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Project Controller


Crawley, United Kingdom

Thales people design solutions that enable two thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world’s largest commercial aircrafts. In the UK, our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.

The primary purpose of the Project Controller role is to support the project management team by providing an effective specialised project planning and control service for their projects. This will involve liaison with Project Management Office, Bids and Project management team and other business functions including technical, finance, commercial, legal, quality and operations.

Key Responsibilities
Create, maintain, develop & communicate the integrated bid / project plan in the designated planning tool set including all contract deliverable milestones, internal milestones, invoicing and sales milestones in accordance with the Thales Procedures.
Monitor the integrated set of bid / project schedules, costs, and resources in accordance with the company timetable, procedures and working practices and cost structure and Work Break-down Structure
Generate the overall critical path across the integrated set of bids / projects and reconcile issues, making recommendations to assist in the recovery of slippage, where applicable.
Undertake earned value calculations, where applicable, to support bid / project performance forecasting.
Undertake and coordinate the formal update of bid / project schedules, interdependencies, resource allocations budgets and financial status, addressing issues with local Work Package Managers and escalating as appropriate to project and functional management.
Analyse resource profiles resulting from the monthly schedule update process and make recommendations to reconcile resource loading anomalies ahead of the forward load extraction.
Undertake all baseline and change control activities associated with the schedules including regular local archiving of the associated database(s).
Accountable for governance, deployment & reporting of risk & ppportunity management, including the assessment of risk and contingency in assurance reviews and activities
Responsible for the independent assurance review and reporting process

Skills, Qualifications and Experience
Experience of providing a bid / project planning and project control service within a medium to large organisation. The experience is required to demonstrate;
A thorough understanding of planning techniques – for example; the application of critical path analysis, work breakdown structures
A high level of proficiency in the use of project planning tools and standard business administration software.
Commercial awareness that demonstrates useable knowledge of how conditions of contract are applied.
Practical knowledge of the full business lifecycle management, including capture, qualification and developing capture plans and winning strategies
Client and stakeholder management in a complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-site project management context.
Experience that has provided a practical knowledge of commercial management, best practice supply chain and finance functions.
Able to interpret the requirements of projects for a project control service and to effectively apply the correct processes and tools to ensure the effective delivery of the service, either directly or through the direction to other member of the Project Management Office.
Excellent technical project planning skills with proficiency in common project planning tool sets (such as Primavera, SAP).
Proficient in earned value management techniques
Strong stakeholder management capabilities to work across the boundaries with the bid & project management job family and across other functions.
Ability to establish and meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritise without the requirement for regular direct supervision.


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