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Posting Position Title: Project Controls Specialist   City: Red Deer
Employment Type: Full time   Apply by: 8/11/14
Department: PMO   Apply by Note: No further information regarding apply by date.
Position Location: Red Deer Executive Place - Red Deer, AB    

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Description

About NOVA Chemicals: NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals, plastic resins and end-products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.


About the Location: The NOVA Chemicals Joffre site is located in Central Alberta, 20 km East of Alberta’s third largest city (pop 100,000) – Red Deer. The area provides a wealth of recreational facilities and opportunities to enjoy a broad variety of physical or social activities. Red Deer is a multi-cultural city with a vibrant visual and performing arts community along with both competitive and recreational sports opportunities. Employees and contractors who work at the Joffre site have a wide variety of living options available to them. While the city of Red Deer is home for the majority of our employees, we have a significant population who have chosen lifestyles in near-by communities such as Lacombe and Stettler, recreational towns such as Sylvan Lake and Bentley, any number of small hamlets or the rural option of an acreage or farm. Educational options for school age children are broad and advanced education programs are available from facilities such as Red Deer College. Central Alberta prides itself in providing festivals and events in every month of the year and providing access to the beautiful parks and walking/biking trails.

The NOVA Chemicals Joffre site is the largest combined ethylene/polyethylene manufacturing site in North America and one of the largest in the world. We are a commodity chemical company that has been successful in consistently being able to perform as a top quartile performer. With a focus on operations excellence, plant availability, and effective capital execution – we strive to be astute integrators of technology while both implementing and optimizing. Our site strives for best-in-class performance including engineering, construction, reliability, integrity, control, regulatory compliance and above all Responsible Care Excellence.


Responsibilities: The Project Controls Team within the Project Management Office (PMO) provides services (Estimating, Cost Reporting, Cost Control, Planning and Scheduling) to multiple Project Managers in support of large capital deployment. As a member of this team, the individual in this role demands the ability to balance multiple conflicting priorities and apply expert knowledge of cost engineering and project controls in an owner/service provider relationship. Actions and effort will be balanced to meet overall department success measures including Safety, Quality, Cost and Schedule, with particular emphasis on capital spending and schedule forecast accuracy.

Key deliverables include:

Project and Portfolio Planning (Cost and Schedule):

• Apply project management methodology and policy in support of large capital project controls and reporting deliverables
• Apply established progress monitoring and reporting systems for all phases of project execution
• Establish schedules, plans, estimates and resource profiles in the cost and schedule management systems (PRISM, Primavera P6 and SAP)
• Develop and implement progress monitoring and reporting systems for all phases of project execution, including oversight for EPC cost engineering performance (system review and evaluation, validation audits)
• Collaborate with Project Managers, Project Team members and Team Leaders to ensure prescribed project controls and reporting deliverables are applied and maintained to meet project and department needs
• Extended leadership and coordination of project controls staff (Cost Analysts, Project Accountants, Project Estimators Project Planners and Schedulers) to assigned projects
• Applying and coaching of best practices on all aspects of project controls

Project and Portfolio Performance Measurement, Analysis, Reporting and Corrective Action:

• Lead team on assigned project in cost estimate and schedule reviews of defined scope and related control budgets
• Validate progress monitoring of engineering and construction deliverables in the engineering office, fabrication shops and on the construction site
• Quantify and recording pertinent cost and schedule progress and cash flow data for monthly reporting
• Apply trending systems to document and manage changes to project scope, schedule, budgets and forecasts
• Extract, track and report monthly metrics related to project performance; perform variance analysis including identification of scheduling and resource constraints and validation of mitigation and recovery plans
• Provide forensic analysis of project delays and cost overruns through contract review, claims analysis and examination of project records
• Use advanced problem solving tools and techniques, and balance multiple considerations (e.g. economic, operating, maintenance, technical) in solving problems that impact project success
• Prepare reports and presentations to communicate project status and findings of analyses

System and Business Process Improvements:

• Coach, assist and provide mentorship to Project Managers, Team Leaders, Project Team members, and Project Controls Team members in the fundamentals of project controls within the portfolio.
• Provide training on project controls tools, processes and procedures
• Lead and apply common tools and methodologies for cost engineering to ensure the consistency and accuracy of reporting of project data
• Lead efforts on project assigned to improve the effectiveness and consistency of internal project controls practices and procedures
• Participate in a business wide discipline network to develop common tools and methodologies for project controls to ensure the consistency and accuracy of reports.
• Participate in identification and implementation of improvements to existing project controls procedures & systems


Qualifications: This role requires a professional engineer or technologist with a minimum of 15 years’ experience. In addition, eligibility for membership with either APEGA (as a P.Eng/P.L.Eng) or ACCE (PSP - Planning and Scheduling Professional) or PMI (Project Management Professional)) is required.

The successful candidate will also require the following:
• Strong knowledge of project management concepts, terminology and methodologies with extensive experience in implementing project controls systems
• Demonstrated senior level skills with scheduling tools and techniques. Working knowledge of engineering and construction work practices
• Experience in a manufacturing environment and execution of large capital projects (over $200M)
• Advanced computer skills with specific expertise in project controls management software (such as PRISM and Primavera)
• Advanced SAP knowledge and experience (PS Module specifically) with proven record of successful application
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, problem solving and complex analytical techniques
• Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with multiple customers
• Exposure and working knowledge of business case development


Benefits: NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Compensation” package used to reward employees.


Other Information: Salary Range:
$134,800 - $159,000/year

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience


Relocation Considerations: Relocation will be considered for this position

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