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Project Controls Specialist

Canada-British Columbia-North Vancouver


Job Description

We are seeking a Project Controls Specialist to join our team in North Vancouver, BC.

Role Summary

The incumbent will be part of a functional team that is responsible for the processes and tools used to initiate, plan, control and mitigate cost, schedule issues and risk events that may impact the organization's projects. He/she will accountable for data gathering, information management, analysis and the continuing maintenance/development of tools used to predict, comprehend and constructively influence and ensure successful executions of projects. The incumbent will advise on project management and project controls best practices while supervising the complete lifecycle of a project with direction from either the Project Manager or the Project Management Services Team Lead, as per his/her assigned project(s). Dependent on the size and complexity of assigned project(s), the Project Controls Specialist may also be required to supervise and provide guidance to the Project Controls Team, on his/her assigned project(s).

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Leads project planning through the development and communication of project control plans and processes;

  • Prepares the Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) for control and integrity of work to be performed as defined by the project contract;

  • Ensures that project and resource planning and scheduling are in conformance with the organization's project controls standards and other requirements;

  • Assembles and compiles schedules, cost data and inputs into the project controls database;

  • Oversees the collection of measurement information, including but not limited to resource, cost, schedule and physical progress for assigned projects;

  • Monitors, tracks and evaluates cost, resource, schedule and earned value performance on assigned projects;

  • Analyses variances and trends in cost and schedule performance, communicates them to project managers and provides recommendations for action if needed;

  • Creates and maintains project risk registers and evaluates and tracks project contingencies;

  • Monitors and ensures the accurate reporting of earned value (EV) methodologies including but not limited to Schedule Performance Index (SPI) and Cost Performance Index (CPI) on assigned projects;

  • Assesses remaining work, selects forecast procedures and calculates estimates-to-complete on assigned projects;

  • Provides input and assists project managers in identifying, administering and implementing change management processes and procedures on assigned projects;

  • Interfaces with sub-contractors and any other relevant external stakeholders and updates systems with current and remaining commitments; and

  • Performs other duties as required.


Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Completion of post-secondary education in engineering, business, project management, construction management or related field

  • Minimum 7 years' previous relevant experience in a similar project controls role or equivalent. Experience in the A/E/C industry an asset

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or willingness and ability to obtain

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding in cost control management (Earned Value Management), project and resource planning and risk management for projects of various sizes

  • Familiar with guiding references from the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), Project Management Institute (PMI), and EIA (formerly ANSI) 748 standards

  • Proficient in scheduling software MS Project and Primavera P6

  • Proficient in cost processing and control software like PRISM, Aconex, or equivalent

  • Proficient in ERP or financial management systems. Experience with Deltek Vision an asset

  • Superior planning and organizational skills combined with the ability to work under pressure on multiple and competing deadlines

  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suites (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Service-oriented and collaborative attitude with a relationship-building mindset and ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders

  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills with a proven ability to multi-task, focus, problem solve and adapt to changing priorities

  • Cooperative teamwork and leadership style

  • Ability to work with staff located remotely


At COWI North America, you can look forward to a challenging role that will push you outside of your comfort zone and elevate your career to new heights. Our staff come from a multitude of backgrounds; their bridge, marine and tunneling expertise spans the globe. COWI is a place for collaboration with some high-caliber professionals and the opportunity to learn from the best. Besides an extraordinary collection of talented colleagues, you will also have the chance to be involved in some very high-profile work on world-renowned international projects that will test your skills and abilities as a professional. COWI is proud to reward top talent; the benefits of working for COWI include extensive opportunities for growth and development, excellent benefits, competitive compensation and various other perks.

COWI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posting Date: 05-Apr-2017Project Management Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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