Construction Project Controls Specialist

Pacheco, California, United States

Job Reference 1241713

Location Pacheco, California, United States

Industry Renewables - Biofuels/Biomass

Function Control & Instrumentation

Job Type Contract

Date Added April 23, 2024

Our client, a major company in the energy sector, is seeking a Project Controls Specialist to work within their facilities located in Martinez, CA for an initial 2-year contract.

This position reports to the Project Controls Supervisor. The Construction Project Controls Specialist’s main job responsibilities are to provide construction work package estimating, forecasting and progress reporting to the execution organization and manage overall project closeout, benchmarking, and analysis of the construction project portfolio. 

  • Provide safety and environmental leadership in accordance with site requirements.
  • Support the TAR organization in outages as cost analyst.
  • Develop communications and reporting networks for data gathering, review, analysis and presentation of recommendations to ensure projects remains on schedule and within budget.
  • Review, analyze and communicate cost & progress data in Enterprise Project Controls software (IPS).
  • Provide project controls support during FEL (Front End Loading Engineering) and execution phases.
  • Develop, maintain, and report on Plan of the Plan KPIs and milestone metrics during construction execution phase.
  • Collaborate with accounting and procurement personnel to obtain necessary information to fulfill controls objectives.
  • Develop project estimated costs including direct and indirect labor costs, equipment rentals and misc. materials.
  • Refine standardized project controls processes, systems, and tools to improve construction execution, forecast accuracy and estimating norms.
  • Provides monthly updates and forecasts to accounting for all active projects including accruals per the company’s accounting practices on capital and expense.
  • Communicate cost status & recommendations to the project teams and accounting to maintain the projects within approved budgets and cash flow constraints.
  • Report forecasted project metrics weekly during execution (budget, cost, schedule performance and earned value). 
  • Suggests corrective actions when necessary.
  • Work with project teams to develop and maintain project work breakdown structures according to Company & Project Controls standards.
  • Reviews and understands general work scope for construction projects and participates in field walkdowns and progress checks.
  • Assists with development of master schedule and reviews schedule coding to ensure accurate project reporting.
  • Assists with schedule resource loading and leveling and uses resource loading inputs to validate cost estimates. 
  • Provides feedback to planners and schedulers based on cost forecasts.
  • Provides final summary of costs at the completion of the construction project including final cost breakdown comparison analysis and performs final project close-out services.
  • Provides input to construction lessons learned process.
  • Works with contractors to develop and maintain appropriate and accurate cash flows and cost forecasts, and interface with the appropriate Project Managers and Construction Execution Leads.
  • Support the change management processes for budgeting and cost control of assigned projects.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited university in Engineering or related field or 7+ years of Project Controls and/or Project Management experience in petroleum industry
  • 5 years minimum as project controls specialist
  • 3 years of experience within refinery or heavy industrial setting
  • Knowledge and application of construction management best practices
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication skills & problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge and application of Stage Gate Project Execution Processes
  • Experience with SAP, Oracle, or equivalent ERP system
  • Primavera planning and scheduling experience

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