The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: Senior Operations Research/Cost Analyst - Laurel, MD

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Are you seeking an opportunity to integrate affordability into the identification, design and comparison of alternative technologies and systems?

Do you want to take on the challenge of leading efforts to improve the efficiency of government programs through the development and application of improved cost estimating and technology techniques in order to perform robust affordability assessments?

If so, we’re looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

We are seeking a Senior Operations Research/Cost Analyst to help us perform cost estimation and analysis and lead affordability analyses in support of Department of Defense (DOD) and US Government sponsors. You’ll be joining a hardworking team of analysts who tie affordability and cost considerations and projections to the critical challenges our nation faces.

As a member of our team, you will contribute to trade space studies (Analysis of Alternatives, Business Case Analyses), Cost and Schedule Risk Assessments, and affordability studies (Life Cycle Cost Estimates, Total Ownership Costs). Significant tasks will include cost research, parametric cost estimation, probabilistic cost forecasting, integration of cost data and models, normalization of data, and execution of model credibility assessments.

As a Senior Operations Research Analyst/Cost Analyst, you will…

  • Lead or facilitate the leadership of a team to develop defensible time phased, risk adjusted, documented life cycle cost estimates.* Provide thought leadership on project teams to facilitate a sound analysis and development of team members to their fullest extent.* Perform a wide variety of cost and economic analyses directly interfacing with government sponsors and assisting the development and presentation of management level briefings as needed.* Contribute to studies that quantify best value assessments through affordability analysis that may include parametric cost estimating, life cycle cost analysis, cost estimating relationships and model development, and cost uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have…

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business, Data Science, Economics, Engineering, Management Science, Mathematics, Operations Research or another related field.* At least five years of relevant experience in preparing cost estimates and analyses for DoD programs. * Experience with DoD or Government agency acquisition programs, including milestone reviews, reporting, and budget development.* Knowledge or training in the use of DoD cost estimating software, models, and databases (e.g. ACEIT, @Risk, Crystal Ball, Price TruePlanning, VAMOSC).* Demonstrated study leadership, communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and analytical skills.* The ability to manage multiple priorities in a demanding environment.* The ability to obtain a final Secret level security clearance by your start date. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You’ll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have…

  • A Master’s degree or higher in Business, Cost Estimating, Data Science, Economics, Engineering, Management Science, Mathematics, or Operations Research.* A current certification related to cost estimation/analysis (e.g., Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certification, Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA).* In-depth knowledge and experience in any/all of the following: Life Cycle Cost Estimating, Cost Uncertainty & Risk Analysis, Parametric Estimating Techniques, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Government and Commercial Pricing Requirements, Forecasting, Data Mining, Simulation & Optimization Techniques.* In-depth knowledge and experience in the use of DoD cost estimating software, models, and databases (e.g. ACEIT, @Risk, Crystal Ball, Price TruePlanning, VAMOSC).* In-depth knowledge and understanding of the DoD 5000 series of systems acquisition polices.* Past leadership of DoD Affordability Studies or cost-benefit analysis of MDAP ACAT programs.

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