Amazon Corporate LLC Sr. Operations Research Scientist - Last Mile Transportation in Seattle, Washington

Sr. Operations Research Scientist - Last Mile Transportation Job ID 557797 Location US-WA-Seattle Posted Date 7/11/2017 Company Amazon Corporate LLC Position Category Project/Program/Product Management--Non-tech Recruiting Team .. Job DescriptionTake hundreds of millions of shipments, a gigantic fulfillment network, reliable premium delivery service and optimizing decisions on transportation cost (involving billions of dollars in transportation spend). Combine this with the opportunity to be a key research leader and individual contributor building innovative transportation capabilities for the world's most customer centric company and what do you get? The best optimization R&D role. Period. The context: Amazon ships millions of unique shipments through its Fulfillment Network. Product is procured from tens of thousands of vendors/third party sellers into the multiple fulfillment centers in the Amazon network. Merchandize from these vendors needs to be transported from vendor locations to these fulfillment centers and between fulfillment centers as we balance our inventory across our network. Amazon has the largest selection - merchandise is associated with varying dimensions, restrictions and shipping costs - this selection is key to Amazon's virtuous cycle for growth. Post purchase by customers, we are responsible for transportation of shipments from fulfillment centers to customers. This involves moving shipments from our fulfillment centers to sortation centers and delivery depots. This results in a gigantic graph, with the nodes being vendors, Amazon.com fulfillment centers, sort centers, delivery depots and end customers. The arcs in this graph represent the time of transportation and cost of transportation. Each node has a specific capacity, and so does each arc, and there are time constraints on when a product needs to ship out of a node and when it needs to come into a different node. And Amazon needs to do all of this while incurring the least cost, which presents a great opportunity to leverage large scale network optimization models to drive decision making processes. The Last Mile Strategic Planning team is a global team that works with operations and tech teams in each of our markets to decide the long-term strategy of our Global Last Mile operations. We are looking for motivated individuals with strong numerical optimization and analysis skills to join our team, focusing on transportation network modeling and design. This individual will be responsible for building tools to determine the means to efficiently transport shipments from fulfillment centers to our customers. In particular, he/she will focus on building models that will be leveraged to drive the optimization of the transportation infrastructure, transportation contract negotiation, increase speed of delivery and evaluate opportunities to decrease cost through new initiatives. Some of the key job responsibilities include: * Own the strategic planning and research initiatives involved with the transportation network including network optimization, process improvement and sizing up opportunities from new initiatives. Build prototypes to demonstrate the benefits from proposed changes to the decision systems and operational processes * Partner closely with business and IT groups. Provide analysis using mathematical modeling tools to benchmark existing operations/processes and identify opportunities for improvement. Work closely with IT teams in enhancing the prototypes and implementing them in our production environment * Effectively communicate with senior management as well as with colleagues from computer science, operations research and business backgrounds Basic Qualifications* Ph.D. in Operations Research, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or a related field * Minimum three (3) years of industry experience with demonstrated business impact in reducing transportation an