IT Budget Analyst - 33534 in Arlington, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 6/29/2020

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Arlington, VA
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Job Description

Position Summary

Alion is engaged with a DoD Agency which recently implemented the beginning phases of an IT budgeting process integrated with an IT governance and portfolio management process. The IT budgeting process is supplemental to the Agency’s primary budgeting process and provides its stakeholders with an opportunity to align and justify information technology funding to business and strategic requirements.  The process leverages an IT governance structure so that the Agency can take a whole-of-government approach to identify, cost, prioritize, select, and monitor IT programs that most effectively support the Agency mission.  The Agency seeks to continue budget reform by standardizing IT cost allocation, connecting funding decisions to IT infrastructure, and unifying the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process with its Trust Fund process.

Alion has an exceptional opportunity for an  IT Budget Analyst to develop and conduct activities in the areas of IT budget formulation and execution.  S/he will work within the IT Portfolio Management team to support the improvement, adoption, and alignment of the IT budgeting process. As part of an integrated team, the IT Budget Analyst will develop and/or refine new processes that will operate within an integrated investment management and governance framework. 

While completing activities for both appropriated and non-appropriated budgeting processes, s/he will contribute time and expertise in refining them for greater effectiveness and efficiency.  S/he will work with IT, mission, and financial stakeholders within the agency and the mission-centric community.

The candidate will have strong initiative, motivation, and passion for building and executing budgeting processes, and, for delivering high-quality products for the purpose of IT budget reform.  S/he will contribute skills and experience towards strengthening IT financial management decision making and accountability, as well as improving program and operational outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Budget Process Transformation:  The candidate will support process and policy improvements that assist in transforming IT investing and improving spending transparency. S/he will work towards (1) streamlining the budget process; (2) aligning appropriated and non-appropriated budget processes; (3) improving cost and variance reporting; and (4) upgrading the quality of budget formulation and execution numbers.  Improves the budget planning, formulation, and execution processes for the IT directorate, the Agency, and associated implementing agencies (IA).

  • Align budget and portfolio management processes.
  • Use workflow analysis to redesign budget processes.
  • Integrate governance processes, investment analysis processes, appropriated PPBE process, non-appropriated budgeting processes, and portfolio management with IT budgeting activities across entities.
  • Assist with the development of tracking mechanisms to ensure full accountability.

Budget Formulation:  The selected candidate will develop and perform budget formulation activities that assist in transforming IT investing and improving spending transparency.  The candidate will improve the budget planning and formulation processes for the IT directorate, the Agency, and associated entities.

  • Prepare operational, and fiscal guidance for budget process stakeholders so that they may prepare budget submissions that align with Agency goals and constraints..
  • Develop and update standard operating procedures, work instructions, system guides, training materials, and templates that will ensure budget entry and justification activities are completed in a high quality and timely manner.
  • Develop processes, policies and procedures that describe to agency stakeholders how IT budgeting will be conducted. 
  • Identify resource requirements and coordinate major program funding requests.
  • Facilitate the development of budget exhibits for O&M, Procurement and RDT&E.

Budget Execution:  Assist in conducting the analysis, monitoring and evaluation of programs to determine whether they are producing the desired outcomes. Provide input into budget formulation process.  Assist in identifying issues and trends affecting budget execution.

  • Review spending quarterly and at mid-year to ensure budget compliance and understand if Operations & Sustainment assets require additional funding to better serve the Agency mission.
  • Help develop annual spend plans, track key performance measures, and analyze variances.
  • Track spending by object class code.
  • Maintain financial data in relevant DoD financial systems.

Experience, Skills, Education

  • Experience:
    • Experience managing competing activities and meeting deadlines as the Agency builds its IT budgeting policies and processes.
    • Experience with facilitating meetings and developing briefing materials.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and government financial systems.  Develop and maintain Excel files to collect, consolidate, and analyze IT budget data.
  • Required skills:
    • Federal budgeting process
    • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent customer service skills 
    • Experience with DoD budget databases
    • Problem solving capability
  • Preferred skills and attributes:
    • Understanding of how portfolio management, budget formulation, IT project lifecycle management and IT governance integrate.
    • Experience with process improvement, change management, and redesign.
    • Experience with the Select and Native Programming Information Technology (SNaP-IT) database
    • Knowledge of DoD, customers, organization, and business objectives
    • Experience providing budget training
  • Education:
    • Business degree with Finance or Accounting specialization preferred

Security Clearance: Secret

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