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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Resource Analyst - NISAR Lead in Pasadena, California


Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environmentsituated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountainsand offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?


As a member of the Project Controls Section you will report administratively to the 252E group supervisor and programmatically to NISAR Project Business Manager and Earth Science Business Operations Manager. This is a lead position in the NISAR Project.

On a regular basis your responsibilities will include:

  • Monitors and reports project funding status to prevent misuse or delays in funding

  • Develops and maintains the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), WBS Dictionary and Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM).

  • Leads the development of complex project task such as the project task plan which includes Statement of Work (SOW), Basis of Estimate (BOE), and Cost estimates while coordinating efforts with various laboratory interfaces.

  • Leads the development of project financial positions relative to the Institutional deliverables for the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) exercise, Institutional Business Forecast (IBF), Cost Phasing, NASA Form 533 reporting, and monthly/quarterly reviews.

  • Leads the business team in development of complex and time-phased budgets and in accordance with complex schedule plans.

  • Produces/presents detail and summary financial reports to Project Business Manager (PBM)/project.

  • Leads the business team in implementation and verification of project’s complete cost and schedule integration, ensuring Earned Value Management (EVM) compliance.

  • Implements and oversees the liens process, reports the project Unallocated Future Expense (UFE) status.

  • Analyzes and reports complex project level performance management, ensuring compliance to EVM system validation criteria. Develops and implements corrective actions.

  • Mentors and coaches others internal and external to the business organization


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related discipline, with a minimum of 9 years of related experience.

  • Master’s degree in a similar discipline, with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or a PhD in a similar discipline, with a minimum of 5 years of related experience.

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in: financial resource management, workforce planning, business forecasting, and funds administration.

  • Must have the ability to work independently and interface effectively with all levels of program/project management, technical organizations, subcontractors, bypass centers, and Sponsor.

  • Must be resourceful and self-motivated with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Must be a strong user of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint), Cobra, IBT, Data Extractor and/or Discoverer.Preferred qualifications:

  • Complete knowledge of Laboratory and NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.

  • Previous experience in a project team environment with project reporting, integrated cost/schedule planning, and cost analysis.

  • Experience in integrated cost-schedule planning, EVM, and various performance measurement techniques.

  • Experience with cost-schedule baseline change control processes.

  • Working knowledge of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)

Job Locations US-CA-Pasadena

Category (Portal Searching) Business Operations and Finance

Discipline Description Resource Analysis (Z2700)

Career Level Level 4

Scheduled Hours 40

Relocation Eligibility No

Hiring Organization : Name 252E - PROJECT RESOURCE CONTROLS 8X

Minimum Years of Experience 9

Education Bachelor's

Work Authorization No Restrictions

Travel 10%

Clearance Status None

Clearance Options None

Oracle Job Title Resource Analyst IV

JPL is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and will, whenever possible, actively recruit and include for employment members of underrepresented minority groups, females, disabled veterans, protected veterans, and otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. JPL will hire, transfer, and promote based on the qualifications of the individual to ensure equal consideration and fair treatment of all. JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. For more information about "EEO is the Law" click here: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at If you are interested in applying for employment with Jet Propulsion Laboratory and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, contact our Human Resources department at (818) 354-5150 or via email at Written requests may be mailed to: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Attention: Staffing and Employment Programs, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop T1720C, Pasadena, CA 91109