Project Controller
Powertech Labs Inc. A Subsidiary of BC Hydro - Surrey, BC

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Project Controller (Financial Professional 3 – Business Services)

Powertech, BC Hydro's subsidiary that specializes in clean energy consulting, testing, and systems integration, has been serving electrical, oil and gas companies, and automotive and electrical equipment manufacturers since 1989. It operates as a separate, for profit, commercial entity. In addition to providing technical services to BC Hydro, Powertech serves a large number of clients in energy-related sectors across North America, Asia, Europe, and South America and beyond. Powertech is located on an 11 acre, 21-lab campus in Surrey and has approximately 130 employees.

The company's staff of professional engineers, scientists, and technologists offers a broad range of services to help clients solve complex problems, maximizing asset performance.

Role Overview
Reporting to the Business Unit Director, Operations and Marketing, supported by the Managing Director and Senior Management team and working directly with Powertech Project Managers and the Powertech finance department this role is responsible to lead the Project Management Office and to coordinate and oversee the organization and appropriate financial planning and management of client projects across Powertech. This role will primarily be responsible for the accurate and timely capture, analysis and reporting of project information in the SAP ERP system and tracking the financial performance of the company’s project portfolio. This role is expected to make recommendations to Senior Management based on the analysis of the performance of the project portfolio and individual high risk projects. The office will have a Project Coordinator reporting to it to start and the number of Project Coordinators is expected to grow into the future. As this is a new role, we are looking for an incumbent that has the drive to grow this office into the future and to create an office and service that is central and pivotal to Powertech’s operations.

Major Responsibilities
Analysis of committed and actual cost to complete throughout the lifespan of the project
Working with up to 50 project managers to ensure accurate costs are incorporated into project proposals for up to 200 active projects billed at any one time
Collating and input of customer information into SAP to ensure accurate records and contact information
Initiate and budget projects up to $2 million in value, in the SAP ERP with the project managers and ensure all phases of projects are planned ahead of project commencement and that budgets match Purchase Orders
Review project plans in the SAP ERP on a regular (and at least monthly) basis to ensure projects remain on track
Revise project plans in light of changes and amendments internally and externally from clients. Ensure revised plans are approved at the appropriate level.
On a monthly basis, provide status updates and information in relation to WIP (‘Work in Progress’) and work with project managers and the finance department to maintain the WIP at appropriate levels
Liaise with operational project managers to ensure accurate invoice information is provided to the finance department in a timely fashion. Track and provide status updates on projects invoicing
Close out projects in the SAP ERP in a comprehensive and timely manner.
Review and report the financial performance of the projects compared to the proposal.
Report to Senior Management on the performance of our project portfolio and status of specific projects as needed and make recommendations on how to direct the performance to towards corporate level targets /goals
Complete financial models associated with capital expenditure.
Attend department monthly review meetings.
Manage structure of project framework in SAP and changes to this as necessary
Build and maintain relationships and trust with a diverse and large group of project managers
Ensure standards and compliance to project methodology, SAP and financial models, quality and ISO standards
Maintain excellent working relationships with finance to ensure compliance with financial standards and principles to ease financial reporting
Respond to project audit requests from clients in a timely manner
Responsible for specialized reporting for federal and provincial agencies
Manage Project Coordinators
Develop a long-term plan for the Project Management Office

Experience & Education Required
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
Professional accounting qualification and/or experience – CMA preferred
Minimum 9 years of experience in progressively more responsible financial management capacity including a demonstrated understanding of financial quantitative and analytic tools
Excellent knowledge of SAP ERP
Working knowledge of project management – philosophy, principles and best practices. PMP preferred

Performance Competencies

  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Excellent decision making and problem solving capabilities
  • Excellent leadership, team building and project management skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and detail-oriented
  • Ability to build effective relationships
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and collaborative team environment
  • Demonstrated tenacity in follow up and follow through
  • Demonstrates dependability and commitment to projects/tasks
  • Organized and able to adapt to a constrained schedule and perform under pressure
  • Highly safety oriented

Status: Full time regular
Location: Surrey, B.C.
Job ID: FINP2013.6
Compensation & Benefits: Powertech Labs Inc. offers a very comprehensive total rewards package based on a healthy work/life balance.
Close Date: This competition will close on February 13, 2013

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