Cost and Schedule Analyst
Number of Vacancies: 1
Project: Engineering Project Controls
Duration: 12 months
Location: 777 Brock Road, Pickering ON or GM Building, 1908 Colonel Sam Drive Oshawa ON
CSA Job Function:
Provide support to Manager through information accumulation, analysis and problem-solving in regard to one or more of the following areas:
• Support the development of an Engineering Phase Project Control Process that integrates both OPG and Vendor schedule, cost and resources.
• Work planning and control, e.g., project planning, schedule and cost analysis, and functional support for Engineering Phase Projects.
• Cost control, e.g. monitor/cost collection and reporting, cost analysis and cost management support.
• "Programming", i.e., operational business planning, work program preparation, integration of work program implementation across the Division, performance monitoring and reporting, and improvement of business processes.
1. Assist the Manager/Section Manager/Project Control Lead by:
• developing Division-specific elements of the OPG,N managed system, e.g., key performance areas, performance objectives, performance measures, performance standards, performance targets, reporting systems and procedures;
• developing methods, infrastructure, plans and reports and coordinating implementation actions to optimize Engineering Project Controls and project performance;
• gathering data, analyzing, synthesizing, and recommending priorities, resource requirements, business plans and budget content, etc.;
• analyzing planned and actual performance related to achievement of work programs. Identify risks/problems;
• leading special projects and tasks team as required;
• acquiring information from internal and external sources required to benchmarking and improve performance. Provide input to improvement recommendations;
• making recommendations related to integrated strategies, policies, plans, programs and schedules to optimize use of resources for Engineering Project Controls work methods and procedures;
• assisting with performance/compliance evaluation and reporting on work program and project performance versus plan, adherence to plan; recommend corrective actions to the Manager;
• assisting with the implementation of specific Project Controls process improvements with OPG framework;
• coordinating resolution of specified work program issues common to the Engineering Project Controls department.
As it relates to Work Planning and Control, support the Section Manager or Project Control Lead:
2. Analyze specified areas of cost and schedule performance. Identify performance variances regarding actual versus planned results. Identify significant risks to achieving planned results. Recommend corrective actions to better align planned and actual results. Produce required reports and related information, e.g., predictive reporting, statistical reports, progress reports, etc.
3. Develop and implement specified protocols to be employed in planning work and the preparation of schedules e.g. work categories, prioritization rules, procedures and the like. Attempt to ensure compliance with respect to application of same.
4. Develop Engineering Project Control procedures, instructions, guidelines, that facilitate the two-way flow of cost and schedule information with both the Design Service Providers and the OPG Nuclear Engineering.
5. Develop and maintain models relating cost and schedule performance to the plan.
6. Review and coordinate related work received from consultants and contractors. Identify deviations from the plan/schedule, and take/recommend action.
7. As directed by the Manager, review planning and control-related techniques, tools, processes and new technology developments for potential application.
OR: As it relates to the Programming, support the Section Manager:
8. Analyze specified areas of Work Program performance. Identify performance variances regarding actual versus planned results. Identify significant risks, including real and potential problems related to work program performance. Recommend corrective actions to better align planned and actual work program performance. Produce required reports and related information, e.g. predictive reporting, statistical reports, progress reports, etc.
9. Develop Division-specific standards, procedures, instructions, guidelines which facilitate the two-way flow of business plan and budget information consistent with Ontario Power Generation, Nuclear (OPG,N) framework.
10. Develop project models, e.g., relating OM & A and capital expenditures to capability factors, resources and overall generation costs, and relating resource and cost performance results.
11. Administer the document hierarchy process, and produce a variety of specified data/information.
12. Develop work performance reports, indicating status on the scope and schedule, cost and performance information, and concerns to be addressed by the management team.
13. Coordinate specified elements of the business planning and budgeting process with line managers.
14. Advise and assist line managers regarding work program planning, establishing priorities and resource requirements, developing business plans and budgets, implementation of plans, reporting, etc., and in identifying performance gaps and resolving problems related to the above. Attempt to ensure compliance with respect to same.
15. Act as the SPOC/SME/Administrator for designated Management Information Systems (MIS).
16. Provide on-the-job training within the Department, specifically on Department-specific procedural aids and MIS, to develop and maintain a high skill level.
