Cost Analyst

Edgewood, MD 21040

Posted: 02/13/2019 Industry: Accounting & Finance Job Number: 33594

Job Description

Senior Cost Analyst

Support Location: Edgewood, MD – On-site

Clearance: Active Secret

Kavaliro has an immediate need for a Senior Cost Analyst with an Active Secret clearance.


6 years with Bachelors OR 8 years with Associates or Professional Certificate

Relevant Experience

Bachelors with 10 years general experience OR Associates or Professional Certificate with 12 years general experience


* Certified Management Accountant (CMA) (within 1 year)

Performance Based Tasks Required
  • The contractor shall be able to create, review and analyze cost estimates using the Automated Cost Estimating Integrated Tool (ACEIT) suite. 
  • The contractor shall be able to incorporate relevant data from the ACE-IT suite, to include the Automated Cost Estimator (ACE), Joint Analysis of Cost and Schedule (JACS), Ri$k modules, and the Program Office Support Tool (POST) into cost estimates.
  • The contractor shall analyze as necessary Microsoft Excel cost models, to include use of risk analysis tool add-ins (e.g., Crystal Ball, @Risk, etc.).
  • The contractor shall review or analyze as necessary Joint cost/schedule uncertainty analyses and obtaining cost model result outputs.
  • The contractor shall provide cost estimating support at the portfolio level, to include developing portfolio models that integrate and display time-phased cost and schedule risk-adjusted views of multiple acquisition systems.
  • The contractor shall assist in development of and analyze cost and schedule risk-adjusted LCCEs, Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCEs), Business Case Analyses (BCAs), Analysis of Alternatives (AoAs), program office estimates, and other cost analyses.
  • The contractor shall brief executive leadership on program cost positions, impact of budget changes on supported programs, and other cost issues.
  • The contractor shall assist in the development of budget submissions (Procurement (P)-Forms, Research Development Test and Evaluation (R)-Forms, etc.).
  • The contractor shall possess experience developing briefings and presentations.
  • The contractor shall develop cost models for JPM Guardian level cost positions, and build and maintain cost estimate portfolios.
  • The contractor shall conduct pre-validation (sufficiency reviews) of all cost estimates (e.g., Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE), Life-Cycle Cost Estimate (LCCE), Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), Will/Should Cost Analyses, etc.) prior to being sent to the JPEO-CBRND Headquarters for formal/external validation.
  • The contractor shall pre-validate product manager (PdM) level cost estimates developed in ACEIT.
  • The contractor shall develop a common basis for consolidating and reporting cost estimate information for all programs, and remain current with all estimates.
  • The contractor shall develop LCCEs and Government cost estimates in support of selected programs, and update the estimates as required.
  • The contractor shall use CO$TAT to analyze historical and other data in order to develop cost estimating relationships.
  • The contractor shall gather, compare, and correlate prior year and current year expenditures and conduct trend analyses to establish baseline budgetary data for inclusion in the budget estimating process.
  • The contractor shall provide financial management expertise to identify and resolve issues, and make sound and timely recommendations to facilitate decision-making in each area where there is an issue.
  • The contractor shall review and access program risks relative to schedule and cost.
  • The contractor shall review IMSs or schedules for completeness and consistency with cost estimates.
  • The contractor shall provide the business manager with accurate data that can sufficiently defend team cost estimates to the PdM.
  • The contractor shall review, edit, and consolidate the annual (and out-year) budget requirements for submission to higher headquarters based on the program LCCE.
  • The contractor shall review, edit, and consolidate the annual (and out-year) budget requirements for submission to higher headquarters based on the program LCCE.
  • The contractor shall produce finance documents and conduct financial analysis and funds management in support of acquisition documentation (e.g., milestone decision approval cost estimates, acquisition program baselines (APBs), acquisition strategies, LCCEs, etc.).
  • The contractor shall provide input to any cost-related taskers, specifically focusing on sustainment costs in order to provide accurate and detailed analysis and cost positions throughout the life cycle of a program.
  • The contractor shall advise team leads and members on methods and requirements for developing extensive written justification for budget requirements, LCCE updates, and initial positions.
  • The contractor shall develop annual Research Development Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) and Procurement forms for submission to Congress.
  • The contractor shall prepare AoAs, CAIV, cost estimates, data research, economic analyses, independent sufficiency reviews, most-probable life cycle cost estimates, and source selection evaluations.
  • The contractor shall ensure work products are in compliance with
    • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulatory guidelines and processes
    • Better Buying Power guidance and processes
    • Will Cost guidance and processes
  • The contractor shall gather, compare, propose, and develop Better Buying Power initiatives.
  • The contractor shall prepare Will Cost positions.
  • The contractor shall implement and ensure compliance with Should Cost guidance and processes.  The contractor shall create and modify Should Cost estimates in accordance with Better Buying Power initiatives.  In addition, the contractor shall develop and maintain a Should Cost tracking sheet and provide data analysis.



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