Project Controls Manager

Project Controls Manager

Program Management - MARTA - Higher Salary if FTA/Transit Experienced

At H. J. Russell & Company, we believe that exceptional outcomes start with the right people. We also believe that work should be challenging, and the challenge should be fun. Exceptional outcomes are more likely to occur with a respectful, satisfying, and empowering company. We value and respect our employees – their experience, expertise, energy, passion, and diversity – and their innovative approach to work and life.


Russell is currently seeking a Project Controls Manager in our Atlanta, GA office to support the Centralized Project Management Office (CPMO) in support of our client, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) pursuit of rehabilitating, enhancing, and expanding their light and heavy rail infrastructure, bus rapid transit lanes, transit facilities and stations, and state of good repairs initiatives.

Leads project controls efforts and provides leadership, training, and development, and serves as a resource to CPMO staff. Works closely with client staff, directors, project managers, consultants, project stakeholders, and department leaders to successfully lead all aspects of project controls. Provides leadership and mentorship to project controls staff to support professional growth. Client-based relationships are a daily priority.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Oversees and guides the implementation, training, and support of a Project Management Control System (PMCS), i.e., Oracle Unifier and custom databases, including working with project management staff to integrate project work processes into the PMCS. Oversees development and maintenance of an automated system that allows for the efficient capturing, storing, retrieval, and reporting of technical and business information, including cost and schedule status.

Establishes and manages the project controls staff assigned to the CPMO, including budget/cost estimating, scheduling, document control, risk management, and claims analysis functions. Develops and maintains a cost estimating capability to develop construction estimates, prepare independent cost estimates, and support scenario analysis. Oversees and monitors performance, progress, and department budgets. Assesses the impact(s) of planning/design/construction changes and schedule slippages and assists project staff in developing work-around and schedule recovery plans.

Develops and produces weekly, monthly, and special reports promptly for the client and PM staff to monitor the progress and status of the project, including input from contractors. Creates, edits, and publishes guidelines, manuals, and documents for use by CPMO staff, including the Project Management Plan, Project Controls Manual, and Monthly Project Progress Reports. Develops and maintains relevant project controls procedures and work instructions.

Supervises the scheduling efforts for the project to include the preparation and analysis of schedule baseline, progress schedules, specialty schedules, schedule analysis, and project progress reporting. Assists in or directs the preparation of specialty schedules, project labor forecasts, and cash flows.

Supervises the cost engineering efforts of the project to include guidance and oversight of the cost management system, preparation of cost report templates, and issue of monthly Cost and Change Management report deliverables. Validates and reports on cost and schedule performance against the baseline estimate and schedule.

Identifies trends and deviations and recommends corrective courses of action. Recommends solutions or recovery plans for schedule/cost impacts or delays. Communicate to project management the root causes of variances based on relevant analyses.

Supervises the CPMO’s document control efforts, including the administration, filing, and archiving of engineering, procurement, and construction documents, reports, deliverables, invoices, and other business policies and procedures. Oversees the development and administration of the document control system for the CPMO. Manages the initial configuration.

Performs work in a safe manner and actively encourages others to do the same.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or Business.

Ten years related experience.

In lieu of education, 15 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

One or more of the following certifications: PMP, PSP, EVP, CCP, CEP.

Experience implementing Project Management Control System (PMCS).

Project Controls leadership experience.

Experience working on mega, complex projects.

Project Controls experience in three or more Project Controls functions.

Experience effectively leading medium-sized teams and working effectively with other leaders, staff, and large clients.

Experience interacting effectively with senior division leaders and mega clients.

People leadership to assure professional growth is supported.

Demonstrated experience as a trusted advisor to clients.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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