Senior Project Controls Specialist (Remote Options)

at CDM Smith in Springdale, Arkansas, United States

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Job Description:

CDM Smith is seeking a Senior Project Controls Specialist knowledgeable in heavy infrastructure construction execution processes and procedures. This role supports the project delivery team by developing moderately complex to highly complex cost and schedule baselines; collects and analyzes monthly cost and schedule progress, identifies and assists in analyzing project variances; ensures risk reserves are updated and integrated into project financial forecasts; and reports this information in standard formats to appropriate managers. Supports the implementation of financial controls, procedures, systems and forecasting techniques. Interfaces with members of the project team and various levels of management. Also, follows all safety programs.

The successful candidate:

• Ensures compliance with internal procedures such as federal/government regulations. Gathers project progress information from project manager and project team members to update and monitor projects of basic to moderate complexity. Evaluates and updates data regarding schedule dates, physical percent complete, resource requirements, subcontractor commitments and project accruals. Reviews schedule progress and productivity of resources. Develops time-phased project cost and resource forecasts; validates project costs; updates requirements as required. Monitors progress of project deliverables and actual expenditures versus forecasts. Performs performance reporting using Earned Value Management. Conducts financial analysis including variance, risk and profit/loss analyses, etc. Performs non-routine analyses and prepares non-routine financial reports. Documents and assesses the impact of project changes on cost/schedule baselines.

• For projects of basic to moderate complexity, develops and documents project planning considerations and objectives, scope and milestones to incorporate into the schedule. Develops, maintains, and analyzes integrated critical path schedules for medium to large segments of major projects and/or portfolio of basic to moderate complex projects in accordance with contract specifications. Evaluates and raises project early warning signals to project manager. Evaluates and recommends resource realignments to maintain project execution.

• Generates and analyzes earned value reports for projects of basic to moderate complexity and discusses any observations with supervisor and the project manager. Evaluates project execution and impact of developing trends using prescribed methodologies to determine if project is proceeding within available resources and budget. Prepares client and internal status reports to communicate cost status and documents trends.

• Uses appropriate document management protocols to manage the storage and retrieval of project documentation.

• Provides technical guidance and training to more junior staff. Mentors more junior staff and develops them for future growth within the discipline and firm. May supervise the work of junior engineers on project work.

• Performs other duties as required.

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Senior Project Controls Specialist (Remote Options)



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Minimum Qualifications:

•\tBachelor’s Degree.

•\t5 years of related experience.

Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with Design/Build Contracts.

• Experience with Construction Execution.

• Experience with Execution Schedule Planning, Maintenance and Control.

• Experience using the Earned Value Management (EVM) project management technique.

• Experience using Oracle Primavera P6 software.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Southeast United States

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No – We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

• In-depth knowledge of project management methodology including budget development, project planning, control and assurance methodologies, and finance and accounting concepts and practices.

• Demonstrates excellent knowledge of project goals, drivers, strategies, risks and opportunities as well as an understanding of project finance, accounting or business administration.

• Expert level knowledge of Enterprise Project Portfolio Management suite of tools (Primavera P6).

• Proficient in the use of Project Performance tools (EcoSys).

• Possesses excellent teamwork and collaboration skills and an ability to work well in fast paced environments requiring daily shifting of priorities.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

U.S. Vaccine Status:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) are committed to your health and safety. CDM Smith and its employees adhere to all applicable government and client COVID-19 requirements.

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Job Posting: JC216746899

Posted On: Jun 22, 2022

Updated On: Jul 16, 2022