What does a Project Controller do?

Project controllers take ownership and accountability for the management and oversight of a project throughout its lifecycle, taking an active role in all aspects of the process. They are responsible for ensuring the project stays on track with regards to both budgets and timelines. They may serve as a liaison to coordinate the schedules and tasks of numerous internal teams, and to gather insight, approvals, and other contributions from stakeholders. They may also be involved with client relations and vendor management. They implement and organize project management programs and tools to ensure an efficient system.

Project controllers typically have a bachelor’s degree in a business or technical field, although equivalent relevant professional experience may be acceptable as a substitute. They should be proficient in project management programs, along with common office programs such as Excel. These roles require meticulous attention to detail and strong project management skills.

What responsibilities are common for Project Controller jobs?
  • Prepare schedule progress reports, trending charts and schedule analysis.
  • Assist with review and development, issuance and evaluation of subcontract change orders as required for their project tracks.
  • Follow-on support with accounting to ensure alignment of project forecast with current funding and billings to client.
  • Collaborate and assist on alignment of cost and schedule data.
  • Contribute as SME to the development of governance, processes, and training materials.
  • Maintain and control budgets from design concept through to project completion.
  • Provide more detailed cost reporting daily or weekly updates, as required.
  • Identify and evaluate potential changes and review of contractor invoices.
  • Coordinate implementation plan with project site teams and escalate areas of misalignment and improvement.
  • Examine requests for budget revisions, recommend approval or denial and draft correspondence.
  • Present results of cost analysis to senior staff and clients.
  • Ensure alignment with the client's portfolio controls governance and objectives.
  • Assist with update to projections on cash flows, staffing plans and contingency usage.
  • Support the change control process, establishing the necessary forms, logs and expediting methods.
  • Responsible to define the work scope and prepare overall schedules and budgets on various sized projects.
What are the typical qualifications for Project Controller jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, engineering, or construction management.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Comfortable overseeing complete project life cycle, including change orders.
  • Basic understanding of variance analysis.
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning tools and programs.
  • In-depth expertise with cost estimates and cost analysis.
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Project Controller Salaries

Average Base Pay

€60,000 /yr
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Years of Experience Distribution

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Transport for Greater ManchesterTransport for Greater Manchester
Project Controls Engineer
9 Sept 2022

“The pay is good and generally matches what you could get elsewhere and is reviewed annually.”

Performance ContractorsPerformance Contractors
Project Controls
2 Jan 2022

“This is great for money making but can be a burden on quality of life.”

Akebono Corporation (North America)Akebono Corporation (North America)
Program Controller
16 Oct 2020

“I worked at the engineering center in Farmington Hills Michigan and it was filled with great & educated people that I really enjoyed working with.”

AECOMAECOM
Project Controls Analyst
14 Apr 2022

“Compensation was very good and competitive.”

United Global TechnologiesUnited Global Technologies
Project Controls Engineer
19 Mar 2021

“Pay is awesome and weekly.”

Tonkin & TaylorTonkin & Taylor
Project Controller
18 Oct 2022

“Always felt like an integral and appreciated part of the engineering teams that I supported.”

Huawei TechnologiesHuawei Technologies
Project Controller Manager
2 Jun 2022

“Awful if you're not chinese and want a career path”

Linesight Linesight
Lead Project Controls Manager
27 Jun 2022

“I would highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking to learn a ton from any role!”

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