Business Consultant

National Security Agency - Fort Meade, MD4.3

Full-time$97,000 - $150,000 a year
EducationSkills
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

In support of the Agency as a whole, the Business Analysis group leverages financial analytic tools to facilitate data collection management, data and cost analysis, advanced analytic studies, metrics, and forecasting. This organization provides cost/financial data and analyses to enable senior leader resource decision making. Alternately, additional Business Consultants assigned to the Corporate Operational Requirements Management Group identify capability gaps, document operational requirements, and assess alternatives.

Description of Position

As a Business Consultant, you will perform predictive and prescriptive data analyses to enable decision making by senior NSA leaders. Business Consultant responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating the nature and quality of cost data sources and their relevance to analyses; recommending improvements to and use of data sources
  • Devising strategies for extracting meaning and value from requirements documentation and/or large datasets
  • Translating practical mission needs and analytic questions related to large datasets into technical requirements
  • Employing analytic tools, templates, and processes to provide management with viable alternatives for informed decision-making, including, but not limited to, trend and forecast analysis, earned value management, cost analysis, life cycle cost estimating, and gap analysis
  • Supporting strategic business planning and decision-making, to include drawing appropriate conclusions, from detailed, data-based analyses
  • Effectively communicating complex technical information and analysis
As a Corporate Operational Requirements Management Group Business Consultant, you will identify capability gaps, document operational requirements, and assess alternatives by:

  • Utilizing governmental processes to identify capability gaps, document operational requirements, and assess alternatives.
  • Employing Capability Based Assessments (CBAs) and other analyses to identify capability gaps.
  • Working with DoD capability documents (e.g., ICDs, CDDs, CPDs), Intelligence Community (e.g., ECDs, SOCs) or other Government artifacts documenting operational requirements.
  • Developing Analysis of Alternatives (AoAs) to assess and prioritize potential solutions.
  • Executing direct analysis of corporate performance.
Individuals selected for this position are required to obtain DAWIA Cost Estimating and/or Business Financial Management Level II certification within 24months.

Skills
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills and is:

  • adaptable
  • detail-oriented
  • able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables
  • adept at manipulating large data sets
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is required:

  • Data analysis to include forecasting, risk, and/or trend analysis
  • Financial or business-related computer software, to include Microsoft Office suite of tools plus add-ons (i.e., Power BI, Power Query/Pivot)
  • Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process
  • Contractor cost accounting systems to evaluate cost, schedule, and performance
  • Building, improving, and maintaining cost databases, models, and cost estimating relationships used in the development of cost estimates
  • Processes to identify capability gaps, document operational requirements, and assess alternatives
The follow certifications are preferred:
  • DoD Financial Management (DoDFM)
  • DoD Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM)
  • DAWIA Business Financial Management II
  • DAWIA Business Cost Estimating II
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Position Summary
The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a critical role through budgetary and contract activities that support our nation's security every day. We rely on the skills of our acquisition, finance, and accounting professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. You formulate and execute budget resources, develop and allocate manpower resources and even provide guidance on implementing policy on cost, finance, and accounting. Start a career where you become a steward of taxpayer dollars, seeking the greatest return that money can provide: a superior intelligence service for the safety and security of our nation.

Mandatory Qualification Reqs
Salary Range: $96,970 - $148,967 (Senior)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree in a Business Field (e.g., Program Management, Business Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, and Economics) or a Technical Field (e.g., Engineering, Systems Management, Computer Science, and Information Technology) preferred.

Relevant experience must be in program management (e.g., trend and forecast analysis, earned value management, cost benefit analysis, balanced scorecard, activity based costing, life cycle cost estimating, activity based budgeting, and gap analysis). Managing DoD and IC sponsored programs is preferred. DAWIA II in program management or equivalent certification is preferred. Formal or informal supervisory experience preferred.

Salary Range: $134,789 - $164,200 (Expert)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 13 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree in a Business Field (e.g., Program Management, Business Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, and Economics) or a Technical Field (e.g., Engineering, Systems Management, Computer Science, and Information Technology) preferred.

Relevant experience must be in program management (e.g., trend and forecast analysis, earned value management, cost benefit analysis, balanced scorecard, activity based costing, life cycle cost estimating, activity based budgeting, and gap analysis). Managing DoD and IC sponsored programs is preferred. DAWIA II in program management or equivalent certification is preferred. Formal or informal supervisory experience is preferred.

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This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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