Operations Research & Management

An operations research analyst formulates and applies mathematical modelling and other optimisation methods in order to interpret information. This information can then be used to develop plans that have effects on decision making and policy formulation. As the name already indicates, an ORM analyst is tasked with managing (which is almost always similar to optimising) operations. This usually involves modelling process flows and throughput. This obviously can be implemented in an extremely wide range of branches.

Key work activities of an operations researcher are the examination of assumptions, gaining in-depth understanding of the operations of an organisation, supporting the changes in management and reviewing the process. In order to justly perform these activities, an operations researcher needs to interview employees of the organisation, gather relevant data, define the problem looking for results and analyse the data and develop models that will help finding results. To perform these duties, programming skills and mathematical knowledge are strongly required.