the merits of competing solutions.
    • Proficiency with the MS Office Suite of products (Excel and VBA, Access, PowerPoint, and Word).
    • Ability to obtain a DoD SECRET security clearance.

    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


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