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Project Controls Manager

  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: £45 - £55 per annum per year
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted about 2 months ago

  • Sector: Defence & Aerospace
  • Contact: Gemma Cummings
  • Contact Email:
  • Duration: 6 Months
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Expiry Date: 20 November 2023
  • Job Ref: BBBH81173_1697117732


Location: Bristol (Hybrid working, 1-2 days onsite per week)

Duration: 6 Month Contract Inititally

Rate: £45 - £55 per hour umbrella

The role

The difference our new Project Controls Manager will make.

As a Project Controls Manager you will have an exciting and pivotal role in the successful delivery of our most complex projects and programmes.

Within this role, you will lead on the implementation and management of effective project controls measures relating to scope, cost, time, risk and quality. Utilising these measures, you will enable strategic performance analysis to be undertaken against the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB), highlighting variances, trends and insights needed to inform effective decision making.

Day to day you will work closely with both Project and Programme Managers whilst leading a team of project controls professionals. To achieve success in this role, you will also be expected to develop strong relationships with a range of stakeholders, including the project team, wider functional teams, suppliers and customers. In addition, you will be expected to support with on-going development of the Projects Controls capability within the wider Mission Systems business.


In this role, you will have the following key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Establish/maintain or adhere to the specific PC governance, processes and procedures across the project and in accordance with the related customer contract (where relevant).
  • Establish the Performance Measurement Baseline position in terms of scope/cost/schedule and the ongoing governance control of these.
  • Manage scheduling staff to develop, manage, revise, and analyse integrated project schedules including all phases of project execution, including contract partnerships and relevant sub-suppliers.
  • Undertake, or manage project controls staff to provide, cost management/change management/risk & opportunity management and document management provision.
  • Provide regular management reporting both internal and external to the project to provide relevant, accurate and reliable information on the status and forecast of the project to enable project and programme manager to make informed decisions and provide an accurate view of the project status.
  • Interrogate subcontractor data related to project controls to inform the project PMB and monitor related delivery performance.
  • Gather independent evidence to provide confidence that the project is likely to achieve the success criteria.
  • Integration and alignment of project control toolsets, including where necessary across contract partnerships and relevant sub-suppliers.
  • Deputise for the Project Manager as necessary.
  • Establish a reliable and accurate Earned Value Management (EVM) system, and on-going generation and interrogation of earned value reports to enable reporting to be completed in accordance with the contract and the enable to project and/or programme manager to make informed decisions.
  • Establish on-going and regular risk management process throughout the team, and risk reporting including schedule risk analysis in accordance with the contract
  • Support Integrated Baseline Reviews (potentially with Customer stakeholders) as required to build confidence in the Performance Measurement Baseline.
  • Develop and mentor staff to ensure succession planning is in place
  • Maintain all key project control documentation and update as necessary
  • Ensure effective configuration control is maintained at all times
  • Provide weekly and monthly Project Progress and Metrics Reports as appropriate for the project


An organised, confident communicator who also is self-motivated and the ability to transform complex problems into simple, elegant solutions. Capable of working across a portfolio of projects and business initiatives often at short notice.

You'll need to have proven experience in a similar role with the gravitas to lead from the front. You will also require good communication and influencing skills as you'll work closely with many internal and external stakeholders.

We would also like you to have experience in a number of the following areas:

  • Experience in project controls on complex/major projects or programmes
  • Has knowledge of project controls approaches and practices, such as planning / scheduling management, cost management, risk management and analysis, performance management (i.e. EVM), change management and configuration control.
  • Experience of applying and assuring related project controls governance measures.
  • Experience in working with common project controls toolsets, such as MSP / P6, RiskHive, ERP / SAP systems etc
  • A clear focus on project outcomes and an ability to encourage others to strive for the greater good.
  • Experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams, including external suppliers and customers.

JAM Recruitment is acting as an employment business with regards to this position.

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