Burlingame, California

Job Title
Project Controls Lead- Life Sciences
Job Description Summary
The Project Controls Manager (PCM) is a leadership role that provides project controls & cost management for a portfolio of projects. The PCM will support project and program management efforts with the development and analysis of project budgets, costs, schedules, earned value, risk management and delivery status. The PCM will participate and drive the planning, tracking, forecasting, analysis and reporting on cost and schedule information for projects and programs of varying size and complexity. The PCM will provide key support to project and program management efforts monitoring project progress, coordinating and tracking cost and schedule data and identifying key project delivery risks and issues. Depending upon project or program size, the PCM may have multiple cost and schedule positions report into her or him.
Job Description

  • Establish the Project Controls program and deliverables to be used on large scale capital programs (tools, technology, processes and procedures)
  • Lead effort to provide detailed analysis to the project manager, client, CM, engineering or other 3rd parties on cost risk, issues, and/or mitigations
  • Work closely with Project Managers and Schedulers to develop and maintain cost and resource loaded project schedules
  • Coordinate with Project Managers and other stakeholders to ensure project financial data is complete and supports project completion to plan
  • Develop and maintain project budgets, forecasts, cost plans, and other financial information
  • Review, validate and update as necessary, individual project and program level financial forecasts on a monthly basis
  • Gather project financial information and data from key project stakeholders
  • Analyze project financial trends by comparing budget against actual and forecast data; provide recommendations and guidance to the Project Manager
  • Attend and participate in project status meetings
  • Manage information and data within various software and databases

  • Experience performing budgeting, cost management, planning, estimating, scheduling and other project controls functions over engineering, procurement, and construction for Opex and Capex construction projects of varying size and complexity
  • Knowledge of project control fundamentals (AACE model) with superior analytical skills
  • Expertise in financial analysis, schedule analysis, modeling and budgeting methodologies
  • Coordinate with senior leadership on communications of Project Controls information with stakeholders
  • Advanced analytics and data manipulation skills
  • Demonstrated success working in a fast-paced, multi-stakeholder environment
  • Understanding of project management and business processes and systems
  • Ability to collaborate with various stakeholders at varied levels with different leadership styles
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Ability to facilitate meetings including preparation of agendas, presentations, meeting minutes, action items, and other meeting documentation
  • Ensure a high level of accuracy and customer service is delivered by team members
  • Make recommendations for developing and improving project control and finance processes
  • Respond to inquiries regarding special financial reporting requests
  • At the completion of the project, develop and ensure recording of the project's historical cost information and "lessons learned" for future use.
  • Performed other duties as assigned
  • Advanced skills in MS Excel
  • Familiarity with G Suite Tools


  • Experience in Life Science or Biotechnology is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of P6, MS Project, Procore, Clarizen, Smartsheet, or other scheduling software including use of dependencies, cost loading, resource loading, resource leveling
  • Experience developing variance reports including supporting narratives
  • Experience developing, enhancing, and implementing processes and tools
  • Experience with SAP and WBS structures
  • Experience with Yardi and associated PO processes and reporting
  • Experience supporting change management associated with implementing forecasting processes
  • Ability and desire to coach, mentor and develop team members

  • Bachelor's degree in project management, business, or an engineering field
  • 8+ years' relevant work experience in the construction or engineering field
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • 5+ years' relevant work experience in Life Sciences

Cushman & Wakefield provides equal employment opportunity. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. Cushman & Wakefield is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

Burlingame, California

Veterans at Cushman & Wakefield will find challenging and rewarding work directly related to their skills and talents. Just as importantly, they will find a camaraderie among the brothers and sisters, peers and leaders who support their distinct needs as well as a culture that honors and respects their contributions in the military and in our organization. Veterans hold positions throughout our organization, from our executive leadership to the front line. Our Veterans Initiative Program infuses leadership into our efforts to attract, engage and recognize our nation’s men and women who bear the honor of service in our Armed Forces.

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