The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.
In support of the Agency mission as a whole, Operations Research Analysts leverage analytic tools to facilitate data collection management, data analysis, advanced analytic studies tool development, metrics, and forecasting. Further, Operations Research Analysts support the mission by analyzing, developing, and applying mathematical/statistical or computational methods and lines of reasoning to provide support to independent studies, analysis of alternatives, economic analyses, and program budget development.
The Business Analysis and Optimization Group develops and provides cost estimates as well as financial data analyses to inform senior leader resource decision making. We rely on the skills of our business and analysis professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies.
Our operations researchers typically work multiple projects at any given time. In addition to supporting projects as a member of small project teams, they also have the opportunity to lead small teams. They also assist leadership in defining new customer questions and determining the technical approaches. Analysts have the unique opportunity to hone expertise on a wide range of mathematical, analytical, statistical, and business process techniques as well as learn customer relationship development and project management basics.
For certain positions, individuals are expect to obtain a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification within 24 months.
Description of Position
As an Operations Research Analyst, you will plan, develop, implement, document, and maintain cost/financial methods, models, and strategies. Operations Research Analyst responsibilities include:
- Evaluating and developing (using mathematical, statistical, economic, and engineering techniques) cost models and cost estimating relationships on efforts that reflect schedule, performance, and economic factors
- Demonstrating knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of cost analysis in support of the development of cost estimates that includes data collection, data normalization, data analysis, risk analysis, sensitivity analysis, and/or Earned Value Management (EVM)
- Demonstrating knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of cost analysis in support of the development of cost estimates that includes data collection, data normalization, data analysis, risk analysis, and sensitivity analysis
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills and is:
- able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables
- customer and results-oriented
- able to adapt to changing requirements
- able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a professional and collaborative environment
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is required:
- Financial or business-related computer software, to include the Microsoft Office suite of tools plus add-ons
- Government Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process and DoD acquisition processes
- Evaluating contractor cost accounting systems for cost, schedule, and performance
- Building, improving, and maintaining cost databases, models, and cost estimating relationships used in the development of cost estimates
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible).
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
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(U) The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.