Project Controls Manager
Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Where to Apply
Project Controls Manager
The Project Controls Manager is responsible for project monitoring, providing the project manager, the client, and senior management with information on the scope, progress, costs and forecast completion, and ultimate spending while actively managing project risks. Typically, the PCM has a team of resources to help manage all of their responsibilities, such as a Project Planner, Cost Engineer and Risk Practitioner. This support may or may not be centrally pooled resources via a Project Management Office (PMO).
Salary: xxxxx per year
Job Satisfaction: Very High
Transferability: Very High
Job Growth: High
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Job Description
2. Typical Day At Work
4. Working Life
5. Is This Right For Me
6. Related Careers
Project Controls Manager - the Project Controls Manager is responsible for project monitoring, providing the project manager, the client, and senior management with information on the scope, progress, costs and forecast completion, and ultimate spending while actively managing project risks. Typically, the PCM has a team of resources to help manage all of their responsibilities, such as a Project Planner, Cost Engineer and Risk Practitioner. This support may or may not be centrally pooled resources via a Project Management Office (PMO).
A Project Controls Manager is quite a senior role, and you usually tend to find that they have been part of the project controls team as one of the critical resources above for some time. A PCM would have experience in detailed reporting, managing, and dealing with the function's demands.
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Project Planner - a Project Planner is responsible for managing the project schedule, monitoring progress, and forecasting future work to manage resource requirements and schedule any upcoming review points or delivery milestone dates.
A project planner will be a planning software practitioner, e.g. Primavera or Microsoft Project (MSP). There are many courses available to develop your skills and have the relevant qualifications to demonstrate that you can drive the software. Excel is also a much-used application for either creating spreadsheets used to manage a schedule of activities or to link directly to the project plan.
Cost Engineer - responsible for dealing with all things related to cost on the project. The Cost Engineers create the project budgets based on the team's estimates, analysing the spending to date and forecast to go, dealing with cash flow, payment applications, monitoring timesheets, and making accruals. The perfect role for someone who loves a spreadsheet!
Experience requirements vary depending upon the role, from being literate with Microsoft Excel to someone who has experience working on more complex systems such as SAP.
Risk Practitioner - a specific role for a Risk Practitioner is typical in most larger companies and on most of the more significant projects. You may find that the project management community manages the risk process in a smaller organisation (to varying success, it must be said).
A Risk Practitioner is quite a specialist role. Numerous training courses allow you to transition from similar positions in other industries, identifying and managing project risks throughout a project's lifecycle.
NB- there is no reason why someone could not fulfil a number of these roles. Particularly the Planner and Costie roles have very similar skill sets. It is, however, very rarely acknowledged by companies in the industry that this is possible. As such, you will tend only to find a position for one of the above, i.e. a project will tend to require a cost engineer and a planner.
Typical Day At Work
"A typical day starts by interacting with the people in my project to ensure that everyone is clear on what we plan to do and no blockers are affecting us in achieving our plan. If there are issues, it is my job to problem-solve them. The rest of the day can be quite variable, depending upon the stage of the project. Interactions will range from site visits, risk reviews, progress updates or planning future works. At the moment, we are seeking funding to start the next phase of our works, in which we will be providing decommissioning solutions to support the clean-up and safe storage of nuclear waste when plants reach their end-of-life."
Average Hourly Rate
Project Control Managers with little to no experience tend to make between $53,353 (£42,000) and £80,000 while the more experienced ones can earn over £104,000 per year.
One of the easiest ways to increase your salary as a Project Control Manager is to climb the career ladder. Training courses, as well as experience, will help here.
Additionally, if you are willing and able to move location you could find a pay rise by moving to a higher profile project in the nuclear new build or nuclear defence segments of the nuclear industry.
Find out more at our 'how much do project control managers earn' page.
Most of the job advertisements will state a requirement for a degree-level education and relevant Project Controls qualification. Due to the nature of the work, relevant experience, in a regulated industry will go a long way to you landing a role regardless of your education level.
Read our 'how to become a project controls manager' page.
Standard 37.5 hour week
Regular schedule like a 9 to 5
In a typical week, although contracted to 37.5 hours per week it is not unusual for a Project Manager to regularly work between 42 and 45 hours per week.
Much of a Project Managers 9 to 5 is taken up on meetings and generally 'walking the floor' speaking with the people in their teams.
Is this right for me
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Best Personality for this career.
You can read more on Personality Type here. People who are suitable for this job like to bring people together to solve problems. They are a team player, like to plan and have the ability to motivate others. They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.
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