Project Controller

  • Job Reference: UU00725-297541
  • Date Posted: 4 June 2024
  • Employer: United Utilities
  • Location: Warrington, Cheshire
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Construction, Engineering & Technical, Operations, Project Management
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

About us

United Utilities’ (UU) mission is to deliver high-quality water for a stronger, greener and healthier North West of England. We are committed to providing our services in a way that respects the environment, supports the economy, and benefits society. We are proud to be ranked #11 in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. We value diversity, inclusion and innovation in our workplace, and we foster a culture where our people can grow, excel, and be themselves.

We uphold our ethics, values and business model to fulfil our mission and, by setting clear goals and objectives, we create sustainable long-term value for our colleagues, customers and communities. Whether you work with a team that shares your vision or join a network of peers with similar interests, you will find a welcoming and supportive organisation to be part of.

We’ve got a lot to offer. You’ll be part of a thriving FTSE 100 company and will enjoy a range of core benefits that reflect your value and value contribution. These include:
• A generous annual leave package of 26 days, which increases to 30 days after four years of service, in addition to 8 bank holidays
• A competitive pension scheme with up to 14% employer contribution, 21% combined, and life cover
• A 7.5% performance-related bonus scheme, as well as recognition awards for outstanding achievements
• A comprehensive healthcare plan through our company-funded scheme
• Flexible and hybrid working

Our projects are designed to be environmentally and socially responsible and will offer you opportunities to learn and grow. It’s an exciting time to become a part of our overall PMO structure as our capital programme increases significantly over the next five years. No two days are the same in the Better Rivers team, come on board and help us to make a positive difference for the North West of England!

The role
Are you looking for a rewarding career that allows you to utilise your Project Controls and/or Project Management experience within a supportive, fast-paced team?  If yes, then we have an exciting opportunity for you at United Utilities (UU) as a Project Controller.

As a Project Controller you will be responsible for maintaining robust control structures and processes, integrating various project management activities. This role is pivotal in providing clear and timely visibility of project performance, enabling rapid and effective decision-making and the implementation of control actions on a fully informed basis.

We are excited to offer you a flexible and hybrid working model that lets you balance your work and life and enjoy the benefits of working with us wherever you are. In-person attendance is required three days per week at our Lingley Mere, Warrington site to promote the benefits of face-to-face collaboration, alongside flexibility of hours to support work-life balance. Initially, you may be expected to attend more frequently to familiarise yourselves with the site, the team, and your role.

Key accountabilities
• Support the delivery of one of the PMO Services functions to a high standard.
• Maintain an accurate assessment of project delivery status and provide detailed reports to the Senior Project Controller.
• Monitor the integrated baseline master schedule and cost plan, ensuring alignment with the budget through regular consultation with all parties.
• Maintain an accurate assessment of risk and contingency allowance for each project.
• Report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track project progress.
• Support Earned Value (EV) reporting.
• Implement systems for early warning of emerging risks or issues.
• Develop and maintain a schedule of interfaces and dependencies; ensure that responsibilities for the management of interfaces are clearly assigned and understood.
• Ensure the application of the change management process throughout all tiers of the project.

Skills & experience
• Degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience.
• Solid experience in Project Controls and comprehensive knowledge of project control techniques.
• Proficient with IT systems for Project Controls and budget management, including Primavera P6 and SAP.
• Excellent numerical and data analysis capabilities with a great attention to detail.
• Innovative thinker with a proactive approach to problem identification, raising concerns, suggesting solutions, and adapting to change.