Project Controller

08 Jan 2018
05 Feb 2018
Stuart Macdonald
Clearance Level
Job Type

Project Controller - Salary dependant on experience

Engineering / Defence / Aerospace / Military

East Sussex


On offer is a Project Controller role with fantastic opportunities to develop and progress. My client is a world-leader in the integration of cutting-edge defence and security systems, delivering decisive advantage to military, government and civil customers worldwide.

A Project Controller is a wide ranging role that interfaces with a number of key project stakeholders across the business, but primarily with Project Managers or Cost Account Managers (henceforth known as Project Managers).

The principle purpose of the role is to:

  • Support assigned Project Manager(s) to promote good planning practice and ensure scope, schedule & budget adherence.
  • Monitor, report & flag concerns, exceptions and issues through recognised escalation routes, along with proposed solutions.

A Project Controller:

  • Would typically have at least 2 years' experience working in a controlled project environment and would be expected to assume the behaviours and responsibilities summarised below while supporting a portfolio of projects of low to medium complexity.
  • Has a basic understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to provide quality support to assigned projects.
  • Is flexible with a service delivery mind-set, providing ad-hoc support and undertaking additional activities as required (within an agreed level of support budget) to provide a quality service to assigned projects.
  • Is required to produce high quality work on time and is recognised as contributing to the success of assigned projects, demonstrating their expertise to project team members.
  • Is professional in appearance and demeanor, has good verbal and written communication skills, good negotiation skills, and demonstrates good logical thinking skills.
  • Supports and contributes to improvement initiatives.
  • When facing something new or unusual, may have to refer to procedures, manuals or other team members for guidance


Schedule Management

  • Produce resourced & time phased schedules with critical paths to help ensure that all tasks are complete and milestones are achieved on target and within budget.
  • Maintain a project baseline schedule and track changes to the baseline as the project progresses.

Finance Management

  • Review ETCs, EACs and other inputs with budget holders and submit updated forecasts to financial system.
  • Track all expenditure on assigned projects.

Resource Management

  • Ensure resource demand and supply (headcount) data in plans accurately reflects requirements. Challenge demands with assigned Project Manager(s) and other key stakeholders where necessary.
  • Provide resource profile output from schedules into the resource management system used by the business.

Risk Management

  • Create and maintain risk registers.Organise and facilitate regular risk reviews with risk owners and track mitigation actions. Include mitigation actions in plans and schedules as part of performance measurement baselines.
  • Provide risk and related data in agreed formats for reporting purposes.

Progress Reporting

  • Organise and facilitate regular project progress reviews with team, track progress and ensure all are aware of forthcoming activities.
  • Generate schedule, risk, cost, resource, Earned Value and related metrics in agreed formats for capture & reporting.

Change Management

  • Ensure that a performance measurement baseline is produced for each assigned project.
  • Ensure that changes to the project's performance measurement baseline are controlled and formally approved by the project manager prior to implementing.


  • Good working knowledge of project lifecycles, phases and governance.

Bid Support

  • Support bids by providing schedules, resource demand and costing/estimates for the bid opportunity and the activities related to bid execution in line with the client Project Capture Process (PCP).



  • Can create, maintain and report project schedules using Microsoft Project.
  • Has a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Can create, maintain and report risks using a risk management tool (such as Active Risk Manager (ARM)).


A Project Controller can progress to become a Senior Project Controller by developing their skills, knowledge and behaviours to match the core competencies for a Senior Project Controller and subject to the business need for staff in this role. A Project Controller can also develop their skills and knowledge so that they can take on additional responsibilities as a Subject or Application Specialist, subject to the business need for staff providing this additional area of expertise.

For further information on this role, please don't hesitate to get in touch. email - stuart(dot)macdonald(at)modis(dot)co(dot)uk with an up to date version of your CV

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