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Project Control Manager

  • Job reference: TR-001960
  • Sector: Rail, Transportation
  • Location: Birmingham
Project Control Manager (EWR Alliance)

We are seeking a Project Control Manager with extensive experience in the detailed control of large complex rail infrastructure projects. The role within our Transportation business, requires a strong technical background in the rail industry. The successful applicant will be a Project Controls Lead providing comprehensive controls and governance to the project teams and in the short term will act as the Project Controls lead to an Alliance Partnership. Reporting into the business Project Controls Director, with accountability to the Alliance Operations Manager, the successful applicant will be responsible for delivering all aspects of scheduling, cost, risk and opportunity and management, whilst line managing Alliance staff in all these fields and interfacing with other project leaders.

For the first 12 months the role will be based in Birmingham, this will then move on a permanent basis to the site office in Milton Keynes.


Additional Alliance role requirements and responsibilities:
• Sit on the Alliance Leadership Team and be responsible for:
o Delivering the programme of works safely and sustainably to time, cost and quality
o The production and maintenance of the project execution plan.
o Ensuring adequate resources are available to the Alliance (human/financial) to deliver the project in a safe manner
o Ensuring that robust processes and procedures are in place to allow for the safe delivery of a quality product
o Stakeholder management
• The Project Controls Manager will report to the Operations Manager, will sit on the Alliance Management Team and be responsible for:
o Developing the project controls strategy
o Developing the project programme (with the planners reporting functionally)
o Project controls, planning, possession booking, reporting, logistics and materials management
o Liaising with the commercial manager to maintain the production of the defined cost forecast
o Reporting against the KRAs
General requirements
• A detailed understanding of Rail technologies, including but not limited to: Signalling, Track (P-Way), Structures (tunnels, bridges, earthworks, embankments, buildings, structures, gantries, access platforms etc), Electrification & Plant and Telecoms.
• Experience of multi-disciplinary design
• Must have an excellent understanding for how projects are designed, procured, constructed and commissioned.
• Experience of managing interfaces with other engineering disciplines.
• An expert user of Primavera P6
• This role requires the candidate to carry out their Project Control duties with limited supervision, and work under their own. However, the successful candidate must have previous experience of managing project control staff, allocating tasks, checking achievements and providing constructive feedback, leadership and management.
• Thorough understanding of Network Rail GRIP and London Underground processes and their associated Project Control requirements.
• Experience of various forms of contract, including NEC.
• Experience of Schedule Risk and Cost analysis
• Experience of Claims and Delay Analysis
• Experience of working with company Enterprise systems.
• Experience of working on Joint Ventures and / or Alliance projects and present high-quality stakeholder management skills
• Experience in reviewing and analysing project resource histograms, performance analysis data and CPI/SPI information.
• Must demonstrate a detailed understanding of Project Controls Techniques including, scheduling, budget and spend management, change control, Earned Value Management, data analysis, trend analysis, cash flows, forecasting and Work Package Management.
• Experience of working on large projects up to £50m
• Experienced Engineering Professional with a qualification in Mechanical/Civil Engineering preferred
• Member of the APM preferred
• Minimum of 10 years relevant experience in a project controls and scheduling environment
General responsibilities
• You will be responsible for all aspects of the project’s schedules, risk analysis, cost management and other project controls functions.
• Represent Project Controls, attend and lead client progress meetings.
• Responsible for the completion of projects to time and cost
• Provide regular supervision to junior members of the team as required
• Solid knowledge of project management practices and procedures and be familiar with commercial and financial aspects of project management
• Building relationships with limited set of common clients and maintaining regular client contact.
• Have a good understanding of Rail technologies and markets
• Provision of project performance data, project schedules and reports in a concise and timely manner as required by the projects teams.
• Successful in identifying any project deviations and slippages, reports and communicates issues to senior members of the project team.
• Ensuring that all issues within the schedule are highlighted and understood by Senior Management and giving appropriate planning advice.
• You will deliver an internal and external periodic project update and information regarding changes and delays that have impacted the schedule on a period by period basis.
• Delivering the necessary reports to allow Senior Managers to direct the project appropriately.
This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, world class project controls team; working on some of the UK’s largest rail and highways infrastructure projects. You will be part of an experienced team that have a significant impact on the successful delivery of these multi million pound contracts, using state of the art project controls tools and techniques that provide concise information to the projects they support. Atkins Project Controls are recognised as an internationally renowned consultant, working on projects within the UK and overseas.


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