Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Project Control Analyst

Does a career focused on changing the world’s energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you’re looking for!

Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Projects Division and INL Project Management Office (PMO) are seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Project Controls Analyst.

Our team works a hybrid 4×10 schedule with every Friday off!

Responsibilities Include:

The Idaho National Laboratory is seeking senior-level Project Control Analysts (PCAs) at the Materials and Fuels Complex reporting to the MFC Project Controls Department Manager. If you want to be part of enabling nuclear energy research and development, including deployment of next generation nuclear reactors then this position is for you. This position is multi-organizational and selected candidates will have the option of working directly for MFC, or for the INL Project Management Office (PMO) through a matrixed agreement with MFC.

INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for the United States Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Energy, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities and infrastructure and offers the ability to perform research and development of nuclear fuels from fuel design, development and fabrication, and post irradiation analysis. MFC also plays a pivotal role in supporting the National Reactor Innovation Center, which provides resources for testing, demonstration, and performance assessment to accelerate the deployment of new, advanced nuclear technology concepts.

MFC PCAs enable the successful execution of mission activities, and directly support project managers in the implementation of key INL and MFC management model principles throughout the project lifecycle – i.e., planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and assessing/improving. This position will be a combination of independent work assignments and mentoring of less experienced PCAs to learn how the work done by a PCA, in compliance with INL project controls policies, procedures, and guidance as established by the INL PMO, will result in more predictable cost and schedule outcomes that will assist our teams in meeting our customers’ expectations.

This position will provide senior-level data analyses to complete project work scope in full compliance with contractual requirements and corresponding INL PMO project controls policies, procedures, and guidance to support maintaining the INL Earned Value Management System (EVMS) certification with the DOE.

Position Role:

Provides and develops all aspects of project planning, monitoring, and control on moderately complex to complex, medium to high-risk assignments and projects (including congressional line-item projects, non-line item projects, and projects with research, development, and deployment – RD&D work scope). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborates with project managers on the development and review of project plans, estimates, costs, contracts, schedules, and resources.
  • Collects, analyzes, trends, forecasts and reports on project data, and costs from various sources (e.g., P6, BDSIS, COBRA, etc.) and collaborators (e.g., engineering, procurement, construction, business management, etc.).
  • Mentoring less experience PCAs
  • Establishes and maintains analysis, trending, forecasting, and reporting processes and storyboards that flow chart project controls and cost engineering work processes
  • Reviews and supports the ongoing updates to EVMS metrics
  • Maintains, reviews, and revises baseline schedules and budgets consistent with established INL PMO change control policy
  • Development and maintenance of the Performance Measurement and Performance Baseline schedules, Life Cycle Schedules (LCS) and the Field Execution Schedule (FES)
  • Provides support in the development of the Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), INL work authorizations documents (IWAD), performance measurement and analysis, funds management, spend forecasts, performance forecasts, estimates to complete, cost control and earned value performance measurement including the Budgeted Cost for Work Scheduled (BCWS), Budgeted Cost for Work Performed (BCWP), Actual Cost of Work Performed (ACWP), and Schedule Variance (SV)/Cost Variance (CV); and associated reporting and information distribution internally and to DOE and team members
  • Ensures data calls are accurate and delivered on schedule
  • Ensures data and variance reports are correct and loaded by due dates in the INL analytical tool EMPOWER
  • Runs assignment of funds types and how they relate and are assigned to the work
  • Knowledgeable and able to provide guidance on matters such as schedule of values, contracting strategies, subcontractor relationships, tiers, and markups, change orders, etc.
  • Identifies risks based on current plans and changes to plans based on data, analysis, trends, and forecasts
  • Supports in the development of risk modeling in INL software (Safran)
  • Supports in the setup and use of INL project management software (Procore)
  • Ensures baseline incorporation of INL functions and subject areas and their applications in support of work at MFC
  • Ensures MFC work processes are accounted for in the planning of work
  • Supports portfolio development, maintenance, and reporting to DOE and other customers
  • Establishes and leads project status meetings.
  • Attends project meetings and provides input to identify new issues, resolve issues, and to comment on aspects of importance
  • Participates in meetings and teleconferences with project team members, customers, management, etc. as the project representative to discuss cost, schedule, and risk status, updates, issues and concerns, etc.
  • Provides project controls assistance to Senior PCAs on other complex, high-risk projects
  • Ensures INL Managers are aware of previous, current, and future changes to work that can/will change the desired outcome of the work
  • If requested, participate in other DOE Laboratory project reviews
  • If requested, attendance and participation with the Energy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG) Project Controls Subgroup and/or the National Laboratories Chief Operating Officers (NLCOO) Project Management Standing Committee (PMSC) Project Controls Working Group (PCWG)

This position is recognized as a project controls and cost engineering subject matter expert (SME) within the organization, and Laboratory. It requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. It interprets internal or external project controls issues and recommends solutions/standard processes. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify solutions.

The PCA directly supplies to the development of new project controls and cost engineering concepts and techniques. Serves as a subject area lead for a core team. Responsible for approving work of other project controls staff. Routinely functions as a project controls lead for the work described above, coordinating and handling the activities of other staff (e.g. cost estimators, schedulers, planning and financial controls (PFC) personnel). May assist in defining staff needs, developing selection criteria, and hiring personnel. Reviews assigned staff progress and evaluates results. Pursues continual learning and self-development. Serves as spokesperson for the organization on major matters pertaining to policies, plans, and objectives in collaboration with the INL PMO Project Controls and Policy and Assurance departments. Provides technical direction and supervision to junior staff. Enhances technical/ professional skills of junior staff through mentoring and training. Provides leadership in identifying, promoting and developing new opportunities within MFC directorate.

Provide feedback and ideas to MFC Projects Division Director, MFC Project Controls department manager, and INL PMO on a regular basis concerning learning progression, work assignments, trainings, etc.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Construction Management, Engineering, or related field and 8 years of experience OR, Master of Science (MS) in Construction Management, Engineering, or related field and 6 years of experience
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy “L” clearance, which requires US Citizenship

Preferred Requirements:

  • Understanding of DOE Order 413.3 requirements
  • Earned Value Management System experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of varied backgrounds and objectives
  • Ability to successfully make quick decisions and meet goals while at times working to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative with a keen attention to detail
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Advanced computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office
  • Proficient working knowledge of P6
  • Direct work experience on construction contracts
  • Experience working within the Dept of Energy Complex a plus
  • Experience with project controls and reporting systems in use at other DOE projects is a plus
  • Understanding of Cost Engineering/Project Controls techniques and recommend practices is a plus (ref. Association of the Advancement of Cost Engineering – AACE)

Job Information:

  • Salary Grade 220 ($107,520 – $177,336)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.

INL Overview:

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

INL Mission:

Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision:

Our vision is to change the world’s energy future and secure our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Selective Service Requirements:

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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