Sayres & Associates
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Sayres is seeking a Senior Program / Acquisition Analyst located in Washington, DC area with a SECRET clearance, verifiable in DISS


The Senior Program / Acquisition Analyst will support the Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Office (PMS 385) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and be responsible for the following:

  • Provide acquisition subject matter expertise to PMS 385 and demonstrate a thorough understanding of DoD requirements, policies and procedures related to shipbuilding acquisition.
  • Provide expert knowledge of DoD 5000, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, and the associated statutory and regulatory requirements of ACAT I programs.
  • Provide expertise in analyzing, assessing, and developing inputs to DoD Acquisition documents, White Papers, and briefing material being prepared for Defense Acquisition Boards (DAB), Major Decision Reviews, Resources Requirements Review Boards, and Gate Reviews.
  • Advise the government on DoD acquisition management, contracts, and technical/business management.
  • Provide expert knowledge of Acquisition Strategies, Defense Acquisition Executive Summaries, Acquisition Program Baselines, Selected Acquisition Reports, and other acquisition reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of RFP development requirements and proposal reviews
  • Monitor and assess Shipbuilder's performance of ship design and construction contracts to include collecting and analyzing cost performance data reports; identify cost, schedule, and performance trends; preparation of reports and graphs to present status to IPT and senior managers.
  • Be responsible for overall quality assurance of support products and deliverables from the assigned Task area.
  • Assist the government with deliverable tracking, task management, development of milestones and objectives, strategic planning, budget formulation including POM/PR issue support and studies.
  • Provide advice, recommendations, and drafts of strategic, programmatic, and business plans. Conduct analysis of current and proposed business practices, perform organizational assessments, assist with developing improved business processes, and identify and track major technical and programmatic issues
  • Provide executive level liaison with senior Navy/DoD/MARAD personnel. Relies on experience, communication with numerous stakeholders and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Occasional travel to various locations for meetings with stakeholders and shipyards, including shipboard visits and onboard site checks.

Minimum Skill Sets of Qualified Candidates

  • Master's Degree and 8+ years of related experience OR Bachelor's Degree and 10+ years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of DoD contracts and contract analysis and has knowledge of DoD contracting processes in the technical or program area specified.
  • Senior level understanding and experience with shipbuilding programs.
  • Must possess strong organizational and time management skills; the ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously; exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with an emphasis on providing good customer service; highly self-motivated and resourceful with strong problem-solving skills; and exceptional attention to detail and an ability to work with minimal supervision from the customer.
  • Strong MS Office skills.
  • Active Secret security clearance verifiable in DISS or the ability to obtain one


  • At least 10 years of direct experience working in or supporting NAVSEA, Military Sealift Command, construction shipyards, and/or operating/maintaining a commercial or military vessel.
  • Sealift or Auxiliary Ship experience is highly desirable.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Minimum of 10 years' professional experience supporting an ACAT I shipbuilding program
  • Familiarity with Department of Transportation (DOT) acquisitions

The position description is only meant to be a representative summary of the major responsibilities and accountabilities performed by the incumbents of this position. The incumbents may be requested to perform position-related tasks other than those stated in this description. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

At Sayres, our employees enjoy an atmosphere conducive to realizing their potential through personal and professional development while simultaneously exceeding customers' expectations.

We offer a broad spectrum of technical, engineering and administrative services including acquisition, financial and program management; fleet synthetic training; logistics; ship construction engineering; systems engineering and integration; wargaming; test and evaluation; security, counterintelligence and policy analysis.

Sayres is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices throughout the United States and has a presence abroad.



COVID Vaccination Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere to Sayres and Associates LLC's vaccination policy. All employees must be fully vaccinated. New employees must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Please note, customer site vaccination requirements, if stricter, will take precedence over Sayres vaccination policy. Prospective employees can submit questions regarding the COVID vaccination policy to

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