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Working As A Projects Controller

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $55,869

    Average Salary

What Does A Projects Controller Do At L3 Technologies

* Create/maintain resource loaded schedules to generate Earned Value metrics
* Participate in the development of Basis of Estimates and proposal pricing
* Participate in the development of Work Breakdown Structures, and budgets that lead to the establishment of a cost/schedule financial baseline
* Assist in the development and maintenance of Estimate at Completion financial documents
* Monitor project costs and commitments, schedules performance and performance against the baseline financial numbers
* Maintain project in the accounting system
* Participate in the preparation of written and verbal reports regarding cost and schedule

What Does A Projects Controller Do At Schneider Electric

* Ensure compliance with Financial governance as per corporate guidelines and liaise with subject matter experts within Corporate, Finance & Control functions for special support (ie: Legal, Tax, Treasury, Solution Risk Managers, Contract Managers, Contract administrators, and Finance Business analysts).
* As business partner of Project Managers (Execution), support and challenge them in all relevant projects aspects with special focus/follow up on the finance activities (Revenue recognition, Margin, Cash, Tax, …) in order to improve project financial performance.
* Provide visibility to REC leaderhip team on projects financial performance (margin slippage and cash performance (R
* I-C)) and propose and support corrective action plans
* Participate and animate project reviews with Project Manager and CPO
* As Business partner of Tender Managers, support, challenge and validate the financial aspects/assumptions of bids with special focus on cost accuracy and winning orders.
* Ensure constency of data reported in Projects Database.
* Use project database output to drive financial performance with Project Managers and REC leadership
* Take active part of Project Controller community by acting as Project Controlling coach to peers and sharing lessons learnt and best practices.
* Validate new ERP (SAP bPS) addresses all business needs and participate/lead business transformations required from project controlling perspective

What Does A Projects Controller Do At Exelon

* Build reports, earned value metrics and schedules to assist in Centrally Managed work execution and revise schedules to recover from missed milestones, project changes and emergent events. #CD# Develop and report out earned value, CPI, and SPI indicators.
* Create Integrated Master Schedule
* iMS) and portfolio views of all projects.
* Provide resource loading and utilization for integrated resource reports.
* Develop reports and perform historical trending research.
* Update schedule status weekly, biweekly or monthly, depending on the project/program.
* Assist with the development and updates of standard schedule templates of typical projects and programs.
* Make updates in scheduling tools to adjust work order/material request start and finish dates to support dynamic project needs.
* Participate in project team meetings including financial forecasting session to ensure schedule and cost alignment.
* Interface with other departments and within the department and represent Project Management/Controls regarding schedule process and procedural issues.
* Serves as a change agent and fosters a high performance culture and promotes diversity and inclusion.
* Ensures that all projects are statused, placed in service, and closed out in appropriate timeframes in all operational systems.
* Ensure adherence to the scheduling procedure by developing weekly, monthly and long-term detailed critical path schedules.
* Perform workload, and union impact analysis, and forecast needs for internal and external resources.
* Provide 24/7 on call scheduling support for emergent projects.
* Participate in job walk downs in the field.

What Does A Projects Controller Do At AAR Corp

* Perform various financial analyses, such as reconciliations and variance analysis.
* Prepare budgets and forecasts to track financial metrics such as revenue, expense, etc..
* Interact periodically with senior level internal and external clients to present various analyses, discuss recommendations and provide project financial advice.
* Partner with the INLand Airlift Group Controller to prepare client invoices and follow up with client offices on collections.
* Manage and perform project management office (PMO) functional tasks and perform day-to-day contract management activities to include but not limited to: task orders, proposal capture and preparation.
* Understand and utilize standard processes for project management, quality management, and risk management.
* Contribute to the growth and development of the overall INL Division through active involvement in one or more division initiatives.
* Implement/execute internal control and Project Controller processes.
* Ensure compliance with applicable policies and procedures, Federal regulations and guidelines and contractual requirements.
* This position may require domestic and/or international travel.
* Position requires a U
* S. Department of State Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT).
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Projects Controller Do At Siemens

