A DEFCON 1 “Can't Wait” posting from MCR

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Senior Associate/Cost Analyst, MCR, Bedford/Hanscom, MA

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Conduct a variety of cost analysis, life cycle cost estimating, and/or cost research tasks in support of the Air Force/Department of Defense using approved processes and tools to determine Life Cycle Cost Estimates (LCCEs), Independent Cost Estimate (ICE), Total Ownership Costs (TOC) and/or Economic Analysis for use in Investment Analysis, Analysis of Alternatives, Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD), Business Case Analysis, Exhibit 300 submissions and/or program budget development. Will develop cost estimates using a variety of techniques including modeling, parametric analysis, engineering estimates, learning curve, risk analysis and cost estimating relationships. Specific support activities will include the following areas: cost benefit analysis, life cycle cost estimation, business case analysis, affordability assessments, risk analysis, technical baseline development, knowledge of the government acquisition process, and development of models and databases. Keep abreast of new weapons system cost estimating/research methodologies, databases and tools.



The candidate should be able to manage/lead the cost estimating task and interface directly with customer and other stakeholders to identify requirements and resolve issues. Plan, organize, direct and conduct weapons systems cost estimating/research tasks in problem areas of very difficult scope and complexity. The problems are difficult to define and may require novel approaches and the use of sophisticated techniques. Has moderate/extensive technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating assignments, including the direction of other cost analysts. Makes technical cost estimating /research decision which are authoritative and which demonstrate mautre cost estimating judgement in anticipating and solving complex cost analysis problems. Work requires the technical capability to assess the cost and schedule implications of existing and projected technological advances, as well as the ability to evaluate the impact of new and innovative acquisition strategies. Strong interpersonal skills needed to support customer meetings and data collection efforts. Ability to work well both independently, as well as part of a team effort. Strong writing skills to be able to prepare briefings, communicate status, and document results.


Individual will work out of the Bedford MA MCR office at Hanscom Air Force Base


• 7-10 years of weapons system acquisition Cost Estimating Experience

• Strong quantitative skills – Minimum of 24 semester hours quantitative analysis coursework

• Knowledge of the federal acquisition management system (preferably DOD/ESC)

• Life cycle cost estimating proficiency to include knowledge of: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS); Cost estimating relationships (CERs); Inflation indices; Learning curves; Economic measures (NPV, Payback Period, IRR)

• Data collection & analysis

• Cost risk analysis

• Affordability assessments

• Data modeling

• Computer proficiency skills (Excel, Word,Outlook)

• Software cost estimating / parametric tools (ACE IT, @Risk, SEER-SEM, PRICE, COCOMO, SLIM)

• Strong communications skills (both written & verbal)

• SCEA certification is a plus




MCR, LLC’s compensation and benefits package is very competitive. It is designed to help employees meet varying needs throughout their careers and to reward employee's skills, experience, and potential.

Equal Opportunity Employer

MCR is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.


For potential candidates that meet the requirements for this position, forward a copy of your resume to the attention of Denise Colina at dcolina@mcri.com, indicating that you learned about this opportunity from Ned Lundquist, an MCR employee.



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