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NRO Financial Management: Cost Estimator

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $56,929 - $104,275
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) seeks qualified individuals to serve as Cost Estimators, performing a wide range of analytical activities for large space system development and acquisition programs (see our website at Cost Estimators assist senior NRO officials with resource decisions by designing and executing analytic studies and predicting the total costs of major NRO system acquisition programs. Cost Estimators also assess technical characteristics of satellite systems, develop estimates on selected new initiatives and expanded projects, perform program execution/performance analyses, assist in the performance of technical and cost uncertainty analyses, develop cost and schedule models based on cost/technical data of historical programs, and participate in source selection activities. These efforts necessitate an investigation of technical, performance and cost data on past and current programs and an assessment of how this information might be impacted by developments such as new methods of design or the use of new materials.

Individuals applying for a Cost Estimator position should have experience in the standard statistical techniques used to normalize, analyze and properly utilize information (such as regression analysis, analysis of variance, graphical analysis) as well as more innovative approaches (cost improvement curve analysis, uncertainty and risk analysis). Additionally, an understanding of Earned Value Management systems criteria, implementation and analytical techniques is desirable.

Minimum Requirements include a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Engineering, Physics, Operations Research, Economics, Mathematics, or Statistics.

Please note: We are unable to process your application without all college transcripts showing all grades. Unofficial transcripts for all degrees must be attached to your online application.

Salary - competitive and based on qualifications and experience. CIA offers a comprehensive employee benefits program.


During the application/interview process, applicants will take an aptitude and personality assessment test.

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 07:10 PM
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018 04:37 PM