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Project Control Manager

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Project Management

London, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


SYSTRA are looking to expand our Signature Team in the UK, working on high profile infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and HS2, we are building on our 50 years of success in the UK by growing our team and looking for passionate people to deliver projects across our portfolio.


We are now seeking to strengthen and grow our Engineering and Project Controls team in London, by recruiting an experienced Cost Engineer.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of experience within the Civil Engineering/Transportation/Infrastructure sectors.


This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Cost Analyst/Engineer to further their career in a highly motivated and inspirational environment.


The role


Support the Project Controls team including monthly cost control and forecast, EVA, reporting to the JV and Client. Analysis based in a WBS/CBS coding structure, work package and control account meeting the deadlines established in the reporting calendar. To establish and maintain positive and effective relationships with senior management and delivery teams.


Main Duties


  • To implement the project requirements for Cost Control, especially in the work package assigned.
  • Assist on the production and delivery of the Performance Measurement Baseline and Performance Measurement Updates (PMU and Baseline forecast)
  • Capture and integrate current and forecast programme, cost, and risk at CBS & tasks level or as required, using the tools approved by the project effectively using IT and systems
  • Responsible for ensuring all Cost related inputs from supply chain are reliable and provided in a timely manner to support the Performance Measurement Update (PMU) process. Challenge cost forecast from Supply chain
  • Responsible for producing reliable progress and Earned value reports for the PK under and the control account his/her responsibility.
  • Establish interfaces and liaise with client stakeholders. Attend/Chair progress meetings with HS2, planning, commercial, construction team in the production of quantity tracking reports
  • Attend/Chair progress meetings with supply chain, planning, commercial & construction team reviewing the Forecast EAC and the SPMU from supply chain.
  • Attending periodic site visits to assess progress of work done
  • Liaise with Commercial team reviewing the actual cost monthly pre-SPMU meetings, providing guidance on the WBS coding and accruals on the packages assigned and the SPMU completeness ensuring the use of WBS/CBS across the project where progress and cost is allocated within the correct cost centres
  • Providing general support to the Commercial team on tasks such as monthly cost reports & accruals based on EVA and remaining forecast cost.
  • Prepare weekly quantity progress reports comparing planned work with actual work produced on site for key ID_elements.
  • Support the Cost Control Mngr. in producing the monthly PMU & Dashboard submission, preparing accurate, timely and complete reports to the client
  • Generate analysis reports to compare previous months forecast Vs Actuals, & variances and movements for different financial years.
  • Day to day use of database to review cost reporting information ensuring budget are accurate and up to date with all approved variations.
  • Familiarization with and use of CEMAR, Primavera P6 & Xer tools, and procedure for budgeting and cost control and reporting.




  • Degree qualified within a relevant discipline (Civil Engineering or a similar Construction related degree)
  • Strong analytical, mathematical, organisation and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in cost control services within large complex environments within the construction and engineering industry
  • Good understanding of Project controls and alignment of programme, cost, budget, risk and change
  • Understanding of various forms of tender documents, contract documents and specifications
  • Good understanding of various methods of cost control, forecasting and performance reporting, and EVA (SPI/CPI indexes)
  • Understanding of the construction market, methods of construction, plant, equipment, and labour requirements
  • Understanding of the project life cycle.
  • Superb communication and presentation skills. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentation to Employee, Clients, Management and or public groups.
  • Aptitude to succeed in a stressful and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Solid understanding of Information Systems and advance MS Excel.


The following experiences are desirable:


  • Knowledge of Primavera P6
  • Basic understanding of R12 accounting software


In return, we offer a very competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package with opportunities for flexible working and career development.


Please note, we do have a preferred supplier list for the provision of recruitment services and we will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL.



Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.