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Lead Project Controls Engineer

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26 Jun 2022

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Job Purpose / Overview

Working in one of the Programme Controls Teams within the HPC Project, under the direction and leadership of the IPC Project Controls Manager (PCM), to help lead the development, implementation, use and maintenance of Integrated Project Controls processes within the Programme or a subdivision thereof (henceforth "Programme"). To lead the direction and co-ordination of all Integrated Project Controls activities associated with the design, manufacture, construction and commissioning of the Programme work scope within safety, quality, time and cost milestones. To support EDF Energy in developing an overall integrated plan and budget for the Project and providing an effective and transparent Integrated Project Controls service.

It is the overarching objective of the Integrated Project Controls (IPC) Function to act as a centre of excellence: the intelligent owners of the single source of delivery performance information, operating as an integrated enabler for the successful delivery of the HPC Project.

Contextual Information

Operating Environment

Thinking Environment:
  • In order to understand the operating environment, the job-holder will be familiar with the following key documents:
  • Company Manual - outlines the purpose of the company;
  • Project Execution & Business Plan - describes the delivery strategy for the Project;
  • Project Delivery Model - signposts readers to key procedures;
  • Integrated Project Controls Manual - how work is undertaken in the Integrated Project Controls Function;
  • Discipline-specific Procedures - detailed activity steps, interfaces, etc.
  • The Nuclear environment is highly regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR);
  • Nuclear Safety Culture is of paramount importance to the Project and embedded throughout.

Key Interfaces include:
  • PCM Discipline;
  • Other Project Controls Disciplines (Cost, Estimating, Scheduling, Risk, Performance Measurement & Analysis);
  • Programme Director;
  • Project & Programme Managers;
  • Risk Working Group;
  • Programme Risk meeting;
  • Supply Chain Function;
  • Supply Chain Partners (Tier 1);
  • Finance Function.

Framework & Boundaries
  • People: As per the approved organisation chart. The jobholder will be expected to undertake line management duties as required. At the time of writing, as per the organisational design, there is at most 1 direct report and no indirect reports;
  • Budgets: None;
  • Contracts: None.

Challenges and Problem Solving:
  • Work with all Disciplines of Integrated Project Controls within the Programme to ensure alignment and consistency of data;
  • Work with other key interfaces to identify and understand issues and concerns affecting Programme performance.

  • The jobholder will be responsible for Project data within their area of work and will have authority to make decisions relating to the maintenance of the data. The jobholder's line manager will be accountable for the data and material decisions will be referred upwards accordingly;
  • Decisions regarding the integration of the Programme with the rest of Project are referred to the PMO & Digital Director.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Support the PCM in the implementation and maintenance of Integrated Project Controls processes for all Disciplines within the Programme, including the production of monthly reports, through the provision of intelligent information and analysis;
  • Collaborate with other Disciplines of Integrated Project Controls, as well as other Project Support Functions, to help deliver Project goals in keeping with the HPC principles of Trust, Transparency and Teamwork;
  • Maintain an awareness of interfaces with other Programmes and their potential impact.

Core Processes:
  • General: Support the PCM in acting as a focal point for the definition of progress and performance of the Programme, including control of work against schedule and budget;
  • General: Responsible for direction, co-ordination and integration of Project Controls activities across the Programme, including cost, schedule and Risk management;
  • Reporting: Responsible for timely and focussed reporting of progress and performance of the Programme to key stakeholders, including commentary on key drivers and performance indicators, to a defined reporting cycle;
  • Scheduling: Responsible for the accuracy of the baseline Integrated Work Schedule (IWS);
  • Scheduling: Responsible for the analysis, review and acceptance of contractor schedules;
  • Cost: Responsible for the accurate maintenance all cost data for the Programme within the financial control system (EcoSys), including monthly Actual Cost of Work Performed (ACWP) calculations;
  • Cost: Responsible for the production and maintenance of accurate cost and cash forecasts in alignment with the Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS);
  • Cost: Responsible for the accurate assessment of the Estimate At Completion (EAC) of the Programme;
  • Risk: Help lead and ensure the identification and assessment of all risks, opportunities, trends and changes within the Programme, including associated schedule and cost impact;
  • Risk: Responsible for the management of risks, opportunities, trends and changes within the Programme;
  • Risk: Responsible for the accurate representation of approved changes within the Programme budgets and schedules;
  • Risk: Responsible for the delivery of Programme QSRA and QCRA to inform the baseline IWS and AFC;
  • Estimating: Responsible for the Integrated Baseline Review for the Programme;
  • Performance: Responsible for ensuring that earned value techniques and indices are correctly implemented in the Programme;
  • General: Support the forward resource planning and budgetary preparation process for the Head of Integrated Project Controls;
  • General: Adhere to Project governance and Integrated Project Controls standards and procedures;
  • General: Ensure all Project documents, in particular Sensitive Nuclear Information, are correctly protectively marked, and protected in accordance with EDF policies and procedures.

