Project Controls Manager - Pharma Construction Projects

  • Cork, Ireland
  • Full-time

Company Description

At Turner & Townsend we’re passionate about making the difference. That means delivering better outcomes for our clients, helping our people to realize their potential, and doing our part to create a prosperous society.  Every day we help our major Pharmaceutical clients deliver ambitious and highly technical projects worldwide.

Are you interested in working for the world’s leading pharma corporations, delivering their world class, large scale complex projects? 

Job Description

As an experienced Project Controls Manager you will establish the required processes, templates and tools, and agree the baseline for cost and schedule, whilst monitoring performance against it and incorporating the impacts of risk, opportunities and change in a controlled manner. In order to do this you will:-

  • Identify trends and root causes of deviations against the baseline using lead and lag indicators, recommend remedial actions in order to drive best value for the client.
  • Lead the evaluation of the project‘s time, cost, and quality targets, applying governance controls as necessary to enable the successful delivery of the project.
  • Cooperate with a remote team of cost managers responsible for reaching an agreed, market tested cost baseline and ensuring the client is receiving value for money.
  • Guide and influence the general contractor, ensuring they are progressing in line with the schedule and within agreed cash flow parameters.
  • Act as the key point of contact to the client overcoming delivery and commercial issues whilst preparing formal and ad hoc reports focusing on time, cost and quality targets.
  • Control costs with your knowledge of conceptual estimating, funding stage gates, basic contingency principals, procurement principals.
  • Create and/or work within a cost report, summarizing financials in a executive level dashboard.
  • Understand change management principals, lead agreed change management process and work flow, providing a platform for adding/tracking/monitoring/approving change.
  • Coordinate and lead planning sessions and workshops with clients and vendors to compile the master project/programme schedule, agreeing baselines and a critical path.
  • Understand procurement principals, collate lead times from vendors and client into the master schedule communicate the prioritization of ordering materials and equipment to meet scheduled install dates.
  • Work closely with the client to define vendor schedule requirements.
  • Actively participate in project team risk evaluations, incorporating the defined risks into monte carlo to output quantitative impacts to the overall project cost and schedule.
  • Work closely with the project team to stay informed on status of project changes, incorporating and communicating these to the project team to allow for approvals in the change management process.
  • Hold vendors accountable for required schedule updates and reporting to maintain timely and accurate updates of the master schedule ensuring that the schedules adhere to the defined process and quality expectations.

  • Skills Required

  • At least 5 years’ experience in project controls coordination in all phases of the project lifecycle including program, risk and reporting with at least 3 years specialist sector experience.
  • At least 3 years as Manager on large complex construction projects ideally in the Pharma sector.   
  • Demonstrated experience in the ability to determine corrective actions or recommendations based on facts and figures and critically evaluating information and data from various sources.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office and Primavera P6
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to providing excellent service.
  • Reliable with the ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Strong time management skills, quick thinking and ability to meet project deadlines as necessary.
  • Highly motivated and driven with a passion for delivering to your clients and have the ability to work independently.

Additional Information

Our inspired people share our vision and mission. We provide a great place to work, where each person has the opportunity and voice to affect change.

We want our people to succeed both in work and life. To support this we promote a healthy, productive and flexible working environment that respects work-life balance. 

Turner & Townsend is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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