Cost Estimator
Patuxent River, MD 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Cost Estimator
Job Locations US-MD-Patuxent River
ID 2022-15141
Category Operations Research
Security Clearance Requirement Secret
Type Regular Full-Time

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) delivers high-impact, technical solutions to complex national security issues. As we enter our 50th year in business, we are known for continuous innovation for government customers, both long-established and newly acquired, as our capabilities expand around the globe. Our work is state-of-the-art and made possible only through the best personnel, tools, and jobs in the national security business. We are highly collaborative in spirit and practice, and we freely share expertise across SPA in our quest for enduring solutions to critical concerns. Come work with the best! Our pledge to you is stability, opportunity, and clear-sighted commitment to the mission.

SPA's Maritime Division provides timely, objective, analytic assessments, strategic planning, and expert operational, technical and acquisition support to the Undersea, Surface and Aviation Warfare communities, and related agencies and partners. We play key roles in providing the insights and strategies to address current and emerging challenges to our national security. We have tremendous impact in assisting our clients achieve success on their most important issues and programs within the constraints of the budget environment.

The Veracity Forecasting Group is part of the Maritime Division within SPA. Our unique processes result in authoritative, data-driven analyses that assist enterprise managers in making complicated decisions. We offer our customers proven expertise in descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics; advanced mathematics and computational techniques (a.k.a. data science); and software engineering. Our mission is to help enterprise leaders make complex, fully informed decisions and save money in the process.

The successful candidate will provide Independent Government Cost Estimates, Economic Analyses, and related Cost Analysis to the NAVAIR cost department in Patuxent River, MD. In this role, analysts will develop forward-looking estimates which support contract actions, budget drills, analysis of alternatives, and ad-hoc analysis. Data will be collected and analyzed from both Government and public sources. Day to day tasks will be guided by NAVAIR individual product teams and the cost department leadership.


The duties and responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to the following:

    Assist in the development and analyze the cost and schedule risk-adjusted Life Cycle Cost Estimations (LCCEs), Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCEs), Business Case Analyses (BCAs), Analysis of Alternatives (AoAs), program office estimates and other standard cost analyses.
  • Develop presentations and brief executive leadership on program cost positions, impact of budget changes on supported programs and other cost issues.
  • Use cost estimating outputs to assess the impact that various factors have on the costs to design, research, develop, operate, maintain and dispose of a particular weapon system.
  • Determine the appropriate phase of the budgetary cycle for initiating new programs, analyze contractor financial data to determine program viability with respect to cost and schedule performance.
  • Utilize analytical processes such as: setting up the problem, conducting background research, collecting and reducing data, displaying data for analysis, formulating mathematical expressions, and drawing conclusions.
  • Analyze management problems and provide advice and insight about the probable effects of alternative solutions to these problems; utilize routine cost estimating methods such as analogy, engineering or scientific methodology and extrapolation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Eligible for a DoD Secret clearance.
  • 8+ years of experience with DoD or Federal civilian agencies performing acquisition, cost estimation and operations research tasks.
  • BA/BS degree in Business, Engineering, Quantitative Science (such as Physics or Chemistry), or Mathematics with 24 semester credit hours in quantitative analysis.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with DoD acquisition programs, U.S. Navy training centers or Defense Acquisition University as an Operations Research Analyst or Cost Estimator/Analyst.
  • Knowledge of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) Operating and Support Cost Estimating Guide.
  • MA/MS degree in Business, Engineering, Quantitative Sciences (such as Physics or Chemistry), or Mathematics.
  • Cost analysis certification from an accredited organization.

SPA is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action. It is, and will continue to be, the policy of the company to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals. We recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SPA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
8+ years
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