Project Control Specialist II

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023

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Position Summary

This role will focus on cost control and cost analyst activities within the project controls functions. The role will provide support to project managers and engineers supporting renewable generation projects to support Xcel Energy's clean energy transition. The role will support the team's ability to consistently and effectively manage project / portfolio level costs / budgets. This position is responsible for the development and analysis of cost analysis reports, development and analysis of project schedules, support for project lifecycle execution or a combination thereof on organizationally strategic projects. Coordinate with Project Managers to assemble the budget and forecast data to provide integrated reporting. Supports initial and on-going project set up in the work and asset management system. Advise and assist in the initial development of financial work breakdown structure, accounting, estimating, and reporting. Advise and assist in the development of the schedule work breakdown structure, resource loading & profiles, and adherence to organizational performance index. Functional integration of schedule and financial software. Assists department leads with creation and coordination of short and long term work profiles. Provides regional training and mentoring to various stakeholders and project control personnel as a subject matter expert.

Essential Responsibilities

  • a) Supports the Project Managers with standardized reporting for regional capital project stakeholders regarding project level business area capital expenditures. Establishes, implements and monitors the availability, accuracy and usefulness of project cost analysis reports and key performance indicators for use at the individual project level up to executive management.

  • b) Develop, maintain and promote project schedules as a project management tool. Progressively elaborate schedule details to identify critical path. Support Project Managers by assessing the reporting of work progress against the project baseline. Maintain subject matter expert proficiency of the corporate tool and knowledge of industry standard software tools.

  • c) Assists Project Managers and other project personnel in preparing project Cost Analysis Reports and various cost analyses. Facilitate execution of strategic projects for all aspects of project cost controls. Understands, demonstrates and communicates the use of Work Breakdown Structures in project cost control.

  • d) Responsible for understanding and integrating capital cost reporting tools and applications, including the Work and Asset Management System. Demonstrates super-user capabilities with the Work and Asset Management System, and other financial systems.

  • e) Works in conjunction with Capital Project Analyst, Capital Asset Accounting, Tax, Regulatory finance and other areas of Xcel Energy and the business area to facilitate integration of financial aspects and impacts for Capital Projects. Understands Sarbanes Oxley key controls and provides and reporting and tracking for all key controls applicable to a capital project.

  • f) Provides training for internal and external stakeholders on process and function within the overall project management process. Provides mentoring on the work and asset management system and/or scheduling software in relation to execution, control, analysis and reporting.

Minimum Requirements

  • Required BS/BA Degree in Construction Management, Business, Finance or technical field (or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge) and relevant experience with project planning, cost estimating, scheduling, forecasting and financial analysis.

  • Minimum of five (5) years related project controls experience.

  • Practical knowledge of overall project control, estimating, and reporting methods.

  • Expert level knowledge of one or highly proficient in both: Cost control for application in project cost estimating, organization, and control.

  • Scheduling for project planning and monitoring/control methods and practices.

  • Comprehensive understanding of company policies, procedures and financial obligations that would apply to projects.

  • Proficient in standard server software applications such as e-mail, spreadsheet, word processing, database, as well as scheduling and cost estimating software applications.

  • Preferred Past experience with Enterprise based scheduling tool, Project & Portfolio Management tool, Business Objects and SAP software programs is desirable.

  • Preferred: Professional certification through PMI, ASCE, or other accredited organization.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Non-BargainingThe anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $68,000.00 to $96,665.67 per yearThis position may also be eligible for the following benefits and/or pay components: Pay - Annual Incentive Program, Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Transportation Reimbursement Account, Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Transit programs, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only), Parental Leave

Pay and benefit packages may vary based on position. Some employees are under collective bargaining agreements, which determine the benefits they will receive. If the information conflicts with the terms of the written plan documents governing the plan, the plan document will control. Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

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