Project Controller - Building Emerging Technologies Subprogram Integrator
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Location: Golden, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Accounting, Auditing, Bookkeeping
Administrative, Clerical, Support Services
4 Year Degree
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: R9374
Working at NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Building Technologies and Science Center (BTSC), Building Energy Science Group (BESG) located in Golden, Colorado, is looking for an outstanding project controller to become one of the Buildings Subprogram Integrators (SIs). The successful candidate will share his/her time: 75% to support the Emerging Technologies (ET) Subprogram and 25% to support BTSC. With regards to the BTSC, the project controller will support the center’s financial tasks, specifically related to the strategic partnership program (SPP) projects, financial data, dashboards, planning and execution.
Projects in the ET subprogram and SPP are focused on transforming and optimizing energy utilization in buildings while increasing equity and decreasing emissions. Our research significantly validates novel ET, using experimental and modeling approaches that help guide and optimize cost-effective energy use to help all communities reach their clean energy needs.
As one of the NREL Buildings (SIs), the project controller will work closely with managers, subprogram leaders, other SIs, and project principal investigators (PIs). In partnership with PIs, this SI will ensure that projects are properly resourced and staffed to secure the timely delivery of milestones and deliverables while on-budget. Typically overseeing a portfolio of 40 to 60 projects, the successful candidate will work collaboratively within a matrixed organization to proactively track projects’ financial, schedule, staffing, subcontracts, tasks, and deliverables. The SI identifies project risks, identifies solutions, and codifies new tools to establish program best practices. He/she will be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary environment to remove uncertainty from project requirements and build consensus around outputs and outcomes. The ideal candidate will thrive on solving problems in real-time.
Tasks performed within this role will include (non-exhaustive):
Develop and maintain financial reports and visuals for presentation and analysis.
Work with PIs to identify financial, subcontracting, and staffing issues and develop and implement solutions.
Present project status to management, other internal audiences, and external clients.
Improve the efficiency of program processes, including those related to document organization/storage, reporting, staffing, team transparency, and best practices.
Support the integration of cross-project elements including, but not limited to finance, procurement, project management, and project staffing.
Research, assemble, and evaluate project information and data and recommend sound, practical solutions to project issues on an as-needed basis.
Develop and support projects/subprogram/program Annual Operating Plan (AOP) related tasks (content development—scope, milestones, risks, technical readiness levels, tasks, cost plans) and input content into the respective tracking tool. During AOP execution, administer change controls to AOP schedule and budgets, ensuring that all changes are documented via the appropriate process.
Assist with team coordination and support proposal development with required administrative processes for successful submissions to Department of Energy (DOE) Lab Calls and any other funding opportunities (e.g., budget preparation using NREL tools).
Track project/subprogram/program progress, accomplishments, and execution timeline and status—tasks, activities, costing, deliverables, and milestones. Develop and revise project baselines.
Work directly with PIs throughout the year to ensure all projects are sufficiently staffed (on an annual and monthly basis) and that all staff within the group have an appropriate amount of project coverage. This task is ongoing and iterative, as project plans can and do change throughout the period of execution.
Coordinate and attend regular subprogram/program meetings and contribute to program strategy and management decision-making.
Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
The successful candidate shall excel in a team environment, easily prioritizes ongoing tasks, is adaptable, and has amazing attention to detail.
Strong fundamental knowledge of financial systems and appropriate IT literacy skills
Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, and teaming skills.
Highly detail oriented.
Desire to continually develop project management skills, including learning how to use and apply new project management skills and tools, or using existing tools in novel ways to meet project management needs.
Demonstrated ability to administer and curate project repositories, such as SharePoint.
Strong interest in learning about technical and institutional aspects of projects in portfolio.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with team members and project leaders.
Shall provide detailed analysis (e.g., costing, planning, scheduling) on project status within an established system of project controls.
Shall assume responsibility for analysis and internal reporting associated with various project controls deliverables and activities on large size projects.
Shall coordinate closely with senior project controllers, project managers, line management and financial analysts to ensure successful project delivery to support organizational goals.
Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.
Demonstrates experience in management of projects.
Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
Effective and adaptable learner and communicator.
Ability to establish functional and professional working relationships in a team environment.
Acts as a mentor for colleagues with less experience; may review the work of other staff members.
Preferred qualifications are a degree in relevant field e.g. Business Administration, Economics, Finance and five or more years in a project management/business administration role.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.