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Cost Engineer IV

  • LocationHouston, TX 77056 - United States
  • Work TypeContract/Temp
  • Positions1 Position
  • Job no: 55273ENBJP00014421
  • Category: Engineering

On behalf of one of North America’s largest natural gas distributors, we are looking for a Cost Engineer/ Project Controls Analyst in Houston, TX

Primary Focus:

  • A leader in the energy industry in crude and natural gas transportation and gathering has an immediate need for a Cost Engineer.
  • This position will be responsible for providing “Total Cost Control” guidance, governance, and support functions on assigned projects for Authorization for Expenditure components (engineering, procurement, construction, project management, support groups, contingency, escalation, etc.).
  • This position will report directly to Supervisor, Project Controls, Core Gas Projects.
  • The primary responsibility for this position will be to support Cost Control.
  • The position may also have a supporting role in Schedule Control and other Project Controls Specialist functions.
  • Project assignments can range from less than one year / $1MM to multi-year $500+MM.
  • The position is located in Houston in a mainly office environment with occasional travel to other offices or project sites in the United States and Canada.


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university, preferably in Business Administration, Engineering, or Construction Management.
  • Completion of a Certified Cost Engineer (AACE's CCC/ CCE) or Project Management Professional credential (PMP) is preferred.
  • Proficient in SAP, EcoSys, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word with proven technical writing abilities.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in performing cost and schedule management and other project control functions over-engineering, procurement, construction components on large capital projects, preferably in the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Industrial, and/or Power industries.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to respond to and anticipate information needs and present that information in a clear concise manner.
  • Experience in developing, enhancing, and implementing cost and schedule standards.
  • Experience in using and enhancing cost controls tools and associated systems.
  • Effective analytical skills with the ability to understand detailed workflows for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize a heavy workload, bringing forward well-developed recommendations to the Project Management Team.
  • Ability to work with low supervision and work effectively with others to achieve group results.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Must be able to work with a team dispersed over multiple locations.


  • The Cost Control function is responsible for cost controls, invoices, forecasting, and analyzing productivity factors and cost/schedule performance indices.
  • Additional responsibilities are related to work extra authorizations and risk identification for the project.
  • Also responsible for generating all monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly reports with intended audiences ranging from local project team members to senior-level company executives and the Board of Directors.

Duties / Technical Expertise - Cost Control:

  • Provide support to the Project Manager, project team, and project cost control staff on how cost should be planned, tracked, measured, forecasted, and reported during project execution and/or development. Monthly review of cost/cash flow forecasts with the Project Manager and extended project team to generate regular reporting requirements.
  • Provide timely, accurate, and relevant guidance, governance, and support to projects on approved cost controls standards to manage Authorization for Expenditure (AFE) components including External Engineering services, Procurement of Material/Equipment, Construction services, internal cost, Allowance for Funds Used During Construction, Contingency, Escalation, etc.
  • Maintain cost and schedule planning, tracking, and reporting tools. Provide timely support to the Project Controls Supervisor for monthly review meetings with Senior Management.
  • Possess a solid understanding and application of Earned Value Management (EVM) principles and methodology to identify, analyze and report cost risks in a timely fashion.
  • Manage continuous and collaborative communication with Project Managers and project cost controls teams to address project cost-related needs.
  • Monitor project reporting and identify deviations from standard reports. Assist project cost controls teams with timely and accurate data gathering and delivery issues.
  • Participate and resolve any issues in the execution of joint Cost, Schedule, and Risk Health Checks to verify effective planning and implementation of cost processes.
  • Take interest and actively participate in project meetings with vendors to understand and become familiar with changes in project status to assist in the areas of cost.

Additional Support Project Controls Role:

  • The successful candidate is expected to have skills to support other project controls functions as needed including project set up, establishing project baselines, lifecycle gating reviews, schedule/risk analysis, and integration of all project control functions to support effective identification of project risks, issues and coordination with Project Teams for development of effective mitigation measures.