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Data Scientist (Simulation/Operations Research)

Type of vacancy: Regular
City: Amstelveen
Hours per week: 40
Education: Master's degree (HBO Master or WO-pre-master)
Apply before: 12/05/2022



As a Data Scientist at KLM’s Integral Planning and Control, you are in the epicenter of change for the airline industry. Our whole company is one giant optimization puzzle: Should that São Paulo flight depart at 09:55 or 10:15? Can we reduce food waste by more accurately predicting the number of passengers 14 days in advance? How should we space flights so that Schiphol delays are a thing of the past? How can we optimize our people’s rosters such that we can balance workload of personnel and punctuality of departures? What is the most efficient aircraft for each flight to minimize fuel consumption? How can we reorganize our operations so that we can become the leading example in environmental impact for air travel? In a major European airline operating at one of the busiest airports in the world, there is always an optimization challenge waiting for you.

But it does not end there. You might work on an innovation project in KickstartAI (, contribute to our partnerships with various universities to drive innovation and research, or play a fundamental role in our community of practice for data science.

What are you going to do?

Be ready to drive change in the way our airline operates. We are looking for a Data Scientist with focus on operations research and/or simulations with a liking for software development. Your role will be to help us to improve and develop innovative data science tools, ensuring that they match business needs, with whom you will be a direct partner. Alongside your team of software engineers, business analysists, and fellow data scientists, you will apply your optimization and mathematical skills to change the way KLM works.

Where do you land?

You will become part of our Integral Planning & Control platform and, even more specifically, the team responsible for all products related to the development of operational schedules. The team’s focus points are to gain insight into our flight schedule through the use of discrete event simulation and to translate this flight schedule into the perfect shifts to cover the workload. Moreover, you will be working at the center of multiple business domains/departments, driving integral decision making within the airline.

Your profile

We are looking for passionate and talented Operations Research and Mathematical Modeling experts, for curious builders who are biased towards action, communication and enjoy working in a fast-paced and international environment.
You are highly skilled in Operations Research, have a fundamental understanding of the field and how it can be implemented in an operational context. You can prove this by:

  • Having a relevant master's degree and at least 3 years of experience in Operations Research roles in an enterprise or commercial setting.
  • Being proficient in at least Python or C++. You are eager to deliver production grade code.
  • Being able to explain complex technical topics to peers, non-technical colleagues and management in an easy to digest way and adapt style to suit the audience.
  • Also, you are fluent in English, being able to communicate in Dutch is a plus.


We offer

  • A challenging role at an unique employer in the Netherlands;
  • A gross salary between €3.700,- and €6.100,- per month;
  • A good pension scheme, plus end of the year bonus and 8 percent holiday pay.
  • 25 days of paid holiday and 5 extra days off.
  • Great discounts on airline tickets (if you have been in service for at least 6 months).
  • The chance to work for 8 weeks a year from abroad. (Within Europe)
  • A personal budget for sustainable employability.
  • You can spend at Friday afternoon learning new tricks, doing research and development in topics of your own interest.
  • We facilitate a week per quarter for further learning opportunities, with collective hackathon projects, workshop sessions, and other creative ideas.
  • Discount of your health insurance.
  • A travel expenses scheme and free use of the bus network around Schiphol.

Ready for your next destination?

Don’t wait any longer, send us your CV before the final boarding call on 12/05/2022! A motivation letter is no longer required; we will simply ask you a couple of questions during your online application. Within two weeks, you will receive a message from us. Your application procedure consists of multiple interviews and a case assessment.

A file check (for ex-KLM-employees) and/or a reference check can be part of the application procedure. By applying for this vacancy you consent to these checks.



If you would like to know more about the position, please contact the hiring manager. Call or e-mail the recruiter for questions about the application process. In both cases, don't forget to mention the vacancy number: #12597 .


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