Cost Analyst, Senior - DHS

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Full-time


Position: Senior Cost Analyst – DHS


Location: Washington, DC Area


Job Summary

This position will provide experienced cost analysis and estimating support for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs.


Years of Relevant Experience

The position requires 8-plus years of cost analysis and estimating experience. DHS experience is desirable, but not required.


Essential Job Functions

The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from this position if the work is similar, related, and/or a logical assignment for this position.  Other duties may be required and assigned.


The Senior Cost Analyst shall provide cost estimating related support and services. The Senior Cost Analyst shall assist customers with developing procurement solutions through the use of mathematical, statistical, and operations research techniques. The Senior Cost Analyst shall develop complex cost studies, prepare related documentation, and perform analysis for systems and programs. The individual’s activities include but are not limited to:


  • Prepare cost estimates and cost analyses of DHS programs.
  • Develop cost models incorporating cost risk and uncertainty through Monte Carlo discrete event simulation, documenting and presenting results, communicating with stakeholders, and attending various program meetings.
  • Identify and collect cost data, prepare Work Breakdown Structures, normalize data, perform statistical regression analysis, learning curve analysis and other analyses.
  • Individual will perform cost analyst duties, responsible for overall development, evaluation, and quality assurance of cost estimates, including ad-hoc special studies.
  • Develop and maintain cost databases
  • Provide effective verbal and written correspondence, prepare reports and presentations, as required.
  • Support cost research and issue paper development.
  • Provide leadership to cost teams, perform conflict management, and work in a team environment.


Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required in Mathematics, Business, Engineering, or related fields.

Coursework must include 24 semester hours in quantitative analysis courses.

Graduate and Post Graduate degrees are a plus and may substitute for years of experience.


Skills Requirements

  • Possess a Government or industry standard cost certification. Examples include: Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) and Professional Cost Estimator/Analyst (PCEA) certifications from the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA), Professional and Technician Level Certifications [e.g. Certified Cost Technician (CCT), CCP, CEP] from AACE International, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) or DHS Cost Estimating certifications.
  • Demonstrated mastery of applying broad mathematical, statistical, econometric and other scientific methods and techniques to formulate, test, and evaluate new cost estimating and analysis theories.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining databases and working with spreadsheets and complex models.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the business and financial impacts of alternative procurement approaches.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business, industrial practices, market trends and conditions, and relationships among development, testing, product, and marketing costs in order to determine their effects on complex multi-year programs involving business environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic work environment and ability to coordinate and perform multiple assignments.
  • Demonstrated analytical, creative, and effective problem-solving skills.
  • Possess excellent communication skills - both written and verbal.


Security Requirements

Must be a US citizen. Active Clearance not required, but Secret Clearance desired. Ability to obtain a clearance (up to a Top Secret) may be required in the future.



Occasional travel required as needed by client/s and/or company



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