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Cost Estimator

The Cost Estimator is to provide knowledge and expertise applying principles, theories and methods of cost estimation and analysis in support of our Government customers.

This position requires an active (or ability to obtain) U.S. Security Clearance, for which the US Government requires US Citizenship.

Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph Clearance Level
Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph (BI current if not active)
Potential for Teleworking: No
Travel: Potentially Yes, estimated up to 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Job Schedule: Full-time

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Physics, Operations Research, Cost Analysis, Mathematics, Statistics, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related discipline
  • At least 4 years of DoD, IC or industry cost analysis experience
  • Apply principles, theories and methods of cost estimation to complex Government acquisitions
  • Develop cost estimating relationships through the application of advanced statistical analysis techniques
  • Develop models/methods for space systems and their associated ground and launch systems across multiple space-related product lines
  • Ability to collect and normalize data and design cost estimating methods and models
  • Develop life-cycle cost estimates using a variety of methods (e.g. parametric, analogy, etc)
  • Experience leading life-cycle cost estimates for major system acquisitions
  • Ability to identify key cost and technical risk areas, and translate the risk areas into program cost impacts
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel
  • Proficient with the application of Monte Carlo simulation techniques
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to present results to senior leadership
  • Ability to work independently and lead detail-oriented tasks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Physics, Operations Research, Cost Analysis, Mathematics, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related disciplines
  • Cost estimating experience in the following domain areas:
  1. Space hardware (bus and payload)
  2. Space systems (e.g. NASA/Air Force, NRO, Commercial)
  3. Launch systems
  4. Ground systems (e.g. mission management, command and control, mission processing, ground terminals, communications networks, data centers)
  5. Software cost estimating
  6. Parametric and analogy based estimating
  7. Data collection and normalization
  8. Model development
  9. Method development (e.g. multivariate regression analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, cost improvement curve analysis)
  • Technical understanding of satellite systems
  • Experience using risk analysis software (e.g. @Risk, Crystal Ball)
  • Experience using statistical analysis software (e.g. SAS, SPSS, etc)
  • ICEAA certification; either Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA)

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