Project Management and Controls
Roles within the Project Management and Project Controls Management function have many commonalities with other industries; these transferrable skills give you a great chance of being able to Sector Jump.
It is usual that nuclear experience is desirable, put not essential and the with the new build scope of work comprising of 80% 'non-nuclear' there are ample opportunties for project managers, project engineers, project administrators, project control managers, project planners and costs engineers.
Project Manager - the Project Manager is the single point of contact on the client / customer facing side and the single point of accountability on the business / delivery aspects of the work being responsible for the ultimate success of the project being undertaken.
"Project Manager" is a loose term at the best of times and it is probably more loosely used in the UK Nuclear Industry than any other due to the very broad range of work that is undertaken. You will find the job title Project Manager can be easily interchangeable with Project Engineer, Sub-Project Manager and Project Lead with varying responsibilities from management of £10k tooling job to a £100m decommissioning project - the candidate for both these roles may very well have the same job title but the skill set required to successfully fulfil the role is very different.
So how do you know we looking at potential opportunities which ones are for you? Well here at GetIntoNuclear we have tried to help in numerous ways but continue to find that the best way is to search existing live roles; you can find these at our Where To Find Jobs In The Nuclear Industry page - you can search at the bottom for "Nuclear Project Manager".
We will be providing further posts which provide more information on the qualifications and experience required to get into nuclear as a project manager and provide links to live roles and training courses that are applicable to the role. Will will email you as these go live.
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 competition and ultimate spends whilst actively managing project risks. It is normal that the PCM have a team of resources to help manage all of their responsibilities such as a Project Planner, Cost Engineer and Risk Practitioner whom all may or may not be central pooled resources via a Project Management Office (PMO) - there is reams and reams of information all of this littered across the internet and it is not our aim to train you via this site - a simple google search will do if you are interested in finding out more.
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 key resources for some time having a vast experience of reporting, managing and dealing with the demands forced up on the function.
We will be providing posts in the future which will go into further detail on the qualifications and experience required to get into nuclear as a PCM. Will will email you as these go live.
Project Planner - a Project Planner is responsible for managing the project schedule monitoring progress and helping to forecast future work to aid in managing resource requirements and schedule any upcoming review points or delivery milestone dates.
Project plans are usually managed using two pieces of software; Primavera or Microsoft Project (MSP) for both of which there are a number of courses available to develop your skills in - particularly with Primavera it is more than likely that you will need to have the relevant qualifications in place to demonstrate that you can drive the software. Excel is also a much used application for either creating spreadsheets that can be used to manage a schedule of activities or to link directly to Primavera or MSP.
Cost Engineer - responsible for dealing with all things related to money on the project. The Cost Engineers time is spent creating the project budgets based on estimates received from the team, analysing spends to date and forecast spends to go, dealing with cashflow, payment applications, monitoring timesheet and making accruals. This is the perfect role for someone who loves a spreadsheet!
Experience requirements vary depending upon the role from someone who is literate on Microsoft Excel to someone who has experience with working on more complex systems such as SAP.
Risk Practitioner - a specific role for a Risk Practitioner is common in most of the larger companies and on most of the bigger projects. You may find that risks are managed by the project management community in smaller organisation (to varying success it must be said).
A Risk Practitioner is quite a specialist role but is definitely something that is in reach via training courses and by transitioning for similar roles in other industries which involved the identification and management of project risks throughout the lifecycle of a project.
NB- it should be noted here that there is no reason why someone could not fulfil a number of these roles. Particularly the Planner and Costie roles which have very similar skill sets. It is, however, very rarely acknowledged by companies in the industry that this is possible and as such you will tend to only find position for one of the above i.e. a project will have a requirement for a cost engineer and a planner.