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Contract Specialist - Cost/Price Analyst
Ref No.: 18-00047
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Position Type:Contract
Contract Specialist with Concentration in DoD Cost/Price Analysis
Professional Qualifications - Must have experience commensurate with at least a Client-1102-13 or equivalent, with concentration in DoD cost/price analysis. Specifically,
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III, or documented equivalent, in the contracting career field.
  • Knowledge of federal and agency laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to the acquisition process and to meeting DoD contract specialists performance requirements.
  • Recent experience (within the past 3 years) performing cost/price analysis in reviewing contractor's proposals; reviewing and evaluating direct and indirect cost elements, such as, materials, labor, Other Direct Costs, (ODCs), overhead, general and administrative (G&A) expenses and fixed fee; experience developing, recommending and documenting cost/price objectives for negotiations; and experience in interpreting and applying cost principles and procedures for various types of contracts.
  • Experience interacting daily with contracting officers, program managers, and auditors.
  • Professional written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to guide first-time DoD contractors through the contracting process, to include contractor education and outreach as appropriate.
Pre-Award Services – include, but are not limited to,
  • Perform market research.
  • Assist in the preparation of requirement documentation. Examples include, but are not limited to, Statements of Work (SOW), Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE), CDRLs, and Market Research Reports (MRR).
  • Prepare solicitations in accordance with the FAR, DFARS, and agency policy.
  • Assist in the conduct of source selections, to include the planning and preparation of the source selection requirements.
  • Work with the Government technical experts to ensure their technical evaluations are complete and reflect a fair, reasonable and sustainable position.
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate cost or pricing data contained in proposals to determine reasonableness of all elements of cost. Reference section below for specific performance requirements associated with cost and pricing analysis.
  • Review proposal submissions for adequacy and adherence to solicitation standards, to include conducting fact-finding to obtain the required documentation.
  • Assist in the preparation of documentation for the review and approval of the contracting officer. Examples include, but are not limited to, Requests for Information (RFI), Memorandums for Record (MFR), Determinations and Findings (D&F), Justifications and Approvals (J&A) and Exceptions to Fair Opportunity (ETFO).
  • Prepare thorough and professionally written Pre-Price Negotiation Memorandums (PPNM), Price Negotiation Memorandums (PNM), and price reasonableness determinations. Provide detailed documentation on the contractor's methodology in arriving at the proposed cost of each element and establishes a recommended Government negotiation position.
  • In coordination with the contracting officer, assists in contract negotiations and discussions.
  • Assist in preparation of documentation for any pre-award protest.
  • Provide business and procurement advice to Government personnel.
Cost and Pricing Support Services – include, but are not limited to,
  • Analyze and evaluate cost and pricing data contained in proposals to determine reasonableness of all elements of cost.
  • Analyze costs for allowability, allocability, and realism.
  • Evaluate the reasonableness of contractors' proposed prices through cost and price analysis by using accounting and auditing data, forecasting techniques and any other analysis and estimating techniques available to the contractor.
  • Review proposed costs to protect against excessive charges to the Government.
  • Work with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), and other agencies, to determine the allocation and reasonableness of proposed indirect rates and verify the status of contractor cost accounting systems.
  • Analyze profit/fee using the weighted guidelines methodology.
Contract Award Preparation – prepare contracts for award in accordance with the FAR, DFARS, OMB circulars, and agency policies. Contracts shall contractually and legally protect the Government's interests.
Post-Award Services – include, but are not limited to,
  • Prepare and conduct post-award conferences.
  • Assist in preparation of documentation for any post-award protest.
  • Respond to and assist both Government and contractor personnel with any contract specific inquiries.
  • Prepare contract modifications, to include complex contract modifications that require negotiations.
  • Provide support to the COR and review COR files as appropriate.
  • Monitor contractor compliance with contract terms and conditions.
  • Prepare professional acquisition correspondence.
  • Prepare contract files for closeout.