Cost Analyst/Project Controls Analyst

Rockville , MD
Sep 17, 2022
Oct 14, 2022
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat has a new opportunity available for a Cost Analyst/Project Controls Analyst, reporting to a Sr. Study Director. You are a service-oriented individual with a proven track record of success in supporting projects and will use your knowledge of process and continuous improvement in this role. Your responsibilities will include assisting in the implementation and integration of project and practice area initiatives to help improve financial operating processes across the practice area.

This position is based in Rockville, Maryland and is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement. 

Job Responsibilities: 
  • Support multiple projects and/or corporate financial or service area initiatives.
  • Tracks and monitors budgets (tasks and activities), incurred costs, and reports.
  • Works with multiple Project Directors to provide accurate projections as part of our cost tracking system.
  • Review project costs (vendor invoices, company credit cards, etc.) and client invoices for accuracy. Provides project support for multiple projects as needed.
  • Develop and manages timelines and implementation activities to ensure implementations are completed on time, within budget and meet expectations.
  • Develop budgets for program teams that align to contractual requirements, proposal and program WBS.
  • Work with Program Team to collect bottom up financial forecasts/Estimate to complete and enter into Program Financial Management Tool.
  • Review trends to assess accuracy of the financial forecast and work with program team to mediate any issues.
  • Comply with company, client, local and other legal requirements and regulations.
  • Responsible for accuracy of financial reporting to client and Practice Areas.
  • Work with contracts to review vendor and consultant agreements to validate appropriate funding and contract type based on prime contract including subcontracts and materials purchases.
  • Strong communication skills with respect to identifying and explaining financial risks/implications of project management decisions.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, finance, or accounting and 3-5 years of experience in financial management including large government contracting experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • MBA
  • Business Law course(s)
  • Experience with government contract financial management
  • Experience working with various contract types
Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Demonstrated communication skills 
  • Attention to detail with excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, teams, and SharePoint
Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account
Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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