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Applied Research Solutions Cost Estimator II in Bedford, Massachusetts


We are a dynamic team dedicated to providing accurate and reliable cost estimates for a wide range of programs critical to our national defense. We are seeking a Cost Estimator with expertise in ACEIT software to join our team and contribute to this important mission.

Why Work with us?

Applied Research Solutions (ARS) is respected as a world-class provider of technically integrated solutions as we deliver premier talent and technology across our focused markets for unparalleled, continuous mission support. Awarded a Best Places to Work nominee since 2020, ARS recognizes that without our career- driven, loyal professionals, we would not be able to deliver state-of-the-art results for our mission partners. We firmly believe that prioritizing our employees is of the upmost importance. We provide a culture where our employees are challenged to meet their career goals and aspirations, while still obtaining a work/life balance. ARS employees are motivated through our industry competitive benefits package, our awards and recognition program, and personalized attention from ARS Senior Managers.


As a Cost Estimator, you will:

  • Utilize ACEIT Software: Develop, maintain, and analyze cost estimates for DoD programs.

  • Collaborate: Work closely with program managers and financial analysts to understand project requirements, objectives, and constraints.

  • Generate Detailed Cost Models: Conduct sensitivity analyses to identify potential cost drivers and areas for optimization.

  • Prepare and Present Reports: Assist in the preparation and presentation of cost estimates, reports, and briefings to senior leadership and stakeholders.

  • Refine Methodologies: Continuously update and refine cost estimating methodologies to ensure accuracy and relevance.

  • Data Validation: Collect and validate data, including historical cost data, technical specifications, and program schedules.

  • Risk Assessment: Assess risks and uncertainties associated with cost estimates and develop mitigation strategies.

  • Stay Current: Keep up with industry best practices and emerging trends in cost estimation and ACEIT software capabilities.

  • Other Duties: Perform additional tasks as assigned to support the team and project objectives.


  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen.

  • Security Clearance: Active Secret clearance is required.

  • Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS degree with 4 years of relevant experience in cost estimation, or

  • 8 years of directly related experience with appropriate certifications as described in the Functionally Aligned Job Descriptions.

  • Expertise in ACEIT: Proficiency with ACEIT software is essential.

  • Defense Acquisition Experience: Experience with lifecycle cost estimating for defense acquisition programs is highly desired.

All positions at Applied Research Solutions are subject to background investigations. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and identity check.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified protected veterans, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans.

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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)