Operations Research - Technical Lead

Wayfair is looking for a (Senior) Operations Research Scientist to take on complex optimization projects with immediate impact on our operations. We seek an individual who can think through creative strategies to develop and execute solutions to keep Wayfair efficient as we scale.

The successful candidate will work with our team of operations research analysts and engineers to tackle large-scale and real-time optimization problems in our supply chain and beyond, including:

  • Network design
  • Transportation
  • Inventory management
  • Warehouse operations
  • Call center scheduling


We are looking for an individual capable of thinking outside of the box about operational challenges, who wants to try new approaches and challenge traditional models – all while focusing on bringing a best-in-class experience to our global customers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing production software tools
  • Working cross-functionally with business stakeholders to determine requirements
  • Coordinating with other engineering teams

Furthermore, we anticipate this individual will think strategically to identify new areas for future improvements in Wayfair’s operations.

We seek an individual with the following:

  • Ph.D or M.S. in Operations Research, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or a related field
  • Strong knowledge of linear programming and mixed-integer programming
  • Ability to tailor communications to level and background of the audience
  • Experience implementing models with AMPL, R, Matlab, or similar
  • Experience using Python, C++, Java, or similar
  • Familiarity with data analysis 

Bonus Points for:

  • Professional experience in Operations Research or a similar role
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL
  • Experience working with large real-world data sets
  • The ability to define and structure an approach to loosely-defined problems
  • Supply chain experience
  • Software development experience



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