Optimization Specialist

Post date: Jun 15, 2014 11:21:47 AM

Position Title: Optimization Specialist

Company Name: Nielsen

Job Function: Operations Research Professionals

Entry Level: No

Job Type: Full-Time

Location(s): Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States

Job Duration: Indefinite

Min Education: Master's Degree

Min Experience: 2-3 Years

Required Travel: 0-10%

Description: At Nielsen we understand the importance of knowing what consumers Watch and Buy. As the world’s largest marketing research organization, Nielsen is powered by talented, creative scientists and researchers. Our Marketing ROI analytics’ associates come from diverse disciplines that include business, economics, engineering, marketing, mathematics, operations research and statistics. These professionals drive innovation and insight through continual ideation, complex analyses and delivery of insights to our clients. Because measurement is at the core of our business, Marketing ROI projects have high visibility and make a direct impact on our clients.

Our team has an opportunity available for an Optimization Specialist. The ideal candidate must have expertise in the development of linear, non-linear, and MIP optimization algorithms, modern analytical programming, and heuristics. The candidate would also have experience in developing econometric models, the capacity to work in an agile development environment, and a solid foundation in developing solutions for marketing, pricing and/or advertising organizations. Responsbilities include:

• Create R&D prototypes

• Research, design, write and implement optimization approaches and algorithms

• Design and test SAS analytical modules for Nielsen’s modeling platform

• Design and test C#/GUROBI optimization algorithms for Nielsen’s optimization platform

• Partner with our Software Engineering department to build best-in-class web-based analytical solutions

• Document and present methodology inside and outside the company

Job requirements:

• Graduate degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Mathematical Science, Operations Research or Systems Engineering

• At least 2 years work experience in delivering optimization solutions

• Experience writing production grade code on a standard statistical platform (SAS, SPSS, R)

• Expertise in C# programming and experience using AMPL, CPLEX and/or GUROBI

• Exceptional problem solving skills

• Well-organized and capable of handling multiple mission-critical projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines

• Excellent oral and written communication skills


Contact Person: Brian Weikel

Phone: 847-425-9999

Email Address: Brian.Weikel@nielsen.com

Apply URL: https://nielsen.taleo.net/careersection/3/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1400596