  • Hinkley Point C is a circa £20bn project;
  • This role will involve leading an integrated multi-disciplinary delivery team for one of the six Programmes (Civils, Nuclear Island, Conventional Island, Equipment, Commissioning, or Mechanical, Electrical & HVAC) or a subdivision thereof;
  • The scope of each individual role will vary depending on the jobholder's area of responsibility;
  • The role reports to the PMA Manager with a functional report to the Head of Project Controls Integration;
  • There is at most 1 direct subordinate in this role at present.
  • The role is based at any HPC required location.

Organisation Chart

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

  • Leadership capability;
  • Detailed knowledge of Project Controls disciplines, in particular Cost, Risk and Scheduling;
  • Detailed understanding of Project Controls methodologies, techniques and processes for programme and project management in a major infrastructure environment;
  • Ability to understand and use Project Controls management software at an advanced level;
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex Project Controls data;
  • Ability to create concise narrative to support project reporting;
  • Technical and practical comprehension of engineering, procurement and construction methods and techniques in a UK context;
  • Detailed understanding of earned value analysis;
  • Understanding of how to produce accurate, complete and fully logic-linked construction plans;
  • Working knowledge of cost and schedule risk analysis techniques;
  • Understanding of various contract types, in particular the NEC suite and FIDIC;
  • Good commercial awareness;
  • Knowledge of current construction industry best practices and technical developments;
  • High level of analytical and numerical skills;
  • Good attention to detail;
  • High standard of interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to build relationships both internally and externally;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills at all working and management levels.

  • Influencing skills;
  • Ability to build relationships with Project stakeholders, and to act on behalf of the Programme Team as their representative;
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Chinese languages an advantage.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum of a degree in Engineering, Construction or other related field, or HND or equivalent qualification with recognised experience commensurate with a degree;
  • Professionally qualified with chartered or equivalent status;
  • Proven relevant experience on a major construction project in at least two of the following three Project Controls Disciplines: Cost, Scheduling, Risk;
  • Proven leadership experience;
  • Substantial experience in the use of Project Controls software systems, including at least two of the following: scheduling software, ideally Primavera P6 version 7 and above; risk management software systems such as ARM, Safran and @risk; or cost management software systems such as EcoSys.

  • Risk management qualifications and certifications (e.g. CIRM, APM);
  • Experience of working in a large integrated team over the full lifecycle of a project;
  • Experience in presenting complex information to senior executives and shareholders;
  • Experience of developing estimates and budgets for major infrastructure programmes;
  • Experience in the Nuclear sector.

Key Competencies

The job-holder will be expected to have a working level of knowledge of, and to use, the following (or similar equivalent) software tools:
  • EcoSys (Cost, Changes, Earned Value Management);
  • ARM (Risks, Opportunities, Trends);
  • Primavera P6 (Scheduling);
  • @risk (QCRA);
  • Safran (QSRA);
  • Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access);
  • Teamcenter (Document Control).

The HPC Project Controls team operate or interface with the following key systems and a working knowledge of these systems would be an advantage:
  • Synchro (Schedule 4D modelling);
  • Acumen Fuse (Schedule Analysis);
  • Adobe Professional (Report Publishing);
  • Power BI (Business Intelligence Analytics);
  • SAP (Financial);
  • CEMAR (Supply Chain);
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