* Ensure proper financial project set up including WBS structure in line with agreed project budget and company internal contractual arrangements.
* Set up of a financial performance plan for the project based on the planned delivery schedule for the offered scope during the sales phase and manage it throughout the project execution phase.
* Set up and closely monitor revenue recognition: actual vs plan, degree of completion, cost to complete, total forecasted costs vs planned.
* Ensure full compliance of revenue and cost recognition with Siemens accounting policies under US
* GAAP / IFRS, as well as overall compliance with internal controls, i.e. Sarbanes
* Oxley, export control, signature authorities.
* Perform financial planning, forecasting, controlling, reconciliation of project cash flow and constant deviation analysis.
* Ensure data integrity between SAP back-end and specific front-end tools (division specific).
* Support the responsible Project Manager on change management issues (variations) relating to the scope of the project.
* Obtain verification and approval of variations prior to submittal to the customer ensuring appropriate costing and pricing in accordance with PM@Siemens Guidelines.
* Constantly assess risks and opportunity and their impact either in the risk register and/or in the gross margin and propose measures to prevent negative margin slippage due to risks that could have been avoided.
* Implement and drive measures together with the project manager to leverage opportunities to improve the project performance, e.g. through claims and variation management.
* Support Project Managers to ensure Project Quality based on PM@Siemens Guidelines and achievement of project goals (Revenue, Margin, SG&A, etc.).
* Ensure quality on all commercial and administration project quality policies as per PM@Siemens and Siemens guidelines.
* Support Project Managers in timely issuing invoices with strong focus on managing Account Receivables and project cash flow.
* Drive Procurement together with the Project Manager by timely involving the responsible purchasing representative to ensure that the purchase orders are based on the best available bids and are within the set budget.
* Ensure consistent terms and conditions with suppliers/subcontractors in line with the end-customer contract.
* Coordinate other contractual requirements (e.g., performance guarantees, insurances, taxes, sureties) to achieve contract commitments.
* Influence team to take positive action and accountability for the assigned work

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How To Become A Projects Controller

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  


Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.


Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Projects Controller Career Paths

Projects Controller
Program Manager General Manager Account Executive
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Controller Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Architect Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Scheduler Project Controls Engineer
Controls Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Controller Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Contracts Manager Contracts Administrator Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Controller General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Controller Finance Manager Program Manager
Portfolio Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Manager Operations Manager
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Control Manager Controls Manager Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Manager Controller General Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Scheduler Controls Manager Operations Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Contracts Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Projects Controller Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Hebrew

  • Turkish

  • Kazakh

  • Filipino

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Persian

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Real Projects Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Controls Consultant Brunel Energy Inc. Houston, TX Mar 09, 2015 $210,600
Project Controls Consultant Brunel Energy Inc. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2015 $210,600
Project Controls Consultant Brunel Energy, Inc. Richmond, CA Dec 10, 2015 $196,560
SR. Project Controller Integrated Project Services, Inc. Blue Bell, PA Jan 10, 2016 $160,000
Special Project Controls Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation Houston, TX Nov 14, 2014 $152,300
Project Controls 4 Jacobs Project Management Company Irvine, CA Jun 16, 2015 $150,218
Project Controls 4 Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. Long Beach, CA Jun 06, 2016 $148,892
Project Controller American Liquid Packaging Systems, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 01, 2014 $148,034
Project Controls 6 Jacobs Project Management Company New York, NY Apr 18, 2015 $138,965 -
Project Controls IV Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2016 $135,491 -
SR. Project Controls Consultant Clover Global Solutions, LP Baytown, TX Aug 08, 2016 $133,568
SR. Project Controller Integrated Project Services, Inc. Blue Bell, PA Jan 10, 2016 $130,000
Manager, Project Control Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation New York, NY Jan 18, 2016 $130,000 -
Project Controls Professional 4 Ch2M Hill Engineers, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 21, 2015 $94,554
Project Controls 5 Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Denver, CO Sep 28, 2013 $94,411 -
Project Controls Professional 2 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Anchorage, AK Sep 22, 2016 $93,600
Project Controls & Construction Scheduler Southern Industrial Mechanical Maintenance Company Brownsville, TN Dec 20, 2016 $93,600
Project Controls Scheduler E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 28, 2015 $93,600
Project Controls & Construction Scheduler Southern Industrial Mechanical Maintenance Company LLC Brownsville, TN Oct 26, 2016 $93,600
Project Controller Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 21, 2014 $92,000
Project Controls Professional 4 Ch2M Hill Engineers Inc. Houston, TX Apr 20, 2016 $91,800
Engineer, Project Controls Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Jan 21, 2014 $77,126 -
Engineer, Project Controls Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 21, 2014 $77,126 -
Senior Project Controller Deloitte Consulting LLP Costa Mesa, CA Sep 15, 2016 $76,440 -
Engineer, Project Controls Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Jun 03, 2013 $76,432 -
Engineer, Project Controls Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Jun 19, 2013 $76,232 -
IT Project Controller Phillips 66 Bartlesville, OK Dec 05, 2014 $75,816 -
Project Controller Amatel, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 10, 2015 $75,171
Project Controller Support Amatel, Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 10, 2015 $75,171

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Top Projects Controller Skills

  1. Project Controls
  2. Financial Reports
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage the project controls department in support of wind, solar and thermal energy projects.
  • Collaborated with SAP team to create solutions to system issues and to ensure financial reports are consistent, prompt and accurate.
  • Prepared the cost projection and report for Capital Projects (Project Management).
  • Prepare and maintain cash flow reports, cost reports, staffing plans, resource loading and projections.
  • Assisted Project Controls division in developing project schedules, updating and maintaining schedules and providing miscellaneous support as needed.

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