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Senior Program/Financial Analyst at Applied Research Associates, Inc

Posted in Finance 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Arlington, Virginia

Job Description:

Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc. has a challenging and engaging opportunity for a full-time, Senior Program Control Analyst with a focus financial analysis and management to support the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters. The successful applicant’s main duties will include providing executive-level support to assist in the following areas: financial and program management. This person must be able to think creatively and challenge conventional thinking to meet objectives.  This requires someone who has a strong and substantial background and proven history in supporting senior-level DoD officials.

Primary Responsibilities & Functions:

  • Assist client address program management and Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE)-related functions that include:

    • Review Statements of Work, cost estimates and spend plans

    • Monitor projects using cost, schedule and performance metrics

    • Development of Requirements and Procurement documents (e.g. Rl-R4), Budget Issue Papers, and support documentation for Program Object Memorandum, Budget Estimate Submission, Program Budget Review, and President’s Budget Submission

  • Provide programmatic, business, financial, and policy assessments

  • Draft overview briefings for client presentation to congressional staff members

  • Conduct detailed investigative research, data collection and summarize for senior government officials’ use

  • Advance program, projects and build approaches to meeting objectives with only minimal direction

  • Work effectively under deadlines and manage multiple projects with evolving requirement

Required Skills & Qualifications: 

Must hold an Active DoD Top Secret security clearance and be eligible for Sensitive Compartmentalized Information *ARAClear 

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with seven to nine years of Program/Project Management and PPBE experience

  • Knowledge and experience in DoD financial management tools including the Defense Agencies Initiative

  • Proven track record with DoD program management support

  • Expertise in DoD roles and missions, and organizational structure

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications

  • Innovative and fresh thinking with a ‘can do’ attitude

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics. 

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at



  • 7 - 9 years: Development of Requirements and Procurement documents

  • 7 - 9 years: Program/Project Management and PPBE



  • Bachelors or better



  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well


  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject

  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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