Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Senior Operational Research Analyst

Job Locations US-DC-District of Columbia
Data Science & Analytics
Regular Full-Time


Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the Northern Virginia area just a few miles south of the Pentagon.  We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector. We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.


The candidate will work with the Government to maintain the currency and functionality of the Joint Staff analytic tool-set and be able to employ these tools across all efforts in parallel with multiple, often-disparate, warfighting efforts or regional areas of operations.


SPA has a near-term need for a Senior Operational Research Analyst.


Applies mastery level skill in advanced analytical, mathematical, or statistical techniques related to statistical analysis, parametric and non-parametric analysis, computer modeling, simulation, decision theory, mathematical programming, and regression analysis. Serves as a senior warfighting analyst responsible for developing and executing analytical models and methods that support warfighting analyses from the engagement through campaign-levels. Develops and executes mission and campaign-level representations, databases, and analyses of US, allied, and adversary forces executing warfighting concepts of operation. Advises other operations research analysts, scientists, or engineers on techniques best suited for tasked problems.


Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (Masters/PhD) from an accredited college or university in Operations Research, physics, engineering, or an applied science discipline and 5+ years of warfighting modelling, simulation and analysis using task-related tools;
  • Or Bachelors’ degree from an accredited college in Operations Research, physics, engineering, or an applied science discipline with at least 7+ years of warfighting modeling, simulation and analysis experience using task-related tools.
  • Active Top Secret (TS) Clearance based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within the last 5 years with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) eligibility.


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience using Joint Staff models, simulations and tools for campaign, mission, mobility and scripting.  The Synthetic Theater Operations Research Model (STORM) is the primary campaign analysis tool. The Extended Air Defense Simulation (EADSIM) and Advanced Framework for Simulation, Integration, and Modeling (AFSIM) are the primary mission-level tools.  Analysis of Mobility Platform (AMP)/Model for Inter-theater Deployment by Air and Sea (MIDAS) and the Joint Flow and Analysis System for Transportation (JFAST) are the primary mobility/logistics tools.  “R” is the primary scripting tool used for pre-processing, post-processing, data analytics and data visualization.


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