Operations Research Analyst

Washington, D.C
Jan 21, 2021
Jan 28, 2021
Full Time


As an Operations Research Analyst, you will perform complex studies that span business processes and operations specifically impacting FAS Strategic Planning, Strategy Execution and performance management initiatives.

Location of position:
FAS, Office of Enterprise Strategy Management
1800 F St. NW, Washington, DC

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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Major duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Applies a wide range of mathematics, statistics and qualitative and/or quantitative methods to conduct studies, initiate new areas of study, and recommend areas of further study related to the data used in and for the government-wide category management program.
  • Plans, designs and develops key performance indicator (KPI) requirements and methodologies for reporting on metrics relative to the government-wide category management program, and prepares recommendations for potential changes/adjustments to KPIs and other metrics.
  • Performs government-wide and program level data analysis including reporting responsibilities across multiple areas of focus (example areas include strategic sourcing and category management initiatives).
  • Provides technical expertise and feedback to management regarding developed highly visible, complex business oriented reports and metrics to measure and track program performance. Serves as the subject matter expert (SME) for troubleshooting data capturing processes, procedures and systems to ensure data quality.
  • Establishes and leads program management support efforts such as identifying requirements for automated analytical tools, defining standard processes and methodologies, documenting best practices, and developing appropriate program content to be used across Acquisition Gateway and Government-wide CM dashboards related to analyses performed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for meetings, conferences, and training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 1 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-13 salary range starts at $103,690 per year. To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service. Specialized experience is conducting quantitative and qualitative studies and analyses that are highly technical in nature and address key policies and programs supporting a wide range of acquisition functions. Such experience must include adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric and other scientific methods and techniques; analyzing mathematical/statistical results and preparing and writing reports based on the findings; and conducting studies relating to strategic portfolio and financial management issues and activities within a major acquisition organization.


Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.


Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: NFFE

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
  • Professional and technical knowledge and skill in operations research and economic analysis as they apply to government-wide acquisitions and operations.
  • Experience working with government-wide performance data, ensuring data quality, creating baselines, building automated reports and/or models, using statistical approaches to arrive at conclusions, and creating projections while leveraging a variety of data sources.
  • Ability to identify required data sets, collecting the data, cleansing, validating and manipulating data using databases and statistical software tools. Experienced in establishing data baselines, study and analytical methodologies, cost avoidance/savings calculations, small business utilization, spend under management and other similar types of foundational data and reporting metrics.
  • Written and oral communication skills. Proven experience in communicating performance updates, both in technical and non-technical terms, to a wide variety of stakeholders including leadership.
  • Experience in preparing project management and study plans; problem recognition and identifying relevant factors for analysis, tracking progress against project and program milestones; proactively working with others to address issues; and providing authoritative advice and information on project status, progress, and/or problems.

Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

If you are eligible under GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

If you are CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.

College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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