KL: Herndon, VA

  • Mid Level Acquisition Lifecycle Support Specialist

    Security Clearance
    Regular Full-Time
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    A Day in the Life

    Knowledge Link is seeking a Mid Level Lifecycle Acquisition Support Specialist to assist in responding to statutory requirements for the Chief lnformation Officer, including, but is not limited to those expressed in the Clinger Cohen Act, FIT ARA, etc. Support and develop processes for data analytics, cost benefit, cost estimating models, risk and sensitivity analysis to deliver data-driven IT investment recommendations for CIO-T and Open IT portfolio. Conduct cost benefit analysis of agency-wide and IC-wide IT investments and make recommendations to help the Deputy Director, CIO, Deputy CIO, Chief Financial Executive, and IT Portfolio Lead maximize NGA's benefits while minimizing cost.


    Time Well Spent

    • Identify and introduce CIO-T and Open IT leadership to alternate and innovative ideas, approaches, and methods to issues and challenges through corporate reach-back.
    • Review, analyze and provide TCFP and Open IT Portfolio with recommendations on IT Portfolio Management Instrnctions, Manuals, and other Policy documentation.
    • Conduct financial and benefit analysis for strategic business cases which influence investment/divestment decisions for the CIO-T and Open IT Portfolio Program Build.
    • Research and work with TCFP leadership, Program Managers, Capability Program Managers, Portfolio Leads, and FM resources to identify and coordinate solutions to funding gaps in CIO-T IT investments during Program Build efforts.
    • Conduct analysis of and develop briefings for the CIO assessing NGA's IT budgets against commercial industry benclnnarked IT spending rates.
    • Leverage Enterprise Architecture experience and certification to analyze CIO-T IT investments and develop interactive presentations that allow CIO-T leadership to quickly view individual program, Portfolio, and all CIO-T IT investments linkage to the NGA's GEOINT Enterprise Architecture.
    • Support ad-hoc tasking by the Portfolio Integration Board Working Group (PIBWG) chair, including spend plan analysis, invest/divest analysis, and recommendations to increase PIBWG efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Analyze Portfolio Programming Guidance tasks and coordinate actions across CIO-T to understand and track closure of each task.
    • Analyze prior Program Build efforts, identify lessons learned, and craft recommendations to improve future activities.
    • Assist in the development of senior management level briefings and present briefings when necessary.
    • Work with TCFP leadership and across CIO-T to develop NGA responses to external reporting requests, such as development ofNGA's FITARA self-assessment report and identification of Open IT's programmed funding to specific tasks in the Consolidated Intelligence Guidance.
    • Coordinate and collaborate across CIO-T, FM, Portfolios, and KCs to obtain data and inputs required for external reporting and internal analysis in a manner that builds positive rapport and impressions of TCFP.
    • Demonstrate problem solving skills that demonstrate a broad understanding of NGA portfolio management, planning, programming, execution, cost analysis, acquisition, and program/project cost estimating principles.
    • Lead and distribute work across a team ofTCFP contractors to make effective use of skills and availability while also being an individual contributor.
    • Work as a part of an integrated IT Portfolio Management team to include direct interfacing with program offices.
    • Make effective use of computational methods and tools.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools.

    Qualified Candidate

    • B.S. /B.A. degree, or higher in finance or business, or equivalent work experience in finance or business.
    • Demonstrated recent (within 3 years) experience to conduct analysis from complex and diverse sources and explain or identify issue impacts and alternatives; apply analytical techniques including problem identification and recommended resolution; and, build/evaluate analysis of alternatives in IT business cases.

    Exceptional Candidate

    • Demonstrated understanding of NGA IT Policy, Enterprise Architecture, Acquisition, IT Portfolio Management, IT Governance, and PPBE processes.
    • Understanding of the NGA mission and organization structure, and broad knowledge of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), NSG partners, Depa1iment of Defense and Intelligence Community (IC) intelligence oversight organizations, missions, and organizational priorities.
    • Understanding of the NGA Vision, architecture, and strategy.
    • Information technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certified.
    • Certified Enterprise Architect.
    • A WS accredited training.
    • Trained on business case analysis.
    • Trained on cost estimating tool(s).
    • Experience with Enterprise Architecture tool(s).
    • Experience building and working with IT portfolio management analysis tools.


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