17. Act as a high technical resource to staff to help them work effectively and solve problems that arise for Engineering Project Controls.
OR: As it relates to Project Planning, support the Section Manager/Project Control Lead, Engineering Managers and Project teams:
18. Prepare/provide direction to the preparation of cost and schedule elements of Project Execution Plans for capital and O M & A project work. Facilitate assembly of project definition, scope, organization and work breakdown structure data, etc. for the purpose of project execution plan production. Assemble and consolidate data for project business case summary preparation, including integrity checks on data and detailed cost/benefit analysis of competing alternatives. Perform/provide direction to the preparation and maintenance of cost and schedule estimates.
19. Provide planning and control expertise to develop plans and schedules. Monitor, analyze, and report cost/schedule performance, and identify options to resolve planning and control problems.
20. Perform cost and schedule analysis, and risk analysis and make effective recommendations as to the optimal cost and effective manner of achieving engineering project results.
21. Review the estimating, scheduling and associated planning and control procedures and documents of consultants and contractors to ensure they meet the Project’s requirements. Recommend improvement(s) where appropriate.
22. Act as a high level technical resource staff to help them work effectively and solve problems that arise.
23. Work with or assist Training Support Services Division (TSSD) in the development of training courses required to support the Work Control Processes and Procedures, e.g., the OPG,N N-Procs-MA Procedures, OPG,N Project Management Manual, and any department-specific procedural aids that are required.
24. Develop and measure metrics associated with process compliance.
25. Support the development, production and improvement of the management reports used for the purposes of communicating station status, e.g., SCR.
26. In the planning process, contribute to the development of division-specific budgeting process, procedures, instructions and guidelines to facilitate the two-way flow of information. Gather budget inputs, and analyze and establish budgets down to the Work Group level. Acquire all relevant cost information. Forecast trends based on past and present experiences. Expedite specified elements of the budgeting process with line managers. Convert detailed budgets into the required format for budget upload to OPG,N cost collection and reporting system.
27. During the implementation process, develop and implement Division-specific cost collection process and cost models to facilitate cost monitoring and control:
• Administer the cost reporting processes and systems.
• Recommend and implement specific process improvements within OPG,N constraints to improve productivity, as approved.
• Provide time reporting system administration service to line management.
• Provide direction to divisional staff in the application of cost elements, NEI codes, Work Events, etc., for cost collection and reporting of OM&A, capital and IIP work program.
28. As assigned, conduct the production of, or prepare special or ad hoc cost reports,
29. As assigned, conduct investigations into questionable costs of specialized costing areas of needs.
30. Provide advice to line management regarding the identification of need for year end projection changes. Make effective recommendations to line on mitigating actions, or facilitate the proactive year end projection changes.
31. Contribute to project review meetings, as necessary, to monitor progress, identify problems, and initiate corrective actions.
• Requires a knowledge of engineering principles and concepts as it applies to power plants,
• probability and statistics,
• industrial management and industrial processes,
• management information systems such as P6, ERPs and some Access database knowledge,
• economics and accounting practices to understand and assess numerous interdependencies of engineering,
• resource acquisition,
• installation, commissioning and operating a nuclear power generation facility.
• Requires a good knowledge of English, both oral and written, to facilitate effective communications with others.
This knowledge is normally considered to be acquired through the successful completion of a four-year university education in an appropriate field (e.g. engineering, business administration, computer science) or by having the equivalent level of education.
A project management designation such as a PMP or similar would be considered beneficial.
This role requires the following experience and knowledge:
• Within Project Controls and Engineering to achieve a level of proficiency sufficient to perform all aspects of the Work Control, Cost Control or Programming function.
• A thorough understanding of the interrelationships and role of organizational units, interrelationships between work groups, external contractors and consultants involved, and the mechanics of resolving any controversial issues. Requires practical experience in the appropriate line function (e.g., generation facility, Engineering, Waste Operations, etc.) to understand aspects of work programs and projects associated with cost engineering, work program planning and program performance analysis. Requires experience in the application of work methods, resourcing of work, logical sequencing of events and resolution of common problems in these areas.
• Experienced in the application of various computer systems and software programs.
• Experience in the implementation of project controls, preferably within both the Engineering and overall project life cycle.
• A period of over 4 years and up to and including 12 years is considered necessary to gain this experience.