Senior Cost Estimator

Posted Date 7 months ago(11/30/2021 11:06 AM)
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Security Clearance
Public Trust
Full Time
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Noblis is helping FAA manage large and complex telecommunications and information management programs that use state of the art technologies to deliver enterprise infrastructure services essential to the safe and efficient operation of the largest, safest, and most complex aviation system in the world.  We are seeking smart, passionate, and motivated people to join our proven team in a challenging and rewarding work environment where you will be actively engaged at the intersection of technology and operations enhancing our nation’s aviation system.  If you want to be involved in acquiring, implementing, and managing the communications and information solutions to achieve our nation’s aviation vision, this is the job for you!

Noblis is looking for a Senior Cost Analyst who will conduct a variety of cost analysis, life cycle cost estimating, and/or cost research tasks in support of the FAA’s System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program using approved processes and tools to determine Life Cycle Cost Estimates (LCCEs), Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCEs), and/or Economic Analysis for use in acquisition milestone (JRC) decisions, Analyses of Alternatives, Business Case Analysis, OMB MIBCD (E300) / CPIC / APB submissions and/or program budget development.

Work Location: Washington, DC (Remote work from home, temporarily, due to COVID)

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Develop cost estimates using the Excel application and @Risk Monte Carlo simulation add-in and a variety of techniques including modeling, parametric analysis, engineering estimates, risk analysis and cost estimating relationships. Specific support activities will include the following areas:
  • Cost benefit analysis,
  • Life cycle cost estimates,
  • Business case analysis,
  • Affordability assessments,
  • Risk analysis and
  • Development of models and databases.
  • Interface directly with customer and other stakeholders to identify requirements and resolve issues.
  • Make technical cost estimating /research decisions which are authoritative and which demonstrate solid cost estimating judgement in anticipating and solving complex cost analysis problems.
  • Data collection, including:
  • Identifying requisite data elements and sources
  • Developing data collection plans
  • Requesting data and working with data sources via email and in person
  • Extraction of relevant data from vendor proposals, quotes; program requirements documents, engineering specifications, and other documents
  • Inputting data into cost models in a clear, orderly structure with documentation that can be understood and traced by reviewers from source to final estimate.
  • Trouble-shooting models to identify, locate, and correct errors.
  • Identifying uncertainties in quantitative data, selection of appropriate data distributions and parameters.
  • Converting programmatic risks into model inputs.
  • Preparation of briefing materials related to cost estimates including graphical presentations of data and results.
  • Working with other cost team members and the greater investment analysis team and external reviewers.
  • Presenting cost estimate and model descriptions and results to Program Office external reviewers.
  • Documenting cost models, methodologies and LCCEs in formal documents such as basis of estimates.
  • Occasional travel outside the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for durations of up to four days.



  • Life cycle cost estimating proficiency to include knowledge of:
    • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS),
    • Cost estimating relationships (CERs),
    • Inflation indices,
    • Economic measures (NPV, Payback Period, ROI)
    • Data collection & analysis
    • Cost risk analysis
    • Affordability assessments
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Computer proficiency skills (Excel, Word, @Risk, PowerPoint, MS Project a plus)
  • Software cost estimating using parametric tools (e.g. SEER-SEM, LOGAPPS)
  • Strong communications skills (both writing & verbal) with ability to prepare briefings, communicate status, and document results orally to a group or in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support customer meetings and data collection efforts.
  • Ability to work well both independently, as well as part of a team effort.
  • BS degree in a technical field (e.g. Math, Science, Engineering, IT, Computer Science, etc) and 16 years of professional experience.



  • Knowledge of the FAA Acquisition Management System, the Federal Budget Process, and FAA appropriation categories
  • Domain knowledge (i.e., aviation, data networks, National Airspace System structure)
  • ICEA certification (PCEA, CCEA)

Client Engagement

· Support and lead evolving business development efforts by applying technical and functional expertise to develop business solutions.
· Lead proposal sections for small or limited competition proposals and actively participate in teaming strategy discussions


With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. Noblis seeks an environment free from COVID-19 and prefers all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Attestation of vaccination status will be required for employment with Noblis.  Unvaccinated employees may be subject to additional health and safety requirements to include any federal, state and/or client restrictions.


Noblis and our wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI, Noblis MSD and Noblis + Mikros Systems tackle the nation's toughest problems and apply advanced solutions to our clients' most critical missions. We bring the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise together in an environment of independence and objectivity to deliver enduring impact on federal missions. Noblis works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, intelligence and federal civil sectors. Learn more at Noblis -About Us


Why work at a Noblis company?

Our employees find greater meaning in their work and balance the other things in life that matter to them. Our people are our greatest asset. They are exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, team-oriented, and mission-driven individuals who want to do work that matters and benefits the public. Noblis has won numerous workplace awards. Noblis maintains a drug-free workplace.


Noblis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race (as well as because of or on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.


Noblis is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Noblis will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

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