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Data Science and Operations Research Senior Specialist - Florham Park, NJ

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.
We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.
And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2015. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!
Where the Chemistry Happens…
“Global Business Analytics” co-creates and delivers innovative data-driven solutions for better business decisions through mathematical modeling (operations research, statistical analysis, and data science), the development of sustainable programs, as well as IT solutions (process and visualization of results and “Big Data”). This function acts as the center of expertise for “Big Data” within BASF and plays an important role in the implementation of projects coming from BASF 4.0 Tailored Solutions and Sustainable Programs which are developed and delivered in collaboration with all business and functional units within the BASF Group (including Procurement, Production, Supply Chain, Planning & Controlling, Marketing & Sales, and Finance). As a member of a leading edge team with expertise in Operations Research, Statistics, and Data Science responsible for leveraging mathematics to propel paradigm shifts across the entire company, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the initiation, execution, and completion of projects in the area of “Big Data”, Predictive Analytics, and Business Optimization to increase business profitability and reduce costs. In this role, s/he will work within multidisciplinary teams and work in collaboration with members from various business and corporate units, to complete deliverables as defined by the requirements of projects and initiatives. Date Science & Operations Research Senior Specialist (1700698) You will be ‘hands-on’ and work on projects, to execute deliverables during all phases of an analytics project, starting from project definition to completion. Deliverables will include the development of the appropriate mathematical models using internal tools and commercial software, collaborate with members from other functions to gather and validate the necessary data, and present the project results and benefits to the stake holders and internal clients. Communicating the ideas and solutions of advanced business analytics to a broad community of non-mathematicians and acting as a driving force in international and interdisciplinary project teams will be a key success-factor. In addition, you will work autonomously in the completion of deliverables and will participate in all relevant project and team meetings as required. Formula for Success: You Will…
  • Execute advanced business analytics project deliverables (model development)
  • Collaborate with project team members from various internal functions and BASF business units to successfully add value across BASF
  • Initiate and Support the development of innovative methods and applications in the field (based on market trends and eventually in collaboration with academia) and continuously develop the knowledge base of the team
  • Disseminate the benefits of advanced business analytics within BASF (e.g. organization of events) and identify opportunities for the company (initiate new projects)
  • Document and Track project and team deliverables and produce reports
  • If applicable, mentor junior team members and support their projects with expertise and insights into BASF’s organization and projects
Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look For in You…
    • Must have a Master's degree. Focus on Business Administration, Mathematics, Science, or Engineering with focus on quantitative analytics, e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
      • Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering
      • Computer Science, Software Engineering
    • PhD in the field is a plus.
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in mathematical consulting in an industrial context and experience in working in complex analytics projects (PhD can be counted as experience).
    • Experience in working within intercultural teams in a global setting
    • Proven ability and experience and knowledge of mathematical methods, their industrial application, and their implementation in programming languages and frameworks (e.g. GAMS, LLamasoft, Python, R, HANA, Spark). Ability to translate a business challenge into a mathematical problem and to present results with managerial implications in common language
    • High degree of flexibility and an ability to learn and adapt quickly to new businesses; excellent team player with superior collaboration skills. Able to work autonomously in the completion of deliverables; knowledge of project management concepts and tools is a plus
    • Hands-on data analytical experience in a chemicals business context is a plus