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Burns & McDonnell Senior Project Controls Specialist - Construction (Toronto, Canada) - in Toronto, Ontario


The Senior Project Controls Specialist will have overall responsibility for the administration of Program Level Project Controls and Initiatives. The Senior Project Controls Specialist will be responsible for fostering a culture of proactive communication, continuous improvement, and focus on growth and profitability.

  • Responsible for the development, implementation and management of a reporting data warehouse to produce valuable program controls reports such as financial reports, cash flow, forecast data, and schedule variances for multiple large projects.

  • Analyzes and evaluates schedule management involving the critical path method scheduling techniques, estimating, project cost management, forecasting and document control.

  • Manage development of integrated Program Level Project Schedule. Develop, analyze, and review the schedule quality program and help Program Schedulers’ correct deficiencies in quality through training, hands-on workshops, and job aids to deliver the highest level of service and best practices.

  • Responsible for delivering and overseeing client initiatives along with supporting Project Controls Manager to achieve all project controls requirements.

  • Create project cost estimates and proposals based on project complexity, scope and life cycle stage. Support the Project Management and Project Controls Team in the development of project specific cost and schedule activities for inclusion into the Project Team Proposals. Adhere to approved PO budgets, while establishing cost control methods such as forecasting ETC, EAC and creating early indicators of cost overruns to allow corrective action.

  • Responsible for overseeing the development of the Quarterly Capital Expenditure Forecast and Annual Budgets.

  • Provide timely Schedule Performance Index (SPI) reports in conjunction with project input to measure progress achieved compared to progress planned. Provide timely Cost Performance Index (CPI) reports in conjunction with project input to measure the earned value compared to actual cost

  • Review and report performance using variance analysis, trend analysis, and earned value performance to evaluate the cost and schedule performance over time

  • Participate in the project routine meetings to provide updates on cost, scheduling and project controls related activities. Liaise and consult with program team and client to ensure proper services and expectations are being met and delivered.

  • Customize project control systems to meet specific program requirements. Develop and document process improvements or changes in project controls methods. I.E Update or create manuals, Job Aids, etc.

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships and trust with existing and potential clients, customers and contractors. Use connections and history of trust to influence new business opportunities.

  • Train, orient, and onboard new Staff with the Burns & McDonnell culture, client culture, work policies, procedures and expectations and project standards and processes.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field. Applicable experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.

  • Must have field experience in order to facilitate and produce detailed construction schedules and interface those construction schedules with engineering and procurement activities.

  • A minimum of 8 years of direct project controls and consulting experience.

  • Prior experience with critical path scheduling, project cost management, estimating, and document control required.

  • Ability to work independently, think creatively and analytically, and make quick and sound decisions.

  • Ability to influence and lead thoughtfully and positively.

  • Effective time management to balance project work and ad-hoc requests from the client and internal stakeholders in addition to day-to-day duties.

  • Excellent planning and analytical skills.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Expert knowledge of project management methodologies and tools including the use of Microsoft Office, Oracle Primavera P6, Acumen Fuse, Oracle Unifier and/or Ecosys, and Earned Value Management system.


  • Some field and/or client travel (up to 15%)

Job Project Controls

Primary Location CA-ON-Toronto

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 211126