Project Controls Lead

Ref No. EMP408362
Location Birmingham, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Contract (6 MONTHS )
Job Status Applicants Required


Responsible for managing the control framework through which Land and Property carries out its business; providing leadership over planning, cost management, financial and performance reporting, governance, assurance, risk and issue management.


Project Controls Lead, Rail

The Job

The Land and Property Team are responsible for:

  • Acquisition of c£6 billion of land and property over the Phases of delivery
  • Assessment of thousands of applications for acquisition under statutory blight and discretionary schemes
  • Access to land for surveys and ground investigations
  • Negotiation with hundreds of petitioners in the Hybrid Bill process
  • Acquisition of Land required for the construction of the railway
  • Management of property acquired ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Responsible for the processes and controls within which the Property Cost Estimate (c£6bn) is managed; ensuring the integrity of forecasts and accuracy of actual cost data.
  • Lead the framework within which risks and issues are captured, reported and managed.
  • Oversee Quantitative Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis (QCRA/QSRA), and act as the interface with other Project Controls teams across the Phases for programme level QCRA/QSRA exercises.
  • Manage the way in which Land and Property develop programme plans, monitor progress and identify dependencies; working with the Programme Management functions to ensure Land and Property plans interface with those from other areas of the business.
  • Lead reporting for the Land and Property Directorate, serving both internal and external stakeholders, ensuring the team deliver accurate Management Information and analysis.
  • Manage inputs to internal and external reviews, baselining exercises and audits; ensure plans are put in place to deliver on subsequent recommendations and outcomes.
  • Oversee how lessons learned are captured, disseminated and implemented in order to drive continuous improvements across Land and Property.
  • Ensure that processes, guidance and assurance activities are in place so that Land and Property have confidence it is operating within the limits of corporate governance.
  • Oversee the co-ordination and management of formal decision-making bodies to secure the necessary direction to deliver programme objectives.
  • Manage and lead team members, developing, motivating and inspiring high performing Project Controls professionals and ensuring each has well-defined personal and developmental objectives that feed into regular performance discussions.



  • Ability to assess financial risks, budgets and forecasts and set the direction for how to manage change and reporting
  • Ability to identify programme level delivery risks and work with groups of stakeholders to test the relationships between cost and programme
  • Ability to design, implement and operate control frameworks and processes
  • Ability to communicate effectively and manage strategic stakeholder relationships
  • Able to present strategies and solutions through papers, reports and presentations
  • Able to determine how IT solutions should be used to analyse and present programme, cost and risk information
  • Ability to lead teams of people, both as line manager and through matrixed relationships
  • Innovative and critical thinking skills with relation to cost, programme, risk and governance


  • Knowledge of best practice project and programme management techniques
  • Knowledge of IT solutions used to analyse cost, risk and programme
  • Knowledge of costing models and forecasting techniques


  • Project controls experience within a complex project / programme environment
  • Experience of managing complex cost estimates
  • Experience of implementing and operating governance regimes, processes and assurance activities
  • Experience of delivering accurate and relevant reporting
  • Experienced in risk management and analytical techniques associated with risk management
  • Experience of implementing analytical techniques to understand business data
  • Experience of managing a team

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