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Project Controls/Cobra Analyst

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107485
Job Code: Project Controls Analyst 4 (Q01.4)
Date Posted: September 17 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Project Controls/Cobra Analyst to support WCI’s Nuclear Weapon Life Extension Program (LEP) and Modification Program. You will lead all aspects of development, implementation, and support of the cost engine within the WCI Earned Value Management System. The Project Controls/Cobra Analyst will ensure integration of the Cobra cost engine with the program’s scheduling and accounting tools and the proper management of project costs, measurement of performance, management of change control, and analysis of budgets, actuals, and forecasts. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate. DTED provides support to the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Define and design the data architecture for the EVMS cost engine to support streamlined integration with both the scheduling tool and accounting system and thus, enable efficient and accurate planning, performance management, and reporting.
- Coordinate the maintenance, patches, upgrades, and overall health of the EVMS cost engine tool with the data systems team.
- Review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing EVMS implementation and develop strategies for improving or further leveraging these systems.
- Manage the performance measurement baseline through the monthly integration of schedule plan, status, and forecasts with accounting system actuals, and develop robust quality assurance checklists to ensure accuracy of reporting.
- Responsible for preparing, analyzing, and reviewing program performance measurement and cost variances, and for the implementation of change actions into the cost baseline according to procedure.
- Prepare and ensure the accuracy of the Integrated Program Management Report (IPMR) deliverables, including performance data supporting M&O Program Status Report.
- Prepare and manage the variance analysis collection process and produce the Format 1 and Format 5 deliverable to the sponsor according to the monthly business rhythm.
- Develop and manage the Estimate to Complete collection and integration process and validate the Estimate at Complete (EAC) within the Cobra data system.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Bachelor’s degree in Business or Information Systems discipline or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant earned value management knowledge and experience, including baseline development and change control.
- Advanced knowledge and experience implementing EVMS such as cost processors (e.g. Deltek Cobra), scheduling and reporting tools (e.g. Primavera, Empower), and accounting tools (e.g. Oracle Financials).
- Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office with extensive experience in advanced Excel functions.
- Able to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Proven track record in problem solving, identifying, and confronting problems (even when the problem occurs outside own domain), proposing the best technical and cost-effective solutions.
- Ability to maintain professionalism and accuracy while supporting interruptions in a dynamic working environment.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills necessary to communicate with multidisciplinary team members, using negotiation skills to influence.

Desired Qualifications
- Familiar with Department of Defense (DoD) 5000 and NNSA 6.x acquisition processes.
- Project Management Professional Certification.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is an At Will appointment.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.