Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Project Controls Professional in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 305919

Directorate: Operational Systems

Division: Project Lifecycle

Group: EED Project Controls

Job Description

PNNL is seeking an entry-level Project Controls Professional who is proactive, enjoys working in a dynamic team environment, and can develop innovative project controls solutions tailored to a diverse set of projects. The roles of a Project Controls Professional focuses primarily on supporting line and/or project managers and project teams in developing, implementing, and maintaining project controls systems (e.g., planning, scheduling, control, reporting, and performance measurement activities) and participating in the following activities:

- Preparing proposals to deliver breakthrough science and technology to meet key national needs

- Developing detailed project controls plans, statements of work, and other types of planning documents

- Constructing time-phased budgets, work schedules, work breakdown structures, and control account plans

- Creating project workflows (e.g., Gantt charts, PERT, and CPM network diagrams).

The staff member will work under the direction, guidance, and review of a more senior Project Controls Professional. The staff member:

- Plays a role in promoting sound project controls processes throughout the Laboratory.

- Typically has one or more customers to whom they provide assistance in project planning, scheduling, cost tracking, variance reporting, and milestone progress reporting. This typically involves implementing, monitoring, and analyzing existing integrated project controls systems, including commercial off-the-shelf scheduling software and PNNL-developed budget and cost control software systems.

- May also design, develop, and implement new system components.

The staff member in this position initially is in training and receives assigned work from more senior staff. With more experience, the staff member works more independently with guidance from more senior staff. Major challenges involve the following:

- Developing a working knowledge of project controls systems, tools, and techniques

- Demonstrating an increasing depth of knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to their work

- Developing skills in the organization’s three core competencies: (1) technical and disciplinary skills, (2) business insight and judgment, and (3) relationship management

- Becoming familiar with and beginning to apply knowledge of applicable PNNL policies, procedures, the Research and Project Management and Operations (M&O) Program, assigned work, and customer expectations

- Developing contacts with potential customers

- Working simultaneously on different projects or with multiple customers.

This staff member demonstrates good communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. The staff member demonstrates a sensitivity to organizational needs and a high degree of personal organizational skills. With the guidance of more senior staff, the staff member is learning to present the benefits of effective project controls to customers and to recommend project controls services and systems to line and project managers, rather than just accepting assignments as requests are received. The staff member becomes increasingly aware of high-risk issues involved with assigned work and brings them to management attention.

The staff member develops the following internal network relationships:

- Management to coordinate organizational reporting, analyze systems, and promote project controls philosophy

- Assigned customers; program, project, and task managers; and other staff to implement, monitor, and analyze existing project controls systems and collect information on progress toward objectives

- Staff in other disciplines across the Laboratory to support project objectives

- Coworkers to promote effective teamwork.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and up to 2+ years of relevant experience, or advanced degree.

Preferred Qualifications

The staff member typically has some previous exposure to project controls concepts, terminology, and methodologies; knowledge of general business administration; familiarity with project controls applications and tools; organizational, problem-solving, and teamwork skills; and good verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Skill Sets

- Familiar with MS Project and/or Primavera scheduling software

- Familiar with the five phases of the PMBOK methodology

- Familiar with earned value management system application

- Preferred Degree Programs: Management Information Systems (MIS), Operations Management, Project Management, Finance

- Coursework in management information systems and databases (e.g. SQL, Access, and Visual Basic)

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support

Group: EED Project Controls

Opening Date: 2016-10-17

Closing Date: 2016-10-25