Operations Research Analyst


Vacancy ID: 820240   Announcement Number: FS-820240-SW13   USAJOBS Control Number: 335667500

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820240
1. Title of Job

Operations Research Analyst
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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 820240.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

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510100013 Arlington, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

1. All applicants must meet the basic qualification requirement for this position. Please select the response which best describes how you meet the basic qualification requirement for the Operations Research Analyst.

A. I have successfully completed a full four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in operations research. (Copies of transcripts must be included in your application package to support meeting the basic qualification requirement.)
B. I have successfully completed a full four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus. Examples of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queuing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. (Copies of transcripts must be included in your application package to support meeting the basic qualification requirement.)
C. My education does not reflect in the above statements and therefore I do not qualify for this position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

2. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-13 grade level.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) analyzing solutions to acquisition problems; 2) developing life cycle cost analyses and mathematical modeling to identify alternative solutions to problems, and 3) performing cost benefit analyses. NOTE: Your resume must support your answer, or you will be rated ineligible.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position.

3. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-14 grade level.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) analyzing and recommending solutions to acquisition problems; 2) developing and applying statistical, analytical, and operations research techniques to assess or improve acquisition or budget programs; and 3) developing new policies, procedures or techniques designed to improve cost analyses, cost estimates, or estimate validations. NOTE: Your resume must support your answer, or you will be rated ineligible.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position.

KNOWLEDGE OF COST ESTIMATING AND ANALYSIS PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


4. Formulate, test, and evaluate new cost estimating and analysis theories, principles, and practices.

5. Review manual and automated methods of cost data collection, evaluation and analysis to determine need for development and operation of cost estimating and analysis products.

6. Research techniques for the development and adjustment of cost estimating relationships relating cost to physical and performance variables by mathematical expressions (i.e. regression analysis, sensitivity analyses, trend analysis and uncertainty analysis).

7. Adapt mathematical, statistical, economic, and other scientific methods to cost analysis applications for use in drafting policy and procedures.

8. Generate cost estimates by applying a range of appropriate estimating methodologies such as analogy, parametric modeling, and engineering building.

KNOWLEDGE OF ACQUISITION POLICIES, PROCEDURES, REGULATIONS, AND PRACTICES

9. Recommend strategies for acquisition problems important to the success of Life Cycle Cost milestones.

10. Assess risks to acquisition cost and schedule.

11. Use cost/benefit analyses to compile acquisition's data for a proposal.

12. Develop new policies or procedures to improve the cost estimating or analysis component of the acquisition process.

ABILITY TO THINK LOGICALLY

13. Coordinate activities involving all phases of cost estimate development from estimate planning through estimate documentation.

14. Determine whether analyses include all appropriate life cycle costs.

15. Determine total ownership of costs for a new contract.

ORAL COMMUNICATION

16. Brief an organization's leadership on program materials.

17. Prepare and present proposals and justifications for original studies in cost analysis.

18. Facilitate interaction between program staff, subject matter experts, and contractors to accomplish required duties and assignments.