Analyst III - Cost Estimating & Pricing at Ball Aerospace
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Analyst III – Cost Estimating & Pricing
What You’ll Do:
- Prepare current, accurate and complete quality cost proposals (new business and change proposals) in compliance with the Ball Estimating System Description, Federal Acquisition Regulations, specific FAR supplements, and RFP requirements. Ensure proposals do not result in audit findings of a defective pricing action.
- Prepare cost proposal RFP compliance checklist. Review with appropriate staff (Contracts, Proposal Manager, Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Estimating and Pricing Operations (EPO) Manager, etc.), and ensure compliant proposal is prepared.
- Prepare accurate and complete data and lead the cost requirements portion of the proposal kick-off meeting. Provide guidance to estimators on the Estimating System Description, cost estimating tools and processes, basis of estimates, documentation, and RFP requirements during proposal/ROM kickoff meetings and in individual discussions with estimators. Support Proposal Manager with development of proposal staffing and budget requirements.
- Enter estimates into estimating tool and analyze cost estimates against historical cost data, cost metrics, parametric cost models, strategy, and cost risk assessment. Coordinate material/subcontract pricing data required for proposals. Prepare cost volume documentation.
- Prepare appropriate business management data (i.e. earned value management/reporting, financial management/reporting, etc.) for proposals as required. Review with SBU EPO Manager, SBU Manager of Business Management, or Ball EPO Manager prior to proposal submittal.
- Review final cost volume for compliance with the policies, regulations and requirements discussed above. Complete Proposal Certification Checklist and review with SBU EPO Manager, SBU Manager of Business Management or Ball EPO Manager per Ball Estimating System Description policy prior to proposal submittal.
- Prepare accurate cost data for cost reviews with SBU and Ball management. Support SBUs with Bid-No-Bid Meetings, Proposal Kick-Off Meetings, Proposal Reviews, ROM Reviews, Green Team Reviews and Red Team Reviews. Support meetings related to status of proposal efforts and staffing needs.
- In accordance with the Ball Estimating System Description, post proposals requiring certified cost or pricing data to DCAA Extranet/SharePoint Site within 48 hours after customer submittal.
- Prepare cost proposal audit files and review completed Proposal Audit File Checklist with SBU EPO Manager or SBU Manager of Business Management per Ball Estimating System Description policy within 10 working days of submittal. Ensure electronic copies are maintained in SBU proposal/program files within 10 working days of submittal.
- Support customer fact-finding and negotiation efforts. Support audit efforts with internal and external auditors (DCAA or DCMA).
- Provide notice to EPO Manager of:
- Significant new business opportunities and upcoming change proposals as they occur.
- Significant proposal issues, including subsequent problem resolution/action, as they occur.
- Potential risks in regard to aggressive proposal prices or schedules, cost risk concerns, or cost proposal compliance issues.
- Scheduled internal Ball and DCAA/DCMA audits as soon as notification is received, audit issues of concern during audit, and subsequent audit results/report as soon as available.
- Support the Project Controls functions on aerospace programs within the Civil Space & Technology (CST) organization:
- Generate financial reports on spacecraft and instrument programs that are generally within early study phases or later on-orbit phases.
- Support development of Work Breakdown Structures, baseline plans and estimates to complete.
- Prepare and monitor funding plans and labor forecast plans.
- Compile and analyze quarterly sales forecast data and calculate fee accrual rates.
- Prepare ETC/EAC estimates from program staff input.
- Organize cost and/or schedule data for monthly/quarterly program reviews.
- Prepare ROMs in accordance with Ball and SBU policy. Prepare accurate cost data for ROM reviews with SBU management. Prepare ROM files within 10 working days of submittal and ensure electronic copies are maintained in SBU proposal/program files.
- Attend EPO Staff Meetings. Provide input and present material upon request.
- Support Ball and SBU with implementation of required Cost Estimating and Pricing tools and processes. Provide feedback on these tools and processes to support improvement where necessary. Support groups involved with cost estimating & pricing and business management initiatives to improve processes and tools, as requested
- Support the Ball Cost Estimating and Pricing organization with development, enhancement, application and training of cost estimating and pricing processes, tools, parametric cost models, historical cost data, and Cost Estimating Relationships (CERs). Document, assess and apply lessons learned to future proposal efforts.
- Be responsive to customer needs and concerns. Build solid relationships with internal and external customers. Lead or participate in group discussions at internal or external meetings related to cost estimating and pricing efforts. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required
- Support development of job training requirements for the year. Complete training in accordance with QSF0348, Current Job Requirements Documentation, and update as appropriate during the year. Complete annual/periodic Ball training as required (e.g. ESD update training, ITAR training, Labor Charging training, etc.).
- Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
- Perform other duties as necessary.
What You’ll Need:
- BS in a related field plus 4 or more years of related experience.
- Each higher-level degree, i.e. Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Two years of related experience may be substituted for each year of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
- Technical skills including proficiency in the following: Excel, Power Point, Word Pricing software, Business Objects, Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), and Material Proposal Pricing tool (as applicable to EPO staff).
- Pricing knowledge including: Estimating System Description, Generic Cost Volumes, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), DFARS, Truthful Cost and Pricing Data Act (TINA), Learning Curve application, Monte Carlo Analysis, Parametric Estimating, and cost analysis techniques.
- Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment.
- Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor.
- Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.
Relocation for this position is not available.
Compensation & Benefits:
- HIRING SALARY RANGE: $73,500 - $99,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
- This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste https://bit.ly/3pNSnxv into your browser or visit our careers site.
US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED
Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.