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Cost Analyst/Estimator

Tracking Code

UID 773.0

Posted Date


Job Location

Dayton, Ohio

Location of Position

Dayton, Ohio, United States

Work Arrangement

Hybrid: (In Office & Home)

Position Type


Clearance Required?

Ability to Qualify

Level of Clearance Required


Position Funded?


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and adhere to estimating schedules conforming to acquisition timeline requirements.
  • Develop Program Office Estimates (POEs) from an estimating procedure which specifies the expected dollar cost to perform a stipulated task or to acquire an item.
  • Interface with IPT members developing the program’s technical baseline, perform data collection and analysis, and document results.
  • Assess program efforts and estimate their costs, adjust POEs, and produce objective, realistic life cycle cost estimates.
  • Document, brief, and reconcile the results of the estimates, which will include development, procurement, sustainment / operations and support (O&S), and where applicable disposal costs, reflecting the program Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD) for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) / Major Automated Information System (MAIS) programs or technical baseline for all other Acquisition Category (ACAT) programs. 
  • Responsible for sustainment of a directorate cost data repository, cost reports, cost data, and completed cost estimates.
  • Develop life cycle cost estimates to include Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD), production, and sustainment phases of programs. 
  • Perform excursions to an existing program cost estimate that might include a program restructure/re-baseline, the insertion of new capabilities or technology, quantity changes, significant funding reductions/additions, and others as required.
  • Analyze weapon system contractor proposals. 
  • Assist in the development of Program Objective Memorandum (POM) inputs and other financial documents.
  • Assist in the development of the program’s initial CARD and assist in updates required throughout the program’s lifecycle. 
  • Coordinate work scope, schedule, and cost goals to objectively measure progress and evaluate weapon system contractor contract performance reporting data.
  • Assist in Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBRs).
  • Participate with Defense Acquisition Executive Summaries, Milestone Reviews, Economic Analyses, Analysis of Alternatives, External Inquiries.

Required Experience

  • BS/BA, minimum of twenty-one (21) semester hours in quantitative analysis courses plus a minimum of three (3) semester hours of calculus
  • Minimum of 8 years of related experience
  • Subject to compliance with DoD Directive 5000.1 The Defense Acquisition System, DoD Instruction 5000.02 Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, AFI 65-501 Economic Analysis, AFI 65-502 Inflation, AFI 65-503 U.S. Air Force Cost and Planning Factors, AFI 65-508 Cost Analysis Guidance and Procedures, AFMAN 65-506 Economic Analysis, the AFLCMC Standard Cost Process and other DoD, Air Force and lower level policy, publications, supplements, and manuals, as well as applicable documents and regulations, systems, processes and guides, as required.
  • U.S. Citizenship required; Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with Automated Cost Estimating Integrated Tools (ACEIT) ®
  • Previous experience with other estimating tools such as: PRICE “TruePlanning” parametric modeling, Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO), and Oracle Crystal Ball
  • Previous experience with Air Force maintained databases such as Air Force Total Ownership Cost (AFTOC) and Reliability and Maintainability Information System (REMIS). 
  • Experience with the Government’s documentation/ databases requiring financial management and cost data, including but not limited to 1537s, mandatory Cost and Software Data Repository (CSDR) requirements for all programs, Procurement Documents (PDOCs), Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Documents (RDOCs), the Capital Investment Report, Government Accounting Office (GAO) and Air Force Audit Agency (AFAA) reviews and audits, Acquisition Program Baseline (APB), award fee plans, award fee boards, MARs, and CCaRS, should cost analyses, and cost capability analyses.

This position will be posted for a minimum of 3 business days. If a candidate has not been selected at that time, it will continue to be posted until a suitable candidate is selected or the position is closed.

COLSA offers a comprehensive and customizeable benefits program which includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Supplemental Income Protection Programs, 401(k) with company match, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Education & Certification Reimbursement,  Employee Discount Program, Wellness Program, Paid Time Off and Holidays.

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