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Operations Research/Systems Analyst

Job Title
Operations Research/Systems Analyst
Job ID
Washington,  DC 20001
Other Location


Job Summary

Longenecker & Associates (L&A), a woman owned small business, has provided technical and management support to the Nuclear Energy Industry for over 30+ years. We have the immediate need for an Operations Research/Systems Analyst to contribute to the mission of the Department of Energy Headquarters based in Washington, DC. Note that due to COVIS-19 site access restrictions, the position will initially require tele-working, but will be located on site when possible.

The Operations Research/Systems Analyst performs professional work as a ORSA/data scientist with expertise and skills in earned value management (EVM) data analysis. As the recognized expert in the application of operations research, data science and systems analysis techniques the Systems Data Analyst (SDA), the incumbent applies operations research/data science theories, principles, methods and tools for identifying, defining and solving problems related to and based on earned value management within the Department of Energy, Office of Project Management, Project Controls Division (PM-30). As a member of the PM-30 staff, the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical advice and assistance to the PM staff and in support of communication external to PM, related to earned value management and capital asset project performance management. Reviews EVM performance data and provide assistance and assessment via assist visits, resource reviews, deep dives into root cause analysis, and to improve analysis and tools supporting leadership decisions. Supports PM-30 EVM staff with development and deployment of Agency EVM policy, guidance, training and tools.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to)

  • Serves as the key member of the team to provide decision makers with sound, scientific, and quantitative information regarding EVM system compliance and project performance analysis.
  • Conducts analyses to identify and define problems, develop alternatives, provide cost information and develop plans within the larger framework established by the DOE-PM for EVMS compliance and project performance relative to DOE’s EVM policy and performance goals.
  • Analyze and interpret applicable DOE orders and other documents to provide expert recommendations as to their proper application throughout programs, sites and projects.
  • Using EVMS inputs, provide visibility into all cost and schedule data for program/project management use, with the assurance that the data is current, accurate, complete, repeatable, auditable and compliant data, and properly relates cost, schedule, and technical performance consistent with risks and reported variances and estimates to complete.
  • The incumbent works independently or in small teams to solve complex problems, recommend solutions, identify actual or potential problem areas, trends, and similar factors, verifies and validates, through a systems approach, that established EVM performance indicators and compliance measures are accurate, compares actual accomplishment vs. planned accomplishment, flags a need for corrective actions through the sites and supports PM follow through on all actions.
  • Must be familiar with standard cost/scheduling EVMS and cost/scheduling tools and be able to interpret standard EVM terminology such as budget at completion, estimate at completion, schedule risk assessment, Monte Carlo simulation, random seed methods, estimate to complete, measures of location and error, predictive forecast analysis, duration-based percent complete.
  • Identifies and defines opportunities for improvement and suggestions for alternative courses of action related to EVM mission execution. The incumbent helps to develop standard operating procedures (SOP) that will be used to effectively and efficiently monitor DOE policy execution.
  • Risk analysis will also be performed and included to help identify high and moderate risk areas to receive top priority for monitoring and follow up.
  • Incumbent will be under the functional supervision of the Director of the Project Controls Division, and the daily administrative direction of the divisions Performance Team lead.  
  • Recommendations and conclusions are expected to be accepted as authoritative without significant change and are reviewed for compatibility with the support management policies and actions of the other major functional areas.
  • This position requires some travel. Incumbent must have a valid state driver's license and is required to obtain an HSPD-12 badge through DOE.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Mastery of EVM concepts and tools.
  • Expert knowledge of advanced economic, statistical, accounting, and financial analysis principles and techniques (e.g., regression analysis, learning curve analysis, probability) to analyze EVM data, reports and other technical documentation and to determine a given level of risk associated with the successful project execution.
  • Willingness to gain a thorough understanding of the DOE EVM system surveillance and EVM program analysis policy, guidance, training and tools.
  • Expert knowledge of disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, operations research, cost and schedule analysis, economic analysis, data science and others as required for conducting analysis on EVM issues and systems in order to identify actual or potential problems areas.
  • Knowledge of contract performance management, requirements and procurement, and sufficient knowledge of related fields.
  • Mastery of and skill in applying advanced concepts, theories, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of EVM and operations research.
  • Expert knowledge of general business operations, practices, and concepts accounting, economics, management, and finance).
  • Ability to participate on teams comprising personnel from a diversity of disciplines and organizations across DOE for on-site reviews.
  • Expert knowledge of cost performance reporting and management-oriented audits in order to evaluate the application of EVM to project execution.
  • Expert knowledge of the major cost drivers associated with DOE Acquisition Programs.
  • Knowledge of business and cost schedule analysis in order to appraise the adequacy of proposed or utilized EVM system surveillance or EVM program analysis procedures, techniques, methods, or assumptions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of project/program management techniques and DOE management systems to define data requirements and perform analysis on data received.
  • Ability to plan studies/analyses, including the ability to integrate the work of others into a comprehensive report.
  • Skill in communications, using a variety of media formats, and presentation techniques to conduct conferences with various government personnel on EVM project execution.


Education and Experience Required

  • Strong background in ORSA,
  • Possess at a minimum a bachelor’s degree in a field that supports position requirements,
  • Demonstrate at least 10 years of experience in their discipline.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, and nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


L&A is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran.

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