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Title:  Project Controls Lead

Job Number:  9594

Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

About North Western Program Alliance

North Western Program Alliance (NWPA) consists of three Alliance partners – John Holland, KBR and MTM and the client (LXRP), working together as one team to achieve shared goals.

NWPA has a proven track record with the successful delivery of four level crossing removal projects, several premium stations and three projects currently in delivery phase.

We’re proud to make a real difference to the lives of people on our program of works and in the communities in which we operate. Our values are Excellence, Empowerment, Creativity and Care.


We are currently looking for an experienced Project Controls Lead to join us, based on our Pakenham project.

About the Role

Whilst you will be initially based on the North Western Program Alliance on the Pakenham project, this is a long-term career opportunity with John Holland.


As the Project Controls Lead, you will be responsible for establishing and managing the processes for Commercial project/cost controls, monitoring and reporting, as well as provide timely and accurate information to enable project delivery on time and on budget. You will work in accordance with John Holland procedures over the full project lifecycle.

Responsibilities of the role include;

  • Develop, implement and manage Commercial project / cost control and reporting processes and procedures, including associated audit / review activities, encompassing financial month end close and accruals, cost recording and reporting including cost to date and forecast cost to complete and quantity complete and earned value recording and reporting for the project
  • Ensure Commercial project / cost control activities are conducted in accordance with John Holland policies and procedures
  • Ensure monitoring and reporting of Commercial project / cost control processes is successfully set-up and implemented on projects
  • Interface with project teams for management, data / information collection and completion of the project / cost control functions in accordance with established procedures
  • Proactively lead a strong project controls culture across the project based on best practice and with a focus on risk management, program and cost control
  • Early identification and communication of issues and opportunities to the project teams Provide training and guidance to subordinates and colleagues in the use of project / cost control systems and information requirements, project monitoring & controls and the interpretation of the data and information generated
  • Supervise staff undertaking project and cost control activities, exercising functional control over all onsite staff with responsibilities in this area
  • Compile and collate reference and benchmarking data for future planning purposes in accordance with John Holland policies and procedures
  • Implement project monitoring systems, particularly focussed on time, cost and resources (project controls and earned value), ensuring that project controls reporting for the project enables effective and timely control of project cost and program. 
  • Assist project and delivery managers in report interpretation, project performance analysis, forward planning and development of corrective actions to maximise project delivery outcomes
  • Perform all duties in accordance with John Holland policies, processes, systems and procedures

To be successful in this role, you will have;

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in one of the following disciplines – Engineering, Construction, Building, Project Management or Accounting, or equivalent experience
  • More than 5 years’ of relevant experience in Construction, Engineering, Commercial Project/Cost Control and Earned Value analysis
  • Multi-disciplined Commercial Project/Cost Control experience ideally for a Major Project
  • Leadership and management experience of Commercial Project/Cost Control teams
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in relevant software packages eg. Microsoft Office Suite and Project/Cost Control and Earned Value systems
  • Ability to travel to and work on-site in Pakenham

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives.

Your success is reflected in ours, so we’re committed to being an employer of choice. For us, a diverse, inclusive and enjoyable culture is the foundation for great work. It’s why we encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities and cultures, and promote a flexible way of working that enables a work-life balance.


We’ll do all we can to help you develop your skills, and make a difference, right from the start. We have a flexible workplace and focus on all aspects of your physical and mental health and safety. We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority.

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