Project Controls Specialist (Angra)

Requisition Number:  6961
Company:  Westinghouse Electric Co

Cranberry, PA, US, 16066

Are you interested in being part of an innovative team that supports reputable organizations across multiple industries?  At Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, we recognize that our employees are our most valuable asset and we seek to identify, attract and recruit the most qualified talent while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the global workplace!


The Project Controls Specialist (Angra) role will lead all project controls activities in a portfolio of moderate complexity projects that span functions, organizations, geographic regions or cultures. Oversee and hold accountable team members to deliver program objectives.  Coach and mentor team members on project controls functions.  Serve as a project controls subject matter expert.  Resolve issues on projects with significant challenges (schedule/cost/risk).  The position will partner with the Program Manager / Managers/ Business Development leaders to set strategy and to capture growth opportunities that advance strategic and business objectives.  Must have advanced skills in finance, cross-cultural awareness, leadership, communication, influence, negotiation and conflict resolution.  This position location can be remote, and the frequency of overall travel is < % 10.  There may be occasional need to travel to US for meetings (annually) and periodic site visits to Angra NPP (~ every other month).


Your Day to Day:

  • Cleary communicate required information in a timely manner    
    • Coordinate required tasks/deadlines. Escalate issues, early warning or potential opportunities to the appropriate levels of management with a sense of urgency. Proactively decision maker that works closely with the project manager and the project team/stakeholders.
  • Program initiating and planning processes           
    • Initiate and plan all controls aspects of a project, which includes, but is not limited to project baselines and risk registers.  Apply tools and techniques to plan work such that inefficiencies are reduced, and overall project performance is optimized. Apply schedule, cost, and/or risk analytics to confirm validity of overall program plan. 
    • Analyze needs and plan for unique customer satisfaction and project performance metrics.
  • Project executing,  monitoring & controlling processes   
    • Lead schedule, cost, and/or risk activities. Interpret and transmit project/contract requirements to functional groups. Process subsequent changes following an integrated change control process. Prepare or oversee project cost expenditure forecasts and progress evaluations/projections (including Estimate at Completion updates and Earned Value Management) to support project performance and financial reporting requirements.  Review and analyze project expenditures and schedule performance for compliance with project baselines and scope.  Promote teamwork and effective communication, which includes maintenance and dissemination of project metrics to ensure team, customer, and all stakeholders are kept informed of project status.  Develop or oversee project databases, systems and procedures to ensure efficient handling and transmission of project correspondence and documentation between project team members.
  • Project closing processes             
    • Properly close the project by archiving work in scheduling, financial, risk, and resource management systems/tools. Perform and communicate final project quality assessment. Identify and communicate opportunities for improvement, lessons learned, and risk avoidance for future work.
  • Develop positive relationships with cross functional/product line team, customer, suppliers, Westinghouse in-country representation (for international projects), and other stakeholders to drive project to successful completion        
    • Serve as project controls point of contact for internal and external customers in support of the successful program execution through completion. 
    • Align stakeholder (e.g., team, customer, suppliers, Westinghouse in-country representation, etc.) expectations to achieve overall acceptance of Project Controls objectives.  Recognize the dynamic human aspects of each program stakeholder's expectations and manage accordingly.  Effectively communicate program interdependencies and requirements, identify and mitigate risks, and resolve conflicts and issues. 
    • Coach, mentor, and guide junior Project Control team members (or Project Managers), and others to promote strong project control practice across Westinghouse.
  • Seek opportunities and implement continuous improvements to enhance project performance  
    • Identify, assess, and implement value-added improvement opportunities which will improve overall project performance. Create and administer lessons learned throughout the program.  


Who You Are:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Applicable disciplines are Project Management, Engineering, Business, Construction Management or related technical discipline.       
    • Advanced degree in Project Management, Engineering, Business, Accounting, Construction Management or related technical discipline preferred.
  • 10 years of project controls experience with increased levels of complexity. 5 years in technical/engineering lead role and 5 years of project controls experience may be considered as equivalent. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, influence, and solve high-level problems. Proven ability to analyze information and engage in complex decision making.               
    • 11-15+ years of project controls experience in a technical industry such as engineering, manufacturing, nuclear or construction preferred.
  • Required competencies:
    • Communication
    • Planning and Organization
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
    • Driving for Results
    • Employee Development
    • Strategic Thinking
    • Leadership
    • Change Management 
    • Cost/Profit Oriented 
  • Mastery of Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) or equivalent Project Management or Project Controls standards (e.g. APMG, PRINCE2, AACE, etc).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills such as the ability to deliver internal and external presentations,  effective verbal and written communications, ability to operate and lead within complex team structures and multi-cultural teams, ability to analyze problems, establish facts, and make complex decisions autonomously.
  • Advanced  knowledge of Microsoft Office. 
  • Advanced knowledge and skill in project schedule, cost and risk management processes and associated tools (e.g., Primavera/MSP, SAP, Active Risk Manager, Acumen Fuse, PRISM, Power BI/Tableau or other related tools). 
  • Mastery of the transformation of data to information for visual reports and analysis, understand database concepts in order to manage/analyze data within systems, understand the interaction of company functions that are touch points to projects (Finance, Legal, Quality, Supply Chain, etc.). Ability to develop and present high-quality, audience-appropriate presentations.
  • Expected to successfully complete assigned training in Westinghouse Systems, Procedures, and Policies applicable to assignments.
    • Broad technical knowledge of nuclear power plants preferred.  Familiarity with utility business practices including knowledge of utility operations, maintenance and engineering practices, knowledge of procurement processes and material management are desirable but not mandatory. For international projects, knowledge of local business practices and contracting preferred.
  • Westinghouse Advanced Project Controls qualification (APCQ) completed. For external candidate, will complete APCQ within designated timeframe. Exemptions provided based on prior training and work experience.       
    • Any project / program / portfolio management or project / program controls certification (scheduling, estimating, earned value, risk, etc.) will be viewed as a plus. E.g. PMI, AACE, APMG, PRINCE2…certifications.
  • Proficient in English        
    • Proficiency in Portuguese preferred


Why Westinghouse?

Westinghouse Electric Company is the global nuclear energy industry’s first choice for safe, clean, and efficient energy solutions. We enable our delivery of this vision by living our value system:

  • Safety and Quality
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Customer Focus and Innovation
  • Speed and Passion to Win
  • Teamwork and Accountability


Westinghouse offers competitive benefits to all our employees around the globe to keep them healthy and enhance their well-being.  In the U.S. the following are representative of what we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Health, Wellness and Income Protection Benefits
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Vacations and Holidays
  • Opportunities for Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Educational Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Referral Program


While our Global Headquarters are located in Cranberry Township, PA, we have over 9,000 employees working at locations in 19 different countries. You can learn more by visiting

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