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Cost Estimator

San Diego, CaliforniaPEAK Technical Staffing USA


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct peer reviews on completed cost estimates of junior level estimators.
  • Mentor junior level Cost Estimators on process and procedures.
  • Participate in Senior Management Cost Reviews as required.
  • Participate/facilitate with functional organizations on any DCAA/DCMA proposal audits.
  • Performs pricing of proposals and directs support of pre-award, post-award and fact finding audits. Assist in development and maintenance of cost estimating system and other cost estimating duties to achieve business objectives.
  • Computes cost factors and prepares estimates used for management purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work, preparing bids, selecting vendors or subcontractors, and determining cost effectiveness.
  • Compiles and analyzes statistical data to determine feasibility of buying products and to establish price objectives for contract transactions.
  • Conducts special studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost data or effect cost reductions.
  • Interfaces with several internal functional groups as well as outside vendors to gather data.
  • Makes recommendations regarding the feasibility of manufacturing or buying needed products.
  • Analyzes blueprints, specifications, proposals, and other documentation to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for products, projects, or services.
  • Reviews data to determine material and labor requirements and prepares itemized lists.
  • Obtains data for cost analysis studies by determining manufacturing costs within divisions of company.
  • Performs pre-award, post-award and fact finding audits.
  • Interprets FAR and CAS regulations relating to pricing.
  • Develops and maintains pricing spreadsheet.
  • Prepares reports, charts, and graphs of findings.
  • Utilizes strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills in a team environment.
  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Utilizes MS Office Suite, SAP, Windchill, ProPricer and other applications.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Required Education:

  • Typically requires a bachelor's degree and six or more years of experience in finance, accounting, or business administration in a manufacturing environment.
  • Equivalent experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Must have a complete knowledge and competence in the concepts, principles, and standard practices in costing and pricing.
  • Must have experience negotiating and working in government contracting environment and be able to analyze and solve a variety of moderately complex costing problems.
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and communication skills, both verbal and written and be computer literate with knowledge of computer applications relevant to the position, including spreadsheet applications.
  • Must be able to work extended hours when required.
  • Must have a complete knowledge and competence in the concepts, principles, and standard practices in costing and pricing.
  • Must have experience adhering to DCAA audit compliance, FAR, TINA regulations.
  • Must have experience negotiating and working in government contracting environment and be able to analyze and solve a variety of moderately complex costing problems.
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and communication skills, both verbal and written and be computer literate with knowledge of computer applications relevant to the position, including spreadsheet applications.
  • Must be able to work extended hours when required.
  • We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.