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Project Controls Specialist

  • Job reference: AE-000335
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Oak Ridge

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.
SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our team as a Project Controls Specialist in Oak Ridge, TN.

Job Summary

The primary effort of the Project Controls Specialist is to work with our clients and project delivery team by developing cost and schedule baselines; collecting and analyzing monthly cost and schedule progress; identifying and assisting in analyzing project variances; ensuring risk reserves are updated and integrated into project financial forecasts; and managing and reporting this information to appropriate levels in standard formats. Supports the implementation of financial controls, procedures, systems and forecasting techniques.

Job Duties

Responsible for project planning, scheduling, cost estimating and monitoring of projects.

Supports project personnel including cost analyst, schedulers, estimators and document control professionals.

Supports operating policies to increase efficiency and mitigate risk.

Provides guidance and consultation for Project Managers.

Ensures projects are executed in accordance with contractual requirements, Program Management Plan and Standard Operating Procedures.

Analyzes variances in cost and schedule performance against the plan, and communicates the reasons for the issuance of variance and proposed mitigation plans to Project Management.

Supports the implementation of Work Breakdown and Project Coding Structures for control and integrity of work to be performed as defined by the contract.

Provides regular, timely updates on project status to project leadership.

Required Skills

Must be able to interface with government program representatives on high-level technical and project issues.


Ability to successfully make quick decisions and meet goals while working under severe time constraints

Demonstrated ability to be creative with a keen attention to detail

Possess communication and interpersonal skills

Possess planning, organizational, and analytical skills

Possess the technical knowledge to work with multiple functional areas and offices in order to provide comprehensive recommendations

Ability to multi-task between changing requirements and priorities

Requires a motivated self-starter who pays attention to details to support assignments while functioning in a time-sensitive, fluid environment

Position may on occasion require unscheduled or extended work hour.

Education & Experience

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree. A degree in engineering, business administration or related field

Minimum 5 years’ experience in project controls

In depth or broad knowledge of and hands-on experience with a body of project controls related experience.

Experience performing scope management, planning and scheduling to include resource and procurement planning, estimating/cost management, risk management and project performance monitoring and reporting.

Experience with project schedule management software (MS Project, Primavera, P6 etc.), project execution management software (eBuilder, etc.), change management software (Trackwise), and Microsoft Excel.

Understanding of Project Controls, Scheduling, and EVMS systems and principles required.

5-10 years of industry related experience preferred

Knowledge and experience with Dept of Energy programs and projects preferred


PMP preferred but not required

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

Please view Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement here: 


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