Job Description

Job Title: Cost Analyst
Job ID: 4670
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Cost Analyst

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,800 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $308 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, charitable trusts, and community nonprofits. In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; shape emerging policy debates; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

RAND is seeking a Cost Analyst with experience in the evaluation of life cycle costs of major weapon systems and/or evaluation of federal program cost effectiveness.  Successful candidates will apply their cost analysis skills to a broad range of national security policy issues and have the opportunity to expand their cost portfolio to other policy issues and program evaluations in health, education, environment. The work may involve many aspects of program and technology evaluation such as examining the costs and benefits of alternative courses of action, providing decisionmakers with a tradespace of cost and effectiveness, assessing the cost or budgetary risks associated with a particular program, collecting quantitative and qualitative information from both private industry and government, developing new or updating existing methods and models, commenting on acquisition policy and cost analysis procedures, and reviewing other published research. Candidates should be able to describe and use various cost estimating techniques depending on data availability and level of program definition. Work may also involve interacting with government clients in support of their estimating activities.


Education Requirements

Master's degree in engineering, physical sciences, economics, operations research, mathematics, or the equivalent.


3 years

Security Clearance

U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; or Washington DC

Positions Open


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