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Cost Proposal Compliance Director

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Cost Proposal Compliance Director

The PAE Cost Proposal Compliance Director is responsible for the quality and accuracy of PAE’s cost proposals. This position is considered an expert on the interpretation of Request for Proposals (RFP’s) along with the application of various government regulation (FAR, DFARS, DOL SCA/CBA and other government regulations). The Compliance Director assures that all cost proposals clearly respond to all government and internal requirements to include compliance and administration of the PAE cost estimating guidelines. This position leads formal cost proposal Red Teams and provides training to various levels of proposal personnel and cost proposal analysts. The individual must possess a complete understanding of the PAE proposal process and be capable of supporting the development of complex margin, risk and opportunity, cash flow and ROI analysis and have highly-developed financial problem solving analytical skills.

This position requires a complete understanding of PAE’s Cost Disclosure Statements and current rate structures along with the ability to develop new rates and structures to solve complex pricing business cases in areas of PAE’s business that may use this competitive strategy. These assignments could occur in such areas as the establishment of new corporate entities to include joint ventures, financial due diligence, or various areas of financial execution analysis.

This position reports directly to the Vice President of Pricing and requires up to 30% travel.

Essential Tasks and Expected Results:

Work with Pricing and Proposal team to ensure Cost Proposals are compliant with RFP requirements and adheres to all client and government guidelines.

Review data provided by various departments to ensure accuracy and mathematical errors and relevance to RFP.

Monitor compliance with PAE estimating system and ensure appropriate corrective actions are implemented.

Review responses to formal RFIs to ensure bid specifications are met and responses are accurate and complete.

Monitor cost model from the early stages of development to ensure all formulas and links are accurate and functional.

Lead Cost Red Team Reviews on Major Pursuits

Review proposal compliance matrix and ensure every item of the RFP has been addressed.

Assist the Price Analyst with DCAA reviews and fact-finding tasks.

Review all clauses incorporated into RFP by reference to determine its impact on proposal or costs.

Interface with DCAA on major PAE proposals. Responsible for effectively resolving any proposal audit issues. Responsible for the effective management and periodic update as necessary of PAE’s Cost Estimating Manual (CEM)

Issue Pricing “Flash Reports” and manage PAE’s Internal Pricing Database to assure all data is consistently current and accurate. Conduct random tests of proposal and pricing compliance to the Estimating and Pricing system and checklist.

Establish training courses development and deliver training on a regular basis to all Pricing personnel on a regular basis. 


Expert working knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations(FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations(DFAR) and Defense Contract Audit Agency(DCAA) Guidelines as well as and considerable experience with US Government contracting and proposal development process

Experience in cost proposal development for US Government and commercial customers and have a broad-based financial background and knowledge of escalation factors, material costing, equipment costing and equitable adjustments

Good skill level in MS Excel and MS Word Office and Power Point

Attention to detail with an ability to handle multiple tasks independently

Excellent mathematical skills

Demonstrated ability to think strategically in a fast paced team environment


Bachelor's degree in business, finance or accounting from a four year college or university and minimum ten years related experience in the development of cost proposals to US Government or commercial customers for products and/or services.

Prior audit experienced/compliance experience required with a knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of cost estimating

Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of cost estimating. Knowledge of FAR and CAS.

Requires experience with CPFF, CPAF, T&M, FFP, and FPLOE contract types.  Experience with FPIF and CPIF desired but not mandatory.

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Ability to effectively respond to various levels of PAE Executive Management in point versus counterpoint discussions to support critical business decision making

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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From our founding in 1955, PAE has offered enduring support for the essential missions of a wide range of customers, including the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. To support our customer’s complex missions around the world, PAE’s current portfolio includes capabilities in aviation, capacity building and stabilization, critical infrastructure, expeditionary logistics, identity and information management solutions, integrated security solutions, test and training ranges, and training solutions; and enterprise-level technology products and software. Over the past several years, PAE has increased the breadth of services we offer our customers by integrating companies with proven capabilities and a customer-focused workforce culture. Today, the approximately 15,000 members of our global workforce perform with excellence and dedication in over 60 countries, on all seven continents, in some of the world’s most challenging regions. We attribute our success to the quality of our work and the integrity and high ethical standards that define our business operations. As we grow, the values that have set us apart over the past six decades continue to guide our company in leading with integrity and excellence. We are strongly committed to diversity, recognizing our success depends on bringing together a wide range of perspectives, skills and experiences to find the most innovative, cost-effective solutions for our customers. Above all, PAE dedicates itself to the missions of our customers. The entire workforce maintains a focus and commitment on delivering the highest quality of support of the critical work of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations.

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