The project control specialist typically manages projects for an entire department or the whole company. Their main objective is to ensure that projects are completed on time and within the specified budget. Most of the time, project control specialists work in engineering and construction industries overseeing the project controls of these jobs.
Project control specialists represent the project control department and provide direct support to management. They may also manage project controls workers, as well as help establish standard operating procedures to control the risks associated with the projects. Project control specialists also develop and monitor key project metrics and perform quality control reviews. They must also perform continuous research to find and develop beneficial new techniques related to project management.
Project control specialist work with a number of other professionals in their organization, such as project managers, project control managers, engineers, purchasing and supply chain agents, and cost accountants. Typically, a project control specialist reports to the head of their department or unit.
Their day-to-day responsibilities vary based on industry, but typically involve actively working on projects and, potentially, overseeing the work of other employees. This position generally requires working during regular business hours, usually in an office and occasionally on job sites.
Project control specialist jobs generally require a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum of five years experience in the related field. Excellent organizational and multitasking skills are essential. Specialists are also required to have extensive experience in their field. They may be required to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time. They must also be proficient with basic computer software.
Project Control Specialist Tasks
- Direct teams in data collection, management, and tasks to improve processes.
- Track and analyze financial data and budgets, and produce reports regularly.
- Lead project scheduling and baselines, and communicate changes and track progress.
- Coordinate schedule with internal and contractor teams, and control for timely completion.