Project Controller Job at Thales Group – in Crawley
Thales people provide armed forces customers with operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defence mission systems solutions at land, sea, and air. Our platforms extend across the battlespace including Above and Sonar, Electronic Combat, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems.
Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.
Working directly with the Project Manager (PM) and Project Management Office (PMO) Manager a Project Controller with Thales UK supports the definition of the project goals and objectives, creates and maintains cost and schedule baselines, monitors and analyses progress against the baselines, and advises and challenges the Project Manager on their decision-making through the presentation and interpretation of relevant project data.
This role is working on a high profile project of Thales known as Crowsnest. This is providing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance products to the Royal Navy.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks
Update Project schedules, in liaison with work package & control account managers, to reflect progressed/completed work, with estimates to complete (ETC) established via allocation of required resources to outstanding scheduled activities.
Identify slippages within the project schedules & mitigate these, where possible, through agreed re-planning actions.
Provide performance data to support decision making and inform / improve the planning and execution of outstanding work packages and control accounts. Identify focus areas for management, with recommended actions to address any identified variances or improve performance.
Maintain the Project WBS and OBS for publication and issue.
Organise and facilitate internal weekly, monthly and quarterly progress meetings in conjunction with PM.
Ensure consistent monthly Dashboard Pack Reporting across the Project.Attend the Project Management Reviews and be prepared to present the cost/schedule aspects as required.
Drive an effective and efficient process for managing Cost and Schedule Change Control.
Take responsibility for the update and analysis of project IBP data, ensuring that all IBP data published is correct and accurate and has been fully signed off by the Project Manager and Work Package Managers (WPMs).
Support Risk Management process, risk reviews and modelling.Including maintenance of the overall Risk Register.
Co-ordinate the Development and Maintenance of Visual Display Boards, with the emphasis on displaying progress against schedule and key milestones.
Outline the planning policies and guidelines and ensure they are implemented and followed correctly by all Project Managers and Work Package Managers. Establish and put in place governance to ensure the project is well controlled, including identifying where governance is lacking and influencing a change in ways of working to ensure control.
Skills and Experience
Demonstrated ability to work to specified timescales and expected deliveries, whilst displaying the drive to achieve work-related goals.
Has an understanding of the project life cycle for complex programmes with an understanding of Development, Production and Long Term Support activities.
Working knowledge / application of scheduling tools such as Oracle Primavera or Microsoft Project.
Able to analyse and interpret underlying causes, themes & trends, whilst also being able to think through the consequences of different options and solutions and communicate these to the project team. Be able to influence where attention is required and drive action.
Able to identify areas where a change in ways of working is required to ensure control of the project and be able to influence the project team to implement these changes
Literacy level and report writing skills should meet requirements to produce short presentations, flow-charts or mini-reports suitable for distribution to senior management.
Numeracy level should be aligned with the need to carry out detailed investigation of cost variance(s) and publishing of financial information directly into Company financial reports.
Detailed understanding of the principles of Earned Value Management, the demands that EVM reporting places on the schedule & the ability to implement EVM on Projects.
Proven “hands-on” experience in planning, scheduling, data analysis & cost control within a complex engineering/manufacturing environment covering high level & detailed schedule compilation, programme reporting, budgeting & risk management.
A relevant Defence or Civil Aviation background would be advantageous.
In line with Thales’ Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.
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About the Company
Company: Thales Group –
Company Location: Crawley