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Manager, Project Controls

Primary Location: Calgary (4129, 8th Street SE)
Secondary Location:
eQuest Job Type: Regular With Benefits
Reference #: 6012
# of Openings: 1




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WSP is currently seeking a Manager, Project Controls to lead our Project Controls Department, located at our Calgary office.  Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Oil & Gas, this position will be responsible for managing and overseeing project controls functions to support project execution for a range of small, mid-sized and major projects.


  • Build, develop and lead a team of Project Controls, cost control, & scheduling specialists;

  • Develop best in class, fit for purpose systems and processes for project planning, scheduling, and cost control;

  • Providing coaching, training and performance management to the Project Controls team;

  • Complete an internal training session for deployment to project personnel;

  • Promote continuous improvement through development of individual and team objectives

  • Resource management to support project execution

  • Support the business development team in RFQ, RFP and bid development process by providing input in the schedule

  • Reviewing and approving all project cost report strategies or templates before issuance

  • Leading and /or providing expert level technical knowledge and guidance in the design and delivery of highly complex technical issues;

  • Develop standardized processes, procedures, and Project Control plans;

  • Development of multiple dependent or independent budgets and schedules;

  • Approve changes to baseline / estimates and new forecasted dates / performance;

  • Assess departmental capability to accomplish current and future assigned work; initiate actions as required to meet commitments;

  • Ensure sufficient project cost, planning, and scheduling resources are in place to service projects;

  • Capable of operating with high degree of latitude, exercising independent judgement within corporate framework;

  • Timely identification, notification, resolution, and recording of deviations from current plan (scope, quantities, man-hours, cost and schedule) including items that have potential for future impact within project scope;

  • Convey an understanding of project evolution and serve as a preventative mechanism for unforeseen cost and schedule impacts;

  • Responsible for Portfolio Change Management, reporting of all project exposures pending, approved and rejected;

  • Plan staffing and project hours to ensure necessary resources are available and appropriately assigned for both approved and proposed work;

  • Ensure sufficient resources to satisfy project service and overall corporate needs;

  • Establish and ensure standard effective forecasting tools are in place for enterprise, portfolio, client, and all projects.Provide analysis and complete estimates to corporate / senior management, project management, and client for action planning;

  • Ensure capture of all possible cost categories and changes to quantity, man-hours, unit price, cost, third party cost requirements, delays, and schedule impacts;

  • Establish methods of effective progress measurement based on size and complexity of projects;

  • Work with Project Manager and client to recommend the level of detail and method required for specific projects;

  • Identify deliverables, assign budgets and check / controls points to those deliverable. Provide progress information against check points, calculate earned hours and progress (percent complete);

  • Monitor risks to enable highest level assessment of company exposure; take pre-emptive actions as agreed to mitigate identified and targeted risks;

  • Provide information to the client, project team, and corporate management for enterprise, and portfolio;

  • Report and graph updates of actual man-hours and cost invoiced, incurred, physical progress, forecast to complete, kay and / or critical issues, and scheduled achievements relative to the status of the project;

  • Review project, portfolio, and enterprise invoices and summaries for correct collection of revenues;

  • Negotiate and ensure contractual obligations are being met; win-win solutions are the goal for all client relations;

  • Develop controls to ensure that client and corporate procedures are being adhered to; leader of continuous improvement;

  • Develop controls to ensure all project deliverables comply with applicable codes and standards;

  • Senior level internal and external customer engagement;

  • Expert knowledge /understanding of overall project/business Project Control processes;

  • Manage client expectations and coach others in effective negotiation; develop and maintain effective relationships with clients;

  • Development and approval of succession plans.Lead and approve HIPO assessment and performance review processes;

  • Identify opportunities for growth and work with HR in development of career path planning;

  • Ongoing performance management of Project Controls group;

  • Makes decisions on all matters, including the establishment of policies and expenditures of large monetary amounts and / or implementation of major programs;

  • Customer relationship management;

  • Management and implementation of project and corporate project controls procedures; and

  • Project and divisional risk management and associated heat maps.


  • Able to communicate, understand, express and apply basic technical, business or administrative concepts;

  • Superior organizational and time-management skills; ability to meet deadlines;

  • Decision and problem-solving ability;

  • Proven ability to multi-task and efficiently respond to changing priorities; and

  • Accepts coaching, knowledge and support from more experienced staff.


  • Define and steward the commitment to fit for purpose health and safety at the projects and department level; ensuring consistent implementation;

  • Superior organizational and time-management skills; ability to meet deadlines;

  • Assist in the definition and ensure adherence with the defined corporate objectives.Brief and assist subordinates with understanding and provide linked sub-objectives that have applicability to their work.All actions are reflective of the corporate objectives;

  • Seek out assistance and ask questions of company leaders and experts;

  • Lead by example and promote a positive environment rooted in communication, ownership and camaraderie;

  • Maintain an open-mind when receiving constructive feedback and apply recommendations towards self-improvement; and

  • Build and maintain WSP’s brand/reputation both internally and externally.


  • A minimum of 20 years’ project control experience, preferably within the Oil & Gas industry;

  • Completed leadership training/courses;

  • Previous experience in a technical/project lead role;

  • Ability to manage and develop individuals;

  • Ability to develop and execute on a strategic plan; and

  • Provide regular reports and updates in meetings with senior managers.


Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview.  This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).


To learn more about our firm and the projects we have been involved in, please visit our World of Possibilities website listed below.

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