Sr. Specialist I, Cost Control

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

United Kingdom

Title: Sr. Specialist I, Cost Control

Location: GB-ENG-Leatherhead

Job Number: 1069172

Location: Leatherhead

The NSPA programme of work consists of a number of deployed operations contracts based in Afghanistan.

The portfolio of contracts deliver a range of services including infrastructure maintenance, airfield services, vehicle maintenance and client procurement services across a number of locations.

Our goal is to continue to deliver efficient and contractually compliant services to our Client while ensuring profitability and future growth.


Forecasts, controls, and reports project costs needed within an organisation. Develops and provides project variances, trending and analysis of expenditures, and completion reports. Reviews project costs incurred by category, calculates future costs based on labour productivity, material price increases, subcontract, wage rates and risk analysis. Develops core competencies with existing procedures by solving standard problems. Typically requires a suitable undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience in lieu of degree.


Working in a matrix organisation, the position will day-to-day be working with the NSPA Programme Manager and Project Management team, and functionally

to a Lead Cost Specialist or Senior Project Controls Manager. The Senior Cost Specialist will carry out key tasks associated with the cost control of the NSPA portfolio of projects run through the GS EMEA UK business unit. The position will also be required to pull together multiple contracts into a single Programme report. The Senior Cost Specialist will also provide fundamental support to ongoing change management through liaison with Project Management, Commercial and Accounts.

Other responsibilities within the BU Project Controls team will be required on an ad-hoc basis providing exposure to other project control functions across a wide ranging portfolio of projects.

Key responsibilities / tasks will include:

Forecasts, controls and reports project costs needed within the organisation.

Develop and provide project variances, trending and analysis, and completion reports.

Supports EVA and other reporting metrics where required.

Uses experience and problem solving skills to develop and improve processes.

Specific monthly reporting duties including:


Run manhour & cost reports from SAP, checking rates and booking codes,


Run commitment reports from SAP, reviewing commitments,


Analysis of monthly actual costs,


Calculation of monthly cost accruals,


Produces monthly cost forecasts following close liaison with other business functions including Project Management, Procurement, Commercial and F&A,


Production of monthly cost comparison reports through cost management database (Cobra),


Production of monthly cost status report for internal reporting,


Further input into Project on a Page management report where required, and


Production of other PM reports as required to provide clarity and analysis on all aspects of cost management.

Other duties commensurate with the role




Degree or equivalent in a business or science related subject



Certified Practitioner in one of the Recognised PM methodologies, PMI, APM or Prince2

Experience and Skills:


Proven record of implementation of cost management practices on projects and programmes

Proven record of managing change within a project and programme environment

Minimum of 5 years experience in related roles

In depth knowledge of cost management methods and tools including earned value management

Analytical background with skills in problem identification and resolution

Knowledge of cost risk analysis

Good interpersonal skills with the confidence to deal with people at all levels

Capable of working proactively, independently and collaboratively as part of a wider team

Excellent IT knowledge, particularly Excel.

Practical experience in the use of cost management software (e.g. Cobra, Ecosys)

Good verbal and written communication skills including report writing and presentation skills

Able to successfully manage time, plans, projects and other related tasks

Ability to work with remote and distributed teams from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets

Job: Project Controls


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