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5468- Senior Cost Controller

  • LocationCalgary, AB - Canada
  • Work TypeContract/Temp
  • Positions1 Position
  • Job no: 23163HSKYJP00005468
  • Category: Engineering

Our client, the third largest producer of Canadian oil and natural gas and the second largest refiner and upgrader with extensive midstream and downstream infrastructure, has an immediate need for a Senior Cost Controller. This is a contract position for one (1) year located in Calgary, Alberta.


The Project Cost Controller reports to the Manager, Project Services within Downstream / Midstream Capital Projects team. The incumbent is assigned to support large projects by overseeing the cost control duties with intent of setting projects up for success: setting Work Breakdown Structure, baselining costs at the time of sanction, tracking against plan, and proactively enabling teams to recover to plan through early identification of variance from plan. This role will be working with both third-party contractors (engineering companies, vendors, contractors) and internal clients and requires strong customer service and communication skills to align with the needs of the individual project managers and Major Projects leadership liaises with various stakeholders such as: members of Portfolio Reporting, Project Management, Engineering, Procurement, Finance, Construction and Commissioning Management Team, external EPC contractors and external construction contractors and therefore required to understand and communicate the full project scope of work.


  • Reoccurring monthly work effort includes: facilitation of monthly meeting for gathering incurred values, updating forecast, hosting and facilitating meetings with Finance for incurred review and for forecast review with PMT; review progress reports from contractors and engineering companies; input accruals calculation into SAP; update the forecast and basis in the Cost File (in Excel Cost File); enter incurred information into SAP; offer general support to other departments (tax, audit, etc.).
  • In early stages of projects, review and align Work Breakdown Structure to Cost Breakdown Structure; create Project Controls - Cost Control Plan; and finalize Spend Profile based on Class IV Estimate for TIC.
  • In FEED stage - Finalize Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) in alignment with coding standard; create master list for AFE/CBS structure and POs to each AFE leg and G/Ls for procurement use; perform quality spot checks for correct application of WBS; manage budget attestation during the monthly reporting cycle; prepare instructions for AFE Approval & AFE status check instructions for PMs; manage external/internal project change; review change requests.
  • In Execution stage - Review Construction Progress Reports (CPR) from construction and ensure alignment with the budget; ensure appropriate metrics are applied on projects during this stage, monitor and control cost to flag issues; report on variance from plan, advise on recovery planning where required, and support to manage internal/external change requests;
  • During close-out stage - support to close out project AFEs.
  • 6 -Support Project Services initiatives from cost control function:
  • Power BI Portfolio Reporting
  • Activity Code alignment across all functions to ensure consistent Work Breakdown Structure across all project deliverables.
  • In Eight business solutions after successful proof of concept on project.
  • Integration of project cost estimation, accruals, reporting, and forecasting with the finance department process.
  • Other initiatives as required to support attainment of 'Best in Class' Project Controls per Independent Project Analysis (IPA) benchmarking.


  • Technical, or equivalent related experience
  • 5 years of Cost Control experience in the engineering, construction, project management of Oil & Gas related projects
  • superior working knowledge of SAP
  • Thorough knowledge of Engineering, Supply Chain, Fabrication and Construction processes as part of project execution
  • Strong knowledge of plant equipment, materials and construction processes
  • Excellent planning, time management, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to collaborate with people from various disciplines to achieve goals
  • Experience on most common cost control software and superior experience with SAP, Excel
  • Excellent problem solving and facilitation skills with ability to plan, prioritize and deliver quality results
  • Team player with strong leadership and collaboration skills and the ability to effectively guide a project team
  • Intermediate computer skills in MS Office Products (Adobe, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Strong results driven orientation and ability to improve processes for higher business performance
  • Exceptional skills in effectively guiding multiple teams, with competing priorities
  • Excellent business writing and oral communication skills coupled with the ability to communicate across business functions
  • Uninhibited by challenge, disagreement, and ambiguity, change
  • Inspires a shared vision and fosters innovation and creativity
  • Extremely passionate and motivated by cost control management; proven ability to lead all aspects of cost control
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering
  • Professional Engineer or equivalent technologist designation (P. Eng., P.L (Eng.)
  • Professional Management Professional (PMP)
  • Member of Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE)
  • Thorough understanding of Oil & Gas Refining and related operations would be an advantage
  • Excellent planning, time management, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to translate Project strategy into a Project Controls functional plan
  • Ability to think tactically and strategically with an ability to lead and manage change
  • Development and implementation of supply chain, engineering and construction for Oil & Gas, refining, petrochemical or upgrading industry projects +5 years
  • Proven experience in the execution of brownfield projects in the Oil & Gas, refining, petrochemical or upgrading industry
  • Specific software products: InEight, and Power BI