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Principal Operations Research

Date: May 23, 2019

Location: Southlake, TX, US, 76092-2103

Company: Sabre

Req ID: 47451

Job Family: Information Technology/Software Development


Sabre is the global leader in innovative technology that leads the travel industry. We are always looking for bright and driven people who have a penchant for technology and want to hone their skills. If you are interested in challenging work, being part of a global team, and solving complex problems through technology, business intelligence and analytics, and Agile practices - then Sabre is right for you! It is our people who develop and deliver powerful solutions that meet the current and future needs for our airline, hotel, and travel agency customers.

Job Description


The travel industry is one of the top 10 transaction processors among banks and social networks. A typical traveler generates at least twice as much data as a savvy internet user.

With travel industry being highly complex and data-driven, this role identifies and solves interesting puzzles which leads to innovative products or directly benefits the financials of the company.


Under minimal or no direction this role is responsible for innovation in the travel space. The successful candidate will be able to identify and prioritize potential ideas, communicate them effectively, gather input from industry experts, and look at the ideas from the point of view of different types of travel industry players (i.e. travel suppliers, travel agents, travel management companies, corporations and travelers alike). This role is also responsible for helping immediate team or internal customers in various business decisions for products and services by using the available data.




The candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • A strong passion to identify and solve real business problems using data
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal or no direction
  • Collaborate efficiently with other technical or non-technical teams
  • Entrepreneurial mindset to identify and promote innovative travel products, and solve the internal puzzles and prototype the end product
  • Ability to move seamlessly between business problems and coding
  • Good presentation skills to explain complicated analytical solutions to a non-technical group of people, internal or external
  • Creativity in using available tools and out-of-the-box thinking to provide the best solution to problems
  • Ability to rapidly prototype and evaluate innovative travel products and applications
  • Persistence and willingness to learn and apply new techniques/new tools constantly
  • Experience working with very large datasets which happen to be residing in different data stores in different formats



  • The Principal Operations Research Analyst conducts analysis and develops advanced models for travel agency and suppliers. The position also consults with and provides guidance to many departments and senior management on advanced technical issues.
  • Own the prototype solution end-to-end
  • Understand the underlying business problem, extract and manipulate needed data, and design and test optimization models
  • Conduct analyses and develop models for travel agency and airline decision planning
  • Conducts logical analyses of complex to highly complex management problems, management information requirements and formulates mathematical models of problems for solution by computer
  • Prepares mathematical models of problem areas in one or several equations that relate constants and variables, restrictions alternatives, conflicting objectives and their numerical parameters
  • Prepares written, non-technical reports for management, indicating solution or range of possible alternatives in rank of desirability and probability of success
  • Research and validate new/improved methods of forecasting, optimization and overbooking.
  • Strengthens leadership position in merchandising and retailing
  • Collaborate with other teams efficiently and seamlessly
  • Potentially lead and mentor an intern or another junior member in the team

Job Requirements


Key technical qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge and experience in Stochastic Optimization and Revenue Management
  • Experience with optimization modeling (linear programming, dynamic programming, nonlinear optimization)
  • Strong programming skills in one or more of the following: C++, R, Python, Scala or Java.
  • Experience with large-scale data analysis and statistical modeling
  • Familiarity with open source Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence libraries such as Spark MLlib,, TensorFlow, etc.
  • Familiarity with Hadoop ecosystem.
  • Good knowledge on Data Warehouses, RDBMS and MPP database skills – ability to query data using SQL.
  • Working knowledge in large-scale/distributed SQL, Hadoop, NoSQL, HBase, Columnar databases


Other qualifications:

  • Strong ability to drive a project from the beginning to the end
  • Strong process and technical documentation skills
  • Strong communications skills with different levels in the organization as well as a business acumen to understand various types of business problems
  • Experience working with teams who have highly analytical skills
  • Strong desire to learn new technologies and try implementing them
  • Prior leadership and/or mentorship experience will be valuable




  • MSc with at least 3 years of industry experience or PhD in a highly-technical field, such as Operations Research, Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Science.  



Reasonable Accommodation

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Affirmative Action

Sabre is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. EEO IS THE LAW


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