Airbus Helicopters, Inc
  • 14-Aug-2019 to 25-Oct-2019 (EST)
  • 60200 Government Programs
  • Grand Prairie, TX, USA
  • Temporary

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than six fold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary:  

This is a contracted position for an experienced senior Government Proposal Cost Estimator and Pricer who will lead and be responsible for the development of all aspects of the cost and pricing for a large complex DoD proposal subject to the requirements of Federal Acquisition Regulations 12 or 15. 

This assignment is expected to be approximately six (6) months in duration.

Primary Responsibilities:

Proposal development 60%

  • Responsible for all aspects of the cost volume, estimating and pricing activities for a major DoD proposal effort
  • Participate in, support and lead the development, preparation, presentation and review of the costing and pricing for submission to the U.S. Government
  • Interpret pre-RFP, draft RFP and formal RFP requirements for analysis and review
  • Develop detailed complex cost and pricing models and business cases 

Planning and organization 20%

  • Coordinate and provide direction to internal functional areas and departments (Contracts, Programs, Bid & Proposals, Engineering, Industry, Purchasing, and other support functions) to task, receive inputs and feedback to develop and support the submission of a fully compliant bid response
  • Attend and schedule meetings on a regular and ad-hoc basis to receive and provide updates
  • Schedule and manage meetings as required to solicit information and feedback needed to develop the detailed cost and pricing
  • Develop a project plan, schedule, road map to organize, monitor and track progress 

Analyst coordination 20%

  • Coordinate Pricing Analyst activities in support of the development of the cost and pricing

Additional Responsibilities:  

Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training: 


  • Required:  BS in Accounting or Finance
  • Preferred:  MBA or MS in Accounting or Finance


  • Required:  Minimum 5-7 years U.S. Government contracts proposal experience
  • Preferred:  Experience with Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract types for:
    • Major programs (as the prime contractor)
    • Aircraft production and delivery
    • Full Contractor Logistics Support (CLS)
    • Development of a Parts by the Hour (PBH), Support by the Hour (SBH), or firm-fixed price flying hour rate (FHR) for helicopter maintenance, nose to tail, major components and engines
    • Support & Services
    • Fleet aircraft training program (classroom, aircraft and simulators)
    • Subcontractor management

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Required:
    • Must be highly proficient with MS Excel and Powerpoint
    • Requires strong proposal analysis and financial modeling skills
    • Ability to work independently, multi-task and thrive in a fast paced deadline-driven environment
    • Willing to work extended hours as needed to finish the job
    • Able to fully support the successful proposal completion and submittal, as well any subsequent fact finding, audit, updates and revisions and negotiations.

 Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Must be able to communicate professionally, respectfully and effectively at all levels

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • SAP experience would be a plus

Travel Required:

  • 10 % Domestic and International


  • US Person under ITAR definition (U.S. Citizen, green card holder or person covered under our existing ITAR license)

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • Participate in and lead formal costing exercises and pricing strategy discussions
  • Must be able to manage potentially conflicting priorities and direction to ensure cost and pricing are reasonably estimated and deadlines met
  • Ensure costs are properly identified and costed to support internal reviews and management decisions
  • Drive the proposal cost and pricing content from contributors by identifying, communicating, recommending, requesting, and monitoring the data and information needed
  • Work closely with Capture Manager to ensure alignment of cost and pricing decisions and direction 

Organizational information:

This position reports into the Government Pricing group within the Cost Accounting department, and has one contract direct report (a Pricing Analyst). 

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

This is a highly critical function in support of a major DoD proposal effort with high visibility and expectations at the most senior levels of the company.

Nature of Contacts:

Involved Communication on a regular Basis with internal parties only

Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: [100%]
  • Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings. [Daily]
  • Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms. [Daily]
  • Speaking:  able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications. [Daily]
  • Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment and some tools including production tools such as hydraulic lifts. [Daily]
  • Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs. [Carrying documents only several times a week or month]
  • Lifting:  able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs. [Lifting documents several times a week or month]
  • Pushing / Pulling:  able to push and pull small office furniture and some equipment and tools. [Infrequently]
  • Sitting:  able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer. [Daily]
  • Squatting / Kneeling:  able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving.
  • Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor. [Infrequently]
  • Travel:  able to travel independently and at short notice. [10% possibly]
  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents):  able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces. [Daily]


This position is a temporary (contract) position with no specific time period but could be extended or shortened as needed.  Contractors are employed by a 3rd party vendor and placed on assignment to Airbus in America. 

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status.  In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits and training. 

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status.  Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified.  Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered. 

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