External Link Disclaimer

This hyperlink does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Navy of non-U.S. Government sites or the information, products, or services contained therein. Although the U.S. Navy may or may not use these sites as additional distribution channels for Department of Defense information, it does not exercise editorial control over all of the information that you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this website.

-RDA > Acquisition Workforce
  
Description
Business-Cost Estimating (BUS-CE)
Business Cost Estimators drive the processes of life cycle cost estimating within the context of materiel system acquisition in the Department of Defense (DoD). These activities occur at Navy headquarters, Systems Commands and Financial Management directorates throughout the Department of the Navy (DON). Focus areas include earned value management, simplified acquisition, performance measurement, and cost analysis. Within acquisition, the Business Cost Estimator leverages skills founded in operations research, mathematics and statistics to derive the "should cost" and funding baselines for acquisition programs throughout the life cycle. Business Cost Estimators can fulfill positions that specialize in advanced financial management, Earned Value Management and Program Management.
Business-Financial Mangement (BUS-FM)
Business Financial Managers apply the basic concepts of budget and program principles, policies, procedures, concepts, standards, and a wide knowledge of the financial management and business operation systems. These activities occur at Navy headquarters, Systems Commands and Financial Management directorates throughout the Department of the Navy (DON). Business Financial Managers possess knowledge of acquisition; recognize the life-cycle process of an acquisition program, review, allocate, or manage acquisition resources and programs. As an advisor to Commanders, Program Executive Officers and acquisition decision makers, Business Financial Managers can fulfill positions in advanced financial management and Planning and Programming within acquisition.
Contracting (CON)
Contracting Specialists create effective and proper business arrangements that have a strategic focus on acquisition while accountably leveraging Department of Defense (DoD) resources to meet the demands of the customer. Contracting Specialist work involves the procurement of supplies and services in addition to acquisition planning, cost and price analysis, solicitation, source selection, preparation for award and post award activities. The Contract Specialist leverages skills founded in the application of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), legislative policy, e- business and industry practices, supply sourcing methods, contracting vehicles cost and price analysis methodology. Most Contracting Specialists work primarily in Research and Development (R&D), Large Program (ACAT) Program Management Offices (PMO), systems logistics sustainment centers, systems planning management offices and other key areas within the acquisition life cycle.
Engineering (ENG)
Engineers perform engineering tasks to support acquisition programs, projects and activities. These can relate to the design, development, fabrication, installation, modification and analysis of platforms, systems or systems components. The Engineering workforce includes a wide range of members from different disciplines and backgrounds. Typically Engineering workforce members have either a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a technical or scientific field such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, operations research, engineering management, or computer science. Engineering workforce members may hold positions such as systems engineer, project officer, and project engineer, scientist, supervising project engineer, computer engineer/scientist, operations research analyst, software engineer, structures engineer, reliability and/or design engineer or naval architect.
Facilities Engineering (FE)
Facilities Engineers (FE) are involved with the design, construction and life cycle maintenance of military installations, civil works projects, airfields, major ocean ports and facilities. FE's are involved in all facets of life cycle management from planning through disposal including design, construction, environmental protection, base operations and support. This also includes real estate and real property maintenance. The FE workforce advises or assists commanders or program managers and other officials, as necessary, in executing all aspects of their responsibilities for facility management; and the mitigation/elimination of environmental impact in direct support of the Defense Acquisition.
Information Technology (IT)
Information Technology professionals typically provide direct support for large acquisition programs at Chief Information Officer, Design Activity or Field Office levels. Areas of focus include IT acquisition strategy, planning, systems architectural compliance, information assurance, security, validation and testing. Within IT acquisition, the IT professional formulates requirements and specifications, cost estimating, and resource planning. They can also play a key role in Functional Area Manager (FAM) portfolio management, information assurance accreditation validation, enterprise architecture compliance, testing and evaluation, software development life cycle, and project management. IT professionals can fulfill positions that specialize in Information Security, Policy and Planning, Enterprise Architecture, Network Services and Computer Engineering.
Life Cycle Logistics (LCL)
Life Cycle Logisticians ensure the integration of all support elements to maximize supportability, reliability, availability, maintainability and mission effectiveness of systems throughout its life cycle. They achieve this by influencing system design and providing effective, timely product support capability to secure system material readiness and operations. The career field encompasses both acquisition and sustainment activities directed at planning, development, implementation and management of effective and affordable systems. Life Cycle Logisticians can fill typical line and staff position titles that include, but are not limited to ILS Manager, Logistics Element Manager, Logistics Management Specialist, Logistics Engineer, Deputy or Assistant PM for Logistics, Director of Logistics, Weapon Systems Manager, Supply Specialist, Supply Chain Manager, Equipment Specialist, Maintenance Manager, and Transportation Management Specialist. Typical position locations include, but are not limited to Acquisition organizations within the service components (i.e., Systems Commands, Material Commands, Inventory Control Points, DRPMs, PEOs), as well as organizations/ field activities directly supporting such organizations.
Production, Quality and Manufacturing (PQ&M)
PQ&M professionals perform a vital role in ensuring that products are delivered on time, perform as expected and meet cost targets. Additionally, they apply concepts of work within an acquisition environment that varies greatly in managerial, administrative and technical content. Accordingly, PQ&M personnel are required and involved early in the acquisition life cycle. They develop and maintain quality assurance activities to establish essential standards and controls. Furthermore, they also develop and execute plans that focus on conformance, fitness for use, system engineering processes, development of test provisions, and quality requirements within the specifications and standards. Typical position locations include Acquisition Organizations, Maintenance Depots and Hardware Systems Commands.
Program Management (PM)
Program Management (PM) professionals serve in a wide range of Program Management Office (PMO) and Program Executive Office (PEO) positions, leveraging program integration and analysis skills. This includes direct support to the PM or PEO, deputies or staff. They may also serve in a number of support and management positions throughout the workforce. The fundamental responsibilities of the PM are to balance the many factors that influence cost, schedule, and performance. Furthermore, to interpret and tailor application of the DoD 5000 series regulations that supports the overall Defense Acquisition System. In the end their work ensures that high quality, affordable, supportable and effective systems are delivered to the customer on time and within budget. Typical position locations include Program Offices, Program Executive Offices and Hardware Systems Commands.
Test and Evaluation (T&E)
Individuals who work in the T&E career field are predominantly Test and Evaluation (T&E) leads for programs, Service, Agency, and Facility T&E managers, engineers, scientists, operations research analysts, system analysts, computer scientists, and other degree-holding technical personnel. Traditionally these specialists plan, perform, and manage T&E tasks in support of acquisition. Individuals in Test and Evaluation (T&E) positions are subject matter experts who will plan, monitor, manage, and conduct T&E of prototype, new, fielded, or modified systems. They analyze, assess, and evaluate test data results and prepare assessments of system performance and reports of T&E findings. Typical position locations include, but are not limited to Acquisition Organizations, Hardware Systems Commands, Program Executive Offices (PEO) and Central Design Agencies (CDA).
Contact Us!

Special Assistant for Public Affairs
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition
1000 Navy Pentagon 4C656,
Washington, DC 20350

Office Contact:
Email: webmaster_navyaos@navy.mil

Contact the Webmaster

This is an official U.S. Navy website
Contact the Webmaster - Please read our Privacy Policy Notice - No FEAR Act - Section 508