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Project Controller

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Job Introduction

Job Description for Project Controller:

NNL is where your project management helps deliver our purpose. As part of our Project Management Authority, you’ll play a critical role in managing projects that deliver nuclear science to benefit society. Your project management skills and attention to detail will enable industry-leading scientists, engineers and analysts to work together to deliver unique projects using cutting edge technology. It’s a challenging role but it’s an opportunity to grow, adapt and develop new skills in a fast-moving area.

Development; management and ownership of project schedule data to deliver successful project outcomes within time, cost and quality requirements, including development of resource loaded P6 project schedules; progress reporting; tracking of schedule risks, analysis of, and determination of mitigation / recovery strategies.

The location for this role is flexible and can be based at Sellafield or Workington.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities  for Project Controller:

  • Ensure compliance with all legislative, regulatory and Company procedures and standards e.g. safety, quality, risk and security etc. in the development of project plans. 
  • Work closely with ‘technical’ capabilities / representatives to identify Customer & internal NNL project deliverables; develop work breakdown structures and detailed resource-loaded project plans. 
  • Establish and maintain a Basis of Schedule for all schedules produced.
  • Through liaison with sub‐contractors and Technical Leads collate periodic delivery performance data; complete updates to resource loaded project plans challenging updates where necessary to ensure robustness of information / feedback and therefore forecast plan. 
  • Provide progress updates and present as required and in accordance with any prescribed governance frameworks highlighting any risks and opportunities, and key variances as appropriate, and advise on recovery options if project delivery performance is not hitting targets (Schedule / Deliverables / Cost). Providing Earned Value and KPI metrics to inform on the project / portfolio health.   
  • Assist Project Managers in the development of programme and / or cost estimate information to support any ‘change control’ events, ensuring that all approved requests / events, and the impact of those, are clearly identified in subsequent re-baselined project schedules.
  • Monitor critical path activities, and provide trend data (forecasts up to 3, 6 and 12 months look ahead); support to detailed cost and schedule reviews, and prompt and accurate information to the Project Manager and wider PMA leads. 
  • Provide project outturns against baseline for LFE and knowledge management.
  • Contribute to activities surrounding the development of ‘fragnet’ schedules and the maintenance of the NNL Planning database. 
  • Provide relevant information to support the Risk Management process on projects. 
  • Provide a comprehensive PMO service in a time managed approach, within the deadlines of the PMO reporting timeline.
  • Responsible for providing Planning support to Category 1 – 3 Projects as classified in the PMA classification model. 

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Project Controller:

  • Demonstrable experience of successfully discharging Planning related services on Small – Medium scale projects.
  • Demonstrable experience in a Project Controls role. 
  • Professional qualification in APM or equivalent
  • Good working knowledge and proficient in the use of Primavera P6, Microsoft Project EPM, Agresso and Microsoft Office Suite (or other professional project scheduling software packages). 
  • Experience of utilising project collaboration software, e.g. Sharepoint, Project Webspace, etc.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency). 

Desirable Criteria for Project Controller:

  • Commercial and Contract awareness.  
  • Risk Analysis awareness.

About the Company

NNL is an incredible place to work A place where people do things that have never been done before A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business, and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service, and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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We operate a strict Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for the provision of recruitment services. Only agencies on our PSL may provide CVs and only when the role is released to them by our recruitment team. We will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL. We explicitly reserve the right to add candidate details from unsolicited CVs from non-PSL agencies into our own candidate database and to pursue/hire such candidate(s) without any obligation, financial or otherwise, to the agency concerned.

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