IT Cost Analyst (3375)

POSITION IT Cost Analyst
Position is on the research staff of a private, not for profit research institute located in McLean, VA, that specializes in government consulting within a broad spectrum of public policy management. Work will be on client site of the Department of State in Washington, DC. Candidates must be able to obtain a personal security clearance of Secret.
(Essential Job Functions)
Analyst will be responsible for assisting the client with expert cost- and price-related support and advice to contracting offices and program offices in these areas; conducting comprehensive cost analyses for critical acquisitions; analyzing contractor costs and ensuring that they align with cost estimates; and recommending new policies and business processes to achieve greater efficiency in the Department's acquisition functions. The position requires a bachelor's degree and a minimum of 10 years' experience.
Key responsibilities include:
Cost Analysis
Performs cost and price analyses on competitive and non-competitive multiple-year multi-million dollar procurement actions for major programs, systems acquisitions, and contract actions.
Uses a wide variety of conventional and cutting edge price and cost analysis techniques and tools.
Prepares reports of findings and strategies to address and resolve issues, lessons-learned, and recommendations for improving future acquisitions, negotiating more advantageous cost and price mechanisms.
Provides expert advice to senior management, customers, and other acquisition professionals in the areas of: review of cost/price proposals; review of supporting documentation; and writing cost and price analyses. Leads discussions on cost/price issues with senior acquisition, program, and/or contractor officials, and resolves complex and/or costly problems.
Acquisition Pre-Award
Serves as Chair of Source Selection Evaluation Board's Price Evaluation Panel for specific major acquisitions.
Develops contractual pricing arrangements and incentives such as multiple incentives requiring use of sophisticated costing techniques; sharing arrangements, such as cost-plus-incentive-fee or fixed-price incentive fee.
Recommends the development of cost/price terms and related terms in solicitations and contracts and negotiates these terms with vendors and other parties.
Evaluates proposals effectiveness of bids including requirements, financial soundness, and past performance, cost/price of previous procurements, and other factors to determine the cost effectiveness of various bids and identifies potential problems that could occur.
Acquisition Post-Award
Conducts acquisition cost assessments to ensure that contractor costs are consistent with cost estimates submitted and that incentives are awarded properly.
Investigates inappropriate variances; identifies reasons; and prepares and negotiates solutions with customers and vendors.
Develops new approaches and strategies for collecting and validating cost data.
Coordinates requests for audits among external audit agencies (e.g., Defense Contract Audit Agency), Agency Inspector General, and internal acquisition and program staff.
Reviews audit reports, reports results, and makes recommendations to the Contracting Officer.
Requests audits for contract closeout and reports results to quality assurance contract closeout team.
Process Improvement/Policy Development
Recommends new policies and business processes; develops contract mechanisms and provisions; and investigates and resolves complex and/or costly controversial price/cost issues.
Recommends price/cost policies and strategies that require additional emphasis or clarification.
Coordinates with internal and external stakeholders.
Oversees implementation and assessment of the impact of process improvement changes.
Provides different alternative courses of action for arriving at goals and objectives, and justifies the course of action selected.
Develops, reviews and evaluates cost/price/acquisition policies and objectives related to process improvement.
Provides written and oral presentations/briefings to clients on results.
Bachelor degree in finance, acquisition/contracts management, information management or information systems management, business administration, technology management or related disciplines.
10 years of relevant work experience.
Mastery of federal and departmental contracting and procurement laws and regulations, with particular focus on procurement cost and price analysis techniques and processes.
Knowledge of regulations and requirements governing Cost Accounting Standards to ensure their implementation.
Strong problem solving, analytical, and negotiation skills.
Program management skills.
Must be self-directed and detail oriented and able to coordinate and work with a dynamic team and multiple stakeholders.
Superior written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to compose, write and edit a variety of general business correspondence, management reports, technical presentations, training material, proposals and position papers.
Possess or be able to obtain a Secret security clearance.

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