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Lead Cost Analyst




San Diego, CA 92101


MCR, LLC, is the nation's premier Integrated Program Management (IPM) firm. Since 1977, MCR has delivered strategic planning, cost/schedule analysis, acquisition management and program assessment solutions to help government and commercial clients successfully manage their programs. MCR's 400+ professionals provide critical thinking and integrated solutions to smart acquisition professionals, helping customers become more efficient and effective in managing complex programs. More information can be found at .



The selected lead cost estimator will independently develop, maintain, and update cost estimates for client projects/programs including the following duties:

Align Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) elements with product based work scope

Use a variety of cost and analysis tools/software such as ACE-IT, SEER-SEM, PRICE, and @Risk

Apply data from basic research data and published databases such as USCM and document the estimates

Assess risks using simulation based techniques to ascertain confidence levels for cost and schedule

Develop, document with sound basis of estimates, maintain, and update cost estimates such as Independent Cost Estimates (ICEs), Independent Cost Analyses (ICAs), Sufficiency Reviews (SRs), Cost Excursions, and Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) forecasts

Establish will cost positions and objective Should Cost Estimate goals

Develop or support with program office direction responses to cost excursions and "what-if" requests

Identify and record data/information required by the cost estimating software involved, as required

Analyze Program Contractor cost estimates to ensure consistency with Government cost estimating procedures

Analyze the Program Contractor's basis of estimate, earned value performance data, risks and crosscheck major WBS elements/ cost drivers and the Sufficiency Review Checklist, including the record keeping of analysis results

Gather, assess and record cost, technical and programmatic data in support of cost-related research studies

Publish the study via research paper or a cost model enabling estimators to apply resulting factors, observations, CERs or assessments in cost estimates

CARD Preparation for program office

Research may also include investigating major issues such as cost growth in the space launch vehicles, historical cost and trends for the organization, and overhead rate changes due to business base fluctuations



Bachelor's Degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Science, Mathematics/Operations research. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

10+ years of cost estimating, budgeting, cost analysis and operations research on major acquisition programs involving military equipment.

Excellent communication skills with the ability to develop and write technical memos that will effectively communicate the results of evaluations and analysis

MS-Windows and MS-Office applications expertise required

US Citizenship is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government investigation and must meet eligibility requirements to obtain and retain the designated Government clearance (Top Secret). Must have an active Top Secret clearance with SCI eligibility.


ICEAA certification

Experience with MS-Excel, @Risk simulations, PRICE TruePlanning, SEER Suite, ACEIT, and other Cost Estimating Tools.


MCR, LLC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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