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Principal Ship Acquisition Analyst (Part-Time) - 28114 in Alexandria, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 3/25/2019

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Job Description



Position Summary

This is a Part-Time position.

As the acquisition expert for the client, provides high level consultation to management in all areas of the acquisition effort. Thoroughly understands all program documents such as the Acquisition Strategy, Capabilities Development Document, the program budget, the Detail Design and Construction contract, the Acquisition Program Baseline, and the Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan. 

Advises and assists the client in resolving program issues and preparing the client for interactions with other Government organizations and industry.  Researches extremely complex acquisition issues, providing experienced-base proposals for issue resolution or impact mitigation with a full understanding of cost, schedule, performance and political considerations. Works with program management, engineers, product support managers and test managers to determine production and change strategies to effectively meet program needs within cost, schedule, and technical requirements. Identifies fully the program impacts to change or schedule delays. Provides specialized acquisition support in the areas of ship and/or craft construction and Test and Evaluation (T&E).

Duties and Responsibilities           

  • Develops, reviews and edits/updates all types of program documentation as required, including planning documents, strategies, requests for proposal, white papers, briefings, letters, Task Instructions, justifications, fact files and articles, Navy organization instructions, and memorandums of understanding or agreement. 
  • Leads, facilitates and coordinates the efforts of the assigned ALION program team. Is the primary point of contact for ALION activity associated with the assigned program(s).
  • Tracks and monitors the shipyard performance in delivery of hardware or services to the client by monitoring contract ceilings, deliverables, and vouchers.
  • Provides expertise in acquisition and financial trend analysis.  Performs data entry, file maintenance, and data retrieval and reporting functions. 
  • Uses highly complex quantitative analytical techniques to assess system acquisition process issues and develops risk reduction/mitigation approaches for improving acquisition/program planning, control, and execution including in the areas of ship and/or craft construction and T&E.
  • Consults with customers in the analysis, improvement, and implementation of acquisition process policy and procedures.
  • Coaches client and Alion upper management in deal negotiations, contract development, due diligence and other business development or alliance development projects.
  • Prepares documentation, reports, and project plans to describe activities planned and accomplished, status reports, letters, memoranda, messages, and contact reports.
  • Prepares and presents formal briefings and staff seminars as requested.
  • Provides guidance to less experienced Acquisition Analysts.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Masters degree in related discipline plus 10 to 15 years of directly related experience in a ship acquisition program office or supporting a ship acquisition program office during the production phase the naval vessel acquisition.  Experience executing a US Navy ship or craft construction contract. Education and work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience.
  • Ship and/or craft construction and T&E experience is required.   Boat/craft construction and repair work at small business shipyards including T&E experience is ideal.  
  • Project management experience is required. PMP certification is ideal.
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act of 1990 (DAWIA) Level III Program Management Certification is a plus, but is not required. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Expert knowledge of the defense acquisition process and ability to support customers in the analysis and improvement of an ongoing acquisition program in the production phase.
  • Some work may occur within an industrial field office, outdoors and/or aboard ship while the ship is undergoing construction, alteration, activation, overhaul, repair and/or underway trials.  Walking and climbing throughout the ship, in order to accomplish ship checks, will be required.  Exposure to high noise levels, uncomfortable temperatures, heights or other industrial safety conditions will require use of personal protective clothing and equipment. Candidates must be able to perform these functions as required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good leadership and organizational skills.
  • A SECRET security clearance will be required after employment.

Diversity Statement


Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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