• Project Control Lead

    Job Locations UK-Suffolk-Leiston
    Posted Date 5 months ago(5 months ago)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.


    Costain supports Energy Nuclear Generation to maximise the lifespan of its eight UK nuclear power stations. Under the three-year contract, which started from April 2017, Costain's role is to provide project controls and commercial managed services to portfolios and programmes of work across all of EDF's eight UK nuclear power stations. As part of this work Costain will develop people capability in core project control skills and provide specialist support to EDFs Central Technical Organisation to improve project performance and deliver cost efficiencies.


    The Project Control Lead (PCL) is responsible for ensuring the planning, estimating, monitoring and control of a specified project, work portfolio or programme is carried out professionally and in compliance with all EDF Energy Generation requirements. Responsibility may include overseeing the wider Planning or Cost function within EDF Energy and may be a site or centre based role.

    What will I be doing?

    • Ensure full compliance with the Investment Delivery Process (IDP) requirements.
    • Lead a Project Control Team consisting of Planning Engineers and Cost Engineers to ensure consistency, coherence and adherence to planning and control standards across the portfolio.
    • Oversee the production and control of baselined, fully logic linked, cost and resource loaded plans, with appropriate milestones, for all work within the portfolio utilising approved work breakdown structures and techniques.
    • Support the estimating process to ensure a control estimate is in place for cost monitoring purposes.
    • Ensure appropriate levels of project monitoring and control techniques are applied to the portfolio appropriate to the scale and scope of the work to enable the work to be managed effectively and efficiently.
    • Carry out review/analysis of project controls on a monthly basis to facilitate the determination of physical percentage complete and updating of plans, to an agreed timeframe, with the percentage complete values.
    • Supporting Group Heads, Branch Managers, Project Portfolio Managers, Workpack Managers and Project Managers in the production of monthly reports, to an agreed reporting cycle, through the provision of intelligent information and analysis.
    • Analysis of trends within the portfolio and provision of feedback on areas of risk and opportunities.
    • Facilitate and maintain the Project change control and risk management processes.
    • Proactively contribute to the ongoing development of Project Control processes and tools to meet the ongoing requirements of the EDF Energy Generation portfolio.
    • Conduct forward resource planning and perform an active role in the recruitment process including interviews
    • When nominated by the Project Controls Group Head, takes the Lead role in overseeing the wider Planning or Cost Management function within EDF Energy in terms of development, technical input and governance.
    • Highlight shortfalls in Project Controls during normal operation and put in place action plans to remedy areas requiring attention.
    • Continually develop the output of the Project Controls function to enhance the value delivered to EDF Energy Generation.

    About you

    • Degree qualified or equivalent with relevant experience within a Multi Discipline Engineering Project Management or Project Control environment with proven leadership experience.
    • Ability to analyse data to recognise emerging trends and suggest remedial action as appropriate.
    • Understanding of engineering design management and the application of Design Authority, ideally within a highly regulated environment
    • High level of analytical and numerate skills and well versed in the preparation of reports and information using packages such as SAP, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Have a detailed understanding of planning methodologies and techniques and a good working knowledge of the latest Primavera Planning Software Tool.
    • Proficient in the application of Earned Value concepts and tools.
    • Have a detailed understanding of Cost Management methodologies and techniques and a good working knowledge of relevant proprietary systems and tools.
    • Able and willing to apply analysis skills to take responsibility, make decisions and meet challenges within the limits of their own capabilities and responsibilities
    • MACostE desirable

    Final Statement

    We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.   


    At Costain we ensure that we are an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


    We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.


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