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Project Advisor


Position Summary

Term: Full-time, approximate six month duration
Start Date: Mid to End of March
End Date: Approximately Mid September
Pay rate: TBD
Posting ID: 6928

The COE has an immediate, exciting job opening for a Project Advisor whose work is to assist and lead challenging, high-profile COE industry partner projects in operations research applications with our MM in OR students, faculty, management and staff. This is a rewarding opportunity for individuals with a master’s or doctorate degree in operations research (OR), industrial engineering, or related background and with relevant industry experience. The focus of the Project Advisor is to guide the projects from start to finish and oversee the selection and application of the analytical and methodological components of the industry projects, and ensure timely and high quality deliverables to industry sponsors. Excellent communication and presentation skills will be required to mentor the students in their work.

The candidate must be able to communicate what Operations Research entails—its implications on and applications in today’s business and society.

Work Relationships:

  • The project advisor reports directly to the COE Managing Director.
  • Internal interaction – the project advisor interacts mainly with the COE Managing Director, COE students and staff members, and professors at the Sauder School of Business.
  • External interaction – the project advisor interacts with senior executives, managers and staff of industry partners and prospective partners with the COE Managing Director. He/she also interacts with professional societies and statistical software vendors.
  • The project advisor provides research and technical guidance to student project analysts and technical analysts on a day-to-day basis.

Work Performed:

The position will conduct industry projects through one or more of the following activities:

  • Attend project meetings and define project scope in conjunction with students, professors and staff
  • Establish project outcomes and deliverables and determining appropriate analysis strategy
  • Develop and implement technical solutions to COE industry projects
  • Provide guidance and assistance to MM and PhD students involved in COE projects with operations research and statistical methodology, software, modeling, analysis and timely execution
  • Review and provide critique for MM students' presentations well in advance of progress meetings and presentations to ensure professionalism and high quality, assisting students in producing them as needed
  • Assist MM students in communicating with members of partner organizations
  • Identify project problems and consult with Managing/Industry Director for assistance in resolving them
  • Supervise the technical analysts resource allocation, training and correct assistance with COE project work, enlisting support for projects as required
  • Assist in training MM students in software and other skills where necessary
  • Assess statistical, optimization and simulation software and recommend upgrades and additions
  • Prepare reports, technical papers, cases and research publications
  • Assist in preparing grant proposals and meeting reporting needs of funding agencies
  • Performing other related duties

Supervision Received:

  • Work independently, under general guidance from the COE Managing Director and COE Director
  • Participate in setting goals with industry partner teams and COE management

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master's degree or higher in operations research or related discipline (e.g., industrial engineering) plus three to five years of related business experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Proven expertise with optimization, statistical and simulation software packages, databases and spreadsheets, and statistics. Experience in project management required.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills
  • Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and organization skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • A self-starter, highly organized with a professional demeanor
  • BC Driver’s license and access to vehicle preferred

Work Environment / Conditions

The COE provides an open office environment. Work is based on UBC campus but it also involves off-site travel for meetings, conferences and events. Work usually lies within office hours but the ability to incorporate a varied workday is necessary. This unique opportunity will provide the selected candidate with experience applying his/her operations research expertise into exciting, high-profile industry projects, and with a network of contacts within the private and public sectors.

Application Instructions:

Application deadline: We expect to fill this position by the end of February. Please submit your resume as soon as possible, because a first review of applicants will occur on February 10th. Please note that this position will remain open until filled.

Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting the posting ID (6928), to:

Emily Noton
Acting Program Manager
Centre for Operations Excellence
Email: emily.noton@coe.ubc.ca
Fax: 604-822-1544

Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.

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