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Junior Cost Estimator 


The Columbia Group (TCG), is a technical services support company which has a successful 50+ year history of providing the United States Military with acquisition, logistics management, engineering, design, fabrication, test and evaluation, information technology and financial management support services. As a full-time employee of The Columbia Group, you will receive a comprehensive benefits package to include a quality health insurance program (medical, drug, vision and dental) for you and your family, group life insurance, group short and long-term disability insurance, a 401K Profit Sharing Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Account, and professional development opportunities. You will accrue 'Paid Time Off' (PTO) to be used towards vacation or sick leave, in addition to receiving ten (10) paid Federal holidays.

We are searching for a Junior Cost Estimator to join our team in Washington, DC ! The ideal candidate will:

  • Identify data/information necessary to create or validate cost models for estimating non-recurring/variable costs and recurring or fixed program costs for multiple purposes, such as to support Program Life Cycle Cost Estimates (PLCCEs), Service Cost Positions (SCPs), Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) updates, long-term program budget estimates, Program Objective Memoranda (POM) Inputs, or operating cost baselines.  
  • Assist with system development costs, system engineering costs, test and evaluation costs, ship design costs, ship construction costs, GFE system costs, system integration costs (physical and software), installation and removal costs, disposal costs, and infrastructure costs.
  • Gather and assess relevant data to support estimating efforts.
  • Provide Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) guidance.
  • Assist with the development, implementation, and surveillance of earned value management systems (EVMS) on DDG 51 shipbuilding contracts to ensure compliance with applicable policies and provide the Program with reliable cost and schedule data.  
  • Provide expertise on EVMS policy, including proposed policy changes, and shall assess program impacts resulting from policy guidance changes, and implement new guidance as required.
  • Assess and track shipbuilder (or other government vendor) corrective actions reports (CAR), corrective action plans (CAP), and analyze their progress and effectiveness.
  • Assist with Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) 
  • Participate and support baseline adjustments including OTB/OTS and other baseline review events as required.  This person will provide support for planning, managing, facilitating, conducting, and documenting appropriate Earned Value Management (EVM)s reviews. This person will assist in resolution of identified issues and deficiencies cited in the review.
  • Maintain and track shipbuilder Integrated Performance Management Report (IPMR) submissions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Earned Value Management Central Repository (EVM-CR), including support for legacy Contractor Performance Report (CPR) and Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) submissions.  
  • Support development, coordination, and review of CSDR requirements for DDG 51 prime contracts. Support any working group or Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) to collect cost data.  
  • Develop, update, and maintain the DDG 51 Program CSDR Program Plan, Contract Plan(s), and Resource Distribution Tables (RDTs) in accordance with DoD 5000.04-M-1.  Using MIL-STD-881C, This person will create CSDR plans for the Cost and Data Enterprise (CADE), formerly Defense Cost and Resource Center (DCARC), which are tailored to a useful level of detail by using technical knowledge of the DDG 51 program.  
  • This person will review and analyze IPMR, CPR, IMS and Supplemental cost and schedule submissions to assess reporting requirements and contractor performance. This person will prepare Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) submission response letters in a timely manner.
  • Earned Value Management (EVM) & Production Analysis
  • Assess contract performance, cost, and schedule baselines and EACs, and determine potential impacts to the program. 
  • Identify performance trends, including risk-based analyses with confidence levels on cost and schedule projections.
Position Requirements

Required Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics, or Business.
  • 1 year experience of DoD/Navy financial or program management.
  • Cost Estimating experience
  • An active Secret security clearance.


Preferred Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Master's Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics, or Business
  • DAWIA Level II Cost Estimating; Certified Cost Estimator / Analyst (CCE/A)
  • Over 1 year experience of DoD/Navy financial management
  • DoD/Navy Cost Estimating or BFM experience
Full-Time/Part-Time Contingent  
Position Cost Analyst/Senior Accountant  
Division The Columbia Group  
Req Number ACC-20-00014  
Location Washington, DC Client Site  
About the Organization We are a premier federal services company with a successful history of providing the United States Military, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, and other departments / agencies of the federal government. We employ hundreds of professionals, providing client-focused solutions, across all armed forces, in multiple locations throughout the United States.  
EOE Statement We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected Veteran status.  

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